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Quince may rhyme with wince and, for some, be shorthand for "difficult person", but this refractory fruit is also capable of being transforme, as Jonell Galloway, into something exquisite...
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Had a great time yesterday afternoon with the wonderful Joel Riddell​ or is it Joel Riddell​ (not sure which is the right tag) talking about A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of...​ on "Dining Around"... merci, Joel!
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ANOTHER PARIS HIT FROM DAVID DOWNIE

If you’re a fan of David Downie’s Paris books, as I am, you shouldn’t miss his new one. It’s entitled, romantically enough, A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light, and was published only a few days ago to general acclaim — even from some of the crankier reviewers.

The best compliment I can pay the book is that its overall quality and level of interest are up there with Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light (2011) which I consider one of the finest introductions to Paris you can find anywhere. I refer to it regularly during my visits there, along with his fine smartphone app, David Downie’s Paris: Time Line.

A Passion for Paris is the story of the Romantic period in Paris, the period most Americans PassionForParis coverthink of as Paris itself — the nineteenth century from Victor Hugo onward. Downie’s knowledge of the city is encyclopedic, as you’d expect from someone who’s lived in and written about it for decades. He and his wife Alison Harris, an outstanding photographer who contributes to his work as well as having her own practice, also offer walking tours of the city, which I’ve taken. They are excellent.

He has the guts of a daylight burglar. Some of his best vignettes result from back-door visits to places not ordinarily open to visitors, as well as ad-hoc interviews with people who start out unwilling to talk to him but wind up offering delightful vignettes.

His descriptions of the sights are colorful and add to the pleasure of the book. For example, here he is in full flight about the Carnavalet museum, the must-see municipal museum in the Marais:

“It’s an entertaining steeplechase of 146 rooms on three floors with 600,000 items on display in two multi-winged historic town houses wrapped around five mossy courtyards joined by staircases and passageways, one of them flying like a Chinese bridge over the Lycée Victor Hugo.”

All this history started with Victor Hugo, who lived and wrote during the turbulent period between the French Revolution and the Commune, the violent near-revolution in Paris shortly after the fall of Napoleon III. Or, in Downie’s words:

“…1830 was the year a motley group of French Romantics gathered around Victor Hugo and his friends and rivals and swept Paris into the paradoxically romantic modern age, or the unexpectedly modern Romantic age.”

Much of their work was descended from Chateaubriand, especially his René, who Downie believe “shaped or warped the minds of a generation, starting with Victor Hugo.” George Sand said, “I was René.” Baudelaire, a generation later, was still influenced by Chateaubriand.

Read the book. It’s a bottomless well of information about one of the most important periods of Paris history. St. Martin’s Press, 2015. Kindle edition $12.99, hardcover $20.17 on Amazon.
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Why is Paris the capital of romance? Is it a myth?
Best-selling author and private tour guide David Downie has been based in Paris for three decades and spends part of each year in Burgundy and Italy. His upcoming book A PASSION FOR PARIS: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light is published by St. Martin's Press in April, 2015.
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A couple of jpegs from today’s Le Figaro. They show “the best-loved most widely read writers” in France. Guess who comes out way way ahead of everyone, for all time? Way, way ahead. Yep, Victor Hugo. The other stars of A Passion for Paris are in the top-20.
The best-loved contemporary writer in France: Marc Levy. What does he write? Romantic literature—meaning Romantic with a capital “R” and also romantic. Guess what his latest book is titled? “Elle et Lui” – She and He or Her and Him if you prefer to be ungrammatical. Guess what the title of George Sand’s famous novel is called, the one about her love affair with Alfred de Musset? Yep, “Elle et Lui.”
It is amazing. This I could not invent. Levy’s book just came out in February. The pole came out today in Le Figaro. (The Paris Book Fair is opening in a few days). Happy reading from A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light (photos courtesy of Alison Harris of course) http://www.davidddownie.com/…/a-passion-for-paris-romantic…/
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Nice review of A Passion for Paris in the Chicago Tribune... the lead book in the review a couple of weeks ago--not sure how I missed this. The heat wave!
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An exciting new Paris book from David Downie

I've just reviewed David Downie's new book "A Passion for Paris" on my blog http://parttimeparisian.com. If you love Paris, you'll love this book and his previous, Paris, Paris.

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A fascinating look at the artists and writers of 19th century Paris
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Love locks and musketeers, picnics on the Seine and kisses by the cascade of Buttes-Chaumont: the real romance of Paris... a tongue-in-cheek look at Romance, Romanticism and myth in the City of Light
Best-selling author and private tour guide David Downie has been based in Paris for three decades and spends part of each year in Burgundy and Italy. His upcoming book A PASSION FOR PARIS: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light is published by St. Martin's Press in April, 2015.
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