- Title: Paris Metro Tales
- Author: Helen Constantine
- ISBN: 9780199579808
- Page: 411
- Format: Paperback
Following Helen Constantine s highly successful Paris Tales, Paris Metro Tales offers 22 remarkable short stories set throughout Paris all connected by the underground tunnels of its famed Metro The journey begins at the Gare du Nord, stops at 20 underground stations along the way, and ends at Lamarck Caulaincourt, each story corresponding to one of the 20 arrondissementFollowing Helen Constantine s highly successful Paris Tales, Paris Metro Tales offers 22 remarkable short stories set throughout Paris all connected by the underground tunnels of its famed Metro The journey begins at the Gare du Nord, stops at 20 underground stations along the way, and ends at Lamarck Caulaincourt, each story corresponding to one of the 20 arrondissements of Paris Readers are invited to find their way through the underground, changing trains when necessary and imaginatively emerging to read a story it its original setting The stories range from the 15th century account of the miraculous Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, through tales by favorite writers such as Zola, Simenon, Balzac, and Maupassant Though connected by the metro, the subjects of these short stories vary widely from Martine Delerm s gripping narrative of the last hours of Modigliani s mistress to Gerard de Nerval s rich evocation of the bustling market in Les Halles in the 1850s, Colette s unlikely involvement in a traffic accident near the Opera, and Boulanger s fine description of a blackly funny experience in Pere Lachaise In addition to writers well known to the English speaking world, this collection also includes French authors whose work deserves wider attention, including Frederic Fajardie, Martine Delerm, Marie Desplechin, Paul Fournel, and Claude Dufresne Each story is illustrated with a black and white photograph and the book includes a map and suggested itinerary through the metro system Perfect for fans of Paris Tales, connoisseurs of French fiction, and all short story enthusiasts, Paris Metro Tales offers rare glimpses of the darker side of the City of Light.
Recent Comments "Paris Metro Tales"
Great variety of tales from around Paris Inspired by metro station names and districts in Paris. Great to pick up and put down. I read the Paris tales last year and this is just as good. Recommended
If you love and know Paris, as I do, then you'll like this book for the evocation of the many neighborhoods in the city and the people who inhabit them. I also like French writing a lot, and you find a great variety of them in this collection from 19th century greats, like Balzac and Zola to contemporary writers and journalists. I'm moving on to Paris Street Tales next.
Mix of stories by authors across the years, translated from French. Mainly based around Parisian areas as defined by Metro stops. As always with a collection, some are better than others. Probably best read in a pavement cafe in Montmartre, whilst sipping red wine.
Two great stories, and the rest are - well, they are also there. I was hoping for more (there's strangely not that much connection with the metro) and some of the stories read more like essays than stories. But still satisfying for Paris lovers like me, and the bit at the back of how to make the journey the book takes you on is really great.
A good collection of tales - without veering too far into any one direction, this group reaches towards different branches of the human experience in Paris, spanning age, time, and gender.
Beautifully varied & quite poetic.
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