☆ The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris || Ó PDF Download by ✓ Edmund White

By Edmund White | Comments: ( 311 ) | Date: ( May 25, 2020 )

Bloomsbury is proud to announce the first title in an occasional series in which some of the world s finest novelists reveal the secrets of the city they know best These beautifully produced, pocket sized books will provide exactly what is missing in ordinary travel guides insights and imagination that lead the reader into those parts of a city no other guide can reach.ABloomsbury is proud to announce the first title in an occasional series in which some of the world s finest novelists reveal the secrets of the city they know best These beautifully produced, pocket sized books will provide exactly what is missing in ordinary travel guides insights and imagination that lead the reader into those parts of a city no other guide can reach.A flaneur is a stroller, a loiterer, someone who ambles through a city without apparent purpose but is secretly attuned to the history of the place and in covert search of adventure, esthetic or erotic Edmund White, who lived in Paris for sixteen years, wanders through the streets and avenues and along the quays, taking us into parts of Paris virtually unknown to visitors and indeed to many Parisians Entering the Marais evokes the history of Jews in France, just as a visit to the Haynes Grill recalls the presence festive, troubled of black Americans in Paris for a century and a half Gays, Decadents, even Royalists past and present are all subjected to the flaneur s scrutiny Edmund White s The Flaneur is opinionated, personal, subjective As he conducts us through the bookshops and boutiques, past the monuments and palaces, filling us in on the gossip and background of each site, he allows us to see through the blank walls and past the proud edifices and to glimpse the inner, human drama Along the way he recounts everything from the latest debates among French law makers to the juicy details of Colette s life in the Palais Royal, even summoning up the hothouse atmosphere of Gustave Moreau s atelier.

  • Title: The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris
  • Author: Edmund White
  • ISBN: 9781582341354
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Edmund White

Edmund White s novels include Fanny A Fiction, A Boy s Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and A Married Man He is also the author of a biography of Jean Genet, a study of Marcel Proust, The Fl neur A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris, and, most recently, his memoir, My Lives Having lived in Paris for many years, he is now a New Yorker and teaches at Princeton University He was also a member of The Violet Quill, a gay writer s group that met briefly from 1980 81.

Comments The Flaneur: A Stroll through the Paradoxes of Paris

  • Ian "Marvin" Graye

    The FlaneurI first became familiar with the word “Flaneur” when a collection of Walter Benjamin’s writings called “The Arcade Projects” was published in 1999.It included a 1929 review called “The Return of the Flâneur”.In it, Benjamin speculates on the significance of the “Flaneur”, a French word meaning “stroller” or “saunterer”.It describes someone who walks the street, apparently idly, not intending to simply get from point A to point B, but seeking more to observe [...]

  • Eddie Watkins

    Read this little book yesterday on the bus as I was on my way to and from NY to see the Morandi show at the Met and the Eggleston show at the Whitney. Even as I was nodding off on the way back, with the Chipmunks movie loudly broadcast throughout the bus, I couldn't put it down.The flaneur premise was an ingenious way for White to write anything he felt like about Paris. As I was reading it I could envision a whole flaneur series of books of not only every city in the world but any thing any per [...]

  • Ellie

    My dream has always been to be a flanneur in Paris and through this book I have been, several times or more. No joking: I love to walk the streets of the city (as a New Yorker, I guess I'm more Alfred Kazin but as a dreamer-who HAS been to Paris-I'm a flanneur and I live in the 1920's on the Left Bank. Edmund White is a lush writer and his style matches his subject here perfectly. If you love Paris, at least in your dreams, you'll always have it here.

  • Michael William West

    Interesting enough, a few curious essays mixed in with standard 'Paris' filler (the Commune, Dreyfus, Josephine Baker etc. etc.) that anyone who's been in Paris more than a week will hear about soon enough. Although it's insightful on the behaviour and social structure of the Parisians, Edmund White can't resist filtering everything through his political perspective: a mild centre-left view typical of his generation with apologist tones for the accumulation of personal wealth. This gets tiresome [...]

  • Alan

    Ahhh. So nice to read a master of the sentence. My only problem with this is that it's unifying principle, flaneury, doesn't really unify it. I couldn't put it down though. He's a master of the essay. Also, it purports to be a book about a city (Paris). It is more a book of spotty, thematically organized artistic and sexual histories. Graceful and hilarious. Anecdotal, well-researched, a dessert book.

  • Naftoli

    Wow, I just finished this book yesterday. Roslyn Raney gave it to me as a gift in 2008,I was not interested in reading it then but happened to pull it off my bookshelf two weeks ago and it has been a fun ride. I have never been to Paris but this book gave me a birds's eye view from so many perspectives as the flaneur is apparently a person who strolls about observing the intricacies of public life. The author, Edmund White, is an American who lived in Paris for many years. He describes Paris bas [...]

  • Chaundra

    I chose this book from the title alone, and it lived up to the expectations. Like the flaneur himself, this book ambles gently and easily through Paris in all it's modes - historical, "current" (at least based on the author's term there in the 80s), philosophical, and cultural. He treats the less attractive sides of living in Paris with the same matter-of-fact curiosity as it's more delightful. A great book for those who know and love Paris, or those who want to visit vicariously and see a side [...]

  • Susie Bright

    I was on a book tour in the 80s at the same time the author Edmund White was touring his "State of Desire," and we appeared in a few common events. I remember thinking this was my favorite contemporary look at gay life in America I had read to date. Now all these years later, I get ready to go the Paris, with an armful of "guides," and White's book on the art of the "flaneuse" is heaven-sent. He has a way of capturing a city and its community and history like no other. You just can't put it down [...]

  • Dena

    Whenever I'm lucky enough to travel I make a point of reading something about the place. I read this in Paris in a tiny flat on the rue Lepic (#9). A love letter to White's adopted city, it allowed me to look at everything around me with a critical eye. His descriptions are lush, raw, and an education.I was saved from a major faux pas by reading that the French consider bringing a bottle of wine to a dinner party to be rude. It sends a subtle message that the hosts wine cellar isn't up to your s [...]

  • Mimi Wolske

    Interesting.just a quick aside -- Impressionist artists were flaneurs.So, with that aside, I can say this in this book, form follows function. And, throwing away a tourist guide book, the author, in a sort of tongue-in-cheek way, leads us, the readers, on a tour of Paris.

  • Michelle

    I indulge in the art of flanerie whenever I am in Paris, and this book describes the art - and it is an art - perfectly. I have often if it was just me who felt melancholy even when, at the same time, feeling uplifted by the beauty and liberty offered by an aimless meander around Paris' enchanting streets, but clearly this is the makeup up of the flaneur - maybe it is even a necessary part of it. This book should come with free Eurostar/plane tickets, as once you delve into the wonder of Paris y [...]

  • Lydia

    I read this to compare to Lauren Elkin's "Flaneuse" c2017. I like Edmund White's writing, there's usually a little history, a little wandering. However, unless you want a flavor of the city in 2001, this book, amazingly just seems too dated. White focuses on some artists of the past, the history of Jews, the history of blacks, the history of gays, the history of Muslims in the city--and comparisons to his Paris just don't seem to work. Or maybe 2017 is just not the year to read this disappointin [...]

  • Alexis

    I started this book about 6 months ago and enjoyed the rolling erudition of the narrative. But when I set it down I didn't rush to find it and finish it. When I pulled it from a stack yesterday I knew I had to read it all and get a sense of the arc. The writing is twice as good as I remembered it and the gossip about arts in Paris is unbeatable, with news about James Baldwin and Gertrude Stein and Marie Antoinette--and her heirs. There are quotes too from French intellects like Balzac and de Bea [...]

  • Zöe Yu

    I found all the chapters are reluctantly "linked" to the theme "Flanêur" except the first chapter In the beginning, the author mentioned Walter Benjamin and several of his quotes regarding to the concept, but that's it. The following chapters are about Blacks, Jews and Gays. Within the chapters, the author goes back to his familiar autobiographical way of writing, which cannot even be called "loosely" related to Flanêur. Once in a while, the author mention "Baudelaire", but again, no to the po [...]

  • Eric

    A trifle I breezed through last night and this morning; but even the least of Edmund White is worth the read. I've always liked how he embraces the seaminess and the poignance of any human scene. He's lurid and wise at once, relishing the dirty details while telling you how brave and beautiful human desire is. So an ideal travel writer, really. His 'States of Desire: Travels in Gay America' is out of print; snatch it up if you stumble across a copy.

  • Geoff

    I flew through this small book in a few hours and very much enjoyed it. Having recently been to Paris, it was a nice accoutrement for remembering certain impressions and neighborhoods, and a reminder that to actually experience Paris takes not days or months but years. Stories of families, artists, kings, politicians, noblemen and whores, and the neighborhoods attached to their histories, told in White's remarkable prose. Worth the read.

  • Monica

    I enjoyed a trip back into some of the more specific history of Paris: Jews, minorities, art, architecture. My love of Paris is not unknown to anyone who knows me. I could spend hours being a “Flaneur” in this city. Just walking aimlessly down streets where there is not a tourist in sight. This history of Paris is so rich and continues to amaze me. One of the reasons that I read this book is that I’m planning a trip next year again to my favourite city.

  • Emmy

    Yes, another book I am reading along with the other ones. It's best to read this on the subway, not in bed before sleep. It's possible that I'll somehow begin to like Baudelaire, whom White mentions, after reading this book.

  • Aleksandr Voinov

    2.5 stars. There doesn't seem to be a Kindle version of the book. Bought it for bookclub read tomorrow. (Mostly because I'm setting my current novel in Paris.)

  • Martin

    If this book had an index, this would be a four-star review.

  • Lanew-yorkaise

    From lanew-yorkaise/“For the perfect flâneur, for the passionate observer, it’s an immense pleasure to take up residence in multiplicity, in whatever’s seething, moving, evanescent and infinite: you’re not at home, but you feel at home everywhere, you see everyone, you’re at the center of everything yet you remain hidden from everybody…The amateur of life enters into the crowd as into an immense reservoir of electricity.”-Charles BaudelaireThe flâneur in Edmund White’s novel of [...]

  • Jan

    If you have any interest in Paris, this book will capture you and deepen your understanding and appreciation of this uniquely beautiful and charming city. It is filled with wonderful facts and anecdotes about the denizens of all corners of the city throughout its long history, with a spotlight on well known artists, writers, musicians and cultural icons. The book, much like its subject, is captivating, an easy joyful read through the streets of Paris.

  • Eileen

    Loved this book. Packed with interesting history of Paris from literature to jazz to gay Paris. Why not five stars? Mr. White missed a big opportunity to shed light onto Turkey's history of Genocide, Genocide of the Armenians, when he spoke of discrimination and marginalization of minorities to illustrate the attitude toward Jews in Turkey at the turn of the 20th century.

  • Stacey (wanderlustforwords67)

    4.5A well written, very informative and interesting non fiction about Paris, written by a Princeton professor who lived in France for 10 years. Topics explored: the definition of Flaneur, corners of Paris, the history and areas of French artists , gay life and political background and hostility of the Monarchy. Being a Francophile, I don't know if there is one page left unmarked.

  • SB

    A walking history of Paris chronicling the cultural figures of that have illuminated the arrondisements of la ville lumiere. An interesting read in which place and culture interact, which they always do in Paris.

  • Alaina Sloo

    An interesting companion for a trip to Paris. Some of it is a bit outdated -- the feels of some neighborhoods has changed since he wrote it -- but much is still as relevant as it was when it was written.

  • Eightwood

    The final part turns to a short biography of gay lives and culture in Paris. Resourceful, witty personal account, the only shortcoming may be that the connection between chapters is not so clear and organic.

  • Christopher Jones

    Edmund White will take you on a fabulous journey through Paris which will NEVER EVER leave you.

  • Ross

    I read this often. A verbal pick me up.

  • Steve Maxwell

    A beautiful memoir.

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