Parisians by Graham Robb audiobook

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

By Graham Robb
Read by Simon Vance

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200108251

  • ISBN: 9798200108244

  • ISBN: 9798200108268

Runtime: 13.59 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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. An aristocratic woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map—there were no reliable ones at the time—Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine. Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Bohème, Proust, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt on himself in Notre Dame)—these and many more make up Robb's cast of characters. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Simon Vance narrates the history with an eloquent British-accented voice that leaves room for human moments and humor.... The strong sense of place in Robb's descriptions may make listeners feel like they're visiting the City of Lights. AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Graham Robb

Author Bio: Graham Robb

Graham Robb has published widely in French literature and history and is the award-winning biographer of Balzac, Victor Hugo, and Rimbaud. His other books include The Discovery of France and Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.59
Audience: Adult
Language: English