An aunt is not someone to be rationalised or theorised. A nice aunt is an object of easy affection, at an emotional remove from the fierce, complex, passionate and difficult love that encumbers parenthood. This book explores aunts in various guises and varieties, culled from real-life, literary and historical sources.
A sparkling account of the nineteenth-century reinvention of Paris as the most beautiful, exciting city in the world.
In 1853, French emperor Louis Napoleon inaugurated a vast and ambitious program of public works in Paris, directed by Georges-Eugè Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine. Haussmann transformed the old medieval city of squalid slums and disease-ridden alleyways into a City of Light characterized by wide boulevards, apartment blocks, parks, squares and public monuments, new rail stations and department stores, and a new system of public sanitation. City of Light charts this fifteen-year project of urban renewal which -- despite the interruptions of war, revolution, corruption, and bankruptcy -- set a template for nineteenth and early twentieth-century urban planning and created the enduring landscape of modern Paris now so famous around the globe.
Lively and engaging, City of Light is a book for anyone who wants to know how Paris became Paris.