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Montreal: The Unknown City [Paperback]

Kristian Gravenor , John David Gravenor
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Oct. 1 2002 Unknown City: Montreal

Montreal: The Unknown City is part of our best-selling series of urban city guides. As one of North America's most popular travel destinations, Montreal is world renowned for its European style, countless festivals, scintillating nightlife, and world-class cuisine. But with more than 350 years of history, Canada's original megalopolis conceals more than its share of little-known charms.

Montreal: The Unknown City offers a lesser-known take on remarkable places, wide-open spaces, and world-famous faces that make the city and district unique. A fun-filled resource for visitors and locals alike, its ten sections are packed with notorious scandals, strange-but-true anecdotes, and indiscreet facts. From whispered-about cycling paths to cut-rate shopping, astonishing eateries and skinny dipping, this book has Montreal uncovered.

Fact-filled, funny, and fearless, Montreal: The Unknown City showcases the island metropolis from a one-of-a-kind perspective.

Two-colour throughout, with more than 150 black and white photographs.


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. . . this book is as useful to locals as it is to tourists. . .
-The Globe & Mail

Here is an excellent key to the city that not just visitors but many Montrealers will want to have.
-The National Post

[I] wholeheartedly recommend this book, which says a lot about this city you won't find anywhere else, both for tourists and residents. Tourists will get a great introduction, and locals will discover new dimensions to old places.
-Montreal Review of Books

Whether you are a first time visitor to Montreal or a native, you will definitely garner precious information after reading this book. Highly recommended.
-Suite101.com

. . . a new, more charasmatic guide to Montreal's lesser-known places and people. . .
-Montreal Mirror

Part tourist reference, part compendium of lore, Montreal is a witty, engrossing addition to the innovative series of guidebooks published by Vancouver's Arsenal Pulp Press.
-Georgia Straight

The authors' wonky spin on things local is not only useful but hugely entertaining.
-The Gazette

About the Author

Kristian Gravenor loiters endlessly around Montreal's west end, spending countless hours staring out at Oxford Park. He periodically finds time to write local news stories and a weekly city column for the Montreal Mirror.



A news editor with CanWest Interactive, John David Gravenor was editor of the weekly Hudson & St Lazare Times, and literary critic for The National Post and Montreal's Gazette. He remembers where he was when Elvis died.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous book May 1 2014
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Truly a perfect name-I learned so many interesting facts about this city! Well written and easy to navigate. Whether visiting or relocating, a "must-have" book
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable book July 6 2012
By Baghdig
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This book is so interesting because it gives facts about the city of Montreal. It has everything from ghost stories to shorcuts, to tips and restaurant reviews. This book contains history, facts, reviews, truely everything for tourists and locals. It also has funny info like stuff cops, celebs and many others have done in thiscity. It is so remarkable I will use some of these facts for my show on CUTV's What's Up Montreal?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, informative and hilarious June 3 2003
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I've read a lot of books about Montreal but this is uniquely packed with saucy stories, clever quips and little-known tales. It's excellently written and has stories that haven't been told elsewhere, from Barry Bonds' romantic connection to the city, to the smuggling of the dead film-noir starlet over the border, to the phone book blunder that offended the city's Italian community - every page seems to offer an insiders view about the city that shouldn't be missed. Highly recommended for repeat readings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Montreal resource Dec 31 2002
By A Customer
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I'm not a huge reader so I was pretty skeptical when I was given this for Christmas, but I was quickly won over. It's a readable, fast, funny and very interesting bunch of stories and history and insight of the city of Montreal. Some great yarns that come to mind include the graveyard tales, the guy acquitted of kidnapping the millionaire heir by explaining his written plans were a novel he was working on, the transportation of the dead Hollywood starlet - all of these stories make this a pretty satisfying read, plus the restaurant and nightlife sections and other stuff are really useful as well. I've seen a couple of reviews in the papers about this book and they pretty much said the same thing as myself. One of the best I've seen about this city for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Montreal resource Dec 31 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not a huge reader so I was pretty skeptical when I was given this for Christmas, but I was quickly won over. It's a readable, fast, funny and very interesting bunch of stories and history and insight of the city of Montreal. Some great yarns that come to mind include the graveyard tales, the guy acquitted of kidnapping the millionaire heir by explaining his written plans were a novel he was working on, the transportation of the dead Hollywood starlet - all of these stories make this a pretty satisfying read, plus the restaurant and nightlife sections and other stuff are really useful as well. I've seen a couple of reviews in the papers about this book and they pretty much said the same thing as myself. One of the best I've seen about this city for a long time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, informative and hilarious June 3 2003
By Daniel Bourgeois - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've read a lot of books about Montreal but this is uniquely packed with saucy stories, clever quips and little-known tales. It's excellently written and has stories that haven't been told elsewhere, from Barry Bonds' romantic connection to the city, to the smuggling of the dead film-noir starlet over the border, to the phone book blunder that offended the city's Italian community - every page seems to offer an insiders view about the city that shouldn't be missed. Highly recommended for repeat readings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Montreal: The Unknown City June 3 2007
By Kristin Watson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has interesting tid-bits of information for those who are interested in history. It is not sufficient as a travel guide, but would be a great purchase for those who live in Montreal or will be spending significant amounts of time there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unknown City Becomes a Little More Known Aug. 27 2013
By Velcro - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has some great photos of early Montreal. What the author describes as the "unknown city" soon becomes known and for anyone who had the pleasure of growing up in a fine city like Montreal, this book will bring fond memories for you. From Outremont to NDG (Notre Dame de Grace) to Montreal Quest to downtown, it's all there with some fine historic photos of some old landmarks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Subversive... For true Montreal lovers. July 11 2013
By Michel Asselin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is far from being a tourist guide to the city of Montreal. Mr Gravesnor was a seasoned columnist for the now defunct alternative weekly Montreal Mirror and it shows. He depicts my town vividly, animatedly, excitingly... lovingly. Wonderful, wonderful anecdotes about what made (and makes) this place a fun, sin loving city. Because of the date of publication, a lot of the club and restaurant info is a bit old but Gravesnor's writing makes that section interesting reading nonetheless. (and he was amazingly prescient about the upcoming fortune of some establishments). The Mont Royal cemetery anecdote is worth the price of admission.

Recommended for lovers of Montreal lore, from seedy to the sublime.
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