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michelle

The title of this book caught my eye too recently, at one of the bookshops I visited while I was in Paris. It was in the NYRB edition. It did look interesting (well anything to do with Paris would look interesting to me, anyway!)
Hopefully it will manage to float to the top of your pile of books to read, as I would be very interested to know what you think of it. :)

Danielle

How cool that you found this in Paris! I love the cover of the NYRB edition--this is quite plain, but I should not be tempted by a lovely cover when I have a perfectly good library copy so close at hand. I have been reading some very good memoirs, so I'll be holding on to this as it would fit in nicely with my other reading.

Caroline

That has an interesting publishing history. Written in the 30s, published in the 70s republished in 2007.
I suppose there must have been a lot of writers in paris at the time who didn't ome to the same fame as Heminwat et al but might very well be worth discovering too.

Danielle

I always wonder how authors can recall something that happened so far back in their youth and be able to write about it--so I suppose a certain amount of poetic license really does have to take place. It sounds as though Glassco kept journals he worked from. I know I have other memoirs in my collection that are about Paris during this period--I should look and see what else I have. It certainly gives the world at that time a different perspective.

Stefanie

Glassco sounds like an interesting character. Seems like there were a lot of people at the time not impressed by Hemingway. That he thought Stein pretentious made me laugh. Yes, i bet she probably was.

Danielle

I almost (almost not quite) feel sorry for Hemingway as you are very right--a lot of people thought he was pretty obnoxious, and I guess that really, he was pretty obnoxious. I have never read anything by or about Gertrude Stein, but she seems like a really interesting woman. It's interesting to read about them in memoirs like this--you certainly see a different side to them.

litlove

I am such a fan of this era - Paris in the 1920s and 30s. I love to think of all the writers hobnobbing with each other (and probably getting on each other's nerves!). I'm sure I would enjoy this book very much and must look out for the NYRB version of it.

Danielle

Isn't it a fascinating time and place to read about? I have a few other memoirs on my own shelves that I wouldn't mind grabbing and reading. If NYRB reisussed it, it really must be good!

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