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A charming collection of color photographs and historical information about many of the carousels in Paris. Carousels are said to be a French invention brought about by the accidental death of King Henri II during a jousting tournament in 1559. Renaissance knights stopped jousting, and the games evolved into spearing rings with their lances. The idea of mounting wooden horses on a rotating frame dates to the 17th century. To entertain thousands of people during an event at Versailles, the Sun King, Louis XIV, King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715, had his engineers design the first rotating merry-go-round, a four-seater with gilded chairs for ladies and horses or swans for the men. By the end of the 18th century, there were merry-go-rounds in several of the Parisian public gardens. In the wake of the French Revolution, the merry-go-round, like other sorts of entertainment previously enjoyed by aristocrats, became more easily accessible to workers and their families.

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Kaye and Donald Barley s photographs of Parisian carousels capture the whimsy, wit, and charm of the raucous merry-go-rounds that pepper the cobblestone streets and manicured parks of the City of Light. So grab a copy of Carousels of Paris and let your imagination wander back to a world full of colored lights and painted horses, quaint carriages and playful tigers, fantastical griffins and endangered dodos. --Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence and Letters from Paris

Simply enchanting! The carousels are delightful and the photographers manage to bring them to life. I half expected them to leap off the pages. I absolutely adored this book! --Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author and author of soon to be released Paris is Always a Good Idea

About the Author

Kaye Wilkinson Barley is the author of Whimsey: A Novel, is a past finalist in a Southern Writers Magazine Short Story contest, and has contributed to several anthologies, including the Anthony winning Blood on the Bayou. Her photography has been published in The North Carolina Literary Review. She and her husband, Don Barley, collaborated to produce was My Name is Harley and This Is My Story, a photobook published in 2014, a look at the life of a Corgi named Harley Doodle Barley, born on the 4th of July.

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K. Reel
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Magic Captured
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2020
Life is always better with some magic in it, and during these days it''s essential. People yearn for the magic they used to find in traveling, discovering new places and the special, unique experiences in those new places. One of the most magical and exquisite places to... See more
Life is always better with some magic in it, and during these days it''s essential. People yearn for the magic they used to find in traveling, discovering new places and the special, unique experiences in those new places. One of the most magical and exquisite places to travel is Paris, France. It''s somewhere I haven''t been, but it''s on my list, which has now, unfortunately, been put on hold. But, we humans are resourceful creatures and are quick to adapt. If we can''t leave home to go to Paris, then we will find a way to bring Paris to our home. How fortunate we now armchair travelers are to have the publication of a new book that captures the essence of Paris in its subject matter. The Carousels of Paris by Kaye Wilkinson Barley, with photographs by Kaye Wilkinson Barley and Don Barley, is an adventure that enchants and brings joy. The variety of carousel animals and carriages are delightful and beautifully photographed by the Barleys. Kaye''s introduction and narratives of historical interest and descriptive location are the perfect guide to enrich the journey through this world of whimsical fancy. From the capturing of the brass bell to the bicycle carousel to the uncovering of the extinct dodo, this is a special book that I keep beside my chair to look at again and again, and every look brings me the same feeling of joy I had as a child when I rode on my first captivating carousel ride. Like Kaye Barley, this fascination that began as a child has stayed with me through the decades. So, if your heart, soul, and mind could use some uplifting, The Carousels of Paris will wrap you in its charm and beauty, and when we can once again physically travel to Paris, you can include a tour of carousels, too.
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A dreamy, romantic trip to Paris & its carousels
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2020
Let''s talk about this unique book featuring the history and photographs of some of Paris'' beautiful carousels. Kaye Wilkinson Barley sees a carousel as an invitation to dream. Her obsession with carousels is an invitation for readers to dream, to dream about... See more
Let''s talk about this unique book featuring the history and photographs of some of Paris'' beautiful carousels.

Kaye Wilkinson Barley sees a carousel as an invitation to dream. Her obsession with carousels is an invitation for readers to dream, to dream about carousels and Paris itself. This collection invites readers to travel along with the two photographers, Kaye and her husband, Don Barley, as they uncover the history and magic of carousels.

While the captions and history are essential elements in the book, Barley allows the photographs to speak for themselves. The horses! The personalities of the carousel animals. Not only horses, but giraffes, elephants, pigs. There are dancing, smiling horses that appear to perform airs above the ground. There are whimsical mermaids, ferocious dragons, and, my favorite carousel rabbit. You don''t have to look too hard to find the photographers caught up in the magic. Sometimes, it took a little stealth for them to discover the magic, as in the story of their experiences in the Jardin des Plantes with the Dodo Manege, a carousel that features extinct and endangered animals. Have you ever ridden a dodo or a Tasmanian devil?

In her research, Kaye Wilkinson Barley did not find a book that focused on the carousels of Paris. And, according to the introduction, this book is incomplete. There are many more carousels to be uncovered in the city of romance and lights. It''s also a city of hidden places, of enchanted horses and other creatures, all waiting for readers to discover in the magical photos in Carousels of Paris. Settle back into your memories of a child''s dream.
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Discover Parisian art that are not in the museums
Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2020
Paris is famous for beautiful architectures, museums, and gastronomic delights. This book, Carousels of Paris, takes you to a lesser known gem that captures the Golden Age of Parisian life, and it’s a wonderful visual tour that combines art and history. It’s a must have... See more
Paris is famous for beautiful architectures, museums, and gastronomic delights. This book, Carousels of Paris, takes you to a lesser known gem that captures the Golden Age of Parisian life, and it’s a wonderful visual tour that combines art and history. It’s a must have book for anyone who loves art, history, and most of all, Paris!
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