April 5, 2011

PARIS, paris: Journey Into the City of Light by David Downie

Last month I was approached by a representative of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., inviting me to receive and review a copy of the re-issue of PARIS, paris: Journey Into the City of Light by David Downie.

It arrived just last week, so I've only had the chance to read the first few chapters. Thus far, I'm finding this book so delightful that I am trying to s-l-o-w-l-y savor every word.

So no review yet, but I wanted to mention PARIS, paris because it is available as of today, April 5, 2011.

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FrenchTwistDC said...

I just received my copy and started reading it. How are you liking it so far??

Lost In Cheeseland said...

Just got mine too! Haven't had the time to dive in yet but I look forward to it. I hope it's different than other expat novels about Paris!

~meredith~ said...

Thanks for the heads up.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

This looks so good! Thanks for the heads up on it and I will look forward to your review and to hear what you think. A trip to the bookstore is on my list for tomorrow and I will look for this one too!

Vagabonde said...

I just found your blog and read the list of cheeses you have tasted – quite a list. Then I read all your steps to become a French citizen – that certainly was a long ordeal. But I’d like to ask – didn’t they ask you about the history of France? And did you have to speak in French? I am just curious because I am French and became a US citizen and I had to know all the history of the US, all the political machinery and say it all in English. It was easy for me though, because I had been in this country for ages. But I never knew someone trying to be French and am wondering. Is your home country letting you keep your passport? The reason I did not want to become a US citizen was that for years France would have taken back my French passport (of women only, not men) but when French women started to get mad they allowed the women to stay French just like they did the French men, so I did become a US citizen – I have now 2 passports. I’ll come back to your blog to read more about --- tous les fromages!

Emm said...

Also by the same author and highly recommended: "Food Wine Burgundy."

A different publisher, however.

David Downie said...

Great to know you're reading "Paris, Paris". I look forward to hearing your comments! My blog is http://blog.davidddownie.com in case you'd like to leave them there. If any of you live in NYC or the SF Bay Area, please come to one of our book events. The schedule is at http://blog.davidddownie.com/2011/03/on-book-tour-from-april-20-to-may-20-in.html

Chez Loulou said...

I'm really enjoying it and think you will too.

Definitely not the same as other expat novels. Let me know what you think!

You're welcome!

Hope you find it at the bookstore and enjoy it as much as I am.

No, I did not have to take a test on French history, but I did have an interview with the Gendarmes and had to prove that I spoke French. I also had a letter from my Mayor stating that I had integrated into the community and was a good addition to the village and to France.
I was allowed to keep my American citizenship.
Glad you're enjoying the fromage posts and thank you for commenting!

You are the 2nd person to recommend that book. I'm adding it to my wish list. Merci!

Mr. Downie
I am loving it!
Many thanks to you and to your publisher for the opportunity to read and review a copy. I look forward to reading your other books as well.
Also, thank you for sharing your blog address - I'll add it to my Link List.

Liberti.Ted said...

Definitely not an ex-pat novel, few Americans write so eloquently with an under-the-skin Paris perspective as David has from his 25 years in Paris.

Paris: Paris is a series of wonderful told vignettes that provide delightful insight in Paris, France, its culture, people and places from a keen outsider/insider's observation that will leave readers most contented.

The prose makes for wonderful urban sociology surrounding la belle dame de Paris.

Chez Loulou said...

I couldn't agree more.