- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 957th edition (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060959207
- ISBN-13: 978-0060959203
- ASIN: B000AAN4VC
- Package Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,609,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant Paperback – Bargain Price, October 1, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
With his wife and young daughter, Sanders spent a year in southwestern France, in the village of Les Arques, tracing the rhythm of rural life and the restaurant at the town's heart. As in his first book, The Yard: Building a Destroyer at the Bath Iron Works (which followed the construction of the USS Donald Cook at a shipyard struggling against modernization), Sanders explores a threatened way of life: before 1988 (the year citizens founded the Zadkine Museum), Les Arques struggled to barely survive. Inspired by Ossip Zadkine, the Russian sculptor who summered in the town until his death in 1967, the museum attracts resident students and tourists year-round. Now, the local restaurant, La Rcration, not only feeds the locals, it draws an international clientele. Chef Jacques Ratier and his wife, Noelle, established what is locally called La Rcr (French for "recess") in the town's abandoned schoolhouse in 1993 and this is Les Arques' sole business. Sanders affectionately observes the restaurant in action, from morning prep to full swing service. As he contemplates a bid for star status in the Michelin guide, Mr. Ratier personifies Les Arques' struggle to stay in the game. Sanders also investigates French country ways, devoting entire chapters to foie gras and truffles and explaining the history of a region where every house has a name and children grow up on four-course school lunches. He unveils a culture wholly at odds with fast-food America. The book's back matter offers advice for travelers, but Sanders's account is so lovely, and Les Arques so sensuous and ripe with magic, to visit seems vaguely sacrilegious.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michael S. Sanders, a former book editor and author of The Yard, lives in midcoast Maine with his wife and daughter.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Every chapter taught me something new and was a joy to read. The only disappointment was when I saw myself drawing towards the end of the book and wished it would go on longer! I can't wait to see Sanders' next book.
Coincidentally, I should add, I have also read his other book "The Yard" and bought this one not knowing it was by the same author. Both books are equally enjoyable, and the author seems to me to have taken over the mantle of writing about small groups of people from Tracy Kidder who did a fantastic job with his early books such as "Soul of a New Machine" but seems to have lost his way in later books like "Small Town".
I do, however, have a little quibble with some of the other 4-or-less reviews that are posted. Almost uniformly they praise the book but find some minor flaw that leads them to mark it down. Heck, nothing's perfect. I hope that those perusing these reviews read the comments to see how well this book had been received by amazon customers instead of worrying about what the rating isn't higher.
While Greenside writes from his heart, Sanders' From Here, You Can't See Paris is written from a laundry list of 'things I want to tell them' that an honor's level high schooler might write, being very conscious of grammar, syntax rules and impressing the teacher with correctness. Greenside manages to write very good English, but with warmth and soul. None of that in 'From Here'. So, from here in the 'being read' pile, it is going to the 'going to the Goodwill donations center' pile!
This book, along with "A Castle in the Backyard" are two good narratives of life in the Dordogne/Lot region of France.
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Interesting to see how a restaurant works and how hard a job.
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