Graham Robb was born in Manchester in 1958 and is a former fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He has published widely on French literature and history, and his most recent book, The Discovery of France (2007), won both the Duff Cooper and Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prizes.
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Imagine an erudite Paul Harvey creating a series of "The Rest of the Story" exclusively about Paris. That is this book in the nutshell. Highly readable. Laudable scholarship for the general reader. For anyone interested in Paris or France in general, what's not to like? (Robb's The Discovery of France is also not to be missed.)
ByMarco Antonio Abarcaon 29 December 2010 - Published on Amazon.com
"Parisians" consists of a series of vignettes that track the history of Paris from Bonaparte to Sarkozy. To tell this story, Robb uses experimental non-fiction story telling techniques. When his experiments work, "Parisians" is a real joy to read. Unfortunately, a few of his experiments fail. When an author is so ambitious there is a high cost for failure. Nevertheless, "Parisians" is an enjoyable book and I am glad that I purchased it.