Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London

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*Shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay*Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 by the Financial Times, Guardian, New Statesman, Observer, The Millions and Emerald Street'Flńeuse [flanne-euhze], noun, from the French. Feminine form of flńeur [flanne-euhr], an idler, a dawdling observer, usually found in cities. That is an imaginary definition.'If the word flńeur conjures up visions of Baudelaire, boulevards and bohemia – then what exactly is a flńeuse? In this gloriously provocative and celebratory book, Lauren Elkin defines her as 'a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk'. Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flńeuse traces the relationship between the city and creativity through a journey that begins in New York and moves us to Paris, via Venice, Tokyo and London, exploring along the way the paths taken by the flńeuses who have lived and walked in those cities.From nineteenth-century novelist George Sand to artist Sophie Calle, from war correspondent Martha Gellhorn to film-maker Agnes Varda, Flńeuse considers what is at stake when a certain kind of light-footed woman encounters the city and changes her life, one step at a time.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9781448191956
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 04, 2017

This is an incredibly interesting and detailed book about women. It could be related to feminism as this book has a lot of these aspects. This book also shows a vast variety of different places as each chapter focuses on a different city/country, from Japan to Italy and America. This also gives you information about different historical periods and the author is able to relate the past to the present. This book is definitely well written but an issue that continues happening is that the author gets off point in the text multiple times, thus making it quite difficult to read/understand. But if you like books with many different cultures or you love to read about history and the women included, I would say give this book a chance!
- @TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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