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Paris Times Eight: Finding Myself in the City of Dreams

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

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    Paris seen by an almost parisienne

    As a long time French-anything enthusiast, I was delighted to read this book. What a great concept!: a memoir about growing up with each trip to the City of Light. The author Deirdre Kelly represents many of us who find Paris fascinating yet unattainable. Of all the cities in the world, the hardest place to "make it" is in Paris. (For Americans, that is. For Europeans I'd assume LA or NYC would be comparable to Paris, yet Paris is still seen as a feat for European foreigners as well.)

    I had a few issues with the book concerning the main "character." There are many instances as a teenager and in college that she shows signs that she is her mother's daughter, and they are more similar as two outsiders than she knows it. I was disappointed that the author did not express this more or at all, especially in the beginning of the book.

    The book dragged at times. I would've been more disappointed if this were a fictional novel, but as a memoir, her occasional digression and outlooks are expected; if you're looking for fast-paced Paris action, I would hold out on this one. I wish the author described more of the adventures she must have had, but it was still an insightful read and I will use the book as tour guide during my next trip to Paris.

    Aside from the tumultuous, odd, and at times inexplicable relationship with her mother, I found her outlook on her relationships to be very real, including her relationship with the city. The author is truly relatable throughout the book and her desire to achieve success in Paris is enlightening and seen with sympathy.

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