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Paris Was Ours

de Penelope Rowlands (Editor)

Outros autores: Richard Armstrong (Contribuinte), Marcelle Clements (Contribuinte), Janine di Giovanni (Contribuinte), Brigid Dorsey (Contribuinte), Alicia Drake (Contribuinte)26 mais, Roxane Farmanfarmaian (Contribuinte), Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni (Contribuinte), Mark Gaito (Contribuinte), Diane Johnson (Contribuinte), Alice Kaplan (Contribuinte), Patric Kuh (Contribuinte), Julie Lacoste (Contribuinte), David Lebovitz (Contribuinte), Janet McDonald (Contribuinte), Jeremy Mercer (Contribuinte), Noelle Oxenhandler (Contribuinte), Joe Queenan (Contribuinte), Stacy Schiff (Contribuinte), Karen Schur (Contribuinte), David Sedaris (Contribuinte), Samuel Shimon (Contribuinte), Valerie Steiker (Contribuinte), Judith Thurman (Contribuinte), Lily Tuck (Contribuinte), Zoé Valdés (Contribuinte), Véronique Vienne (Contribuinte), Judith Warner (Contribuinte), Caroline Weber (Contribuinte), Walter Wells (Contribuinte), Edmund White (Contribuinte), C. K. Williams (Contribuinte)

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Literary Criticism. Travel. Nonfiction. HTML:

Thirty-two essays??many never before published??of life in Paris from writers who were drawn by the city's charms to take up residence there.
In thirty-two personal essays, more than half of which are published here for the first time, authors describe how they were seduced by Paris??and then began to see things differently. They came to write, to cook, to find love, to study, to raise children, to escape, or to live the way it's done in French movies; they came from the United States, Canada, and England; from Iran, Iraq, and Cuba; and??a few??from other parts of France. And they stayed, not as tourists, but as Parisians; some are still living there.
In Paris Was Ours, these outsiders-turned-insiders share their observations and revelations about the City of Light. The collection includes entries from celebrated literary expats, such as Diane Johnson, David Sedaris, Judith Thurman, Joe Queenan, and Edmund White.
Together, their reflections form an unusually perceptive and multifaceted portrait of a city that is entrancing, at times exasperating, but always fascinating. They remind us that Paris belongs to everyone it has touched, and to each in a different way.
"[A] wonderful collection . . . The essays capture the mood of the city in all of its dark and light shades, evoking the spirit of Eugene Atget and Marcel Proust." ??Chicag
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A beautifully curated collection of mainly marvelous essays about Paris. I read it on the train coming back home from a wonderful Paris weekend, and it just added to the pleasure. ( )
  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this book of essays more than 3 stars might indicate - - but as in most collections, the quality was variable among the essays. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
I'm a sucker for books about Paris & this collection of essys by people who have lived in Paris did not disappoint. This is a book that can be read straight through, or dipped into as the mood strikes. It brings all the charm (and sometimes not so much charm) to the reader and, in the end, makes me want to book a flight and go back to that wonderful city. ( )
  etxgardener | Aug 2, 2013 |
After reading 32 writers describe their time spent in Paris, it is much easier to see how challenging it can be for Americans to live in the French culture. I have never been to Paris, but I've become enamored of it from afar and I picked up this compilation of essays to get my fix. I feel that I have come away with a deeper understanding of the culture, which in some ways runs contrary to US values. Americans tend to be apprehensive to visit France, as they find the French rude, haughty and condescending. Not surprisingly, the French find Americans to be the same way, but even more so, they see us as entitled, as if we can go into their country and expect them to speak English to us (Sound familiar?) The French find Americans to be sloppy, demanding, rude, loud, and poor abiders of rules. Each of the writers talked about how challenging it was to fit in, as Parisians seem to follow their own set of rules, that seem to change arbitrarily and without notice. And, they can be quick to attack when a newbie fails to follow a rule. One writer talked with shock about how as a teenager she stepped on the grass in the park and a complete stranger (man) came up and slapped her across the face. The book takes many angles as the contributers came from many walks of life. Several writers chronicled their university days, remembering fondly the poor conditions of their apartments and lack of food. A few of the contributers are famous, with one famous chef and a noted writer discussing how they have made Paris their home. One essay was written by a homeless lady who blogged about her daily struggles to protect her children while living on the streets. For most, Paris was described fondly but with frustration. The years spent living in Paris were very challenging... some hated to try to speak to storekeepers, but finally learned the rules of what to expect and how to stand firm. Others found it challenging to find enough cheap food to eat, as they would sometimes walk all over Paris to find it. The irony being that the food that was found was sometimes of such exceptional quality that it far exceeded student faire. The stories offered great bredth and depth regarding both the beauty and the dark sides of the culture. For example, while women are given exceptional benefits in the workplace with long maternity leaves and protected jobs, they are also light years behind in being treated as equals and not as sexual objects. This topic was explored by an author who gave birth to her children in Paris and was astounded by the benefits, while having to accept the other aspects, such as having men make advances on her in lewd fashion, which was apparently common at the time. Parenting also, is apparently much different, as the French culture does not encircle around the child, rather the child must come along to follow rules and get in line with the parent's agenda.

In all, this was a fascinating glimpse of a much different culture than ours, one that has been around for much longer yet not changed as much over time. I'm not sure if it made me want to visit Paris more or less than I did when I started. At least I will feel that I understand a little more about it when I do make a trip! ( )
1 vote voracious | Dec 28, 2011 |
Since Paris has been a center of culture for so long I was drawn to this book, and after reading these thirty two mostly fascinating and insightful essays about the joys and irritations of living in The City of Light I was not disappointed. The authors are contemporary, but their lives in Paris span decades. Most are British or American so give a sort of English-language cultural perspective, which can’t help but be interesting to someone like me who is a member of that tribe, but other essayists come from around the globe. I especially enjoyed the essays by an Iranian woman, who lived in Paris as a young woman shortly after her country’s 1979 revolution, and a Cuban woman, who had been led to believe that living in Paris would be a punishment. ( )
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Clements, MarcelleContribuinteautor secundáriotodas as ediçõesconfirmado
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Literary Criticism. Travel. Nonfiction. HTML:

Thirty-two essays??many never before published??of life in Paris from writers who were drawn by the city's charms to take up residence there.
In thirty-two personal essays, more than half of which are published here for the first time, authors describe how they were seduced by Paris??and then began to see things differently. They came to write, to cook, to find love, to study, to raise children, to escape, or to live the way it's done in French movies; they came from the United States, Canada, and England; from Iran, Iraq, and Cuba; and??a few??from other parts of France. And they stayed, not as tourists, but as Parisians; some are still living there.
In Paris Was Ours, these outsiders-turned-insiders share their observations and revelations about the City of Light. The collection includes entries from celebrated literary expats, such as Diane Johnson, David Sedaris, Judith Thurman, Joe Queenan, and Edmund White.
Together, their reflections form an unusually perceptive and multifaceted portrait of a city that is entrancing, at times exasperating, but always fascinating. They remind us that Paris belongs to everyone it has touched, and to each in a different way.
"[A] wonderful collection . . . The essays capture the mood of the city in all of its dark and light shades, evoking the spirit of Eugene Atget and Marcel Proust." ??Chicag

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