Buying a Piece of Paris: Finding a Key to the City of Love

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Buying a Piece of Paris is a charming and witty love song to the most beautiful city in the world.

Paris has seduced many admirers, but for Ellie Nielsen it’s true love. So deep is her infatuation that she’ll only be satisfied with a little place to call her own. The object of her desire seems so simple: the sort of apartment she’s seen a thousand times in magazines and movies. Something effortlessly charming, and quirky, and old— and ...

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Overview

Buying a Piece of Paris is a charming and witty love song to the most beautiful city in the world.

Paris has seduced many admirers, but for Ellie Nielsen it’s true love. So deep is her infatuation that she’ll only be satisfied with a little place to call her own. The object of her desire seems so simple: the sort of apartment she’s seen a thousand times in magazines and movies. Something effortlessly charming, and quirky, and old— and expertly decorated. Something exuding character and Parisian chic. Something quintessentially French.

Little does she realize that the French real estate scene is not quite the dreamscape she’d imagined. With two weeks to find and secure an apartment, and a cursory grasp of the language, Ellie embarks on a mad dash through the streets of Paris, negotiating the fraught world snobby real estate agents, xenophobic bankers and perplexed Parisian naysayers. Thwarted at every turn, in the end it only makes her more determined to succeed.

With her trusty French phrasebook in hand, and plucked up reserves of savoir faire, Ellie undertakes the adventure of a lifetime. Beauty is everywhere even if, like all true romances, there are many obstacles to be overcome. But then, c’est toujours comme ça à Paris. Written with great verve and a superb ear for language, Buying a Piece of Paris is a joy to read and a pleasure to dream about.

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Looking for an enjoyable tribute to life in the City of Love? Try this memoir by Melbourne, Australia-based actress/publicist Nielsen. Nielsen loves Paris and wants to live there; fortunately, her husband Jack agrees. The couple's two-week whirlwind real-estate tour is liberally enhanced with reminiscences from previous visits as well as with a dash of trite, stock French phrases. Another Australian actress, Nicki Paull, provides a fun and focused reading of this entertaining, at times almost satirical ode to the ultimate French experience: buying a Parisian apartment. For listeners who appreciate lighthearted fare. [Audio clip available through www.bolinda.com; "Nielsen's tale is sweet," read the review of the St. Martin's hc. "Ultimately, however, the language issues make this an optional purchase," LJ 11/1/08.—Ed.]—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781921415166
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellie Nielsen is the author of Buying a Piece of Paris. She has worked as an actress, publicist, curator and script assessor. After the birth of her son, she began writing, and dreaming of moving to Paris.

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“I am greatly in the habit of imagining myself in all manner of situations that are outside my real, everyday life. So that day, almost four years ago, as I stood at my window, willing the street beyond to leap up two floors and embrace me, a plan popped into my head. It was a perfect plan, one that involved daring, danger, and a ridiculous amount of money...I decided to buy Paris. Well, just a tiny bit of it. I’m not totally irrational.” --From Buying a Piece of Paris

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