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Failing Paris [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Dunn
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Failing Paris is the story of a week in the life of Sabine Wilcox, the 19-year-old student who has left the stifling rural existence of the American Southwest in exchange for a year in Paris. But the City of Light offers her no refuge. With only one week to address a dire problem, Sabine’s past and present painfully collide. Her life intertwines with two men who prove to be both more, and less, than they first appeared.This is a first novel by a young writer whose work must not be overlooked.Nominated for the PEN USA/West FICTION PRIZE 2000

About the Author

Samantha Dunn was raised in northern New Mexico and spent years in Australia and France. She is a widely published American journalist, contributing to a number of magazines and newspapers in the United States.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 599 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (13 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069INUU4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,755 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An unusual book, written in an unusual style with a strange, fractured, visceral theme. The first person narrator never addresses the complexities of her past and present in a straightforward way; the impression is of an individual detached from any motivation to truly control her life, but in a painfully passive way allowing the desires of others to dictate her behaviour. It's as if she's yielded to the negative forces of human nature, and lacks the insights and strengths to redeem herself. All her encounters are discoloured by the weirdness or implausibility of the men with whom she has brief, humiliating, degrading, experiences, with the exception of the one man whose attributes could be those of the hero of a Romantic novella and who, given her description of herself, would seem unlikely to show any interest in her.

The one 'string' holding the work together is the intelligent analysis of the steps taken towards the acquisition of a foreign language by a determined autodidact. The narrator is subsuming herself in French; willing herself to think in French and, on occasion, performing so well that she is taken to be French.

I do recommend this book. There are some 'yucky' moments and an atmosphere of bemused misery but the story--if there can be said to be one--does linger in the mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to submerge into 20 Dec 2012
By joe
Format:Paperback
The story of Paris for one american exchange student from a damaged upbringing, in which she moves through the city like a long breaking mood. Elements of alienation, lust, longing for belonging and acute pain infuse the evocative narrative. The clumsiness and the absences of growing up, the abuses and the near misses. If all our books were divided into a few rough piles this would be in there with Nausea-Sartre and Catcher in the rye. A polished and emotion provoking book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Failing Paris 3 Sep 2014
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I have to be honest....I started it and read several pages but found it hard going with nothing to keep my interest. Closed it and started a different book - Summers Child - which I am enjoying ....may come back to Falling Paris and give it another try later!
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Novel concept was an unusual take on the issues raised but the execution could have been sharper. At times it read as if the author had been given a word limit that she had to reach
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1.0 out of 5 stars Failing paris 19 Aug 2014
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Not remotely interesting, difficult to engage with the protagonist. Pointless piece of fiction, self indulgent, even the description of Paris poor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, and moving 6 Oct 2014
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I can relate to this book having been a lost traveller coming to grips with the French language, and she writes beautifully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Aug 2014
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Recommended. My daughter read this in a couple of days and quickly proceeded to purchase the two follow-up books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 5 Sep 2014
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Well-written with some excellent bits but strangely disappointing overall. Failed to engage or convince.
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