Books: Gamins & Spinach

THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS-Elliot Paul-Random House ($2.75).

Global, bearded Elliot Paul is one of the rare writers who has been able to turn an amiable yen for the gutter into pay dirt. If publishers' advance sales figures mean anything, some 25,000 readers were waiting avidly last week for this naughtily natural history of a Paris side street.

Paul is the author of the best-selling The Life and Death of a Spanish Town, of two best-selling murder mysteries, and of three worst-selling novels (Indelible, Impromptu, Imperturbe). He is the ex-coeditor of the esoteric...

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