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Paris to the Moon Paperback – September 11, 2001
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Gopnik, a New Yorker (the magazine as well as the city) writer known for his wit, chronicles in this book his years of living in Paris with his wife and young son. Sure, they enjoy an enviably plush lifestyle, with nothing to do but...well, observe all day. But the observations are worth the envy. Who else could describe the music (or muzak) inside French department stores so perfectly? Who else could describe the plight of the French garcon in his favorite restaurant with such humor and sadness?
Most wonderful, though, is the tender portrait of Gopnik's growing young family. It reads like a love letter to his son and wife. He chronicles Luke's first experiences, and eventual assimilation, in Paris with the eye of a brilliant naturalist, the kind of eye parents always seem to have. Far from being indulgent, this tendency is charming and makes me want to get pregnant and expatriate immediately, just to get a whiff of what Gopnik has experienced.
This book reads like a set of essays. Like a set of essays in the New Yorker. I have read some of the preceeding (negative) reviews, and would like to emphasize that if you have never picked up a copy of the New Yorker, if you don't enjoy the New Yorker, etc., that you avoid this book. Bear in mind that Mr. Gopnik is a staff writer for the New Yorker, and he epitomizes their dry, observational, academic reference-laden prose style.Read more ›
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Paris is a wonderful city full of social problems and inequality, much like Gopnik’s New York City, where nearly half the people live at near poverty levels. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Richard Winter
The author and his wife moved to Paris from NYC. They have a pre-school aged son. His descriptions of differences between Paris and New York cultures are interesting, sometimes... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anon.
Cute book that really gives you a view into what it would be like to live in France -- both the good and the bad. I especially liked the parts about food!Published 2 months ago by Calee
I had a very hard time getting thru this book, even though I just returned from Paris and knew many of the places the author referred to. Definitely not a page turner. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Los Osos Girl
Interesting to read when you are going to or have been to Paris.Published 4 months ago by Cheryl Magnuson-Giese
I read the one about New York first and loved it. I had no attraction or connection to New York. This one about Paris was entrancing in the same way, wonderfully written and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by lumine
I love reading books that tell me a story in a chapter. This is my second year vacationing in Paris and it is books like this that make that time delightful. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Hassler