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Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down [Kindle Edition]

Rosecrans Baldwin
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Deftly written, with a wry style and liberally deployed irony...Very funny.--Dominic Tierney, The Atlantic. A picture of what it's like to live and work--like, work work--in a city understood by most Americans only through tourist goggles...So necessary and welcome.--Daniel Riley, GQ. Baldwin and his wife, Rachel--as well as the Parisians he came to know--are funny and idiosyncratic, and it's a pleasure to spend time with them....A love story about the city and its people.--Eloisa James, NPR. A hilarious, keenly observed, and surprisingly poignant journey into the Parisian state of mind.--Anthony Doerr, author of Four Seasons in Rome. Americans in Paris are a common literary trope, but Rosecrans Baldwin has rejuvenated it....A wryly astute fish-out-of-water memoir.--Teddy Wayne, The Huffington Post. A charming entry into the expat canon, this book is Baldwin's true story of moving to his favorite city in the world--favorite to the tune of obsession, mind you--and realizing it's not quite as he had imagined.--Emily Temple, Flavorwire Baldwin proves that with the right attitude, everything in this perhaps most magically remembered of all cities is either beautiful, hilarious, or both, and his friendly voice and approachable style will grab those who want to be there and those who have never been.--Annie Bostrom, Booklist. A charming, hilarious account of la vie Parisienne as experienced by an observant young American...his vivid impressions of Paris and its people (expats included) are most engaging. Great fun and surprisingly touching. Kirkus(starred review) --Various

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A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented itself to work for an advertising agency in Paris, he couldn’t turn it down. Despite the fact that he had no experience in advertising. And despite the fact that he barely spoke French. After an unimaginable amount of red tape and bureaucracy, Rosecrans and his wife packed up their Brooklyn apartment and left the Big Apple for the City of Light. But when they arrived, things were not eactly what Rosecrans remembered from a family vacation when he was nine years old.

Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down is a nimble comic account of observing the French capital from the inside out. It is an exploration of the Paris of Sarkozy, text-message romances, smoking bans, and a McDonald’s beneath the Louvre—the story of an American who arrives loving Paris all out of proportion, but finds life there to be completely unlike what he expected. Over eighteen months, Rosecrans must rely on his dogged American optimism to get him through some very unromantic situations—at work (writing booklets on how to breast-feed, raise, and nurture children), at home (trying to finish writing his first novel in an apartment surrounded on all sides by construction workers), and at every confusing French dinner party in between. An offbeat update to the expat canon, Paris, I Love You is a book about a young man finding his preconceptions replaced by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy city—which is just what he needs to fall in love with Paris for the second time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0083JC3TG
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (24 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071VUTFC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #248,003 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pas Mal Indeed. 27 Mar 2013
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This is a book about Paris and being a fish out of water. Baldwin's insights on the latter - (the difficulties with language etc...) are enjoyable and universal. His observations on Parisian life are fresh and incisive. They neither descend into cliche nor over-correct by focusing on the banal. Instead he offers a cast of tightly observed characters from his working and social life in the city. The book frequently prompts a delicious hilarity - especially when Baldwin deploys his trick of translating directly, and without warning, from his poor French back into the actual English. The work made me feel good about Paris and about life in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and intelligent 18 Dec 2012
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Baldwin can certainly write engagingly and intelligently. This memoir of his stay in Paris is full of acute observation, endearing characterisation, memorable aphorisms - and hilarious dead pan humour. He is never at a loss for `le bon mot' and is nicely self-aware. I would certainly recommend this book and, if you like it, try his extended essay `Our French Connection', which is from the same vein but Stateside. And Baldwin's first novel `You Lost Me there', which is a constant presence in these pages, is a stimulating and enjoyable read also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 27 Aug 2012
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Really lovely book. Funny, witty and a quick read. makes you feel like you are there. great holiday read definitely recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME Book- BUY IT 26 April 2012
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This book, was real, hilarious and evoked the romance of living in Paris but with the realities of Living in Paris. Even if you have not lived in Paris ( I have for very short stints), you can appreciate the idea of being a foreigner even in a place as friendly and western as Paris.

The author style is fluid and so familiar you will breeze through this book as if he was telling you his story in person.

Best book I have read all year.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Book You'll Really Want to Like 8 Jun 2012
By Graham Bell - Published on
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As someone who is planning on going on a "Big Trip" of my own soon, I was naturally drawn to these sorts of travel books. The unfortunate part of this book is that while it's very well written, it's actually kind of boring. Mr. Baldwin does his best to spice it up with some wit and humour, but even as MOST of the jokes land, you can't help but feel like nothing is really going on. Simply put, this book has no hook. There are no huge moments, no insights that you couldn't get from reading a site on the net or watching an episode of No Reservations. That such a flat story can be told in a way that compels you to finish the book is a testament to Rosencrans Baldwin's ability as an author. His descriptions are well written and suitably flowery for a book about Paris, and the dialog is punchy. I would genuinely love to read something by Mr. Baldwin where something actually happens. As for this book, though, read it for the beautiful descriptions of Paris, but the rest is pretty blah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS and oh so witty! vive la différence!!!! 30 April 2012
By Mark Wayne - Published on
I like books about the French that contrast the differences between America and France without overly bashing either county. Hey, we just think differently. It helped that he and his wife moved there while still in their 20s; they were open-minded and adventurous. He's a good writer and that makes this non-fiction read like a story with characters, like Bruno, his oh-so-French co-worker. It made me laugh, and I read it in a day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK snark with a French twist 21 Jun 2012
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What this is: a rather funny, edgy memoir of a guy and his wife who lived in Paris for a while. The guy worked in advertising and wrote a novel. His wife looked for ways to keep busy.

What this is not: the definitive portrait of life in Paris for Americans.

Rosecrans Baldwin is a funny guy with an unusual name, and he gets an opportunity with all kinds of funny possibilities: he is offered a position in an advertising agency in Paris. He is supposed to bring the American viewpoint. People in advertising often have a reputation for being, shall we say, quirky, and Baldwin's co-workers definitely are. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that his first ad campaign is about breastfeeding, so he is surrounded by images of breasts all day long. So OK, the humor is not particularly subtle.

Rosecrans and his wife Rachel build a circle of friends. They go to parties. They eat French food and drink French wine. And after a while they decide they are ready to go back to America - not really a spoiler in view of the title.

It's a funny book, but not laugh-out-loud funny for me. Being of the female persuasion, when I read memoirs by married men I often find myself wishing for more of the wife in the story. Unfortunately for Rachel, she is not as quirky as some of the other people in Rosecrans's orbit. She is not neglected exactly. She has a really beautiful moment in this narrative. But really it's mostly about him.

After a glut of reverent memoirs about buying villas in Tuscany and Provence, this book is a refreshing change.

I do recommend it for anyone who's curious about what it's really like to live in Paris, or just generally to be an expat. It's a well-told story with plenty of funny details.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly dull 28 Jan 2013
By Daniel Mullineaux - Published on
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Personally I thought the author was trying too hard here. Cute story but one I wouldn't mind hearing from a friend over lunch, not investing hours in a book for. Reccomend passing on this one..
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