Shakespeare & Company

Monday, 18 August 2014

shakespeare and company polaroid

shakespeare and company polaroid
37 Rue de la Bucherie, 75005 Paris
Shakespeare & Company is a charming English-language bookshop bang in the centre of Paris, and just round the corner from Notre Dame. A feeding ground for bookish tourists today, it was once a hotspot for such writers as James Joyce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway. It's still host to important literary events and signings: Zadie Smith casually dropped by the store during my stay in Paris. Oh, and Shakespeare & Co, if you're reading this - hello! - and please consider me as a future employee of your shop. I have made it my life's ambition to work for you - then, and only then will I die happy. (No pressure).

Photography is sadly forbidden inside the shop so I'll have do my best to bring it to life in words.
 Inside is a warren of narrow corridors, piled high to the ceiling with new and vintage books. Climb an even narrower staircase and you'll reach the top floor - where it will be confirmed to you that heaven is a place on earth. Scattered alongside crammed bookshelves are cosy, cushioned nooks to relax and read in. Expect to find the odd customer tapping hurriedly at a typewriter: tapping out what, I don't know, but the few typewriters lying around are certainly put to good use. Customers are also encouraged to play a piano which lies in a corner of the store and is, unsurprisingly, suitably atmospheric.

If you don't make it your life goal to work at Shakespeare & Company, do us all a favour and at the very least, visit.

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