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Paris to the Moon

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

From a Parisian

Being Parisian myself, and in US for 5 years it is a great pleasure to read about my hometown and its way of life, seen through the eyes of an outsider. It is a delight of truths about the city's synergie, about the french culture, and about a foreigner who wants to und...
Being Parisian myself, and in US for 5 years it is a great pleasure to read about my hometown and its way of life, seen through the eyes of an outsider. It is a delight of truths about the city's synergie, about the french culture, and about a foreigner who wants to understand and integrate a new world, but will always be on the edge of it. Believe me, the challenges are incredibly similar whem you are a Parisian living in Boston, or New York!! This book gave me a lesson of humility about my culture and let me know that the same confusions, frustrations and joys are shared by anyone who has the chance to live in another culture.

posted by Anonymous on January 19, 2001

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4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

irritatingly self-indulgent

The author is the kind of traveler who makes other American
travelers cringe, and in just a few years, he has evidently become
the kind of self-absorbed New Yorker who is unloved everywhere.
Instead of embracing the experience of living in a new country,
he is a ...
The author is the kind of traveler who makes other American
travelers cringe, and in just a few years, he has evidently become
the kind of self-absorbed New Yorker who is unloved everywhere.
Instead of embracing the experience of living in a new country,
he is a rude guest, constantly commenting on his hosts' shortcomings.

This is an irritatingly self-indulgent story on an old subject,
done before by many other better writers. There is nothing new
or original here. I cannot understand the reviews.

As for the pretense of being a concerned parent wanting
to get his child away from American culture...PLEASE...if he was
tortured by his son's obsession with Barney, it's because he
brought Barney there in his suitcase!

This family eventually leaves France, commenting that they do
not "live a full life" there...Not surprising, they live outside,
and stay outside Parisian life.

I kept hoping for some real contact with the French, some insight.
Something other than an experience with a local shop keeper
or taxi cab driver. But this is someone whose first actions in Paris
included hooking up American cable in his apartment. He learns
that you can get a wonderful apartment in Paris...it just takes money
and connections. He winds up with a beautiful place on the Left Bank...
a typical expat experience...

I have met these "journalists" before. They live in Paris, Rome,
Beiruit, Bejing...yet somehow manage to never leave their comfort
zone. How very boring.

posted by 2784988 on January 20, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    Boring!

    As a college student I lived in Paris for a year and have been a frequent visitor to Paris before and after my year of study. I was hoping this book would take me back to my life that I long to return to. At times it does, but most of the time is spent reading about redundant gibberish. It was not worth reading and frequently skimmed through it hoping the writing would improve.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2002

    Some insight buried in the self-indulgence.

    If you find Gopnik's toddler son as relentlessly fascinating as he apparently does, you might like this book. But if you're not an immediate family member, the 'ain't-my-kid-cute' stories will quickly tire you, as may Gopnik's tendency to pull forced French-American comparisons out of every last croissant crumb. While there are some good and pointed insights to be found, much of it comes off as a smug Manhattan boor holding forth, instead of a witty and knowledeable correspondent who learned to live with the French. And as a chronicle of someone who spent a whole five years in Paris, it's oddly insular and remote: one wonders why Gopnik's relations with Parisians never progressed past the most fleeting casual kind (a taxi driver, a waiter) that any one-time tourist could have had. Want a real feeling of being an American living in Paris - read Janet Flanner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 6, 2011

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