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Paris In Mind by Jennifer  Lee
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Mixed review here. I liked that the editor tried to include a wide variety of writers, topics (although all had to do with Paris), and opinions. But some of the essays were far better and more interesting than others and I felt that she could have chosen more carefully.

Mark Twain's essay, taken from The Innocents Abroad was OK, pretty amusing, but his comment at the end, that "by far the handsomest women we have seen in France were born and reared in America" leaves me questioning his honesty, or his ability to engage with French people when he was there.

Janet Flanner's essay was excellent whereas John Adams' was really, really boring. James Baldwin came last and provided one of the best, if not the most amusing or romantic portraits of The City of Light.

Overall, I thought this was a book well worth reading both for the different perspectives, as well as for a source of more titles to look for for my future reading.
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Reading Progress

July 11, 2013 – Started Reading
July 11, 2013 – Shelved
July 18, 2013 – Finished Reading
July 19, 2013 – Shelved as: france

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