Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

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Rosecrans Baldwin discusses the complications he had staying in Paris while working at an advertising agency.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374146689
0374146683
Branch Call Number: 944.36 BAL 2012
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 22 cm

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info_crush
Nov 21, 2015

Nonfiction at its best, written in conversational tone and with laugh-out-loud parts like a light novel. A lovely portrait of a moment in Paris for the armchair traveler.

modboi5 Apr 27, 2015

A terrific summer read, light and breezy, with many pop culture references, much cultural insight, and zippy prose... A readable 'Paris For Dummies'. Rosecrans Baldwin proves Paris is for everyone!

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swong1000
Dec 31, 2013

Hilarious and surprisingly clever...especially the descriptions of working in the ad agency.

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daly43
Dec 24, 2013

I've read over a dozen memoirs in the "I had always wanted to live in Paris..." genre, and this book is one of the best. Enjoyed it very much.

ChristchurchLib Apr 08, 2013

""J'adore Paris," Rosecrans Baldwin says at a job interview, and his future French boss replies, "Who doesn't?" Indeed - but most of us don't have a French friend who can help us snag an advertising-agency job in Paris (on the Champs-Elysées, no less!). So, even though Baldwin doesn't speak French very well, he takes the job, and he and his wife leave Brooklyn for the enchanting City of Light. They discover that living there is wonderful, but also more difficult than they'd thought (the language problems, the large amounts of paperwork, etc.). In addition, Rosecrans learns that the office culture in France is quite different from what he's used to (for one thing, political correctness is NOT a concern). If you'd enjoy a young man's view of Paris, pick up this enticing, well-written travelogue." April 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=620534

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SpyderGT
Oct 26, 2012

Recommended to me as being an entertaining book. Potentially good premise. I found the story quickly became tedious and seemed contrived, albeit allegedly a true account. Abandoned after reading 1/3 of the book. Maybe it got better but I couldn't be bothered to find out.

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Drayjayeff
Sep 11, 2012

Flew through this book. It definitely held my attention. Trying to figure out why that was. Baldwin's writing was occasionally inept, and some of his descriptions and metaphors, incomprehensible or just plain weird. Part of my fascination was undoubtedly Paris itself and the familiarity of places and experiences. His characters are curious and compelling, and there are worthwhile insights into French culture here. The problem may well be the age gap between the writer and myself. There's a self-absorbed, spacy quality to the narrative that can be off-putting and lots of references to trends in fashion, food, music, activities that eluded me completely.

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