There’s a certain trilogy of movies that for me are entwined together by a book and a bookshop…Shakespeare and Company in Paris. What is it about that bookshop?
A rather unusual, welcoming, bohemian refuge in Paris, Shakespeare and Company Book shop is the site for many literature lovers.
‘For Whitman, an eccentric ex-serviceman who travelled around the world before deciding to settle in Paris, didn’t simply own a bookstore. What he created was, in own words, a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookshop”: a bohemian refuge where down and out, mostly expatriate writers could mingle, write, and even bed down for the night – all in exchange for a few hours’ work in the shop, and on the strict understanding that they read a book every single day.’ *
This bookshop is also the surprising reunion place in Julie Delphys’ and Ethan Hawkes’ trilogy of films, and inspire any romantic to visit it.
I couldn’t imagine anything better than cosying up in one of those battered old chairs, and settling down to a good read…
“thoughts from scarlettlibrarian”
*From The Telegraph