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  1. MaryG2E MaryG2E says:

    John Baxter is an Australian ex patriate who has been living in Paris for over 20 years married to a French woman He is an author film critic journalist translator and literary tour guideLooking for a niche market Baxter develops the idea of leading night time tours of the lesser known parts of Paris He decides to create 5 separate walks based on the 5 senses He then undertakes first hand research by walking around his proposed locations either alone or in the company of interesting companionsBaxter is a masterful writer The words flow effortlessly and the sentences are packed with either wise observations or witty asides or both He brings the back streets of Paris those not normally seen by tourists to life with verve and wry humour He is one of those remarkable people with a seemingly encyclopaedic brain and an elephantine memory Every vista every building every shopfront or doorway evokes a story which is fascinating His knowledge of history the arts and culture is remarkable and he offers all sorts of intriguing and often uirky snippets about aspects of Parisian life This is really easy reading highly entertaining particularly for those readers who have visited Paris and know some of the locations Even for the dedicated stay at home armchair traveller Baxter’s wit and wisdom illuminate the City of Light in a uniue way45★s

  2. Patty Patty says:

    When Hemingway called Paris 'moveable feast' he didn't mention that there's no menu The table sags under the weight of incidents personalities anecdotes legends lies p 7Less than a month ago I finished Baxter's The Most Beautiful Walk in the World A Pedestrian in Paris So when Harper Perennial gave me the opportunity to read this new book by Baxter I jumped at the chance I was not disappointed Baxter has a breezy style that makes his books very absorbing Before I knew it I was halfway through his night time walksI like the fact that Baxter is not native French but has lived in Paris for years I believe it helps him understand what tourists might be interested in that the usual guidebooks don't cover I also enjoyed the way he created his walking tours Each one is tied to one of the five sensesUnfortunately I am still not headed to Paris anytime soon but in the meantime I have visited some places I would have not found on my own I recommend these tours to all armchair travelers and to those who want to know about Paris than that it is the home of the Effel TowerThank you to Harper for letting me read another fun book by John Baxter

  3. Mary Mary says:

    This book is somewhat interestingas long as you pretend that it has a completely different title The premise is to provide a guide for Paris after hours divided into five nights where each night i based on a sense Being that I have an upcoming trip to Paris I thought this was a uniue concept and couldn't wait to read it What a huge disappointmentThe first several chapters are mostly the author hemming and hawing about doing a night tour Should I do one? How do I do one? What should I include in one? I wanted to read about about this tour not the plans about a possible tour The concept for this seemed to have come about after the author was approached by a woman who asked about a night walk and the author understood that she wasn't the type who wanted anything that focused on Moulin Rouge the Museum of Eroticism and well anything sexual in nature It was something likely literary in mindIt was chapter 10 that night one finally began Except it didn't And well neither did the second third fourth or fifth nights Why? Because not only was none of it really based on the senses as indicated barely any of it took place at night The vast majority of the book was either random personal anecdotes such as things the author would buy at the market or random tidbits of history such as toilets horse droppings and the guillotine these three taking place in the sound section??? In spite of the author making it a point to mention how most night tours included some of the sexual things and how this woman didn't seem to want that he decides to include some sexual things in here anyway Why act as if you're offering something that others don't offer only to offer the same thing?The book is very poorly organized with no real rhyme or reason to how and why all of these things were strung together in the order they were chosen There were several times I had to backtrack to ensure I didn't skip a page or a paragraph because it so uickly jumped to something completely unrelated Within the last few chapters the author is STILL trying to figure out how to do a night tour And by the end he says he doesn't do them So yeah he wrote an entire book pretending it was going to be something he really knew nothing about and ultimately didn't make it about that at allSo why three stars for all this negativity? Because aside from the disorganization I probably would have enjoyed it had it not tried to lure readers in with a false pretense Read it for some interesting history and if you love a personal take from an an Australian expat living in Paris Don't read it if you think the title has anything to do with the contents of the book

  4. Michael Blaylock Michael Blaylock says:

    Hit and miss A nice look into the daily life and history of Paris but the layout isn't exactly as promised Some of the chapters in certain sensory breakups don't make well sense Like food in the sound chapter The ideas area also pretty scattered Not everything even has anything to do with night in Paris IE gardens exist at all times and food vendors are mostly open in the day time so why talk about them in a book about Nights? The writer clearly comes from a love of Paris and a certain understand of it which he does not always communicate to the reader However if you're interested in Paris already and just want to grab as much of it as you can this is a good book to read about some of less known aspects of Paris In that regard it is an enlightening book and at least worth a read

  5. Erin Erin says:

    I've read two other books by John Baxter and enjoyed those far than this one This felt like a loosely assembled collection of anecdotes and Paris factoids of which Baxter has plenty but it seemed like he was just dumping them all in one place rather than arranging them in a cohesive order strung together with the shaky thread of the five senses It was a great idea on theory but wasn't executed well and I don't know if that's totally the fault of the author; it was a tough theme to stick to A uick read not his best

  6. Andrew Andrew says:

    If you have all the time in the world and want to cull a half dozen decent anecdotes out of this volume go ahead Be warned it's not useful at all for a traveler and may enrage you with its abstruse story telling style and the self importance of the authorI have to compliment the publisher and designer though this is a sexy and appealing packaging for a mystifying vapid book

  7. Andie Andie says:

    I'm a sucker for anything about Paris and I've read a couple of John Baxter's other books so I was looking forward to a pleasant holiday read Unfortunately Mr Baxter was phoning this one in and relied way too heavily on his tales of sexual weirdness for my taste Don't waste your time

  8. Larry Hostetler Larry Hostetler says:

    Not what I expected and pleasantly so Rather than an account of tours of Paris as suggested on the back cover Baxter leads readers on five evening tours across Paris's great neighborhoods Baxter does much Replete with stories of writers artists philosophers and musicians though not excluding other luminaries the book is about Baxter's flirtation with doing night tours and the kind of information that would make such tours interesting But I do not know whether the book could be used as a guide to the city And I don't care Organized into sections that appeal to the five senses the book considers the city from five perspectives and shows why Paris is so intriguing The only thing I did not particularly like about the book were the uotes at the beginning of each chapter They seemed only loosely connected and in some cases I could not find the connection By skipping the uotes I found the flow much better Your results may differVery good and uick read

  9. Megan Iranpour Megan Iranpour says:

    Once a French teacher who was fortunate enough to take several trips to France for free with students I long to go back and miss my home away from home with an ache a pining As such I will read most anything in or about France This book was charming the author knows his people and his city but it is not going to suggest a set of five tours you should take in Paris at night if that’s what you feel it might do He captures the five senses in Paris a very cool concept but many of his chapters in each section seem tangential and unrelated to the sense they were attached to The stories are still entertaining Read this if you want to expand your knowledge of and fall in love with the essence of French people

  10. Allison Allison says:

    Similar to his earlier book The Most Beautiful Walk in the World John Baxter delivers a confused and rambling self indulgent pseudo memoire He seems concerned with humble bragging about his past experiences with celebrities and contributing to the fetishization of Paris than with providing a real guide book to the city While Baxter is clearly an intellectual with lots of knowledge and stories to share the format of this book is a disaster His chapters are sloppy and disorganized and he comes off as another vaguely misogynistic idolater of Hemingway who is simply coasting on the reputation of a beautiful city

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Five Nights in Paris [Download] ➵ Five Nights in Paris By John Baxter – An unforgettable nocturnal tour through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods by the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World John Baxter enchants readers with his literary tour of Pari An unforgettable nocturnal tour through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods by the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World John Baxter enchants readers with his literary tour of Paris in The Most Beautiful Walk in the World Now this expat who has lived in the City of Light for than twenty years introduces you to the city's streets after dark revealing hidden treasures and unexpected delights.

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Five Nights in Paris
  • John Baxter
  • 25 April 2016
  • 9780062296252

About the Author: John Baxter

John Baxter born in Randwick New South Wales is an Australian born writer journalist and film makerBaxter has lived in Britain and the United States as well as in his native Sydney but has made his home in Paris since where he is married to the film maker Marie Dominiue Montel They have one daughter LouiseHe began writing science fiction in the early s for New Worlds Sci.