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The Seine

The River that Made Paris

by Elaine Sciolino

The Seine by Elaine Sciolino X
The Seine by Elaine Sciolino
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    Oct 2019, 304 pages

    Oct 2020, 304 pages


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  • Carol C. (Troy, NY)
    The Seine - The River That Made Paris
    I loved this fascinating exploration of the Seine and its impact on Northern France in general, and, of course, Paris. Often using personal experiences, the author explores how the river defines Paris culturally, socially, historically, and geographically. Tracing the Seine from its source to its end, she writes about - among other things - shipping, houseboats, policing, fishing, rowing on the river, and the many bridges of Paris. If you've been to Paris, you'll enjoy "The Seine;" if you've not been that lucky, this will have you booking a plane ticket ASAP.
  • Rory A. (Ventura, CA)
    A delightful treasure hunt
    This is one of those books that you approach if you know a little something about the Seine as it is in Paris, but never thought about it much beyond that, curious about what you might not know. It becomes a treasure hunt with a wonderful tour guide, with Elaine Scolino professing her love of the Seine and then seeking out its history, how it forms Paris, where it originates from, and various interesting tidbits in between. The delights keep coming as she digs deeper, and it's a useful journey to take.
  • Beverly D. (Palm Harbor, FL)
    This book is a gem for lovers of all things or most things, French. There is history old and new, art & architecture, personal anecdotes and a true appreciation of the story of the Seine. The author kept the narrative flowing and easily stitched the past and present into an easily read story. Highly recommended for readers of non-fiction/history.
  • Portia A. (Monroe Township, NJ)
    A delightful journey
    I believe my title says it all. Elaine Sciolino has captured the Seine and its history in a most enjoyable way. Recommended for romantics, travelers, history buffs and anyone else looking for a good book.
  • Deanna W. (Port Jefferson, NY)
    My Trip along the Seine
    I really enjoyed Elaine Sciolino's THE ONLY STREET IN I was looking forward to this book...I was not disappointed...last spring I sailed north on the Seine from Paris to Normandy...this wonderful book provided a rich history of the extraordinary places along this river...after reading I must now make my plans to travel south from Paris...I highly recommend.
  • Mary Anne R. (Towson, MD)
    The Seine
    This is a book I needed to read slowly in order to absorb the wealth of the Seine's story. The author covers the geography,history,archaeology,ecology and other aspects of this river. Elaine Sciolino's bibliography is extensive. To get in the mood of traveling along the Seine I re-watched Charade and enjoyed the lights on the river. Even though the book covers so much information I felt myself drawn into each part of the river's story.

    What I liked most were the author's interviews with people who lived and worked along the Seine. I especially loved the story of the barge people. The author has a gift for bringing out the passions of the people she interviewed.

    I have not been to France but wanted to learn about this famous river and am glad I did. This book will appeal to travelers and armchair travelers who wish to expand their knowledge of this part of the world.
  • Karen S. (Epping, NH)
    The Seine: The River That Made Paris
    I very much enjoyed this book. I read this at a slower pace than usual just to enjoy each chapter. As someone who loves Paris and the river Seine it was a real treat to read this book!. The authors passion for France and the Seine is very much apparent in her prose. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about France and Paris and anyone who is planning on traveling to the most wonderful city in the world!

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