Shakespeare and Company is an incredibly cramped bookshop just oozing with books from every direction. There's an upper level accessible by a very narrow and steep staircase that I didn't dare attempt to climb. I decided to buy a new copy of James Joyce's Ulysses to replace my dog-eared copy from my university days. On our visit, the shop was run by an older man who had previously smashed into me with a box of books. Being the polite Canadian that I am, I patiently waited with my book in hand for him to stop ignoring me. Finally, I managed to get his attention, and he seemed perplexed as to why there's a person standing in front of him holding a book even though he's sitting in front of a cash register. I paid far too much for a book I already own, but this one's stamped by the very place that first published the book back in 1922.
This shop is definitely a must for die-hard literature and bookshop fans – for everyone else, it’ll just seem like a ramshackle little shop with indifferent service.
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From journal Paris in Spring...and Summer
September 2, 2003
From journal A Weekend in Paris
February 18, 2003
The only thing you have to do is get up in the morning and clear up your sleeping space. During the day you should find two hours to work in the shop. That’s the only thing he asks you for one night. Maybe it sounds weird and it’s not very comfortable, but it’s something you haven’t done before in your life I’m quite sure won´t happen too often again either. You’ll meet other interesting people, some of whom have already stayed in Paris for quite a while and they will give you information you wouldn’t find in a guide.
From journal Paris for advanced
by Lisa MacDonald
Cambridge, United Kingdom
January 6, 2002
From journal A New Year's Holiday in Paris
los angeles, California
July 13, 2000
From journal corners of paris