Memoirs of Montparnasse. John Glassco. Memoirs of Montparnasse is a delicious book about being young, restless, reckless, and without cares. It is also the best and liveliest of the many chronicles of s Paris and the exploits of the lost generation.
Whatever the case, it makes for a terrific read. This edition augments the original text with period pictures of the scenes and players and a very helpful gloss of all the people mentioned appended to the back of the book. Louis Begley contributes a decent introduction though it contains spoilers, so read it after Glassco's narrative.
Paris in the spring
Begley repeatedly misspells the name Glassco made up for one of the women in his life, but that seems to be the only off thing. I had hoped for more on the author's life, but there isn't that much information out there. He returned to Canada after the TB treatment in the early 30s, lived on a farm, delivered mail, published poetry and erotica, married a couple of times and faded away. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.
This is an interesting book in that John Glassco may have written it when young, then finished it when ill and older. Be that as it may, fact or fiction, it's a good read. He is traveling with a friend, Graeme. They encounter many folks of whom we've heard before and some new ones in Paris of the late 20s.
He assigns some of them fictitious names. Lots of poverty and partying It's part dialog, part narrative. At the end, there's a fine descriptive summary which identifies the characters and who they are as well as one which does the same for places in Paris and what has happened to them.
A savvy student of manners, John Glassco has a sharp eye, an inventive mind and a witty way with words, along with a worldliness that nothing can shake. Many names have been changed. To what extent is the book true? The answer is as unimportant as the question.
Key figure is writer-editor Robert McAlmon, a dashing literary, social and sexual host to Montparnasse. Despite some pretty "show-offy" and borderline archaic vocabulary, this book was a pretty fun read. Glassco also knows where to skimp on details and where to splash out, especially where he himself is concerned?
But I enjoyed the ride, am a big Paris fan so it was exciting for me!
Really enjoyed reading this. The way language was used by many of the characters was a delight. Nice look at Paris in the 20's. Neat to see young people chasing dreams. If you want to find out what it was like living in Paris in the late 's, buy or download this book immediately.
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Don't waste your time reading or re-reading Hemingway or Fitzgerald. This book has it all. John Glassco's memoir deserves to be much more widely read. The writing sparkles. Surprisingly good, interesting,well paced and surprising. It is incredible the people the author meets and the relationships he forms.
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