Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare & Co.
Wandering through Paris's Left Bank one day, poor and unemployed, Canadian reporter Jeremy Mercer ducked into a little bookstore called Shakespeare & Co. Mercer bought a book, and the staff invited him up for tea. Within weeks, he was living above the store, working for the proprietor, George... show more
Wandering through Paris's Left Bank one day, poor and unemployed, Canadian reporter Jeremy Mercer ducked into a little bookstore called Shakespeare & Co. Mercer bought a book, and the staff invited him up for tea. Within weeks, he was living above the store, working for the proprietor, George Whitman, patron saint of the city's down-and-out writers, and immersing himself in the love affairs and low-down watering holes of the shop's makeshift staff. Time Was Soft There is the story of a journey down a literary rabbit hole in the shadow of Notre Dame, to a place where a hidden bohemia still thrives.
Publish date: September 19th 2006
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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What an awful read. Thoroughly disappointed in what I had hoped would be a memoir about working and living in a bookstore instead of the territorial shenanigans and drama between its employees. Perhaps I had a rather romantic view of what this book would be, but I just found the execution rather ted...
for any idealist who dreams of opening their own bookstore, this is the place i would open. well mine would be cleaner and have working toilets and showers, but this is the place. a meandering book octopus, with beds amongst the stacks for struggling writers and bohemians. run by a communist who...
This was a little disappointing. It started interesting enough but fell into the trap of bad autofiction and bellybutton gazing. The writing is average, the tone is uneven. I usually like memoir about writing, books and especially this part of Paris, if only because it has so much history, the neigh...