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Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down (edition 2012)

by Rosecrans Baldwin

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Title:Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down
Authors:Rosecrans Baldwin
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2012), Hardcover, 304 pages
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In the mid-aughts of this century, Rosecrans Baldwin and his wife moved to Paris when he as offered a job at a Parisian ad agency―even though he had no experience in advertising, and even though he hardly spoke French. In this book, he draws a picture of their 18 months living in the French capital.

The Baldwins ran into some of the same problems that the Gopniks did (bureaucracy, endless paperwork) but met them with much less grace. In fact, the entire book, articulate as it is, seemed to me to be one big complaint that things in Paris aren’t done the same way they are in the good ol’ USA. (But isn’t that why he was there?)

I learned a few things I didn’t know before, but spent most of the time reading this exasperated at Baldwin’s attitude. 3½ stars ( )
  ParadisePorch | Nov 13, 2016 |
Quick read, very well written. If you've ever been an expat living abroad, this story will resonate with you no matter what country you lived in. ( )
  Caryn.Rose | Mar 18, 2015 |
Loved this! It was hilarious. Even if you're not a lover of everything French (or don't have a "French connection") you will still find this book funny. It's a true story about the author & his wife's experiences of 18 months working & living in Paris. The language barrier mishaps are hilarious. You get insight into the Parisian mindset. It's a funny & fascinating read! ( )
  michele.juza | Feb 25, 2015 |
Guy moves with his girlfriend to Paris. He loves it there, meets people, lives a normal life. Not a literary masterpiece but I liked the book. ( )
  pdepena | Jul 25, 2014 |
This is a book about Paris and being a fish out of water. Baldwin's insights on the latter - (the difficulties with language etc...) are entertaining and universal. His observations on Parisian life are fresh and incisive. They neither descend into cliche nor over-correct by focusing on the banal. Instead he offers a cast of tightly observed characters from his working and social life in the city. The book frequently prompts a delicious hilarity - especially when Baldwin deploys his trick of translating directly, and without warning, from his poor French back into the actual English. The work made me feel good about Paris and about life in general. ( )
  freelancer_frank | Mar 27, 2013 |
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A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented itself to work for an advertising agency in Paris, he couldn’t turn it down. Despite the fact that he had no experience in advertising. And despite the fact that he barely spoke French. After an unimaginable amount of red tape and bureaucracy, Rosecrans and his wife packed up their Brooklyn apartment and left the Big Apple for the City of Light. But when they arrived, things were not eactly what Rosecrans remembered from a family vacation when he was nine years old.

Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down is a nimble comic account of observing the French capital from the inside out. It is an exploration of the Paris of Sarkozy, text-message romances, smoking bans, and a McDonald’s beneath the Louvre—the story of an American who arrives loving Paris all out of proportion, but finds life there to be completely unlike what he expected. Over eighteen months, Rosecrans must rely on his dogged American optimism to get him through some very unromantic situations—at work (writing booklets on how to breast-feed, raise, and nurture children), at home (trying to finish writing his first novel in an apartment surrounded on all sides by construction workers), and at every confusing French dinner party in between. An offbeat update to the expat canon, Paris, I Love You is a book about a young man finding his preconceptions replaced by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy city—which is just what he needs to fall in love with Paris for the second time.

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An account of a Francophile's haphazard relocation to Paris in spite of his lack of French fluency describes how the region considerably differed from his expectations and the ways in which he overcame cultural challenges.

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