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Book Title: Paris to the Moon|
The author of the book: Adam Gopnik
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Edition: Random House
Date of issue: 2008
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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 is more French than American and more French 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.
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Read information about the authorAn 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 the capital of France.
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