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anyone recommend books to "pretend" visit France?

anyone recommend books to "pretend" visit France?

Old Jan 24th, 2003, 07:01 PM
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Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne author of Price of Glory and 16 other books. The best single-chapter evocation of Henri IV and the start of France as we know and love it.

A Piano Shop on the Left Bank is the most evocative memoir I have read of a contemporary American living in Paris.

MFK Fisher and Elizabeth David are brilliant on the themes of food and culture. Balzac for the haute b. of the 19th C. and Zola for the horrors of desperate lives.

Give Proust a chance with Swann's Way and Flaubert for the obvious reasons and Rimbaud for intoxication with the anti-romance of youth, particularly La Pont Nuef.

On Rue Tatin is a wonderful memoir of an American food writer moving to France with her husband and son and the evolution of their life and home in Normandy.

Kudos to this subject post because I am craving a good read for an at-home voyage to France.
 
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