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Paris at the End of the World : How the City of Lights Soared in its Darkest Hour, 1914-1918 - John Baxter

Paris at the End of the World

How the City of Lights Soared in its Darkest Hour, 1914-1918


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From the best-selling author of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WALK IN THE WORLD comes the story of life in Paris during WWI, a time when the German advance threatened to overtake the city and Parisian society lived life like there was no tomorrow.

Through a lively blend of memoirs, reminiscences, and modern day adventure, John Baxter takes us into the heart of Paris during The Great War. One of the most fascinating periods in the city’s history, 1914-18 saw the citizens of France under constant threat of German invasion, leading them to live like there was no tomorrow. Tracing the experiences of his own grandfather - an Australian serviceman who found himself in Paris in 1914 - Baxter explores firsthand the mythology of the period, researching the cafes these young men would have frequented, the romances they might have had, and the transformative mix of fear and freedom among the people that gave rise to the France of modern day.

Paris at the End of the World tells the story of this change from both sides - that of the young soldiers who came to France, and of the Parisians who awaited them. For the French, 1914 meant getting some pleasure from drinking the last of the wine before facing the reality of war and the modern world. For the foreigners, who had never drank wine before, the experience left them transformed, and able to enter the post-war world transformed.

About the Author

A expat resident of Paris for more than twenty years, Australian John Baxter is the author of the bestselling memoirs The Most Beautiful Walk in the World, The Perfect Meal, Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas, and We’ll Always Have Paris. He lives with his wife and daughter in Paris.

"A lively Parisian narrative. ... Engaging." -- New York Times Book Review "Well-researched and entertaining. ... The content is compelling and the writing vivid. ... Baxter's anecdotes and observations are consistently enlightening." -- Washington Post "Lively and characterful. ... Shows the panache the French brought to their `improvised' war." -- Liesl Schillinger in the New York Times (9 Books That Would Make Great Gifts) "An intimate memoir of his grandfather's experiences of that war. ... All this is done with Baxter's inimitable lightness of touch and conversational style, which often belies the profound knowledge he has of his adoptive city." -- Anton Gill, author of A Dance Between the Flames: Berlin Between the Wars and An Honourable Defeat: A History of German Resistance to Hitler, 1933-1945 "An enjoyable, swift read . . . as fun as a work of historical fiction." -- Kirkus Reviews "Captivating.... In the series of vignettes and anecdotes that make up this elegant and sophisticated book, Baxter reveals an encyclopaedic knowledge of the City of Light." -- Sydney Morning Herald "Engaging. ... An entertaining story of wartime Paris, and of Baxter's search to find his heritage within it." -- The Australian "The most original and unexpectedly beguiling account of the Great War I have ever read. John Baxter is one of the master storytellers of our age ... A revelation, an adventure, a joy to read." -- Kevin Jackson, author of Constellation of Genius:1922: Modernism Year One.

ISBN: 9780062221407
ISBN-10: 006222140X
Series: P.S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st May 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 12.7  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.27