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Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart

Shakespeare and Company Paris A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart This is a first ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris It interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop Allen Ginsberg Ana s Nin Ethan Hawke Rober

  • Title: Shakespeare and Company, Paris: A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart
  • Author: Krista Halverson
  • ISBN: 9791096101009
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is a first ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris It interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop Allen Ginsberg, Ana s Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others with hundreds of never before seen archival pieces It includes photographs of James Baldwin, William Burroughs and Langston HuThis is a first ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris It interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop Allen Ginsberg, Ana s Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others with hundreds of never before seen archival pieces It includes photographs of James Baldwin, William Burroughs and Langston Hughes, plus a foreword by the celebrated British novelist Jeanette Winterson and an epilogue by Sylvia Whitman, the daughter of the store s founder, George Whitman The book has been edited by Krista Halverson, director of the newly founded Shakespeare and Company publishing house.

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    1. Absolutely loved this book. I smiled all the way through. What a storied history. After reading, I realized I had picked a few books from George's journal notes in the early part to save to a list for my future reading. Only after reading was it clear that across the miles and time that George is still sharing books.

    2. This book is absolutely magical. It brings me back to the moment of wonder when I walked through the doors of this amazing place and lights the fire of desire to return. Even though I never met George, after reading this book, I feel as if he is now part of my soul. The bookstore and the book have rekindled my desire to read and made words mean something again. I will be reading this book over and over until the pages are unable to be read.

    3. A comprehensive history of the Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Co. Beautiful collection of photos, stories, cartoons and poems. Makes you want to visit as soon as possible.

    4. Shall we invent a way to travel through time? Yes? That's great! You should know that I (desperately) want to go back to the moment I walked into the world of Shakespeare & Company. It's probably the most enchanting place I've ever visited. To use the words of Jeanette Winterson: 'The shop is like a Tardis - modest enough on the outside, a labyrinth on the inside. Every vertical space is shelved with books of every kind. A rickety staircase carries you like a fairy-tale hero to a warren of r [...]

    5. What a lovely lovely book. I've been to Shakespeare & Co before, but I MUST go again, now having a way better sense of its vast and rich history. If I had known it was an option to stay there.Loved all the pictures (A child through and through haha) and the excepts of poetry and biographies and anecdotes from Tumbleweeds. The magic of the place and of George is preserved in this book and I'm so grateful that I got to touch a piece of it.

    6. This book is só lovely. It's wonderful to read about the history of this famous bookstore, but the book is not just about that, there's also beautiful pictures and a lot of contributions by famous writers and by some tumbleweeds. There's a lot of material from George Whitman's archives and even a small graphic novel-part about Sylvia Beach's life. A must-read for anyone who loves Shakespeare and Company.

    7. A book and a monument that you can wander through just as if you were in a bookstore itself.This is a truly wonderful tribute to and history of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. It includes a mini-graphic novel that tells the story of Sylvia Beach's original Paris book store from the 1920's-1930's which was closed due to the German occupation of WWII and never reopened. It tells the story of George Whitman's youth through his diary entries and then his founding of his own store cal [...]

    8. I decided to read this book when I was feeling particularly frayed, thinned, washed out. I thought it would be a nice bit of light reading. The history of a bookshop; what could be nicer? Instead, I found myself simultaneously euphoric and heartbroken. I'm not the sort of person who cries when they read. I cried with this book. It was so genuine. I felt shattered. It's the story of the shop, but an autobiography. The character of Shakespeare & Co. is imbued in everything from the egalitarian [...]

    9. OK. While it is not a great book, it is a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I even wrote to the bookshop the following:I am a lover of books. I taught high school English for 30 years and now teach composition and literature at the college level. This past year, after moving to a new neighborhood, I co-founded a community book group that has grown from 6 to 23 members in less than a year. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, "I cannot live without books."I found myself unable to stop reading your bookshop's hist [...]

    10. Well, that settles it. I must visit this masterpiece.To anyone who loves bookshops, loves books, or loves curiosities, please pick this up this gem. Chockful of pictures, poetry, newspaper clippings, comics, and short bios written by guests of the store (appropriately-dubbed "Tumbleweeds"), this reads more like a scrapbook than a history book. Shakespeare and Company has an extensive history, stretching over a century, the helm passing from Sylvia Beach to George Whitman to Sylvia Whitman, court [...]

    11. This book has a lovely, appealing layout with all sorts of printed ephemera concerning the storied shop. If you're looking to reminisce or become enthused about visiting Paris, this book will stoke the flames.

    12. My favorite book I've read this year. An absolute dream. It chronicles the life of a Parisian bookstore and its eccentric American owner (the store and the man are sort of strangely intertwined, reflecting one another. Both are wild and sprawling and messy and fiery and filled with stories (Double entendre. High five.)). George Whitman apparently spent his childhood in China, his youth hitchhiking around Mexico and serving in the army, and then somehow ended up living in Paris for 50 years all t [...]

    13. This marvelous book is as heartwarming, lovely, and whimsical as the real bookstore that is its subject. Shakespeare and company is one of Paris’ most beloved and iconic stores: it’s a place of wonders where you can spend hours leaving through troves of books, and even sleep. I used to go there a lot when living in Paris - and, yes, I do miss it This volume is basically a biography of this paradise for book lovers, but a biography as delightfully original as the place itself. There is a chro [...]

    14. I love when an author surprises me with a change of structure. Ms Halverson has done this as an editor through the use of multiple literary elements and media. It could be described as a "wanderer's style", much as a person wanders among the library stacks or a bookshop. From the illustrated comic/cartoon of the original Shakespeare and Company of Sylvia Beach through the life journey of George Whitman and the single page autobiographies of various "Tumbleweeds" the editor guides the reader to v [...]

    15. It's hard to describe this book which was a great read. It's basically the biography of a bookstore from the 1950s to the day before yesterday filled with photos of writers who were there in the past and personal memoirs and posts from people who walked the aisles or slept there as a "tumbleweed". "In the year 1600, this building was a monastery" said the store's owner George Whitman who passed away in 2011. His daughter Sylvia carries on the wonderful traditions of Shakespeare and Company and w [...]

    16. Having lived in Paris from 1988 to 1993, and returned many times, and especially after being shortlisted in the Shakespeare and Company novella contest a few years back, I had to get the book and reminisce. The book is a good scrapbook of the store that I liked more for what it represented than the physical store itself (when I visited in the late 80s the store was a great disheveled monument - maybe a good thing it burned in 1990 so they could fix it up!). It is still a wish of mine to be asked [...]

    17. If you love bookstores, this history of S and C is for you. Lots of photos and stories post Sylvia Beach's store. Having never been, I enjoyed this book a lot.

    18. A sheer pleasure and delight from start to finish! Warning: sensitive readers may find themselves looking at real estate for their dream used bookstore.

    19. I am so glad I found this book after visiting this little bookstore in Paris. It was the most amazing place as George calls it, a palace of books. His spirit of curiosity is evident in every touch of this store. I wish I could visit it over and over again. This book is magical just like the store.

    20. I really really liked this! In the spring I heard a book was coming out bout the bookstore and I had to get it. Lots of pictures and stories bout the bookstore. It's really good.Did you eve love a bookstore ? Did you ever want to fall in love with a bookstore ? As an institution Shakespeare and Company has history that reaches end of WWI ; FWIW , the bookstore owned by Sylvia Beach didn't reopen after WWII , and the present bookstore was named Mistral until the '60 s . This was such fun to read [...]

    21. It's good physical exercise simply reading this book. Most pages read vertically, but most also have a horizontal element, and some are entirely horizontal. And placing this book into a genre is difficult. I'd say it is most like a scrapbook. It has reprints of typed essays, handwritten notes, old photos, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, leaflets, fliers and posters. And yes, there is some personally written prose inserted by the publisher. But, it was interesting reading.George Whitman w [...]

    22. Um espaço - neste caso, uma livraria - pode ser a personagem central de um livro, com uma história riquíssima, contada ao longo de quase um século de vida, através de tempo de paz e de tempo de guerra, de várias gerações, de tumultos sociais e de momentos de história, de gente que entra, sai e ali dorme, dos tremendos escritores que ali passaram, dos tumbleweeds que lá deixaram a sua biografia e, acima de tudo, de George Whitman, a alma do espaço perpetuada pela filha, Sylvia Whitman. [...]

    23. Fascinating. I already had Paris on my list of places to visit. Now I can add Shakespeare and Company as well. It sounds like heaven.

    24. A heartwarming story of this wonderful parisian bookstore. The book is filled with pictures and stories of people having spent some time at the bookstore. Through the book, you fell in love with old George and can't prevent from smiling at some stories.

    25. Having visited Shakespeare and Company a number of times -- in 1968 and several more times in the 2000s -- it was a pleasure to read this history of such a unique place and to savour the photos, stories, letters and memories that it has spawned in its lifetime. The book is amazingly organized (mainly in decades) and yet retains the crazy anti-establishment chaos of the bookstore it describes -- impossible to visit there without becoming smitten by the sheer glory and range of its books and the l [...]

    26. I love books, I love bookstores and I love Paris. The cover on this book was worth the price. A great photo of the bookstore in a textured print. The book is the true story of a quirky bookstore and owner. So different and uniquely put together. It won't be for everyone but if you love books and bookstores and authors who visit, Tumbleweeds who stay for a day or for weeks, this book will engage you. Can't imagine how I missed it when we were in Paris but when I go back, I'll find it. Of course s [...]

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