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In John Glassco was 19 and in Paris. A Canadian expat with no contacts and no resources, except for a brains, a colossal dose of chutzpah and the self-confidence of youth, he set about storming the citadels of the literary scene. In a mere 18 months he had met everyone who was anyone. Memoirs of montparnasse But this is much more than a succession of celebrity vignettes. It is a record of youth lived as it should be lived — a continuous round of debauchery, heavy drinking, frenzied sexual activity and earnest, erudite discussion about literature.
May 29, ISBN Feb 15, ISBN Memoirs of Montparnasse is a delicious book about being young, restless, reckless, and without cares.
It is also the best and liveliest of the many chronicles of s Paris and the exploits of the lost generation. Innineteen-year-old John Glassco escaped Montreal and his overbearing father for the wilder shores of Montparnasse. He remained there until his money ran out and his health collapsed, and he enjoyed every minute of his stay. Like its author — whom I knew quite well in the s — the book is a loveable and eccentric rogue, fond of style and up to mischief.
It never fails to entertain.
It is also one of the best books on being in literary Paris in the s. Paperback —. Add to Cart. About Memoirs of Montparnasse Memoirs of Montparnasse is a delicious book about being young, restless, reckless, and without cares.
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Pass it on! Stay in Touch Sign up. We are experiencing technical difficulties.The author fled from Canada to Montmartre in In , a young Canadian named John Glassco set out for Paris with his best friend. The two set out to explore all that the city had to offer: the cafes, bars, and brasseries that the Americans of A great memoir of a misspent youth, and of Paris in that wonderful time between the wars, when the city was the world capital of art and sex and adventure.
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