A French Affair: The Paris Beat, 1965-1998
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A French Affair: The Paris Beat, 1965-1998

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America and France have always had a special relationship. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the two have enjoyed a love affair of sorts, with all the love/hate dynamics that suggests. From Benjamin Franklin charming Louis XVI to Jackie Kennedy enchanting Charles de Gaulle, the two peoples have fascinated and repelled each other. Mary Blume has cultivate...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published November 5th 1999 by Free Press (first published 1999)
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Shippseattle
Even the most dedicated expat rarely manages to completely fit into an adopted foreign culture. It's precisely this quality that allows American Mary ...more [close] Even the most dedicated expat rarely manages to completely fit into an adopted foreign culture. It's precisely this quality that allows American Mary Blume to so thoughtfully observe and record Paris, the city that's served as her home for over three decades, though its ways may still mystify her. In A French Affair--a collection of...more
Bap
A collection of pieces written by Mary Blume which first appeared in the Inernational Herald Tribune. They are dated and insubstantial covering the period 1965-1998. There are some nuggets like a piece about a bearded lady but you have to read too many mediocre pieces for every good one.
Linda
Mary Blume's essays capture the Paris of the 60's through 90's in a warm and witty way - very enjoyable, a book to be taken out and savored in bits & pieces now and again.
Taylor P
I really loved the cultural articles in this book, especially about the street names in Paris... but the biographies were a bit hard to get through.
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