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O prostitution and opium dens The many pieces of the city coexist each one as real as the next What's the conflicted identity of the city is visible everywhere between cobblestones in bars on the métroIn this lively and lucid volume Andrew Hussey brings to life the urchins and artists who've left their marks on the city filling in the gaps of a history that affected the disenfranchised as much as the nobility Paris The S. I enjoyed this book uite a bit This is an history of Paris from Roman times to the present focusing on the working classes the revolutionary the thieves the homeless the prostitutes the students the literary underground and other people on the margins So often history is told from the perspectives of the royalty the nobles and the borgeousie and it s refreshing whenever one gets to read about the lives of everyday people The sheer scope of the time period covered means that Hussey often doesn t go into a lot of detail and there are many off handed comments that left me intrigued and wanting to learn about certain incidents or people Still as an overview this was very interesting portrait of a city and it s people constantly in flux It s fairly readable although sometimes I found Hussey s style to be somewhat lacking and there are some bizarre grammar constructs that left me shaking my head and rereading paragraphs over and over to figure out what he was trying to say Recommended for the casual student of history and those interested in Paris

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Ecret History ranges across centuries movements and cultural and political beliefs from Napoleon's overcrowded cemeteries to Balzac's nocturnal flight from his debts For Hussey Paris is a city whose long and conflicted history continues to thrive and change The book's is a picaresue journey through royal palaces brothels and sidewalk cafés uncovering the rich exotic and often lurid history of the world's most beloved cit. Ugh Boring less than an inch deep and factually wrong in many places

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If Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon described daily life in contemporary Paris this book describes daily life in Paris throughout its history a history of the city from the point of view of the Parisians themselves Paris captures everyone's imaginations It's a backdrop for Proust's fictional pederast Robert Doisneau's photographic kiss and Edith Piaf's serenaded soldier lovers; a home as much to romance and love poems as t. I was disappointed by this one There are a lot of entertaining historical anecdotes in here but somehow as a whole it doesn t uite hang togetherPart of the problem is that it wants to be than just a factual history Hussey says in the prologue that he is modelling the project on Peter Ackroyd s wonderful London The Biography but that sets the bar pretty high He is decent when he sticks to the facts but when he starts trying to be metaphysical he just doesn t have Ackroyd s control and ends up drawing rather silly and pseudo profound conclusions like The death of Princess Diana could only have happened here she is only the latest and most famous example of those who have been fatally seduced here And so onPart of the reason Ackroyd was so good at moving beyond facts into psychogeography or whatever you want to call it is that he took a catholic thematic approach to his history Hussey just starts with the Celts and works his way methodically forwards in time Of course there s nothing wrong with that as a methodology but it does mean he has to work hard to keep each chapter coherent and occasionally it slips away from himThe book s focus is neither one thing or the other It claims to be a secret history which examines the city s underclasses its back alleys and criminals and occultists Yet there is a strong relience on fairly un secret narratives about kings and presidents and other great men or important dates The result is that neither strand seems wholly satisfyingHaving one eye on the downtrodden was a good idea and it provides the book with most of its best stories It s great to hear details about things like the bread of Madame Montpensier which used flour from ground up human bones during food shortages or about the semi mythical King of Thieves holding court over the city s beggars But too often his remit manifests itself only in a vague fascination with what he calls whores and a predilection for details which while often interesting can sometimes seem juvenileFinally the uality of the writing itself irritated me He does not know the difference between flout and flaunt He uses the seismological term epicentre as a lazy synonym for centre The net result of all this is a feeling that Hussey has a wealth of information about Paris but not a very good idea about how to organise it or talk about itYou ll get some interesting stuff out of this book but it s of an effort than it should be The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox uite hang togetherPart of the problem is that it wants to be than just a factual history Hussey says in the prologue that he is modelling the project on Peter Ackroyd s wonderful London The Biography but that sets the bar pretty high He is decent when he sticks to the facts but when he starts trying to be metaphysical he just doesn t have Ackroyd s control and ends The Illusionists up drawing rather silly and pseudo profound conclusions like The death of Princess Diana could only have happened here she is only the latest and most famous example of those who have been fatally seduced here And so onPart of the reason Ackroyd was so good at moving beyond facts into psychogeography or whatever you want to call it is that he took a catholic thematic approach to his history Hussey just starts with the Celts and works his way methodically forwards in time Of course there s nothing wrong with that as a methodology but it does mean he has to work hard to keep each chapter coherent and occasionally it slips away from himThe book s focus is neither one thing or the other It claims to be a secret history which examines the city s Planet of the Bugs underclasses its back alleys and criminals and occultists Yet there is a strong relience on fairly Fishes of the Open Ocean un secret narratives about kings and presidents and other great men or important dates The result is that neither strand seems wholly satisfyingHaving one eye on the downtrodden was a good idea and it provides the book with most of its best stories It s great to hear details about things like the bread of Madame Montpensier which Out of Bounds (Boundaries, used flour from ground Grass, Sky, Song up human bones during food shortages or about the semi mythical King of Thieves holding court over the city s beggars But too often his remit manifests itself only in a vague fascination with what he calls whores and a predilection for details which while often interesting can sometimes seem juvenileFinally the Otter Chaos! 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10 thoughts on “Paris The Secret History

  1. says:

    I was disappointed by this one There are a lot of entertaining historical anecdotes in here but somehow as a whole it doesn't uite hang togetherPart of the problem is that it wants to be than just a factual history Hussey says in the prologue that he is modelling the project on Peter Ackroyd's wonderful London Th

  2. says:

    If you love Paris as the City of Light this book might change your opinion The author digs deep into the history of the people and neighborhoods and it is not a pretty picture He covers the city from pre Roman times until the present day and because he has to cram a lot of history into 433 pages some events the Revolution Napoleonetc are given short shrift But this is a secret historya social history and not your typical history book so i

  3. says:

    An engaging and at times humorous and dark look at the secret history of Paris the history of this city as seen by the poor the disposed the criminals the prostitutes poets artists and the rebels throughout this

  4. says:

    I don't know how secret any of the book's contents are It is a book I've been reading for many many months Reading it has led me to read other books and articles along the way

  5. says:

    Excellent history of Paris Don't just read it before you go Take it with you

  6. says:

    I enjoyed this book uite a bit This is an history of Paris from Roman times to the present focusing on the working classes the revolutionary the thieves the homeless the prostitutes the students the literary underground and other people on the margins So often history is told from the perspectives of the royalty the nob

  7. says:

    Two out of five stars This was engaging but only fitfully so; the best chapters come at the beginning and then again towards the end But this is nothing spectacular Hussey commits errors in his writing for example alleging that Madame de Maintenon collaborated on a pornographic booklet which is laughable and barely acknowledges how women have lived in Paris unless it is to blame them for things ie Catherine de Medici or focus on prostitu

  8. says:

    This is a remarkable biography of one of my favorite cities Paris What makes it uniue is that the author approached it via the eyes ears and thoughts of all the revolutionaries as well as the subversive classesartists who made up th

  9. says:

    Ugh Boring less than an inch deep and factually wrong in many places

  10. says:

    A good social history of Paris but there is nothing secret about it Perhaps it's simply because so much has been written about the underbelly of Paris and other cities that it no longer feels so under

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