Books, Baguettes and Bedbugs
5 journalers for this copy...
Shakespeare and Company`in Paris in one of the world`s most famous bookshops. Originally the haunt of literary greats, such as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and James Joyce, it later became the principal meeting place for Beatnik poets:Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs were both visitors.
Today the tradition continues and writers still find their way to this bizarre establishment, one of them being Jeremy Mercer. Leaving his life as a crime reporter in Canada, he packs his bags and, on a whim, heads to Paris. With no friends, no job and no money, the thrill of escape soon palls but, by chance, he happens upon the fairytale world of "Shakespeare and Co."
A true, entertaining story about an unusual life in a very unusual accommodation
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
This book is on its way to penelopewanders in Hasliberg.
Curious to compare my memories and experiences of the place with this.
Thanks so much for the trade!
At first Mercer annoyed me no end as he was indeed so typical of the rather arrogant "Paris is ours and we're the next generation of great American poets/novelists/thinkers" who I encountered at Shakespeare and company during the relatively short period I frequented it. The book did bring back many memories of that first year I spent in Paris (first of twenty-two...) so I am glad to have read it. I think it's a book for a ray if ever there was one, so I'll probably be offering it up soon, I think.
fritzykatz (Germany) can ship int'l
Hayes13 (Italy), can ship international
Pell (Italy) can ship international-->sent
mrbaggins1 (South Africa) can ship int'l
jneni (Singapore) (can ship int'l)
Bug2004 (USA) US only
debnance (USA) US only
merrymari (USA) US preferred
NMReader (USA) US only
hopi100 (USA) can ship int'l
valerief USA) can ship int'l
Jean-Sol (Australia) can ship int'l
Bluemchenblatt (France)can ship int'l
lidlekiwi (UK) UK only
Vekiki (UK) domestic preferably
Order may change as logic prevails...
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
This ray was started by the book being hand-carried to Germany. So we know it arrived safely. Enjoy!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
The ray continues! I am sending this off to Pell and I hope she likes it as much as I did.
The book was wonderful, soft, gentle, funny, sad, brilliant. I adore Paris (although I haven't been for many years), but I had never discovered Shakespeare and Company. I must return to Paris immediately!!
Both of my mother's (American) parents were born and raised in France. I wonder if they knew and loved Shakespeare and Company.
I thought this was such a fascinating story, well written and so enjoyed reading it- have recommended it to all my friends. Am awaiting mrbaggins addi and will forward asap.