Friday, January 15, 2010

Another January Natural Disaster - The Paris Flood of 1910

As the world watches the terrible news from Haiti and fervently hopes that relief efforts can soon help the people dealing with this catastrophe, the City of Paris is marking The Great Flood of 1910.


The exhibition Paris inondé 1910 is at the Galerie des bibliothèques from 8 January to 28 March 2010. 



Check out this link for more pictures http://saintsulpice.unblog.fr/2009/12/16/paris-inonde-en-1910-galerie-des-bibliotheques-paris-8-janvier-au-28-mars-2010/.




There is also a new book out that chronicles what happened, and it looks like it will be an interesting read.    





The book is getting great reviews. One reviewer noted how the author, a history professor at Rhodes College (Memphis Tennessee USA), writes in detail about the causes of the flood and the physical destruction left in its wake. But perhaps the best part of the book, according to this review, are the parts where he also highlights the political, cultural and social context of the time.  I am definitely buying this one, and perhaps we can discuss it in the blog.  Here is a link if you want to buy the book   Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910


Trust the French to find humor even in difficult times. (Be sure to look at her hat.)






27 comments:

Bonjour Madame said...

I'm loving your blog and happy to have found it at the beginning. Love the statement on your profile! I totally get it. I didn't want to love France so much, but I do!

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Betty C. said...

I've heard about this book but oddly have never heard anyone in France talking about this flood. Not that people are alive who remember it...but it seems like it would be in people's minds somehow. Maybe it's because I don't live in Paris.

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Claudine said...

very interesting and I have just ordered that book on Amazon as well. I too am in love with all things France, it's nice to find somebody with the same lovely sickness :)

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Dedene said...

I've been seeing stories about the flood on the news lately. I had no idea that this had happened. Fascinating! It seems that the Seine has been cleared enough that this is not likely to happen again, but who knows!
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Vivianne Leclaire said...

I can't wait to read the book. I am going to post a bit more about it after that. Love your blog.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I read an interesting article a couple years ago that it is sure to happen again.
Can you imagine?
Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate it.

Fifi Flowers said...

Interesting! I will have to read more about this!

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Wow.
How insightful of you to feature the Paris flood disaster at this most appropriate time!!!!!I haven't been able to delve further into your blog but I will be a regular reader because this taste of it makes me want to see more....
Thanks Vivianne, and thanks for stopping by. I am adding you to my blog list... I know there will be good things to come...Maryanne:)

ParisBreakfasts said...

Fascinating book!
I'm loving your blog Vivianne
Bon chance
Carolg

william said...

I have just finished the book and loved it. Hopefully we will be in Paris in March and are anxious to see this exhibit. Unfortunately neither one of us reads French and have been searching for information in English to no avail. Would appreciate any help with details, including times. Thanks very much.

Mélanie said...

It was a disaster, but the pictures are so gorgeous

Vivianne Leclaire said...

William,

Here is a link with more information -- in English -- about some exhibits about the flood in Paris.

Hope this helps.

http://www.hotels-paris-rive-gauche.com/blog/2010/01/08/paris-1910-flood-exhibition-galerie-bibliotheques/

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