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Books, Baguettes, and Bedbugs – Jeremy Mercer
Join us by creating an account and start getting the best experience from our website! Enchanting memoir of a struggling writer living and working in the eccentric Parisian bookshop, ‘Shakespeare and Company’. The original store opened in and became known as the haunt of literary greats, such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Sadly the shop was forced to close inbut that was not the end of ‘Shakespeare and Company’ In another bookshop, with a similar free-thinking ethos, opened on the Left Bank.
Called ‘Le Mistral’, it had beds for those of a literary mindset who found themselves down on their luck and, init resurrected the name ‘Shakespeare and Company’ and became the principal meeting place for Beatnik poets, such as Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, through to Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell. Today the tradition continues and writers still find their way to this bizarre establishment, one of them being Jeremy Mercer. With no friends, no job, no money and no prospects, the thrill of escape from his life in Canada soon palls but, by chance, he happens upon the fairytale world of ‘Shakespeare and Co’ and is taken in.
What follows is his tale of his time there, the curious people who came and went, the realities of being down and out in the ‘city of light’ and, in particular, his relationship with the beguiling octogenarian owner, George.
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