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Paris, Paris by David Downie
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Jul 15, 12

Read on July 14, 2012

There is much to enjoy in this book about Paris. It is full of trivia about Paris. There is also much to make you stop and ponder. Written by an ex-pat couple who live in Paris, there is more cynicism than I would like to have seen. While it is meant to sound wise and very learned, most of the whining sounds as common as Texan complaining about illegal immigration. If that is what you are looking for, then this is just what you need. If you need a dose of reality about Paris, Mr. Downie is your man. Ultimately, the book left me wanting to know more about Paris, without all the "I talked to politician who told me the real story" sort of gossip. And while I'm here I'll also add that calling everything "kitsch" is condescending, and does not make the author look more sophisticated than the tourists, just more jaded and less worthy of my attention. But I wasn't looking for a book to peel back the edges of Paris and warn me about its many faults. So perhaps I just picked up the wrong book.
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