By David Downie, Alison Harris
“Beautifully written and refreshingly unique… makes us see [Paris] in a special light.” -- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
Swapping his local San Francisco for the town of sunshine, commute author David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way price tag, his head choked with romantic notions. interest and the legs of a cross-country runner propelled him day-by-day from an unheated, seventh-floor walk-up garret close to the Champs-Elysées to the previous Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of Père-Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens and the aristocratic Île Saint-Louis midstream within the Seine.
Downie wound up dwelling within the stylish Marais district, married to the Paris-born American photographer Alison Harris, an both incurable walker and chronicler. Ten books and a quarter-century later, he nonetheless spends a number of hours each day rambling via Paris, and writing concerning the urban he loves. An irreverent, witty romp that includes thirty-one brief prose sketches of individuals, locations and way of life, Paris, Paris: trip into the town of Light levels from the glamorous to the least-known corners and characters of the world’s favourite city.
Photographs by means of Alison Harris.
“I enjoyed his selection of essays and someone who’s visited Paris long ago, or plans to go to sooner or later, could be both charmed as well.” —David Lebovitz, writer of The candy existence in Paris
“[A] quirky, own, self sustaining view of the town, its historical past and its people”—Mavis Gallant
“Gives clean poetic perception into town… a voyage into ‘the bends and recesses, the jagged edges, the key interiors’ [of Paris].”— Departures