Sunday, July 22, 2012
Book six: Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin.
I found the title of this book a little misleading. It's obvious Baldwin loves Paris. The "bringing me down" part didn't really come through. The book feels more like a quirky love letter to all things Parisian. Sure, Baldwin writes humorously about the difficulties of living in a country where you don't speak the language well enough to be completely effective. Or about the strange habits and lifestyles of the French. Or even the weirdness of European advertising. But all of those stories do more to reveal Baldwin's heartfelt affection for Paris and its residents that make it feel like Paris is a downer.
The misleading title doesn't mean the book isn't enjoyable. With its strange mix of eccentric characters and unlikely scenarios Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down is a short, delightful read; particularly if like me, you work in advertising.