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|That’s Paris: Anthology of Life, Love and Sarcasm in Paris
Publisher: Velvet Morning Press
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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
Paris has this mysterious attraction for foreigners. But they may sometimes see only a very partial Paris, the touristy Paris, which is really only a small fraction of the whole thing. The anthology That’s Paris tries to paint a picture of the “real” Paris.
I enjoyed the literary mix of these 28 short pieces, written by 23 contributors: you have nonfiction, memoirs, lists, and fiction, from humor to mystery, to literary fiction. I inevitably found some pieces too clichés (no, 4 hour meals is not a daily thing in France, not even every week-end, at least it has never been such a common practice among my relatives and friends. And I have been to shops in the US with no-purchase line special exits).
But the combination does paint a varied image of Paris, with settings in different neighborhoods (Ile Saint Louis, Pont des Arts, Sacré Coeur, Montmartre, Belleville, the 5th, Père Lachaise Cemetery). You read also about the expat experience, and about the French word ethic, food, cafés, subway, taxis, driving license ordeals, Christmas shop windows, etc, and whimsy details like the old man walking his bunny.
I especially enjoyed Didier Quémener‘s story set on Ile Saint Louis (Half Fast Midnight) and A Scoop of Henry by Cheryl McAlister: a woman spreading the ashes of her beloved husband throughout Paris.
As a bonus, 4 pieces are offered both in English and in French.
And at the end of the collection, you can find a short bio on each contributor. You can also read about them and connect with them here.
VERDICT: Fun anthology on Paris, combining serious, whimsy, and funny stories on the multiple facets of Paris. Great for all lovers of France
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
View this cosmopolitan metropolis through the chic eyes of Parisians, francophiles and travelers who fell in love with the city and haven’t quite gotten around to leaving yet… That’s Paris: a glimpse into living, loving and surviving in the City of Light.
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Thanks for reviewing the book! It contains a lot of different perspectives, and so it’s great to get the different perspectives of our readers too!
yes I think there’s something for everyone
Thanks so much for reviewing the anthology! Glad you enjoyed the French texts too. We figured that our French or bilingual readers would be happy to have them!
yes that was a nice bonus
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Oh this sounds interesting. I love that it’s so many different perspectives. It will me a nice little well rounded peak into Paris. At least until I get there for a visit!
yes, a good book to wait for the next chance to go 😉
A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France by Miranda Richardson. This is a true story about the author’s grandparents during WWII in a small village in France. It also includes descriptions of what the house looked like now and how she tried to make it livable again. A very interesting book.
yes, I know about this book, sounds really good, I even contacted the author
Thanks Emma for the review! Cela fait plaisir de voir que “Minuit et demi” a su retenir une attention particulière…
j’ai un oeil pour la qualité ;-). Et si vous avez des choses que je pourrais lire et présenter ici sur mon blog, ça m’intéresse! Pas de problème pour moi en format digital (kindle ou epub), mais NB j’habite aux US (ce qui ne me permet pas d’acheter des livres digitaux publiés en France, hélas)
Merci ! Certainement plus d’écriture pour ma part dans les semaines, mois qui viennent… Le temps d’organiser tout cela ! On se tient au courant !
Hopping over from the Nonfiction Reading Challenge…
This sounds fun. Putting it on my list to read before my next trip — hoping that will be in the spring of 2016!
wonderful! Then there’s another amazing book you have to read: http://francebooktours.com/2014/07/11/marcia-desanctis-on-tour-100-places-in-france-every-woman-should-go/ Not your usual tour guide, excellent, and so well written!
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