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.

3 comments:

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.
Sandy