Paris of the Plains

Paris of the Plains

Kansas City From Doughboys to Expressways

eBook - 2010
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Stories about Kansas City from the 1910s to the 1950s.
Publisher: Charleston, SC : History Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9781614232766
Characteristics: 1 online resource (125 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jun 03, 2012

Paris of the Plains is not really a history of Kansas City, but rather a collection of individual scenes in the lives of Kansas Citians. An interesting approach with concise prose, but the topic structure just doesn't work.

Each chapter comprises a range of years during the 20th century, and the chapters are subdivided into sections of no more than 1-3 pages. The writer takes the reader through these momentary snapshots, as if in a dream, flitting from one small bit of personal history to the next. And on and on. Nothing connects except for the larger setting.

I was born, raised and presently live in Kansas City, and this 'Paris of the Plains' feels a little foreign to me.


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