Week 1 of Paris in July has already come and gone. I’ve finished one book, started another, and tried and gave up on many more.
What I read
This book is a wonderful collection of short stories from the famed novelist Irene Nemirovsky. Her stories are melancholic, reflections of our true selves that we choose to continually hide away from. The stories are short, with lively characters. Each story I would have loved to see expanded into its own novel. But I’m also glad they were short little glimpses into other people’s lives.
What I started reading
I loved his previous book, The President’s Hat. I’ve been waiting months to get my hands on a copy of this title from the library. I’m only 15 pages into it so far, but I’m already loving the story.
*Update* I’ve finished the book. It was wonderful through and through. A full review is coming soon!
What I started and stopped
This book had all the right ideas: how to live and decorate your home in a French fashion. But the writing was sloppy, the author’s only vain of authority is that she lived with a French family in France at one point in her life. Her advice was minimal and the tips were completely devoid of any functional purpose. She even admits that her memory was foggy on the day to day routines of the French family, so its a wonder how she managed to squeeze it out into this book. I think it would have fared better as a short article.
This PBS documentary talks about the art scene of Paris from 1905 to the 1930s. Although I checked it out with high hopes, I found the documentary to be on the dry side. I think I went into it looking for the all the exciting art and literary life taking place in Paris, but the documentary didn’t really focus on anyone that I knew of. In fairness, I should give it another chance, but there wasn’t anything for me to attach to.
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