By Lorànt Deutsch
A wonderful bestseller in France, Metronome offers a desirable historical past of Paris during the lens of the city's iconic Metro system
Did you recognize that the final Gallic warriors massacred via the Romans lie underneath the Eiffel Tower? That the continues to be of Paris's first cathedral are lower than a carpark within the 5th District?
Metronome follows Loránt Deutsch, historian and lifetime Francophile, as he is going on a compelling trip during the a long time, treating readers to Paris as they've by no means noticeable it earlier than. utilizing twenty-one stops of the metro process as focal points—one in line with century—Deutsch indicates, from the underground up, the original, usually violent, and constantly awesome occasions that formed one of many world's so much romanticized urban. Readers will discover which streets are hiding impressive old treasures in simple sight; peer into forgotten nooks and crannies of the town of lighting and study what was once there; and realize that, besides the fact that deeply buried, anything consistently remains.
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Metronome: A History of Paris from the Underground Up by Lorànt Deutsch