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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Revised edition (16 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416575340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416575344
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A keenly observed letter back home...the pleasure Knisley takes in food and company is infectious." -- Douglas Wolk, slate

"Charming." -- Publishers Weekly

"Wonderful....Read it and you will not be disappointed." -- Whitney Matheson, Usa Today

About the Author

Lucy Knisley is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently attends the Center for Cartoon Studies. During the month and a half she spent in Paris she estimates that she ate approximately sixty croissants, more than four hundred cornichons, and a metric ton of chocolate mousse. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in Chicago.

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This is a part travelogue part diary graphic novel which the author wrote during a period of living in Paris.

I really liked the travelogue elements of this graphic novel, where the author visits art galleries and fairs. Also i really liked the photographs which are integrated into the book. Also the numerous lavish descriptions of the food are really good.

However as this was also a diary she mentions her friends and her boyfriend from back home, however I never really felt like I got a sense of anyone involved in the book. Also (although she does talk about this in the book), quite a lot of the book has a bit of whiny tone considering where she is and what she is doing.

Overall I enjoyed the read and drawing style, however if it was supposed to be about her travels I would have liked to no more about the places she visited, or at least have more pictures of these. Or if it was supposed to be more personal I would have liked to know a bit more about her friends and people in the book.
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Throw away those Paris guidebooks and instead pick up a copy of 'French Milk'! Perfectly depicting Paris in an honest and straightforward way, combined with photographs and lovely illustrations...I loved it! Pass the croissants.

Highs: The Parisian setting, the detail, the honesty of Lucy, the food porn and her obvious passion for museums and art.

Lows: Even though I admired her honesty, at times Lucy does seem like a bit of a spoiled brat...moaning and bitching and going on about her boyfriend....get over it you're in Paris and you've only got a month! Use it wisely goddamit!
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I can see both sides of the coin with this book, on one hand its incredibly self indulgent, which I suppose is fair enough with it being a travelogue/diary. On the other hand I found this a fun read, the author is naive and dramatic, but the honesty and openness which she approaches her journey and work make her quite an endearing character and it's hard not to warm to her and her experience and you soon find yourself getting caught up in her adventure. I don't have a particular fascination with Paris or France but this got me interested and the many wonderful descriptions of all that lovely food was torturous and had my mouth watering at every other page.

I found some of the drawing a little scrappy at times and often the actual text was so illegible that I struggled to read some of the words, which is a bit lazy for a graphic artist, but this is a minor drawback and all things considered I enjoyed this and would recommend it.
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A lovely simple drawing style and simple cute annecdotes. The only bit I didn't like was when she talks about all the food she ate. It's in black and white, most of it looks like abstract swirls, I know it was major part of the trip but it didn't really enhance the story.
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I really enjoy this book. I enjoyed reading a little of her life, the trip, the circumstances around travelling. The American impressions of the Paris.

I liked the drawings of locations, the impressions of people and the descriptions of the food of paris. She captures atmosphere very well and mixes it with a strong humour.

The book itself is nicely bound and the paper is pleasant. There are some photographs intermixed with the cartoons which add to the atmosphere of an artists travel journal.

The only bad point about this book is that with it being black and white we miss the beautiful colouring from her work on the net.
I think if you are considering buying the book, check out her blog. If you enjoy that, you will love the book.

Looking forward to more books please!
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Well, I am not a young girl traveling to Paris to stay there for a month with her mom! (I wish I were:) Lucy Knisley, however, was enchanting enough to lure me along on her adventerous journey. Whether she is troubled by boys, hair-issues, new food or simply getting older, she remains charming, smart and funny. The drawings are simple, which means that they are great. My eyes flew all over each page, while reading "French Milk". I loved the fact that this was a diary and that it was written in a fresh and honest way. One gets a good look into Parisian life, but also in the internal journey of finding who one is and who one is not. I tried to refrain myself from reading the book in one sitting, as I knew that I would want more and more of it. Now, my hubby is reading it :)))
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First off, we will ignore how old the author was when she created this. I don't care. Its irrelevant. The point is, should you buy this? Is it any good? Well, I went for it with a positive hope. I'd got through "Carnet Du Voyage" which it has had some favourable comparisons with. Well, aside from the pleasing brushed characters which occupy about 55% of the pages, that's pretty much where it ends.

I found this self indulgent, whimsical, pointless dross. As an annotated sketch book, its a reasonable investment to consider, but as a "graphic novel" it doesn't go anywhere. It meanders about, like the author at her mothers' side, gawping at the wonders of Paris and offering very little insight on what she sees.

So, yes, please don't consider this a "review". I'm giving you my opinion which I really had to let out. There are a million more worthwhile comics out there to read, but please don't bother with this one. Maybe the author is brewing up something new. Check out her website, I certainly can't deny that I enjoy her art style, it's just a shame that it lacks any meaningful substance.
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