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Our Paris: Sketches from Memory

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  11 reviews
With 30 drawings by Hubert Sorin.

From the Hardcover edition.
ebook, 121 pages
Published November 2nd 2011 by Knopf (first published November 25th 1994)
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Wonderful! A wonderful vision of Paris, one that makes me desperately want to go back and look up all the places and people described in the book. As others have stated, the backdrop is one of sadness, but lighthearted descriptions of all the characters and landmarks that flitted in and out of their daily lives make this an easy, fast, and delightful read. The illustrations are equally fun and lighthearted, and I enjoyed playing "Where's Fred?" each time I reached a new picture.
Charles Smith
One day I hope to visit Paris; it is a city that has always fascinated me.Part of my fascination has been sparked by accounts by and/or about famous American writers who once lived there: Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, et al. Now it's Edmund White's turn to bedazzle me with the sights, sounds, and smells of that fabled city.

"Our Paris: Sketches from Memory" is a collaborative project he worked on with his now deceased (from AIDS) lover, Hubert Sorin, the French
Leora Bersohn
White wrote this as a final project to share with his partner, Hubert Sorin, as Sorin was dying. You would almost not know to read it--this is very light and charming, despite the occasional reference to Sorin getting thinner and weaker. Sorin's drawings and White's sketches make Paris come instantly to life. A labor of love in every sense of the phrase, this is a perfect way to clear your head on the train or before bed.
Witty drawings and superb descriptions of everyday life in Paris.
I first read this short book 15 years ago, after I'd met and disliked one of the many name-dropped individuals in it's slim chapters. Despite my (and apparently White's) poor impression of this particular American biographer, I loved the book then and find that I still do now. It's an homage to a quotidian life in a busy neighborhood of modern Paris, stylized by Sorin's pen and ink drawings, and perhaps more so by his impending death which lurks beneath the descriptions of a moment in life held ...more
A fun little read with melancholy undertones about Edmund White's last year in Paris with his boyfriend Hubert Sorin, who died of AIDS. It's light--there's no dealing with illness, death, or loss. But it's charming, frequently about the doings of their friends and their trips about town with their bassett hound, Fred. Lots of name-dropping, but in a good-natured and slightly mortified way. I read it partially for the descriptions of daily life in Paris, and for that, it is quite good.
Maria Maniaci
This book was not what I expected based on knowing beforehand that it was, among other things, an AIDS memoir. But it's a sweet book. Quick and sharp. I liked getting a glimpse into a life so different from mine in time and place and timbre.

Didn't get five stars from me because White's name dropped is a little much at times.
Derek Brampton
full or interest and atmosphere and captures an atmosphere of Paris past. I noticed recently that the forum of Les Halles was being pulled down!
May 18, 2011 pjr8888 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vivencio Gregorio Atutubo III
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wonderfully illustrated with numerous witty and gently satiric drawings by Hurbert Sorin, a trained archetct
Brings world's juiciest jet zet's gossip straight from their own mouth...
terribly sad ending.
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Edmund White's novels include Fanny: A Fiction, A Boy's Own Story, The Farewell Symphony, and A Married Man. He is also the author of a biography of Jean Genet, a study of Marcel Proust, The Flâneur: A Stroll Through the Paradoxes of Paris, and, most recently, his memoir, My Lives. Having lived in Paris for many years, he is now a New Yorker and teaches at Princeton University. He was also a membe ...more
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