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Seven Ages of Paris

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2003

    beautiful...the city...the book.

    Undoubtedly the best book on Paris that I have read. Unlike many historical reviews, this author has made the history of Paris read like a fictional page-turner. You know what is coming next but none-the-less you are still unable to put it down. A must read for both those of casual interest about a wonderful city as well as the serious student looking for a change of pace.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2003

    Comprehensive, entertaining, engaging.

    In this lively and informative book, Alistair Horne assembles a wonderful history of one of the world's finest cities. From its early Roman days as Lutetia to the Marxist revolts at the Sorbonne, this book covers Parisian history in a very concise form. Written with an engaging linguistic style and comprehensive in its details, 'Seven Ages of Paris' is great for both the living-room historian and the exhausted graduate student. Regardless of your experience with Parisian history, this book is a prerequisite for any visit to Paris--it will inform you of the infinite details that make the City of Lights as fascinating as it is. Although one of this book's strengths is its comprehensivity, it is also one of its weaknesses. Because Mr. Horne is attempting to cover many centuries of some of the world's densest history in a few hundred pages, many details are lacking. The entirety of the French Revolution, for example, is covered in about four pages. Because this book is about Paris and not about the whole of France, there are also problems with the details of the goings-on in the country outside of the city. The Napoleanic wars, for example, are not very well-developed. Although it is understandable that Mr. Horne is limiting his content to Parisian history, the less-informed reader may feel poorly-informed about the parallel events in greater France and Europe. All in all, this is a fantastic and exciting read. I would, however, wait for the cheaper paperback edition befor buying.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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