Paris to the Moon ePUB Ê Paris to PDF \

Paris to the Moon ePUB Ê Paris to PDF \


10 thoughts on “Paris to the Moon

  1. Kara Kara says:

    I have to be honest I bought this book because I liked the title Then I got sucked in by the back cover Who doesn t think the idea of running away w your adult family to Paris wouldn t be fantastic Gopnik is excellent at revealing the sutle differences between life in the States and France that make up two completely seperate cultures I felt upon finishing the book that I actually knew the secrets of French thought and behavior Unfortunately, I now know exactly why I d never be able to ble I have to be honest I bought this book because I liked the title Then I got sucked in by the back cover Who doesn t think the idea of running away w your adult family to Paris wouldn t be fantastic Gopnik is excellent at revealing the sutle differences between life in the States and France that make up two completely seperate cultures I felt upon finishing the book that I actually knew the secrets of French thought and behavior Unfortunately, I now know exactly why I d never be able to blend in perfectly my passion for sneakers would sell me out Entwined with the journalistic entries of his five years in Paris, Gopnik fills the pages with real life and lots of romance that one hopes for in a story about Paris And not the couplely type of romance, but the kind that makes it possible to fall in love w a city If I ever get to give my two cents in a European Cities and Culture class, I would make this part of the required reading My favorite quote from the book because it reveals how culture is prominently defined, even in toddlers Luke, the Gopnik s 4 yr old son, who has only lived in Paris and as such isFrench than American andFrench than his parents, says the following to his mother upon seeing Santa buying champagne on Christmas Eve while out for last minutes holiday touches w his father We saw Santa at Hediard I think he was just getting a little cheap wine for the elves You could never get even the most precocious American child to say it quite the same way As if they re worldy and 40 at the age of 4


  2. Tanya D Tanya D says:

    This book was fine, but I didn t particularly enjoy it I was certainly interested in the subject matter living in paris, the expat life, culture clashes, etc But the author s style is rather long winded and unnecessarily dense some passages reminded me of esoteric literary criticism I used to have to read in college, not particularly suited to light observational journalism Perhaps I m too critical as I just finished a Bill Bryson book of travel essays that were thoroughly entertaining and This book was fine, but I didn t particularly enjoy it I was certainly interested in the subject matter living in paris, the expat life, culture clashes, etc But the author s style is rather long winded and unnecessarily dense some passages reminded me of esoteric literary criticism I used to have to read in college, not particularly suited to light observational journalism Perhaps I m too critical as I just finished a Bill Bryson book of travel essays that were thoroughly entertaining and often LOL funny I don t mean to say that I didn t like this book at all or that it was totally uninteresting It just wasn t much fun Another thing Mr Gopnik often reiterated that New York was really home He lived in Paris five years, which is certainly long enough think of a place as really home, especially when that s all your child has ever known So for him to keep reminding us that his real home was in New York and this Paris experience was just a temporary experiment, I, as an expat myself, felt this made his expat experience seemlike an extended vacation It s a different mindset when you know that you ll be going back to your normal life, home, job, friends after a few years as opposed to leaving nothing behind and having no firm plans to return I kept wondering if he would have seen and written about Paris differently if he wasn t on a temporary assignment but thought of it as his real, long term home Lastly, it felt very dated So much of his experience was influenced by his job as a journalist, documenting of the moment events Many times, I d read something that seemed so off, but then I d remember that he lived in Paris from 1995 2000 It may not seem like things can be so different in only 10 15 years, but they are


  3. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    3.5 When they die, Wilde wrote, all good Americans go to Paris Some of us have always tried to get there early and beat the crowds Gopnik, a Francophile and New Yorker writer, lived in Paris for five years in the late 1990s with his wife and son and, towards the end of their sojourn, a newborn daughter Like Julian Barnes s Something to Declare or Geoff Dyer s Working the Room, this is a random set of essays arising from the author s experience and interests By choosing any subject that 3.5 When they die, Wilde wrote, all good Americans go to Paris Some of us have always tried to get there early and beat the crowds Gopnik, a Francophile and New Yorker writer, lived in Paris for five years in the late 1990s with his wife and son and, towards the end of their sojourn, a newborn daughter Like Julian Barnes s Something to Declare or Geoff Dyer s Working the Room, this is a random set of essays arising from the author s experience and interests By choosing any subject that took his fancy at the time whether the World Cup, a Nazi war crimes trial, fashion, or gastronomy Gopnik gleefully flouts conventions of theme and narrative, yet still manages to convey the trajectory of his years in Paris, generally through his young son Luke s development, as in He saw, I realized, exactly the way that after five years I spoke French, which also involved a lot of clinging to the side of the pool and sudden bravura dashes out to the deep end to impress the girls, or listeners Gopnik is at his best when writing about food my favorite of his books is The Table Comes First and bureaucracy The French birth certificate was like the first paragraph of a nineteenth century novel, with the baby s parents names, their occupations, the years of their births and of their emigration, their residence, and her number, baby number 2365 born in Neuilly in 1999 It s interesting to hear about Halloween creeping into France, as it s also done in the UK In places, though, this does feel exceptionally dated relying on a copy shop to do the household bills David Beckham only being engaged to Posh Spice at the time of a World Cup game What s timeless, though, are his insights about the ambivalence of the expatriate experience, which certainly resonated for me The loneliness of the expatriate is of an odd and complicated kind, for it is inseparable from the feeling of being free, of having escaped.There are times, as one reads about the uninsured and the armed and the executed, when French anti Americanism begins to look extremely rational.It is soup, beautiful soup, that I missthan anything, not French soup, all pur ed and homogenized, but American soup, with bits and things, beans and corn and even letters, in it We have a beautiful existence in Paris, but not a full life, Martha said, summing it up, and in New York we have a full life and an unbeautiful existence I must thank my Goodreads friend Ted Schmeckpeper for passing this book along to me


  4. Reid Reid says:

    I am one of those people and we are legion who have an unrequited love affair going with Paris It s not that Paris disdains or rejects me, of course Paris has no idea I exist and wouldn t care less if she knew Sigh.Adam Gopnik s book is onelove letter from another lover of Paris, and his is an articulate, cultured, experienced voice indeed He is mostly fluent in French and his love affair has stretched over nearly the whole of his life This is a book written during and after a five I am one of those people and we are legion who have an unrequited love affair going with Paris It s not that Paris disdains or rejects me, of course Paris has no idea I exist and wouldn t care less if she knew Sigh.Adam Gopnik s book is onelove letter from another lover of Paris, and his is an articulate, cultured, experienced voice indeed He is mostly fluent in French and his love affair has stretched over nearly the whole of his life This is a book written during and after a five year stint of living in Paris full time with his wife and their young son who, while born in New York, remembers only Paris as his home by the time he is old enough to remember such things.Because of his curious nature and the entree assumed by his status as a reporter for The New Yorker, Gopnik has access to people and things that most of us would be hard pressed to pull off So much the better, as the stories he tells are fascinating yet down to earth Not that he spends all of his time in the clouds much of this book details the challenges of being an American living in Paris, the differences that enthrall and needle, and the little failures of everyday life that are somehow amplified by being in a country other than one s own.If you already have your own affair of the heart going with Paris, or have ever wanted to begin one, this is a great read If not, you may enjoy it anyway, as Gopnik could likely write a 500 word essay on a turnip and make it interesting Have fun Bon appetit


  5. Carol Carol says:

    The first reason this book was written, I believe, was so the author could impress all us ignorant English speakers with his knowledge of French Actually, he should have just written this book in French and not annoyed us English speakers at all The second reason was to greatly impress us with having the most perfect and nauseatingly adorable son ever and to tell us about every minute detail of that adorable son s day to day existence Then, of course, we could all just slap our own children s The first reason this book was written, I believe, was so the author could impress all us ignorant English speakers with his knowledge of French Actually, he should have just written this book in French and not annoyed us English speakers at all The second reason was to greatly impress us with having the most perfect and nauseatingly adorable son ever and to tell us about every minute detail of that adorable son s day to day existence Then, of course, we could all just slap our own children silly for being so entirely ordinary in comparison.This book is so pretentious, I had trouble getting through the first few chapters, and once I reached his discussion of the variety of different wall plugs that exist in this world which went on for PAGES , I d had enough Anyone who believes themselves to be so self important that they can pass off the discussion of different wall plugs as great writing, and believes that THIS is the drivel that keeps the readers turning the pages, needs a severe reality check He seems to have two tasks here bragging to the reader how much he knows, and talking about his son The first is pretentious, difficult to read the latter is arduous to even skim over, impossible to stomach With American twits like this in France, no wonder the French hate us The writing style was also annoying and jumped from one random thought to another I


  6. Stefanie Stefanie says:

    I can t say enough positive things about this book Such intricate descriptions of such small things you can savor it the way the French would want you to It s a story of a beautiful life in a far away place but Gopnick tells it in a way that makes it so accessible sometimes even ordinary that he achieves an intimacy that I have not experienced in most books I ve read He also offers a social lens that is stimulating as well as enlightening I purposefully took forever reading this book I can t say enough positive things about this book Such intricate descriptions of such small things you can savor it the way the French would want you to It s a story of a beautiful life in a far away place but Gopnick tells it in a way that makes it so accessible sometimes even ordinary that he achieves an intimacy that I have not experienced in most books I ve read He also offers a social lens that is stimulating as well as enlightening I purposefully took forever reading this book because I didn t want my trip to France to end


  7. Otis Chandler Otis Chandler says:

    A fun book that gives you a sense of living in Paris as an expat and what to appreciate about French culture Narrated by the author so definitely recommend listening Great read while on vacation in France I loved many of the annecdotes were hilarious eg the one about how the gym had no plan for visiting every day they only had a once a week plan Or the one comparing the French fax error codes to French culture.


  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    This book is actually a collection of essays from the New Yorker, and they re very insightful His arguments mostly stem from his own family s experiences and are naturally just small scenes from which he draws grand conclusions Like most other authors.However, his awareness of the political scene and the major infighting going on culturally speaks of a very sharp mind His essays have enough political analysis to show his intelligence, but then will transition into a colorful story about his s This book is actually a collection of essays from the New Yorker, and they re very insightful His arguments mostly stem from his own family s experiences and are naturally just small scenes from which he draws grand conclusions Like most other authors.However, his awareness of the political scene and the major infighting going on culturally speaks of a very sharp mind His essays have enough political analysis to show his intelligence, but then will transition into a colorful story about his son One essay is about Adam Gopnik and his wife s attempts to keep Barney out of his son s life, and it s absurd, but it makes its point.In other words, a lot of it is fanciful, but in a charming almost fin de siecle style that I just adore If you know anything about French culture, you ll laugh many times


  9. Cayt O& Cayt O& says:

    One of my very favorite reads of all time Adam Gopnik has a lovely way with words, specifically words that detail everyday, real life I have found very few writers who have such power to keep me enthralled no matter what the subject matter I had the privilege of hearing him lecture a few years back here in Chicago, his topic The American Dream of Paris His eloquence astounds me Hearing him speak only made me wish I could read the book over and over again and forget it each time, so that I One of my very favorite reads of all time Adam Gopnik has a lovely way with words, specifically words that detail everyday, real life I have found very few writers who have such power to keep me enthralled no matter what the subject matter I had the privilege of hearing him lecture a few years back here in Chicago, his topic The American Dream of Paris His eloquence astounds me Hearing him speak only made me wish I could read the book over and over again and forget it each time, so that I would once again have the pleasure of that first read


  10. Paula Paula says:

    My husband and I decided to be appropriately literary on our last trip to Paris he took Hemingway, I took this book because I love travel memoirs The basic premise is that Gopnik, a writer for the New Yorker, flees to Paris with his family to save his young firstborn from the insidious influence of Barney the dinosaur It s well written,complicated sentence structure than my usual vacation reading but engrossing It travels an arc beginning with successfully conveying his naivete about My husband and I decided to be appropriately literary on our last trip to Paris he took Hemingway, I took this book because I love travel memoirs The basic premise is that Gopnik, a writer for the New Yorker, flees to Paris with his family to save his young firstborn from the insidious influence of Barney the dinosaur It s well written,complicated sentence structure than my usual vacation reading but engrossing It travels an arc beginning with successfully conveying his naivete about the French and ending with his acknowledgement that he now understands very little about the French butthan when he started It was a lovely accompaniment to a trip in which I think we learned a teeny bitabout the French, or at least about their obsession with reservations for lunch It would also be a different,sophisticated choice for an armchair traveller


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Paris to the Moon ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☄ Paris to the Moon Author Adam Gopnik – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk With singular wit and insight, Gopnik weaves the magical with the mundane in a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth With singular wit and insight, Gopnik weaves the magical with the mundane in a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth centuryParis The name alone conjures images of chestnut lined boulevards, sidewalk caf s, breathtaking fa ades around every corner Paris to PDF \ in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for as long as there have been AmericansIn , Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light Gopnik is a longtime New Yorker writer, and the magazine has sent its writers to Paris for decades but his was above all a personal pilgrimage to the place that had for so long been the undisputed capital of everything cultural and beautiful It was also the opportunity to raise a child who would know what it was to romp in the Luxembourg Gardens, to enjoy a croque monsieur in a Left Bank caf a child and perhaps a father, too who would have a grasp of that Parisian sense of style we Americans find so elusiveSo, in the grand tradition of the American abroad, Gopnik walked the paths of the Tuileries, enjoyed philosophical discussions at his local bistro, wrote as violet twilight fell on the arrondissements Of course, as readers of Gopnik s beloved and award winning Paris Journals in The New Yorker know, there was also the matter of raising a child and carrying on with day to day, not so fabled life Evenings with French intellectuals preceded middle of the night baby feedings afternoons were filled with trips to the Mus e d Orsay and pinball games weekday leftovers were eaten while three star chefs debated a culinary crisis As Gopnik describes in this funny and tender book, the dual processes of navigating a foreign city and becoming a parent are not completely dissimilar journeys both hold new routines, new languages, a new set of rules by which everyday life is lived With singular wit and insight, Gopnik weaves the magical with the mundane in a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth century We went to Paris for a sentimental reeducation I did anyway even though the sentiments we were instructed in were not the ones we were expecting to learn, which I believe is why they call it an education.

    Paris to the Moon ePUB Ê Paris to PDF \ croque monsieur in a Left Bank caf a child and perhaps a father, too who would have a grasp of that Parisian sense of style we Americans find so elusiveSo, in the grand tradition of the American abroad, Gopnik walked the paths of the Tuileries, enjoyed philosophical discussions at his local bistro, wrote as violet twilight fell on the arrondissements Of course, as readers of Gopnik s beloved and award winning Paris Journals in The New Yorker know, there was also the matter of raising a child and carrying on with day to day, not so fabled life Evenings with French intellectuals preceded middle of the night baby feedings afternoons were filled with trips to the Mus e d Orsay and pinball games weekday leftovers were eaten while three star chefs debated a culinary crisis As Gopnik describes in this funny and tender book, the dual processes of navigating a foreign city and becoming a parent are not completely dissimilar journeys both hold new routines, new languages, a new set of rules by which everyday life is lived With singular wit and insight, Gopnik weaves the magical with the mundane in a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth century We went to Paris for a sentimental reeducation I did anyway even though the sentiments we were instructed in were not the ones we were expecting to learn, which I believe is why they call it an education."/>
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  • Paris to the Moon
  • Adam Gopnik
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  • 12 March 2018
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About the Author: Adam Gopnik

An American writer, essayist and commentator He is best known as a staff writer for The New Yorker to which he has contributed non fiction, fiction, memoir and criticism and as the author of the essay collection Paris to the Moon, an account of the half decade that Gopnik, wife Martha, and son Luke spent in Paris to PDF \ the capital of France.


10 thoughts on “Paris to the Moon

  1. Kara Kara says:

    I have to be honest I bought this book because I liked the title Then I got sucked in by the back cover Who doesn t think the idea of running away w your adult family to Paris wouldn t be fantastic Gopnik is excellent at revealing the sutle differences between life in the States and France that make up two completely seperate cultures I felt upon finishing the book that I actually knew the secrets of French thought and behavior Unfortunately, I now know exactly why I d never be able to ble I have to be honest I bought this book because I liked the title Then I got sucked in by the back cover Who doesn t think the idea of running away w your adult family to Paris wouldn t be fantastic Gopnik is excellent at revealing the sutle differences between life in the States and France that make up two completely seperate cultures I felt upon finishing the book that I actually knew the secrets of French thought and behavior Unfortunately, I now know exactly why I d never be able to blend in perfectly my passion for sneakers would sell me out Entwined with the journalistic entries of his five years in Paris, Gopnik fills the pages with real life and lots of romance that one hopes for in a story about Paris And not the couplely type of romance, but the kind that makes it possible to fall in love w a city If I ever get to give my two cents in a European Cities and Culture class, I would make this part of the required reading My favorite quote from the book because it reveals how culture is prominently defined, even in toddlers Luke, the Gopnik s 4 yr old son, who has only lived in Paris and as such isFrench than American andFrench than his parents, says the following to his mother upon seeing Santa buying champagne on Christmas Eve while out for last minutes holiday touches w his father We saw Santa at Hediard I think he was just getting a little cheap wine for the elves You could never get even the most precocious American child to say it quite the same way As if they re worldy and 40 at the age of 4

  2. Tanya D Tanya D says:

    This book was fine, but I didn t particularly enjoy it I was certainly interested in the subject matter living in paris, the expat life, culture clashes, etc But the author s style is rather long winded and unnecessarily dense some passages reminded me of esoteric literary criticism I used to have to read in college, not particularly suited to light observational journalism Perhaps I m too critical as I just finished a Bill Bryson book of travel essays that were thoroughly entertaining and This book was fine, but I didn t particularly enjoy it I was certainly interested in the subject matter living in paris, the expat life, culture clashes, etc But the author s style is rather long winded and unnecessarily dense some passages reminded me of esoteric literary criticism I used to have to read in college, not particularly suited to light observational journalism Perhaps I m too critical as I just finished a Bill Bryson book of travel essays that were thoroughly entertaining and often LOL funny I don t mean to say that I didn t like this book at all or that it was totally uninteresting It just wasn t much fun Another thing Mr Gopnik often reiterated that New York was really home He lived in Paris five years, which is certainly long enough think of a place as really home, especially when that s all your child has ever known So for him to keep reminding us that his real home was in New York and this Paris experience was just a temporary experiment, I, as an expat myself, felt this made his expat experience seemlike an extended vacation It s a different mindset when you know that you ll be going back to your normal life, home, job, friends after a few years as opposed to leaving nothing behind and having no firm plans to return I kept wondering if he would have seen and written about Paris differently if he wasn t on a temporary assignment but thought of it as his real, long term home Lastly, it felt very dated So much of his experience was influenced by his job as a journalist, documenting of the moment events Many times, I d read something that seemed so off, but then I d remember that he lived in Paris from 1995 2000 It may not seem like things can be so different in only 10 15 years, but they are

  3. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    3.5 When they die, Wilde wrote, all good Americans go to Paris Some of us have always tried to get there early and beat the crowds Gopnik, a Francophile and New Yorker writer, lived in Paris for five years in the late 1990s with his wife and son and, towards the end of their sojourn, a newborn daughter Like Julian Barnes s Something to Declare or Geoff Dyer s Working the Room, this is a random set of essays arising from the author s experience and interests By choosing any subject that 3.5 When they die, Wilde wrote, all good Americans go to Paris Some of us have always tried to get there early and beat the crowds Gopnik, a Francophile and New Yorker writer, lived in Paris for five years in the late 1990s with his wife and son and, towards the end of their sojourn, a newborn daughter Like Julian Barnes s Something to Declare or Geoff Dyer s Working the Room, this is a random set of essays arising from the author s experience and interests By choosing any subject that took his fancy at the time whether the World Cup, a Nazi war crimes trial, fashion, or gastronomy Gopnik gleefully flouts conventions of theme and narrative, yet still manages to convey the trajectory of his years in Paris, generally through his young son Luke s development, as in He saw, I realized, exactly the way that after five years I spoke French, which also involved a lot of clinging to the side of the pool and sudden bravura dashes out to the deep end to impress the girls, or listeners Gopnik is at his best when writing about food my favorite of his books is The Table Comes First and bureaucracy The French birth certificate was like the first paragraph of a nineteenth century novel, with the baby s parents names, their occupations, the years of their births and of their emigration, their residence, and her number, baby number 2365 born in Neuilly in 1999 It s interesting to hear about Halloween creeping into France, as it s also done in the UK In places, though, this does feel exceptionally dated relying on a copy shop to do the household bills David Beckham only being engaged to Posh Spice at the time of a World Cup game What s timeless, though, are his insights about the ambivalence of the expatriate experience, which certainly resonated for me The loneliness of the expatriate is of an odd and complicated kind, for it is inseparable from the feeling of being free, of having escaped.There are times, as one reads about the uninsured and the armed and the executed, when French anti Americanism begins to look extremely rational.It is soup, beautiful soup, that I missthan anything, not French soup, all pur ed and homogenized, but American soup, with bits and things, beans and corn and even letters, in it We have a beautiful existence in Paris, but not a full life, Martha said, summing it up, and in New York we have a full life and an unbeautiful existence I must thank my Goodreads friend Ted Schmeckpeper for passing this book along to me

  4. Reid Reid says:

    I am one of those people and we are legion who have an unrequited love affair going with Paris It s not that Paris disdains or rejects me, of course Paris has no idea I exist and wouldn t care less if she knew Sigh.Adam Gopnik s book is onelove letter from another lover of Paris, and his is an articulate, cultured, experienced voice indeed He is mostly fluent in French and his love affair has stretched over nearly the whole of his life This is a book written during and after a five I am one of those people and we are legion who have an unrequited love affair going with Paris It s not that Paris disdains or rejects me, of course Paris has no idea I exist and wouldn t care less if she knew Sigh.Adam Gopnik s book is onelove letter from another lover of Paris, and his is an articulate, cultured, experienced voice indeed He is mostly fluent in French and his love affair has stretched over nearly the whole of his life This is a book written during and after a five year stint of living in Paris full time with his wife and their young son who, while born in New York, remembers only Paris as his home by the time he is old enough to remember such things.Because of his curious nature and the entree assumed by his status as a reporter for The New Yorker, Gopnik has access to people and things that most of us would be hard pressed to pull off So much the better, as the stories he tells are fascinating yet down to earth Not that he spends all of his time in the clouds much of this book details the challenges of being an American living in Paris, the differences that enthrall and needle, and the little failures of everyday life that are somehow amplified by being in a country other than one s own.If you already have your own affair of the heart going with Paris, or have ever wanted to begin one, this is a great read If not, you may enjoy it anyway, as Gopnik could likely write a 500 word essay on a turnip and make it interesting Have fun Bon appetit

  5. Carol Carol says:

    The first reason this book was written, I believe, was so the author could impress all us ignorant English speakers with his knowledge of French Actually, he should have just written this book in French and not annoyed us English speakers at all The second reason was to greatly impress us with having the most perfect and nauseatingly adorable son ever and to tell us about every minute detail of that adorable son s day to day existence Then, of course, we could all just slap our own children s The first reason this book was written, I believe, was so the author could impress all us ignorant English speakers with his knowledge of French Actually, he should have just written this book in French and not annoyed us English speakers at all The second reason was to greatly impress us with having the most perfect and nauseatingly adorable son ever and to tell us about every minute detail of that adorable son s day to day existence Then, of course, we could all just slap our own children silly for being so entirely ordinary in comparison.This book is so pretentious, I had trouble getting through the first few chapters, and once I reached his discussion of the variety of different wall plugs that exist in this world which went on for PAGES , I d had enough Anyone who believes themselves to be so self important that they can pass off the discussion of different wall plugs as great writing, and believes that THIS is the drivel that keeps the readers turning the pages, needs a severe reality check He seems to have two tasks here bragging to the reader how much he knows, and talking about his son The first is pretentious, difficult to read the latter is arduous to even skim over, impossible to stomach With American twits like this in France, no wonder the French hate us The writing style was also annoying and jumped from one random thought to another I

  6. Stefanie Stefanie says:

    I can t say enough positive things about this book Such intricate descriptions of such small things you can savor it the way the French would want you to It s a story of a beautiful life in a far away place but Gopnick tells it in a way that makes it so accessible sometimes even ordinary that he achieves an intimacy that I have not experienced in most books I ve read He also offers a social lens that is stimulating as well as enlightening I purposefully took forever reading this book I can t say enough positive things about this book Such intricate descriptions of such small things you can savor it the way the French would want you to It s a story of a beautiful life in a far away place but Gopnick tells it in a way that makes it so accessible sometimes even ordinary that he achieves an intimacy that I have not experienced in most books I ve read He also offers a social lens that is stimulating as well as enlightening I purposefully took forever reading this book because I didn t want my trip to France to end

  7. Otis Chandler Otis Chandler says:

    A fun book that gives you a sense of living in Paris as an expat and what to appreciate about French culture Narrated by the author so definitely recommend listening Great read while on vacation in France I loved many of the annecdotes were hilarious eg the one about how the gym had no plan for visiting every day they only had a once a week plan Or the one comparing the French fax error codes to French culture.

  8. Kelly Kelly says:

    This book is actually a collection of essays from the New Yorker, and they re very insightful His arguments mostly stem from his own family s experiences and are naturally just small scenes from which he draws grand conclusions Like most other authors.However, his awareness of the political scene and the major infighting going on culturally speaks of a very sharp mind His essays have enough political analysis to show his intelligence, but then will transition into a colorful story about his s This book is actually a collection of essays from the New Yorker, and they re very insightful His arguments mostly stem from his own family s experiences and are naturally just small scenes from which he draws grand conclusions Like most other authors.However, his awareness of the political scene and the major infighting going on culturally speaks of a very sharp mind His essays have enough political analysis to show his intelligence, but then will transition into a colorful story about his son One essay is about Adam Gopnik and his wife s attempts to keep Barney out of his son s life, and it s absurd, but it makes its point.In other words, a lot of it is fanciful, but in a charming almost fin de siecle style that I just adore If you know anything about French culture, you ll laugh many times

  9. Cayt O& Cayt O& says:

    One of my very favorite reads of all time Adam Gopnik has a lovely way with words, specifically words that detail everyday, real life I have found very few writers who have such power to keep me enthralled no matter what the subject matter I had the privilege of hearing him lecture a few years back here in Chicago, his topic The American Dream of Paris His eloquence astounds me Hearing him speak only made me wish I could read the book over and over again and forget it each time, so that I One of my very favorite reads of all time Adam Gopnik has a lovely way with words, specifically words that detail everyday, real life I have found very few writers who have such power to keep me enthralled no matter what the subject matter I had the privilege of hearing him lecture a few years back here in Chicago, his topic The American Dream of Paris His eloquence astounds me Hearing him speak only made me wish I could read the book over and over again and forget it each time, so that I would once again have the pleasure of that first read

  10. Paula Paula says:

    My husband and I decided to be appropriately literary on our last trip to Paris he took Hemingway, I took this book because I love travel memoirs The basic premise is that Gopnik, a writer for the New Yorker, flees to Paris with his family to save his young firstborn from the insidious influence of Barney the dinosaur It s well written,complicated sentence structure than my usual vacation reading but engrossing It travels an arc beginning with successfully conveying his naivete about My husband and I decided to be appropriately literary on our last trip to Paris he took Hemingway, I took this book because I love travel memoirs The basic premise is that Gopnik, a writer for the New Yorker, flees to Paris with his family to save his young firstborn from the insidious influence of Barney the dinosaur It s well written,complicated sentence structure than my usual vacation reading but engrossing It travels an arc beginning with successfully conveying his naivete about the French and ending with his acknowledgement that he now understands very little about the French butthan when he started It was a lovely accompaniment to a trip in which I think we learned a teeny bitabout the French, or at least about their obsession with reservations for lunch It would also be a different,sophisticated choice for an armchair traveller

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