Book: The Phantom Lady of Paris by Calvin Daviscategories: Book, Fiction, Historical, Sixties, Hippes, Vietnam Protests, Civil Rights, 1968, Student Riots, Cafe Bombings, Paris
Calvin Davisabout this book: In 1968, I took a sabbatical from teaching to spend a year in Paris, revisiting the city of my soul's birth, absorbing French culture and writing at sidewalk cafés. I rented a two room apartment on the Left Bank and quickly settled into a routine which included buying my breakfast at the bakery and dairy just up the street on rue Galande. Then I'd take my writing materials and my morning copy of The Herald Tribune, an English newspaper, and walk to my favorite writing café on Boulevard Saint Germain.
One morning, my paper was stolen. The thief left the address band that was wrapped around the rolled newspaper, so I knew it had been delivered. Who could have taken it? Why? I was incensed. After all, this paper was my daily link to the English speaking world.
Once I calmed down, my creative mind took over. This could make a good beginning of a book. A teacher, much like me, only single, comes to the City of Light to write. Someone steals his newspaper and has the audacity to leave a note and signs it, of all things, The Phantom Lady…yeah, that works…and the teacher responds with a note of his own…and soon the two are communicating through these quirky notes. Finally, they meet—Paul, the uptight American teacher, and The Phantom Lady of Paris, a free spirit of effervescence and love.
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