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.