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Paris to the Moon

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 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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1 out of 3 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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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Nothing to write home about.

    Paris to the Moon was only marginally enjoyable for me. Travel memoirs are my favorite genre, French/Parisian travel in particular, so I appreciated the book to that extent. But overall, the writing style and choice of topics left something to be desired. Gopnik writes in an irritatingly halting fashion that left me frustrated and wishing that he would just get to the point of his every sentence. Also, as someone who knows a bit of French from high school and college, I was able to understand his occasional use of the language, but I imagine his frequent failure to include translations would prove quite cumbersome for anyone unfamiliar with French. To be perfectly honest, the book was just flat out boring at points...maybe because I'm not all that interested in French soccer or politics. I did enjoy the culinary descriptions and first-hand accounts of European health care. But on a scale of one to ten, I'd give its page-turning factor a three.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    Skip to the good parts

    Adam Gopnick moves his wife and infant son to Paris from New York City. He works for the New Yorker so all this is possible. And although the book at times is just hilarious, funny, and insightful, many of the chapters read like they were separate New Yorker articles. There is a wonderful story of his trying to first find a gym to join, and then joining process and then the discovery of how the French use the gym. This little gem may be worth the price of the book alone. But later I found an ¿article¿ on the fashion industry just boring. I found the book to be a very uneven read that I could only recommend to persons going to visit or live in France.

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    Posted October 16, 2009

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