Paris and the Surrealists by George Melly

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George Melly presents a story of the background of the Surrealist flow and an research of its significant works in literature.

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I also had a disastrous lunch where I ordered artichoke and, never having eaten one before, tried to swallow the bristles under the contemptuous eye of a waiter. The evening was, possibly due to tremely boring, but 30 What I I suspect couldn't understand it my hopeless French, ex- would have been so anyway. was why such banal people should ' 'The cudtomerd of thid cafe are regular*) year, come nothing in and jit down at to did ting uidh them here? . the them from the For me, they are whom I've watched, dame place.

I leapt off, retrieved it and asked her what she thought she was doing. She replied, with rather touching absurdity, that she was 'just looking for my photo as a souvenir'. Without comment I repossessed the still-intact wallet and concluded my transaction with it firmly grasped in my left hand. On my return to London, Mesens and his wife Sybil were very amused by my falling for the 'sisters' routine, apparently an old and famous trap sprung to impoverish the provincial or There r^ -I I many two such prostitutes who foreign visitor.

So, for the rest of my time in Paris I walked, had no particular plan. me where they would. far into the night. I & I all just let day and often my feet carry 33 Boulevard Saint-Germain 'The mojt vital images are the mojt fleeting. (ANDRE BRETON 'ODE A CHARLES FOURIER') Cafe Glacier, near the Pare des Buttes-Chaumont Bassin de la Villette Lion de Belfort, Boulevard du Montparnasse had taken a of money with me, or had not been August and the Surrealists had been in ditu and I had met them, I would no doubt have passed a more enjoyable week.

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