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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 6 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061998540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061998546
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 18.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the smartest nonfiction titles for summer reading ... Baxter tracks both the city’s history and the many celebrated figures who have savored the art of walking in one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.” (Christian Science Monitor)

“A lovely book ... Full of unexpected pleasures ...Parisians claim that walking walking around Paris is an art form in itself, and Baxter proves them right. (Chicago Tribune)

“A man with a great appreciation of what makes Paris tick.” (Newsday)

“We are the beneficiaries of John Baxter’s considerable, vivid love for the expatriate life in Paris. ... The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is as close as a reader can get to the feel of a languid spring walk along Baron Haussmann’s boulevards.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Anyone who loves Paris and loves to walk will feel this book was written just for them. ... Charming.” (USA Today)

“A splendid memoir ... Reading The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is the next best thing to a Paris vacation.” (Boston Globe)

“Fabulous . . . the perfect companion for anyone inspired to hop over to France after seeing Midnight in Paris” (NPR.org)

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Thrust into the unlikely role of professional "literary walking tour" guide, an expat writer provides the most irresistibly witty and revealing tour of Paris in years.

In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving "literary walking tours" through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris's legendary artists and writers of the past. Along the way, he tells the history of Paris through a brilliant cast of characters: the favorite cafés of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flâneurs; the secluded "Little Luxembourg" gardens beloved by Gertrude Stein; the alleys where revolutionaries plotted; and finally Baxter's own favorite walk near his home in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alanna Hendren on March 6 2012
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This book about Paris is like a tour through the city's most charming places that a tourist could easily miss. The author obviously loves his subject and is very knowlegable about Paris, both above and below ground. He takes the reader on a journey through some of the most romantic of the city's literary and debaucherous moments while also poking through antique shops and making fun of visitors. A great, relaxing, pleasurable read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coyoteblue on June 6 2012
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I was hoping this book would describe a number of walks in Paris that would help me plan for a great trip this summer. Unfortunately, there's little in the book that describes actually taking specific walks in Paris. Up to about page 90, there are only about 2 pages describing a walk in Paris, and even that is very limited to sitting in a beautiful spot in the Luxembourg gardens. I've only read to about page 140 because even though there is more about specific walks in the second hundred pages, there's very little for me to use for my own visit. I wasn't looking for a travel guide, but I was expecting specific information about where it's nice to walk in Paris. This book is entertaining if you want to read about walking in general, but a major disappointment as a description of where one should go for a walk in Paris.
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By Pierre Gauthier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 21 2015
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This short book by John Baxter is not about a walk.

It is not about Paris.

It is about the narrator, who presumably matches the author, though perhaps with some embellishments.

This narcissistic tendency is well demonstrated with the first page showing a photo of John Baxter... and the last page showing a photograph of John Baxter.

Fascinated with Hemingway and his contemporaries, the author apparently acts as a tour guide in Paris for English-speaking visitors, making much of a case that he is himself a writer and that he currently lives in the same building as some American celebrities of the 1920's.

He sprinkles his text with anecdotes that are neither particularly interesting nor amusing, regarding for instance a locksmith called in on Christmas Eve. With a striking lack of respect, he makes fun of three Texan customers that he toured, no doubt with much exaggeration.

Does John Baxter ascribe to the approach : « Don't let the truth ruin a good story » ?

He certainly appears disconnected with the current city of Paris, indeed with almost anything outside Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the first half of the 20th century.

There are many discrepancies with reality in his book, regarding for instance:

•the fact that the Palais de l'Institut was not Cardinal Mazarin's home; indeed, its construction started after he died!

•that the Palais du Luxembourg is no carbon copy of the Palazzo Pitti, as anyone who has visited Florence may ascertain;

•that the origin of the word « guillotine » has certainly nothing to do with an English jingle writer.
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I like the past of Paris being important because it is important for a visitor to Paris. Otherwise Paris can become just a foreign city. He brings Paris alive.
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