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Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton

Paris: A Love Story

by Kati Marton

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I love to read memiors to learn about other people's lives. With a good memoir I can always become engaged with the author's thoughts or events that mark her life. Unfortunately, Marton's missed her target with this stoy. She should have concentrated her effort on her life with Holbrook and their lives together. Instead, the long beginning of her first marriage to Peter Jennings was as sad as her life with him.
  clprice | Dec 27, 2014 |
What do you get when you cross a tell-all celebrity memoir with two love stories -- one for the author's two famous husbands, the other for the most beautiful city in the world?

You get an uneven book that at times engrosses when it reveals little known or unknown details about Peter Jennings, the self-doubt crippled and emotionally abusive second husband of Kati Marton, actress, journalist, and writer, and her third husband, Richard Holbrooke, the great diplomat. At other, unrevealing, times, the book becomes a tourist guide to the "flanneurable" sections of Paris, shopping, and otherwise, celebrity and cafe name-dropping.

But it is, at its core, a book about grieving and the power of a city and its unremarkable remarkable people to heal the deepest wounds of one woman's soul. This reader was left grieving that it was not a more memorable memoir. ( )
  Limelite | Sep 29, 2014 |
In this no holds barred memoir, Marton chronicles her loves and losses in Paris, the city of her heart. Paris was where Kati found herself when facing loss, where she found love, and where she was happiest.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/paris-a-love-story-kati-marto... ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
This book is both a memoir, and a tribute to Marton's late husband, American diplomat Richard Holbrooke. But in order to tell the whole story, Marton must begin at the beginning, when she and her sister were temporarily separated from their parents (both journalists), who were jailed for 2 years in Budapest, Hungary for false charges of being spies before they were able to flee the uprising in 1956 to come to the United States. Marton was educated in the US as well as in France before diving into a career in journalism, herself. Married for awhile to Canadian-born journalist, Peter Jennings, they lived in England and New York and had 2 children before eventually divorcing. Marton later married American diplomat RIchard Holbrooke, the man who brokered the peace agreement in Bosnia, and was special diplomatic envoy to Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, the Middle East, among other places.

Though she began her career as a foreign correspondent, she eventually left journalism and began to write books full-time. Marton, raised as a Catholic, discovered accidentally while researching her book about Raoul Wallenberg, the Swede who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Hitler, that her grandparents were Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Her parents never spoke of this but after the discovery, Marton went on to write more about Jews, and escaping the Holocaust.

Always, though, she returns to Paris. It is the place that figures strongly in every stage of her life. She lived and studied there as a teen and young woman, she has family there (her older sister has lived in Paris for years), and it is the place that she and Holbrooke met and maintained a home, as well. All her happiest memories come back to Paris.

As often happens to me when reading an interesting and book, one thing leads to another; I hear a title of something or a name of someone and I want to learn more. I now want to read Kati Marton's other books (4 titles, in particular). I googled both her and Holbrooke's names and listened to some youtube speeches by Marton. I learned some history, added books to by ever-growing Mt. TBR. What more could anyone want? ( )
  jessibud2 | Mar 9, 2014 |
This is the love story of Kati and the city of Paris. From her college days to several romantic relationships..Pairs becomes Kati's center. The beginning of the book showed promise but quickly becomes repetitive through continuing french phrases, and lists of famous guests, friends and restaurants. I was disappointed there was not more depth to this book. ( )
  magnolia2 | Dec 4, 2013 |
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Like a human snowplow, I surge against the flow of chanting, banner-waving students pouring into the boulevard St.-Germain.
Grief is not a linear process. It hits you with a force when you least expect it.
The past should not imprison you . . . .
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In this remarkably honest memoir, award-winning journalist and distinguished author Marton narrates an impassioned and romantic story of love, loss, and life after loss.

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