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Nairn's Paris by Ian Nairn

Nairn’s Paris

Nairn's Paris by Ian Nairn
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Apr 10, 2018
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“You could see that Nairn was made of equal parts of amiability and disagreeableness, that he could swoon, but only over the very finest things; that he could take joy in the most ordinary streetscape if it could be shown to make daily life better; and that he could always be counted on to prefer the work of an eccentric genius like Nicholas Hawksmoor over that of a sane and rational architect like Christopher Wren.” —Paul Goldberger, “Books Every Architect Should Read”

“It’s not easy to pigeonhole the late English writer Ian Nairn. But after reading his work you might rightly decide that there’s no need to do so. His rubric doesn’t matter because, whatever kind of writer he is, he follows his own meandering counsel, and the results are consistently brilliant.”  — James McWilliams, The Millions
 

“To call Ian Nairn a great architectural writer is too restrictive; he was a great writer who happened to write about buildings and places….Cities change, but the quality of Nairn’s writing will always hold. He will take you to unexpected places, make you look at the familiar anew, or at least poke you into thinking about them again.”—  N. J. McGarrigle, The Irish Times

“As a guide to central Paris it would mostly still serve quite well.” —Ian Brunskill, TLS, August 4, 2017

“In Nairn’s Paris the City of Light gets the flâneur it deserves: passionate, bilious, eloquently melancholy. This welcome and overdue re-issue compliments his masterpiece Nairn’s London, confirming his status as our best topographical writer. At his best he has no equal. —David Collard

Once you discover [Nairn] you want to read everything he’s written. —The Daily Telegraph

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