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Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home Paperback – January 6, 2009
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I think that primary allure of this book for the publisher was that the main character has a relationship with the Olivier Baussan, the founder of L'Occitaine. (If he'd been just a regular French businessman, I doubt this book would have received write ups in the New York Times.) He meets Kim, falls in love and brings her to Provence. There, she lives an enviable life that is the stuff of Peter Mayle books. They purchase an apartment in Paris and they take trips all over the world. For Kim, the sensitive poet, he even opens up a bookstore dedicated to poetry for her on the Ille St. Louis. But it isn't enough for Kim. In her 20s, she feels smothered by the domestic nature of her life and relationship with her older lover, who is portrayed as a controlling, if well meaning, mentor. Fair enough. I could sympathize that her life may have taken on the frame of a gilded cage.
Where this story becomes troubled is about one third of the way through, when the author moves away from Olivier to live in Paris on her own. For one, she's been a stepmother to his young daughter and she just walks out on her. From the book, it appears she never even sees the little girl again. I found this a surprisingly callous move from someone whose own issues come from being abandoned by her mother in Korea at age three. Olivier calls pleading for her return. Clearly, they continue to have a connection and Kim seems to enjoy his calls, but instead she dates a series of men. But then, she is enraged when she finds he takes on a lover.Read more ›
Kim searches unsuccessfully for her past, her origin in Korea, and this theme appears repeatedly as her lack of firm identity continues and she tries to come to grips with never finding her natural parents. Her fruitless trip to Korea is a painful reminder. I found myself trying to imagine growing up with the pain of being an orphan, yet at the same time somewhat deplored her perhaps undeserved indulgent lifestyle in France.Read more ›
While she's sunning naked on Corsica, she feels isolated and unloved. OK, that's legit, but her vague misery, as conveyed through Sunee's admittedly excellent writing, means that I don't even get to enjoy Corsica by extension!
The sights and smells and tastes of Provence sound wonderful, but the extended descriptions of cunnilingus by her old, rich French boyfriendm and her interpersonal relationships in general are just tiresome, exhausting and as unfulfilling for the reader as they are for Sunee. As a rule, none of the humans in this memoir are drawn half as well as the dishes. You don't get a real sense of what the people look like, where they came from or what contributes to their various flavors.
I found myself sympathizing with the mother she finds so critical and cold. The mother obviously is trying but failing to convey the absence of substance and maturity in her daughter's life, but Sunee is so angry (she claims her sister is the angry one, but it's obviously her), that she ignores the warning entirely.
For that matter, I couldn't figure out for the life of me what she saw in any of her boyfriends other than privilege and heavy-handed, controlling gift-giving and empty promises of salvation. She was young. I get that, too.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome book for women and men to read, its about finding what you want in life. Great memoir reading.Published 1 month ago by Amy
Great recipes. Yet not available to put in their "menus" for so many.
But truthfully they made me hungry to live in Provence. Read more
Born in South Korea, Sunee is abandoned (presumably) by her mother at the age of three and adopted by an American couple living in New Orleans. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nemoman
Kim is a good writer, and she starts with a very good premise. About half way through she descends into self-pity. Read more
This was such a great memoir. I loved the honesty and voice the author shares with the reader. She weaves her experiences in with such amazing detail. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M
The writer connected with the gentleman making French face creams and soaps... The story is a soap opera.... Arrived in good condition and fast. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Albert V. lesley