We’ll Always Have Paris is a really fun read. I enjoyed reading about Ms. Coburn’s adventure with her daughter and seeing the world through her eyes.We’ll Always Have Paris is a really fun read. I enjoyed reading about Ms. Coburn’s adventure with her daughter and seeing the world through her eyes. I also enjoyed hearing about her father, who passed far too early and seems to have given Ms. Coburn a bit of a complex, seeing as she was afraid that she too would die young. It was this issue that led her to want to take this adventure with her daughter. I’m very close with my mother and I think it would be amazing to take a trip like that with her, so it was delightful to read about a mum and daughter abroad.
Reading about her insecurities about life, parenting and living a long life was fascinating to me because I think everyone has them and it takes a lot of courage to write them out in depth and put them out there for the world to see and feel. I also couldn’t believe how wonderfully descriptive the author is. London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Amsterdam came alive in ways I didn’t think I’d ever see in a book. It’s only served to make me want to visit all of those places even more–though I don’t think my chubby self could do the thirty flights up Sagrada Familia basilica. Still, it’s memorable and I was glad to read it.
It was a little awkward at times, the narrative seemed a bit all over the place and I ended up having to read thing over to be certain I hadn’t skipped something. Unless Ms. Coburn is psychic, I don’t think she’d know at every moment just what was going on at home. Katie (her daughter) seemed like a seasoned traveler, not losing her cool and acting like an American tourist. (Ms. Coburn didn’t seem to cope well if something went a little wrong.) I enjoyed the writing and the story; were the author to write more books, I’d be very inclined to read it, I just hope she could work on her transitions better. That is my biggest complaint. So if you’re looking for a fun read and something that will make you laugh, smile and genuinely feel good, I think this a book for you. And of course, if you like to read about travelling to place you’ve never been–most assuredly you’ll enjoy this....more
Ms. Lawlor is telling her story of growing up in a miltary home during the cold war. Now to me, the Cold War is something that I’ve always read aboutMs. Lawlor is telling her story of growing up in a miltary home during the cold war. Now to me, the Cold War is something that I’ve always read about in history books and listened to my parents talking about growing up during that age. It’s always been fascinating to me to hear my mother tell me about growing up in the 60’s, which was a wild time during US history. From Kennedy to the rumblings of war in Vietnam, to racism and the assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK Jr…it was tumultuous to put it lightly. The threat of Russia and nuclear war were very real and would be for a long time. Reading Ms. Lawlor’s story added more of another visual for me; the difference between that of the WWII generation and the baby boomers. The sixties were a wild time and while Ms. Lawlor adopted those ideals, her traditionalist father and she struggle to connect.
She wrestled with the usual issues that even today we face, faith, family, politics, and what ideals to embrace as our own. This is a really strong and wonderful book that reads melodically. The pictures included were nice touches and I really enjoyed getting to know Ms. Lawlor and her family through her photos, her words, her thoughts and her feelings. I’m always keen to look into periods of times where I was not yet a twinkle in anyone’s eye. I particularly loved the passage that is shared above:
“When he came home from his extended absences–missions, they were called–the rooms shrank around him. There wasn’t enough air. We didn’t breathe as freely as we did when he was gone, not because he was mean or demanding but because we worshipped him. Like satellites my sisters and I orbited him at a distance, waiting for the chance to come closer, to show him things we’d made, accept gifts, hear his stories.”
Were Ms. Lawlor to write more books, I’d be delighted to read them because she is exceptionally gifted storyteller. Brava!...more
The premise sounds absolutely fascinating, am I right? It’s nice to hear Henry V’s story from someone other than the man himself (or the writer posingThe premise sounds absolutely fascinating, am I right? It’s nice to hear Henry V’s story from someone other than the man himself (or the writer posing as the man himself). If you’re unfamiliar with his story, wiki has it summed up really nicely in a rather short package for you. If you’re looking to watch the Shakespeare adaptation, The Hollow Crown: two words: Tom Hiddleston. He plays Henry fantastically. Now, I used him in a visual in this book and it made it ever so much more enjoyable. I like imagery of whom I’m reading about. I admit that I was glad I have a vivid imagination because this book is heavy on action but not on descriptions. Be aware that the author is Polish and this is translated; thus, some expressions are confusing and leaves you kind of baffled.
It’s also very historically accurate, so if that isn’t your taste, you may want to skip it. Rich with intrigue, adventure, daring battles and all of the things that make tomes like this fascinating.
I don’t mind a book where there’s more than one POV, I really don’t. Game of Thrones are amongst my favorite books and there’s a lot of POV changes. In this, there are quite a number of changes and it’s really hard to keep up with them. I found myself rereading things and then realising, “Oh hey, POV change.” That’s slightly frustrating, but if you can keep up with that, that in itself is a possible. I wasn’t entirely sure how all of said characters connected at times and I wanted that cohesiveness.
I’m told there’s a sequel, but it has not been translated yet. So any questions I have, I can’t answer yet....more