Paris to the Moon
In 1995, Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamo...more
Gopnik is excellent at revealing the sutle differences between life in the States and France that make up two completely seperate cultures. I felt upon finishing the book that I actually knew the secrets of French thought and behavior. Unfortunately, I now know exactly why I'd never be able to ble...more
Adam Gopnik captures the small details of life so deftly.....example is when he describes their...more
I purposefully took forever reading this book...more
"And the slightly amused, removed feeling always breaks down as you realize that you don't want to be so lofty and Olympian- or rather, that being lofty and Olympian carries within it, by tradition and precedent, the habit of wishing you could be down there in the plain, taking sides. Even the gods, actually looking down from Olympus in amusement, kept hurtling down to get laid or slug somebody."
"It is just ...more
Does this s...more
It's well written, more complicated sentence structure than my usual vacation reading but engrossing. It travels an arc beginning with successfully conveying his naivete about...more
However, his awareness of the political scene and the major infighting going on culturally speaks of a very sharp mind. His essays have enough political analysis to show his intelligence, but then will transition into a colorful story about his s...more
One of my favorite elements of the book is how strongly the feeling he has for his family permeates his writing. Even an essay on a quest to save a beloved neighborhood bistro is tinged with the w...more
I had the privilege of hearing him lecture a few years back here in Chicago, his topic "The American Dream of Paris." His eloquence astounds me. Hearing him speak only made me wish I could read the book over and over again and forget it each time, so that I...more
Predictably, I enjoyed the chapters about French food traditions, and the comparisons of Paris to New York.
"We go to cities to be i...more
Mostly the chapters could be read at random. There is a progression in them as his son Luke ages from one year old to six (1995-2000), and thus grew from a toddler to a youngster in Paris (there were a few visits back to the States). In some chapters Gopnik's family, especially his son, play major roles (see particularly the delightful chapter The Rookie). In...more
"He took three bites, pushed it away, had some ice cream...but the next morning he said, 'I liked the hamburger'--decisively--'but I did not like that sauce you served with it'.
'What sauce?' I said, puzzled. I hadn't made a sauce.
'That red sauce', he said, disdainfully, with exactly the expression I have seen on the face of Jean-Pierre Quélin, the food critic of Le Monde, when he gets a corked glass of w...more
All! For just tracing turns out to be the hardest thing of all. All the cl...more
There are some gems in the series of essays - compiled from Gopnik's writings for the...more
Paris to the Moon
Note:This was originally posted to my journal on January 11, 2009. I meant to post it here, in Goodreads, also, but I was still learning how to be on this site, and my good intentions went awry.
I have just finished reading Adam Gopnik’s Paris to the Moon. It is a collection of essays about a expatriate American family living in Paris. I read it over a period of months, with time off to read some other things, work in my journal, live my ordinary life. I don’t think this (or for...more
The author Adam Gopnick writes about his favorite brasserie, but tells the story as a footnote to Paris politics. Yes, Gopnik is a journalist. He turned homey stories into social commentary which would be acceptable if that is what the cover notes are selling...but no. I started this book expecting to read about how Gopnick and his wife and small son escaped Barney and NYC and moved to Paris to experience cultura...more
"After a recent trip to New York one French journalist remarked...more