Sunday, October 20, 2013

Reflections on a Paris left behind

“There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other,” he [Hemingway] wrote. “Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it.”

Yet then he added, with just the right soupçon of sadness: “But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.”

The NYTimes Paris Bureau Chief Steven Erlanger offers some poignant reflections on Paris as he leaves it behind.

And I laughed at a few points.  I had wondered about Parisian complexes, which Erlanger discusses; he writes of a hoodwinked Hemingway, which I remarked on.

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