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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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Anyone who harbors romantic dreams of living in Paris should read this book. Rosecrans Baldwin, who spent a year living in Paris and working at a French advertising agency, has written a thoughtful, yet laugh out loud memoir of how French culture can disillusion even the hardiest Francophile.

From the difficulties in finding a decent apartment in which to live, to the frustrations with the French /bureaucracy, to the true difficulty of becoming proficient in another language,Mr. Baldwin shows just how hard it is to move into and to try and to assimilate to another culture.

Baldwin and his wife only last a year - but what a year it was - and I thank him for taking us all along for the ride. ( )
  etxgardener | May 3, 2015 |
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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