Tue, 20 August 2013
This is Paris through the eyes of five families: the aristocrats, the “low-life”, the Jews, the workers and the merchants. Five different perspectives from the Middle-Ages to 1968, five ways to look at Paris, to be in Paris, to make Paris what it is today. The novel shows the relationship between people and the city; how a city has an effect on its people, and how the people and their beliefs shape a city.
This is a fast read (despite its 800-something pages) and a very interesting look at the main events in French history that have left their mark on Paris.
Tue, 6 August 2013
This is not your typical book about New York. This one is all about impressions, about slices of life, about what a city does to you and how you can influence a city.
Manhattan Transfer is a wonder of literary mastery. Its shadowy characters evolve in a New York that evolves with them. A tremendous novel that takes you deep in the heart of a large metropolis. A pure jewel.