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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

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    A Town Like Paris must rank as one of the most pointless books I have ever read. The advertising makes out that Bryce Corbett has a fantastic adventure in France, learns the culture and eventually marries a dancer in a Paris cabaret. The truth is not so exotic or adventurous. He goes to Paris as a bored bureaucrat, admits that he has maybe one French friend and his wife is Australian. The worst of the many faults with A Town Like Paris is the boredom it induces. Corbett's 'adventures' are quite dull. He explains nothing about Paris that I didn't already know or couldn't find in a Lonely Planet guidebook. He has so little to say about the city that he has to resort to writing about his family and some old cliches about Australia, such as the notion that we are obsessed with renovation and Aussie men can't express emotion. When you realise that the many chapters on Australia are based on cliches from the 1980s you have to think that what Corbett says about Paris is just as unoriginal. Then there is the fact that Corbett happily says he is a conniving person. He provides plenty of examples of the way he is just in it for himself. The reader is expected to believe that such a selfish person would write an honest account of his experiences. I have serious doubts that is the case. To top it all off the writing is bland and inelegant. Which is only fitting for a book that scores very low when it comes to class and style.

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