Into a Paris Quartier: Reine Margot's Chapel and Other Haunts of St. Germain

Into a Paris Quartier Reine Margot s Chapel and Other Haunts of St Germain Looks at the history of the Paris neighborhood of St Germain and its many notable inhabitants and haunts

  • Title: Into a Paris Quartier: Reine Margot's Chapel and Other Haunts of St. Germain
  • Author: Diane Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780792272663
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Looks at the history of the Paris neighborhood of St Germain and its many notable inhabitants and haunts.

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    • Diane Johnson

      Diane Johnson is an American born novelist and essayist whose satirical novels often contain American heroines living abroad in contemporary France.Born in Moline, Illinois, Johnson s recent books include L Affaire 2004 , Le Mariage 2000 , and Le Divorce 1997 for which she was a National Book Award finalist and the winner of the California Book Awards gold medal for fiction.

    542 thoughts on “Into a Paris Quartier: Reine Margot's Chapel and Other Haunts of St. Germain

    • Meandering stuff^%$#%, regarding St-Germaine,Paris. I feel more comfortable with Rue Bonaparte now, and very glad to learn about the first public library in France created 1648, Bibliotheque Mazarine. Facing the Seine, close to D'Orsay--must get there. But otherwise, how did this book get past an editor?


    • I loved this little book. It takes a very small slice of Paris - the St. Germain-des-Pres neighborhood - and digs deeply into it, exploring architecture, history, heritage, scandal and environment, with touches of her daily life there scattered about. Lovely.


    • part of the national geographic traveler series that also has dunlop's spain National Geographic Traveler: Spain and roff smith's oz National Geographic Traveler: Australia. diane johnson is a noted and popular novelist from "Le divorce" and "lulu in marrakech" Lulu in Marrakech (she of two pulitzers, 3 national book award noms) johnson lives in st germaine de pres (sp and diacritics? uff) and takes the reader all aournd poking noses in old churches, haute shops, and literary cafes like flores a [...]



    • I must have a copy of this book in my hands the next time I am in Paris! The history behind the architecture and the whole Saint-Germain-des-Prés area is as well crafted as the the buildings there and as well decorated as the façades if these buildings, too. Tho there is a lot of Diane Johnson in it, all of the little stories just show off the quartier as if one wandered it with an old friend--and I, who have written a literary walk of the area, learned enormous amounts about it all. But this [...]


    • Don't leave home without it (if you can spend time on the Left Bank)! The author writes about St.-Germain-des-Prés, pointing out historical and fictional settings and where famous authors or artists lived etc. It is well told and sometimes personal account. Last time I was in Paris I stayed in this lovely neighborhood and walked around thoroughly enjoying using this book as a guide.


    • A breezy book about St. Germain. Johnson writes as if she is talking while roaming the quartier. Musing on buildings, history, and inhabitants as the mood strikes her. The chapters seemed short and choppy to me, but the various tidbits of information were absorbing.


    • Heading to Paris soon, so this book was a perfect read to whet my appetite for the city. Interesting and enjoyable trip through the history and buildings of St Germaine.


    • The author's personal journey through St-Germain-des-Prés, in a deliciously readable prose. Her main focus of interest is Queen Margot and the 1600s. I think this book is best read if you've already visited Saint-Germain-des-Prés and have some basic knowledge about Parisian history. Otherwise, a great page-turner."And since there are as many Parises as there are people who live or visit, so there are as many beginnings, each personal and cherished, by which each visitor comes to feel a sort of [...]


    • Another gem about St. Germain and read-worthy if you love Paris and love history. I wish Diane Johnson would write more!


    • I have thoroughly enjoyed Diane Johnson’s novels,Le Divorce, Le Mariage, L’Affaire andLulu in Marrakech,and even though Into a Paris Quartier is not a novel, but a non-fiction memoire, she does not disappoint. Johnson’s focus is usually on the cultural snafus that involve Americans or Brits in France or Morocco. However, this book is more her musings on her favorite areas of Paris—heavy on the history—mostly around St. Germain des Près area of the Left Bank. She is most fond of recall [...]


    • As I remember I liked this one because it offered insight into the history of landmarks of Paris. The kind that was entertaining and simple enough that I could absorb it. I wish I read it before I went to Paris. Reading this book before would give you the list you would want for your own sightseeing. I'm really not your typical tourist who has to see what everyone else sees. I like the off the beaten path sights and the back story to some others. This book is pretty good about giving you those.Q [...]


    • much to my surprise, i've enjoyed visiting paris the handful of times i've been there. so whenever i notice a narrative-style guide book on this most interesting city, i am happy to give it a go. diane johnson's notes on the st germain area on the left bank was enjoyable albeit of a pretentious tone that i don't share with her but worthy reading nonetheless. i also have an audio tour guide to various other sections of paris by sonia landes which i found helpful, literally while walking the very [...]


    • First of all, this is not a guidebook to the 6th arrondissement, in the way that a Rick Steves or a Fodor book would be, nor was it intended as such. Rather it is a personal exploration of the neighborhood that the author knows well from having lived there. Johnson combines her reminiscences with relevant episodes from the history of this lovely area to weave a narrative that reads like you are walking with no particular purpose through the arrondissement with her at your side. She is an interes [...]


    • I love Diane Johnson's novels which are part travel log, history and art. She is my kind of woman, smart, energetic, intelligent and zany. It takes place in her St. Germain-des-Pres neighborhood where she artfully describes Parisian 19th cy architecture, its history and place. If you, like me, are not fortunate enough to live in Paris, read this little non fiction gem- it will get you there! A side note: It was interesting reading it after Paris Wife and all things Marie Antionette! (How many bo [...]


    • This was like being a casual stroll in the mind of someone who OD'd on their French history as it relates to their own time and personal space. This is not to say it was a bad thing. You get bits and pieces and you can follow what you find here to more bits and pieces that help give the reader a better grasp of the rabbit hole they've fallen into. I can go to Natalie Barney and Sylvia Beach and have my own delightful overdose. And I intend to. I mean, I'm already in the place (mentally) so I mig [...]


    • This is less about the Chapel and St.-Germain as it is one woman's thoughts (and some research) about her 'hood. As I was visiting Paris, I wanted to see what her insights were and possibly trace her footsteps around the quartier but the walking is - as happens when you live someplace - scattered and meandering. That's not to say this isn't interesting, but it's not quite what I wanted and I wonder if it would have been published had the author not already had a following thanks to her novels.


    • Great read if you've been to the St. Germain quartier of Paris - if not you might get lost in the geography.Still, a very good picture of some buildings in the quartier - mostly not major or public buildings, for the most part simple apartment blocks, a few churches. Not a what-to-see-where travel guide, but a view of historical figures who'd lived in these buildings and what the quartier and Paris was like in their timekes me want to go back with a copy of the book in my hand.


    • This was a really interesting book. If you've ever spent a decent amount of time in Paris, you should definitely read this. Johnson does a great job of explaining that special feeling of the Latin Quarter. She goes through the history of several different apartments in the area, and does a great job of putting into words why so many people, Americans specifically, fall in love with Paris and never seem fully able to leave it behind.


    • Lots of interesting history in here, but it also reads at times like someone bragging about all the famous people they've met. I did enjoy all the tiny details about the architecture and history of the 6th arrondissement, since it's where we'll be staying in Paris this spring. It's a good reminder that attention to detail is what makes things interesting, and this is especially true in a place with so much history to be discovered.


    • Enjoyable and engaging at times. Loved learning about Americans living in Paris. Wanted more depth; just scratches the surface and there were so many names and places it was hard to get drawn into a particular one.


    • Read this book with google earth and a good street map like mapquest on your computer. It is so fun to look up the streets mentioned in the book. Then you can google info about all those historical names and battles that are mentioned.


    • Having just spent a couple weeks in a rented apartment in the 6th arrondissement in Paris, I was fascinated by this book. I enjoyed delving into the history of the neighborhood, and reading the anecdotes of the author. A fun read for anyone who has visited or lived in the area.


    • History AliveI loved that it was a memoir about life in France but really chock full of history. It is very amazing how much she packs in. Makes me want to read The Three Musketeers.


    • Great little diversion on the charming neighborhood of St. Germain. We stay there each summer and found this description spot on.





    • A must read for Francophiles. I wish she would write a book like this on EVERY arrondissement in Paris, not just St. Germain-des-pres!



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