Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Books to Read Before a Trip to Paris

There are so many Paris books to read, everyone has their favourite. Here's another list to read before (or probably after in my case) a trip to Paris.

A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

My Life in France - Julia Child

A Year in the Merde - Stephen Clarke

Paris to the Moon - Adam Gopnik

That Summer in Paris - Morley Callaghan

Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas - Gertude Stein

The Razor's Edge - W. Somerset Maughan

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

This is Paris - Miroslav Sasek

Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice

Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo

The Belly of Paris - Emile Zola

Petite Anglaise - Catherine Sanderson

Tropic of Cancer - Henry Miller

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris - Sarah Turnbull

Queen of France: A Biography of Marie Antoinette - Andre Castelot

Me Talk Pretty One Day - David Sedaris (see my review)

Suite Francaise - Irene Nemirovsky

Weekend in Paris - Robyn Sisman

Seven Ages of Paris - Alaistair Horne

Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology - Adam Gopnik

Hmmm, 3/23. Two of which are picture books. I bought Me Talk Pretty One Day years ago. I should read it. And Dickens, I really need to read Dickens.

Update 2016 now 4/23. Abysmal. 

Books on France, a great 2014 challenge
 from Emma at 
Words and Peace

Dreaming of France is a wonderful Monday meme
from Paulita aAn Accidental Blog


Satia said...

I've read six of these books.

Next year we may not leave the country but Paris is on our horizon, assuming all goes well.

I'm Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm shocked that you have only read 3/23, but it's all good...lots of time when you return.

I'm Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

And now I'm doubly shocked...I've only read 6/23. I thought we were the Paris Readers of the Universe.

Brona said...

I got 6 but like you, half of those were children's picture books :-)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

When you return, read Suite Française but try to avoid reading the dust jacket or a synopsis. It is memorable.