Inside A Pearl

Inside A Pearl

My Years in Paris

Book - 2014
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"... The book's title evokes the Parisian landscape in the eternal mists and the half-light, the serenity of the city compared to the New York White had known (and vividly recalled in City Boy). White fell headily in love with the city and its culture: both intoxicated and intellectually stimulated. He became the definitive biographer of Jean Genet; he wrote lives of Marcel Proust and Arthur Rimbaud; and he became a recipient of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Inside a Pearl recalls those fertile years for White. It's a memoir which gossips and ruminates, and offers a brilliant examination of a city and a culture eternally imbued with an aura of enchantment."
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608195824
Branch Call Number: Literature 813.54 Whi
Alternative Title: My years in Paris


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FW_librarian Jun 19, 2015

Lots of name-dropping - the book resembles articles in Vanity Fair so, if you enjoy that type of journalism, this is the book for you. Included are snippets of the popular and infamous artsy-crowd but the best part is White's description comparing cultural perspectives of the French to the English and, to Americans.

Jun 16, 2014

full disclosure: I am a francophile... and have loved Mr. Whites other memoirs. The french ARE different. they are snobby and fussy and these glimpses are like studying stylish primate cousins... this is high-brow gossip- no Kardashians- but some contemporary philosophers and 'priviledged' cads!


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Jun 25, 2015

Only about 30 percent of Americans have passports, and half of those have traveled only to Mexico or Canada. We are an insular, incurious nation—but there I go again.


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