The Flaneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris
|Series:||Writer and the City|
A flaneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through city streets in search of adventure and fulfillment. Edmund White, who lived in Paris for sixteen years, wanders through the streets and avenues and along the quays, into parts of Paris virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many Parisians. In the hands of the learned White, a walk through Paris is both a tour of its lush, sometimes prurient history, and an evocation of the city's spirit.
The Flaneur leads us to bookshops and boutiques, monuments and palaces, giving us a glimpse the inner human drama. Along the way we learn everything from the latest debates among French lawmakers to the juicy details of Colette's life.
The New York Times bestselling look at Paris: an erudite, eloquent guided sojourn through the city's streets, by acclaimed author Edmund White.
One has the impression, reading The Flaneur, of having fallen into the hands of a highly distractible, somewhat eccentric poet and professor who is determined to show you a Paris you wouldn't otherwise see ... Edmund White tells such a good story that I'm ready to to listen to anything he wants to talk about. New York Times Book Review White's charming book is for literati, voyeurs and aesthetes, and for travelers who love familiar terrain from a different viewpoint. Publishers Weekly Lovely. Los Angeles Times Brilliant. Village Voice Vibrantly evocative. Elle
Edmund White is the author of three memoirs, "My Lives," "City Boy," and "Inside a Pearl," about Paris. His many novels include the autobiographical "A Boy's Own Story" and, most recently, " Jack Holmes & His Friend." He is also known as a literary biographer and essayist. White lives in New York and teaches at Princeton University.