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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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It is funny and serious at once. Adam provides a wonderful up close and personal look inside Parisian life. I enjoyed it very much!Published 1 month ago by Michelle Leak
One of most concise, non-iconoclastic; yet, poignant chronicles of an American (and most importantly, his family along with him) living all facets of an expatriate. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sharp Shopper
What a great book! Adam is a fantastic and witty writer. The books is thoughtful, engaging, poetic, humorous, historic, and informative all at the same time. Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Turner
I enjoyed this book. But I have like his new Yorker articles and his other books more. That is just me.Published 4 months ago by gretchang