Bohemian Paris – Dan Franck

Bohemian Paris was a book that I’ve bought with great enthusiasm a long time ago. But when I came home and read a few pages, I was very upset when I realized how “unreadable” the book was. Years passed, the book dusted on the shelves, then moved to London with me. Even though I was disappointed, I didn’t want to take it out of my hands, and finally, I had read it. I’m sorry to inform, even though it has been years, the book has lost nothing from its unreadability. It is such a shame cause the topic is just amazing.


Bohemian Paris

Paris and its legends

Bohemian Paris tells the story of Paris between 1900 and 1930. Hemingway, Cocteau, Picasso, Matisse, Kiki, Modigliani, Fitzgerald, Aragon and many other legends are in the book. But this book is not for everyone. It doesn’t feel like a novel or nonfiction; it is somewhere in between and, it’s not working. The author’s style is not for me, so it took me a long time to finish this. I felt like I was reading a gossip corner about painters once in a while. It was painful.

Still, I’ve learned a lot of names from the book, and I’ve thought about a lot of things. If you love reading about Paris and its inhabitants, you can find a lot in the book, despite the style of Dan Franck. Before purchasing, I would suggest checking out a few pages. Enjoy!


About the book: Bohemian Paris

A legendary capital of the arts, Paris hosted some of the most legendary developments in world culture — particularly at the beginning of the twentieth century, with the flowering of fauvism, cubism, dadaism, and surrealism. In Bohemian Paris, Dan Franck leads us on a vivid and magical tour of the Paris of 1900-1930, a hotbed of artistic creation where we encounter Apollinaire, Modigliani, Cocteau, Matisse, Picasso, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald, working, loving, and struggling to stay afloat.

About the author: Dan Franck

Dan Franck is a French novelist and screenwriter. His novel La Séparation won the 1991 Prix Renaudot and was made into a movie, La Séparation. 

Bohemian Paris - Dan Franck

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