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John Baxter was born in Randwick, New South Wales in 1939. He is an Australian-born writer, journalist, and film-maker. He has lived in Britain and the U.S. as well as in his native Sydney, but has made his home in Paris since 1989. He began writing science fiction in the early 1960s for New näytä lisää Worlds, Science Fantasy and other British magazines. His first novel was published as a book in the US by Ace as The Off-Worlders. He was Visiting Professor at Hollins College in Virginia in 1975-1976. He has written a number of short stories and novels in that genre and a book about SF in the movies, as well as editing collections of Australian science fiction. For a number of years in the sixties, he was active in the Sydney Film Festival, and during the 1980s served in a consulting capacity on a number of film-funding bodies, as well as writing film criticism for The Australian and other periodicals. Since moving to Paris, he has written four books of autobiography, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict, We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, Immoveable feast : a Paris Christmas, and The Most Beautiful Walk in the World : a Pedestrian in Paris. In 2015 his title, Five Nights in Paris: After Dark in the City of Light, made The New Zealand Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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If you can get past the author's arrogance, you find that about half of the book isn't about Paris or people in Paris at all. The first bit was devoted to deriding those poor souls who, wearing their beige raincoat and comfortable shoes, consult a map during their walk in Paris. What the hell does Baxter want them to wear? A Chanel suit and four-inch spiked heels? And what better way to figure out which direction to walk in than to consult a map? He seems to simply look down his nose at anyone who doesn't know his way around the city. And he seems to think this is something unique to Paris, as if no one wears comfortable shoes or carries a map when they first visit New York, London, or Barcelona.

Before you read about Paris, you learn that Baxter lives in the building where some famous person (I forget who, Sylvia Beach, maybe?) lived. And so-and-so lived down the street, another lived across the road, etc. Baxter doesn't need a map because he lives in Paris. I wonder if he needed a map when he first arrived. Probably not. He is married to a French woman and his mother-in-law lives in a Chateau somewhere out of town. Is this giving you an interesting impression of Paris?

Baxter does finally get around to including the city and tells some stories and anecdotes of interest. I finished the book while in Avignon for a few days and left the book in my hotel room for someone else to slog through. Maybe that person will like the book better than I did.
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dvoratreis | 18 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2024 |
John Baxter knows in infinite detail what makes a book special. He says at one point “Rarity can be created, but not value. That has to be achieved. It gathers on a book like the patina on a bronze, over decades of diligence and care.” He says a lots of things really, and says them well. He’s got a lovely way with words. Talking about a friend’s middle-aged daughter “……she was limp and colourless as a house-dress washed to exhaustion.” Then driving home from the airport in Paris, with his ‘new’ French wife (too long a story to tell you here, you’ll have to read the book) his new mother-in-law is driving and having a “machine-gun conversation” with her daughter and “my name surfaced a few times, like a twig in the flood.” Brilliantly descriptive!
Collecting for himself and then becoming a runner, which means hunting down books for other collectors, became his life and eventually led into writing, publishing and broadcasting.
He’s met some interesting people through all this, not always nice people but without doubt, 'interesting'. The middle section of the book isn’t as good as the bits either side in my opinion. However, I've got to admit, the whole of this ‘confession’ couldn't have been written without it.
If you’ve read anything by Clive James where he’s talking about books, for example, Latest Readings, published four years before he died (which I also highly recommend) I’m sure you’ll enjoy this memoir.
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Fliss88 | 19 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 2, 2023 |
Bought and read this as a fan of Oliver Reed but Russell has a fascination of his own.
 
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Karen74Leigh | Aug 19, 2023 |
Delightful short stories about walking in Paris
 
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vdt_melbourne | 18 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 17, 2023 |

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