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Publisher's Summary

When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Annees folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them - one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary McAuliffe traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior. The epicenter of all this creativity, as well as of the era's good times, was Montparnasse, where impoverished artists and writers found colleagues and cafes, and tourists discovered the Paris of their dreams. Major figures on the Paris scene - such as Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and Proust - continued to hold sway, while others now came to prominence - including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Cole Porter, and Josephine Baker, as well as Andre Citroën, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, and the irrepressible Kiki of Montparnasse.

©2016 Mary S. McAuliffe (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" When Paris Sizzled delivers an expansive and wonderfully engaging account of the spirited characters who made the Left Bank of Paris the center of the creative world." ( The Huffington Post)

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Informative, but no sizzle

It is a pity that such an informative book about such an interesting time and place is so dry and soulless. I got no sense of why it was such a fun, inspirational time. No charm.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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When Paris Sizzles 1920's

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't think so. I have read more informational books about this era that I think I would recommend first.🗼

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY
THE BATTLE OF THE CAR MAKERS, IT JUST WENT ON AND ON AND ON...

Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

JOSEPHINE BAKER 💄 👠

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

IF IT WAS EDITED IN SEVERAL PLACES! 😶

Any additional comments?

I'M SORRY TO SAY THIS, I KNOW I'M NOT A WRITER, HOWEVER, I EXPECTED MORE FROM A WOMAN WITH HER CREDENTIALS. 😕 🗼😕🗼

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Loved it

I loved it, especially the personal stories of the different artists, writers, musician, and their friends.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful