How can I describe the Parisian cafe culture in The Sun Also Rises?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Paris, like New York, is a city that never sleeps. Parisian cafes really haven't changed that much since the 1930s. Most cafes open early and stay open late. Wine and liquor flows throughout the day, and one can just as easily enjoy a morning drink or coffee while watching Parisian life pass by. Cafes usually offer sidewalk tables and service, so during the day they become a great place for both social interaction and observation of city life. At night, crowds pack the most popular cafes, and live music is often a staple form of entertainment. Afterward, patrons return to their residences by taxi or, more likely, by walking the Parisian streets. If your cafe is near the Seine, you may stop alongside the river or gaze from a walking bridge at the reflections upon the water. Romantic and rarely boring, Parisian cafes are a major attraction to all who traverse the city.

dolfriend | Student

If I understand what you're looking for, you're asking for guidance in how to descibe a lifestyle as it pertains to 1930s Paris.

To do this remember to describe sights, sounds, tastes, smells, touch. Take a lesson from Hemingway; he never forgets to describe how something felt or tasted.

Close your eyes and describe what you see when you think of the Parisian cafe lifestyle; don't edit, don't worry about what might be "right."

-Black, iron bistro tables and chairs that are warmed from baking under the sun. Noisy streets filled with the squeal of cars and the high pitched beeps of horns......

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