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From Here, You Can't See Paris Paperback – 1 Jan 2004


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553815660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553815665
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sanders' account is so lovely, and Les Arques so sensuous and ripe with magic" (Publishers Weekly)

"Extraordinary...Honest, funny and endearing. This is a book for anyone who loves France or wants to travel there" (Ken Hom)

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A fascinating memoir about life in Les Arques, a hilltop village in a remote corner of France, and its magical restaurant

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is written by an American author who decided he wanted to spend a year living in a French village and write about the village restaurant. A self-proclaimed francophile, Michael Sanders, truly gets emersed in village life and the result is an evocative story of Les Arques - a village in the Lot region of France.
As someone who owns a holiday home in the Lot not far from Les Arques, reading this book in London made me want to jump on the first plane for France. The story is woven around the village restaurant, La Récréation which is a focal point for the restaurant but also details the general life of the village - the council elections, annual fete, foie gras production and much more. If you are visiting the Lot on holiday then this is a must read before you go - it will leave you dripping with anticipation!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on 5 Mar. 2004
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I took 'From here, you can't see Paris' on vacation and found it a thoughly engaging and interesting read. I would recommend it to anyone who has any interested cuisine or in sharing someone else's year long involvement in the life of a rural French community. Lots of historical references to help understand what happens today and all you ever wanted to know about truffles and foie Gras. I recommend it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2004
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Reading this on a freezing cold and rainy English day transported me back to my favourite area of France. We are fortunate enough to have friends who live in this area and whom we are often invited to visit. Reading about the area, learning about its culture and history, and revisiting many of the restaurants and villages it offers provided a very relaxing read and brought many good memories. We have dined at several of the restaurants mentioned in the book and seeing the French kitchen from behind the scenes was an eye opener. We can't wait to visit La Recreation (one of our friends favourites) on our next visit. Normally I am happy to pass my books around but this is one I am holding on to. Hope Jacques won't be too busy to sign it for me! If you like France and enjoy getting out of the main tourist areas you'll like this book and I wouldn't mind betting you'll be booking a flight to visit it yourself.
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From here, you can't see Paris is a wonderful account of what has kept and keeps the people in the Lot busy. When you spend your vacation in this region, like my family and I did, you see the Lot at its best and don't realise what's really going on under the surface, e.g. depopulation of the various villages, revolutionary changes in agriculture et cetera, and how it affects everyday life for the people who are your hosts. The book opens your eyes to all the hard work that is lovingly put in by the locals to maintain the environment and all other aspects of this beautiful part of France that we so much appreciate...By the way, the book is not at all a stuffy documentary, the book reads like an adventure...when you finish you only want to go back as quickly as possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara on 29 July 2010
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Fabulous book - perfect condition - better than in some shops!
Well packaged & fast delivery
Very engaging story - went to the restaurant and re-lived the book. Excellent!
Recommended reading for anyone heading that way.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kristine Freeman on 18 Feb. 2005
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Yes yet another "seen it,read it,bought the tea shirt",but don't we all love them when they transport you to such wonderful areas.Not only does this book more than adequately do that,but ,it also tempts your tastebuds at the same time.Even some of the more gory methods of french farming were interesting to read.I now know more about ducks and their livers than I ever did before.A really interesting and well written book.
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