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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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