City of Light: The Mak­ing of Mod­ern Paris

Arab News - - News International - RU­PERT CHRIS­TIANSEN

Au­thor Ru­pert Chris­tiansen pro­vides a sparkling ac­count of the 19th-cen­tury rein­ven­tion of Paris as the most beau­ti­ful, ex­cit­ing city in the world, in his book — “City of Light: The Mak­ing of Mod­ern Paris.”

“City of Light” charts a 15-year pro­ject of ur­ban re­newal which — de­spite the in­ter­rup­tions of war, rev­o­lu­tion, cor­rup­tion, and bank­ruptcy — set a tem­plate for 19th- and early 20th-cen­tury ur­ban plan­ning and cre­ated the en­dur­ing land­scape of mod­ern Paris now so fa­mous around the globe.

“Lively and en­gag­ing, ‘City of Light’ is a book for any­one who wants to know how Paris be­came Paris,” ac­cord­ing to a re­view in

Chris­tiansen is an English writer, jour­nal­ist and critic.

Born in Lon­don, he was ed­u­cated at Mill­field and King’s Col­lege, Cam­bridge, where he took a dou­ble first in English.

As a Ful­bright scholar, he also at­tended Columbia Univer­sity from 1977 to 1978.

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