Thursday, 19 February 2009

Paris in the Fifties by Stanley Karnow

This book is neither about Paris nor set in the fifties, for the most part.  I rarely consider giving up on a book, but in the first few chapters, I was sorely tempted.  It seemed to be nothing but a recital of all the celebrities and intellectuals that Stanley Karnow had met during his time as a foreign correspondent in Paris.

I'm really glad I didn't put it down though, because it improved immeasurably after those first chapters.  Most of the paragraphs have a theme, such as the history of the guillotine, Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam, Algeria, and as a whole gives an interesting and readable view of France and French culture.


Hicham said...

Those books seems interesting because the auhor writes he saw, think.

Nice blog so keep up the good work.

Sheila@PaperbackPlaces said...

Thank you! I must indeed get back to this.

Sandy said...

I'm not much of a book reader, guesss when others are reading I'm either on the net blogging or knitting or crocheting.

Thanks so much for your kind words, I do hope you'll come again.