Paula's Reviews > Paris to the Moon

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Oct 18, 07

liked it
bookshelves: 2-france, 1-non-fiction, 0-where
Read in November, 2006

My husband and I decided to be appropriately literary on our last trip to Paris -- he took Hemingway, I took this book because I love travel memoirs. The basic premise is that Gopnik, a writer for the New Yorker, flees to Paris with his family to save his young firstborn from the insidious influence of Barney the dinosaur.

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 the French and ending with his acknowledgement that he now understands very little about the French but more than when he started. It was a lovely accompaniment to a trip in which I think we learned a teeny bit more about the French, or at least about their obsession with reservations for lunch. It would also be a different, more sophisticated choice for an armchair traveller.
5 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Paris to the Moon.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.