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The Crazy Years : Paris In The Twenties

Wiser, William

(Book - 1983)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Crazy Years : Paris In The Twenties
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Publisher: New York : Atheneum, 1983
ISBN: 0689114192
Branch Call Number: 944.361 W814c
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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Truth is stranger than fiction and in this biography of Paris in the 1920s, there are some unbelievably crazy stories.


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Apr 19, 2014
  • Fidardorist rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This energetic retelling of those storied years among the famed literary/artistic Parisian expat community delivers the kind of intriguing detail to simultaneously slake and whet one's appetite for the many interrelations of that shimmering set. We get Hemingway, Pound, Joyce and Maddox Ford but also Stravinski, Gurdjieff, Chagall, Coco and Kiki, Satie, Duncan, Prokofiev, Lindberg and on and on... A few sentences chosen at random by way of a teaser: "By now Beckett had wandered out of the exclusive orbit of James Joyce and his family, but Lucia was as much in love with him as ever..." "Ezra was right half the time and when he was wrong he was so wrong you were never in doubt about it. Gertrude was always right" -Hemingway, concerning EP and GS's appraisal of his manuscripts. "The surrealistes are the vulgarization of Picabia as Delaunay and his followers and the futurists were the vulgarization of Picasso." Gertrude Stein. If you are jazzed by these quotes, you will want to read this book. Another recommendation: "Man Ray's Montparnasse" by Herbert R. Lottman.

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