Having read two books by Stephen Clarke about the Parisian adventures of a fictitious character, “Paris Revealed” sounded like a light & fun read, while I didn’t have any expectations towards it at all.
Though it did have a few entertaining passages and it is successful at introducing the Parisian way of life, starting from the inhabitants of the city, going on to the actual surroundings, it just becomes too repetitive, not even a quarter into it.
This book seems like the author tried to make his living off of stripping off the storyline of his first two books and putting together a new one, supposedly consisting of fun facts and real life stories.
Reading about seemingly endless descriptions of the different arrondissements of the city on 11 ongoing pages or pretty much everything there is to know about the métro system and its different lines on 17 ongoing pages, just seems plain unnecessary to me. Though if you’ve got some free time to spare, it’s a light read which will make you chuckle a few times and be helpful in letting time pass by quicker.