The Other Paris A trip through Paris as it will never be again dark and dank and poor and slapdash and truly bohemianParis the City of Light the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur w

  • Title: The Other Paris
  • Author: Luc Sante
  • ISBN: 9780374299323
  • Page: 433
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A trip through Paris as it will never be again dark and dank and poor and slapdash and truly bohemianParis, the City of Light, the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur, was until fairly recently always accompanied by its shadow the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the willfully nonconforming In The Other Paris, LucA trip through Paris as it will never be again dark and dank and poor and slapdash and truly bohemianParis, the City of Light, the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur, was until fairly recently always accompanied by its shadow the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the willfully nonconforming In The Other Paris, Luc Sante gives us a panoramic view of that second metropolis, which has nearly vanished but whose traces are in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city, in the culture of France itself, and, by extension, throughout the world.Drawing on testimony from a great range of witnesses from Balzac and Hugo to assorted boulevardiers, rabble rousers, and tramps Sante, whose thorough research is matched only by the vividness of his narration, takes the reader on a whirlwind tour Richly illustrated with than three hundred images, The Other Paris scuttles through the knotted streets of pre Haussmann Paris, through the improvised accommodations of the original bohemians, through the whorehouses and dance halls and hobo shelters of the old city.A lively survey of labor conditions, prostitution, drinking, crime, and popular entertainment, and of the reporters, r aliste singers, pamphleteers, and poets who chronicled their evolution, The Other Paris is a book meant to upend the story of the French capital, to reclaim the city from the bons vivants and the speculators, and to hold a light to the works and lives of those expunged from its center by the forces of profit.

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    About “Luc Sante

    1. Luc Sante says:

      Luc Sante was born in Verviers Belgium and emigrated to the United States in the early 1960s Since 1984, he has been a teacher and writer, and frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books His publications include Low Life Lures and Snares of Old New York, The Factory of Facts and Folk Photography He currently teaches creative writing and the history of photography at Bard College in New York State.



    2 thoughts on “The Other Paris

    1. This is not a good book ~~ A gift fr those who know I love Paris. Many are impressed by publisher FSG and author. Don't be. The essay is a laundry list of names, titles, locations, brands with esoteric details here and there. There are too many blah photos, of postage stamp size, all repetitive, and you wonder Why? Blurb whores : the always dull Paul Auster calls it "finest book I've ever read about Paris" (what were the others?) and Hilton Als (yes, that one!) smooches, "an epic work." Revealed [...]

    2. bbc/programmes/b071x0gpDescription: Paris, City of Light, the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur, was until fairly recently always accompanied by its shadow - the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the wilfully nonconforming.In The Other Paris, Luc Sante gives us a panoramic view of that alternative metropolis, which has all but vanished but whose traces are in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city, in the culture of France itself [...]

    3. Luc Sante's Other Paris is the Paris of the non-respectable - the working class, the homeless, prostitutes, criminals, artists, bohemians, entertainers, revolutionaries, immigrants, con men, and the flaneurs and urban explorers with the time and interest to describe it all. The facts and anecdotes strung together by Sante are interesting, and sometimes fascinating, but without an overarching story or thesis, it becomes "this happened, and then that happened." The author tries to pull it all toge [...]

    4. Een meesterverteller aan het woord over de mooiste stad ter wereld, maar bekeken door een bril van armoede, misdaad en anarchisme. Het eeuwige licht van Parijs, verduisterd, verbloemd en versomberd. Het 'Paris insolite', de hoofdstad gezien vanuit de onderbuik, de zelfkant, de goot, de nor en de kroeg. De flaneur is het leidmotief, de stad als labyrintisch spel het grondplan. Leerrijke, meeslepende, originele en bij vlagen briljante mentaliteitsgeschiedenis.

    5. The Other ParisAs a historian I love social history and cities as it means we can be surrounded with historic themes that mean we can dig down and get our teeth in to something meaty. In The Other Paris, Luc Sante has written what can be considered a wonderful essay illustrated by some wonderful pictures and illustrations. Here Sante looks at the rougher edges of Paris rather than the refined Paris that is often portrayed in books and on film.This is a wonderfully rich book, well written and res [...]

    6. Brilliant history of the underground Paris, the city in the centuries before it got cleaned up, its streets straightened and widened by Haussmann, before it pushed its poor and problematic populations to the banlieues postwar and evolved into today's familiar capital of international tourism. This is a challenging read, each dense but accessible chapter focused on a topic, the writing sometimes thick with trivial anecdotes and lists, as well as references to numerous unfamiliar places, events an [...]

    7. Of all the cities in the world, Paris has a mythical hold on me. I don't know why? Los Angeles and Tokyo are my two other favorite cities, but somehow Paris has captured my imagination, and this book by Luc Sante, pretty much describes my imaginary Paris as a factual place. I have been there at least six times in my life, and yet, it never disappoints, just gives me a thrill whenever I'm confined in Paris. Sante's "The Other Paris" pretty much describes my fascination, as there is only my imagin [...]

    8. Hmmm. I have mixed feelings about Sante. He writes that he has no intention of glamorizing poverty but I think he does a bit. He includes some facts about how hard life used to be then he waxes on about how much cooler Paris was in the 19th century. He refers to prostitutes as the girls and points out that prostitution was part of the fabric of Paris. He laments the sterile gloss of contemporary Paris and the monotony of the suburbs, the places where workers went to when Paris got too expensive. [...]

    9. For years now, in the French guide book production there is a whole new branch: you will find dozens of titles that begin with "L'insolite ", literally translated as "the unusual", focusing on the backside of things, behind the scenes, that what lies outside the traditional tourist highlights, often also with the undertone of "marginal" and even "spicy".This book by Luc Sante Paris is something like that: no trodden paths, at least not the tourist paths, but an evocation of the lesser known aspe [...]

    10. From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:Paris, City of Light, the city of fine dining and seductive couture and intellectual hauteur, was until fairly recently always accompanied by its shadow - the city of the poor, the outcast, the criminal, the eccentric, the wilfully nonconforming.In The Other Paris, Luc Sante gives us a panoramic view of that alternative metropolis, which has all but vanished but whose traces are in the bricks and stones of the contemporary city, in the culture of France itself [...]

    11. Sante, Luc. The Other Paris, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2015 (306pp. $28)It is of no little interest that Paris contains some 3,195 streets, 330 passages (encompassing both arcades and alleys), 314 avenues, 2923 impasses, 189 villas (enclosed mansions, or house groupings like a mews), 142 cites (sometimes developed, sometimes a slum), 139 squares, 108 boulevards, 64 courts, 52 quays, 30 bridges, 27 ports, 22 galeries (arcades), 13 allees, 7 hameaux (quite literally, “hamlets”), 7 l [...]

    12. While reading this book I recalled a scene from the documentary "Le Joli Mai" (aka "The Jolly Month of May") in which Parisians from all ranks of society are interviewed about their lives, cares and dreams during the spring of 1962 when France was finally at peace post-Algeria. A newly re-housed poor family are clearly enjoying the panoramic view through the window of their high rise apartment block and looking down at the tiny people wandering below. This is in contrast with the quartier where [...]

    13. A collection of essays on the various aspects of the Parisian underbelly of society over the past two hundred and fifty years, Sante's book is an engaging and exploratory walk through the byways of underground society as it has existed and continues to exist in Franco culture. I learned about this book in a selection from my Delancey Place daily email, and was excited to check it out. The book's essays are organized by underground movement – infrastructure, crime, prostitution, drugs, punishme [...]

    14. There seems to be a wide variation of opinion of this book by readers. Either they really like it or really hate it. I am in the former campI found this book to be fascinating and an engrossing read. Sante explores the seemy underbelly of Paris from it's beginnings to modern times. The hustlers, the whores, the cons, the street singers and much more. He highlights the milieux that has been 'lost' or tossed aside in the gentrification of Paris. I am a devoted reader of arcane information about p [...]

    15. Frenetic and enthralling account of a Paris that no longer exists. As Sante puts it, "People would rather live poor in Paris than live anywhere else." Sante takes us through the underbelly of a Paris whose people thrived and hustled, ebbed and flowed. It was the people and the neighborhoods no longer in existence that gave Paris that veneer of the magical. Still, it goes in detail when describing the debauchery, the starvation, the filth. Sante does not leave a stone unturned. The read transport [...]

    16. Luc Sante has followed up LOW LIFE, his decadent tour of old New York City, with THE OTHER PARIS, a similarly themed look at the past of a great city. Unlike the first book, which debunked the adage of the “good old days” (they weren’t better, and often far worse), now he writes with a similar love for the rough edges smoothed out by modernity, but in a more revolutionary tone. His prose is not mere nostalgic reflection as much as a battle cry to stop the madness of progress which leaves m [...]

    17. An entertaining little tour through the darker side of Parisian history. Sante clearly prefers the obscure, overlooked, discarded, hidden and marginalised.I really enjoyed it, particularly the exploration between urban design and revolutionary uprisings. Highly recommended!

    18. Stories and topics of interest about the other side of Paris, the grittier side of the City of Light. Topics included prostitution, drugs and homosexuality.

    19. i believe the author forgot that a book requires a theme, a purpose, or a message. this book about the older, seamier side of paris is a list of things, places, street names with little or no narrative to connect them. we all know that every big city has the non-tourist side. we also know that we can read about these other, less famous, places in a number of places. this isnot the place to read abot the underbelly of paris.

    20. This was an exquisitely researched book with excellent accompanying images. I've been to Paris handful of times and found the stories of the "underbelly" interesting. I definitely learned a lot. Not being extremely familiar with the city, I did have trouble forming a solid frame of reference for locations. I wish more maps would have been included. Still, this is Sante with his excellent prose and twinkles of humor mixed in with brutal honesty.

    21. I won this through the goodread's giveaway. Exciting, well paced and easy to get into. I learned new things from this book which is my whole goal when I read. Very impressed, would recommend.

    22. I thought this would be a good companion book to Low Life but from the Parisian angle. Essentially the same layout as LL but with the French angle.

    23. Excellent overview of the history of Paris, from the brothels and showgirls to religion and wine and food. The underground catacombs and ghost stories. Beautiful photos and you can dip in and out as you so choose. As someone who really needed a decent quick overview of Parisian life within a certain timeframe (1800-1900) for research this was fantastic! Covers the wars too. The writer is concise and intrinsically fascinating. Lovely stuff. Really enjoyed the pictures and photographs, bought it t [...]

    24. Luc Sante describes everything about Paris; the poverty through the ages especially stands out. We would like to just think of beauty and freedom in this city. Like all cities, there are struggles; crime, poverty, living in slums. Imagine saving breadcrumbs to use in a recipe to sell to others. The tendency is to take lots for granted. Sante describes the times when women lined the streets, scrubbing and washing, using bleach to clean the clothes. They were the present day laundromats. We take f [...]

    25. Think you know about Paris, about the cosmopolitan city that shines as a beacon of sophistication around the world? Full of romance and charm but scratch just beneath the surface and you'll find heathens in a city that has been the epicenter of vice, greed, and insurrection. A warrior city covered in gore and wounds that refuses to lie down quietly. Her armor is the generations of Parisians who have fought for their rights and sometimes taken them. Men and women of the lowest classes who lived t [...]

    26. I always enjoy reading anything Luc Sante writes, and after "Low Life" I was very excited to see that he was doing a similar book about Paris, one of my favorite cities. As "Low Life" did for New York, this book documents the story of the "underbelly" of Paris, a sort of alternate history that's not about the usual stars of the show. The structure of the book takes a little bit to sink in, as each chapter loosely covers a certain portion of the story, from dance halls to the guillotine. I found [...]

    27. "Everything is always going away, every way of life is continually subject to disappearance, all who reach their middle years have lost the landscape of their childhood, everyone given to introspection feels threatened. Everything was always better before—and in many ways it probably was, since there were, among other things, fewer people, which made for more space and less competition for scraps, gave more room to chance and to nature." Indeed.The printed book is full of images, BBC Radio's a [...]

    28. I enjoyed this book, even though there were a few things that bothered me while reading it. I dislike the conceit of not including citation numbers, and just lumping all of the notes at the end based on page numbers. I get it that citations are a "turn-off" to the general reader, but someone reading this book would have to have a pretty advanced knowledge of Parisian history, so it would be an educated reader anyway. The images are pretty awfull black and white, some grainy, some without rhyme n [...]

    29. As the tabloid-style cover suggests, this book explores Paris's darker side - crime, slum housing, prostitution, serious art, and other aspects of life on the margins of mainstream society - with special focus on the pre-Haussmann 1840s and the cultural explosion of the interwar period in the 1920s and 30s. It's packed with historical photos, but they're positively miniscule and never take up even an eighth of a page each! I wished constantly that this were coffee table size so I wouldn't have t [...]

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