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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Gopnik Narrator: Adam Gopnik Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9781598874433
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Paris. The name alone conjures images of chestnut-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafes, breathtaking facades around every corner—in short, an exquisite romanticism that has captured the American imagination for as long as there have been Americans.

In 1995, Adam Gopnik, his wife, and their infant son left the familiar comforts and hassles of New York City for the urbane glamour of the City of Light. For Gopnik this was above all a personal pilgrimage to the undisputed capital of everything cultural and beautiful. So, in the grand tradition of the American abroad, Gopnik walked the paths of the Tuileries, enjoyed philosophical discussions at his local bistro, and wrote as violet twilight fell on the arrondissements.

Yet, at the end of the day, there was still the matter of raising a child and carrying on with the day-to-day, not-so-fabled life. As Gopnik describes, the dual processes of navigating a foreign city and becoming a parent are not completely dissimilar journeys—both hold new routines, new languages, a new set of rules by which everyday life is lived. Weaving the magical with the mundane, he offers a wholly delightful, often hilarious look at what it was to be an American family man in Paris at the end of the twentieth century.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/9/2014

    " I had to read this a few times for some French classes. It's a great memoir/commentary on living life while experiencing another culture. Short chapters read like short stories so you can skip around and read, or not read, the whole book at your leisure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Zucker | 1/30/2014

    " Excellent, finely wrought essays on Americans in Paris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Vandiver | 1/30/2014

    " Enjoyable read from the New Yorker author Adam Gopnik. If you are a francophile or love Paris you will enjoy this book about the idiosyncracies of french culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/13/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book. I'm not sure if it was just me, but I really didn't enjoy it. Too many political ramblings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Roistacher | 1/13/2014

    " Read this in preparation for a trip to Paris with my sister. As with, "The City of Florence," it gives you insights into the city and its neighborhoods through the eyes of the author...no effort to be comprehensive to objective...this is a subjective view of what makes Paris great. In this case, this is Paris through the eyes of a sophisticated New Yorker who is a writer for the "New Yorker" who is there with his wife and young child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 1/7/2014

    " Read this a couple years ago, but I bought a copy at a library sale and reread it. Some of the stories didn't enthrall me, but others, like "Angels Dining at the Ritz", are a beautiful mix of emotion and experience that ramble in your memory for a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellibid | 1/1/2014

    " Slow going for me at first but then I got totally sucked in and found myself laughing aloud at everything! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeana | 12/25/2013

    " The parts of this memoir that shine are the parts about his family and dealing with the cultural differences Gopnik and his wife and son experienced together. The chapters that he spent with his son on the carousel and in the Ritz swimming pool were priceless. However, at least one fourth of this book was so mind-numbing I couldn't read it. He should have skipped the political crap and used only the parts with his family in their small apartment with the kitchen down the long hall and lassoing the lights around his Christmas tree. There were seriously parts of this book that were brilliant and made me laugh out loud and retell stories to other people and others that made me want to put it down and never open it again in fear that I would instantly fall asleep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlies | 12/23/2013

    " Very enjoyable overall, esp. if you love Paris. Gopnik writes for the New Yorker--and he's good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 12/9/2013

    " This book took me years to get through somehow, because I kept putting it down, forgetting about it, and picking it up again months later, but I am very glad I finally finished it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 12/6/2013

    " This book was a delight to read. I've always dreamed of what it would be like to live in Paris - and not a fantastical rendition of it either. It was fun to read about Gopnik's everyday experiences in the same places I have been. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hester | 12/3/2013

    " A light, charming book about about a family's life in Paris. The strongest sections are about family, rather than intellectual, life. These passages about neonatal care in France, finding a gym in Paris, and his son's favorite excursions are what make the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ak | 10/19/2013

    " another excellent 'vicarious' writer... felt i'd lived there too "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiana | 10/17/2013

    " I'm on a French kick, so a friend loaned me this. Such. Good. Writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 10/10/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book, but mainly because I love Paris so much. It is a compilation of articles that the author wrote for the New Yorker about living with his family in Paris. If you like Paris, you will probably like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Val | 7/6/2013

    " I loved this book. Parts are laugh-out-loud funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 6/14/2013

    " great essays reflecting on life as a foreigner. i reread this last year after six years. i liked it even better after experiencing being a foreigner myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Bayles | 3/20/2013

    " Snorting laughter. A must if you have small children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyn Harvey | 3/3/2013

    " A wonderful book! Best contemporary book on living in Paris, I think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimee | 10/16/2012

    " Parker and I have a longtime dream to live abroad with our kids- this book keeps that dream alive and gets quoted a lot while raising our kids in DC (Ce va, Swimmy, ce va?) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alberta | 8/21/2012

    " This book is about the author, Adam, his wife Martha and young son Luke. They move to Paris in 1995 for 5 years. The book consists of essays written during his time there "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 8/6/2012

    " i love this man and I want his life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie Parks | 5/26/2012

    " I have been reading this book since August, and I just can't seem to finish it. The middle of the book seems to drag. I love the idea behind the story: running away with your adult family to raise a child in Paris. However, there is not enough action for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/4/2011

    " I really enjoyed the prose in this book. He writes beautfully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cjsonntag | 6/20/2011

    " This book about a young couple and the small child who move to Paris and live for four years. I enjoyed Adam Gopnik's juxtaposing of American and Parian culture. It made me want to return to Paris and enjoy all things "French". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 6/18/2011

    " It's been awhile since I read it, but I enjoyed the author's accounts of relocating his family to Paris. I very much loved that city when I visited and appreciated his contrasting American life with French living. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/22/2011

    " I'd really looked forward to this book, and was disappointed. I guess I don't know enough about Parisian urban politics to get as much out of this as I should. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 5/21/2011

    " travelogue of an American in Paris. It took me six months to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 5/13/2011

    " Interesting view of Paris (and France) from an American's perspective, but I felt he took too many liberties in assuming he understood the ins and outs of the entire country's issues from politics, to food, and even fashion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/8/2011

    " Laugh out loud funny in places, this memoire can read almost like a novel. The contrasts between a Parisian existance and a New York one are fascinating, and the view of this man's family makes you love them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 3/21/2011

    " I read this a few years ago, and just noticed it on a list. I had read a lot of his articles in the New Yorker before this came out; still loved it. Gopnik writes so beautifully of Paris, it always reminds me of our trips there, and makes me wish for more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kat | 3/16/2011

    " sorry just couldn't get into this book. will put it on the side, maybe it will be better reading another time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/7/2011

    " I don't speak French, so some of it went over my head. But overall, the views of a New Yorker living in Paris during the late 1990's and the cultural comparisons (with humor) was quite interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 2/23/2011

    " I'm loving this book so far! "

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About the Author
Author Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik has been writing for the New Yorker since 1986. His work for the magazine has won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. From 1995 to 2000, Gopnik lived in Paris, where the newspaper Le Monde praised his “witty and Voltairean picture of French life.” He now lives in New York with his wife and their children.