As they say on ebay, Buy it now! I spotted this book in a display at Saks, tried to purchase it there, only to find that I had to buy the whole library and bookshelves that went with it. So instead of the $48k, I bought it at this site alone. I am a lover of all things Parisian and this book is just breathtaking. Assouline lives up to his reputation. The photos are incomparable to anything I could snap with my didgital camera on vacation last spring.
Primo daydream material! Jul 11, 2006
Just got this book and have only been through it once. I'll go back again and again, because I'll probably never get to actually visit Paris. The aforementioned out-of-focus photos do exist but for my purposes they are not troubling. A couple of two-page spreads annoyingly place the center of attention right on the crease. But it still gets 5 stars from me. I love the writings, too.
Welcome to Paris! May 18, 2000
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book full of insight, witticisms, and full-page photos of the City of Lights. The author speaks candidly and casually of the city as one would of a dear friend, including charming anecdotes of his days there. Mentions are made of the usual tourist spots: the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge, et cetera, but also little known spots and out of the way places. The myriad of pictures throughout the book only serves to heighten the sense of being there: you can almost feel the well-worn cobblestone beneath your feet as you stroll the streets, hear tourists and natives alike conversing en francais at corner cafes, smell the freshly baked bread from the boulangerie patisseries, and see the sunlight glinting off the Seine. A must-read for anyone who has been or simply dreams of visiting Paris.