In Paris, Colin Jones attempts to give more depth to the city dearly loved by schmaltzy romantics. It’s never just about the wine. Or the cheese or cafes or the big ass Eiffel Tower for that matter. Jones tells us of how the city came to be in such a structured, highly organized manner. He starts with the city’s history, zeroing on the Roman times when Paris was still called Lutetia, and then taking it from there. Any bits and pieces that don’t fit his rigid structure, Jones has a sidebar for which to place the Parisian tale. Paris could have gone with better images—sure, the book has some but they don’t seem to do justice for the city and its tale so lovingly told.
About the author
He is a Professor of History at Warwick since 1996 and has published widely on the various aspects of French history, specifically from the seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. This book has won the Enid MacLeod Prize of the Franco-British society.
Colin Jones Penguin author page