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Zella

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  • Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Graham Robb
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction. A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night, Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter....

    Myrna Minkoff says: "Difficult....but worth it"
    "An excruciating level of detail."
    Overall

    A solid background on French history may be recommended for those who choose to tackle this title. It was too much for me, the casual French scholar. The minute details (names and places and the parentheticals that accompany them) interfered with the telling of the tales for me. The narration is truly ***** and so are the writer's ambitions for the book. I appreciated both of those. I may try the book again later.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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