How to be Parisian Wherever you are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits (book review) Kako biti Parižanka u bilo kojoj prilici (ogled knjige)
Filled with gorgeous illustrations and photographs, tasty recipes, tips on being chic, and chit chat about Paris , it is a pretty cute book for sure. Most of all, it seems to be a book about what it is like to be a woman in Paris.
I'm going to include a lot of photographs in this review- because in many ways, it is a coffee table book....but still you're left with this feeling there is a bit more to it than meets the eye.
|If you don't get this kind of humour, you might find it a bit cold, snobbish and pretentious. I really don't think it was ever supposed to be taken completely seriously, but then again who knows? Maybe that's part of its charm- not being quite sure of what it is supposed to be about. I can't claim with certainty that I get it- but I'm familiar with this type of humour- and that's how it sounds to me.|
Is this book something that would appeal to everyone? I'm not sure, but if you have a thing for French culture, I think you're bound to enjoy it- at least a bit. However, if you've already read similar books, you might find it a bit repetitive. I mean what is else to add when it comes to the topic of French chic? There are hundreds of books written about it.
It is the kind of book that you can read pretty quickly, even if you're not a fast reader....or you can enjoy it slowly- which is perhaps more advisable.
More than anything, this book is a charming mix of profound (those passages on the importance of taking the time were ingenious!!!) and trivial (where to apply cold water- no thanks!). As I said, it's a bit chaotic, but it ties up well in the end.
| Some parts of How to be Parisian? Wherever you are were a bit boring to me, some were confusing (there are instructions on how to look like you're cheating when you're not and how to look you're not cheating when you're actually cheating- sounds like complicated stuff!) and some were quite poetic. Sounds confusing? It might, but really I think the book functions quite well this way. I would prefer a different editing, but that's just personal preference.|
“WHAT YOU WON’T FIND IN HER CLOSET * Three-inch heels. Why live life halfway? * Logos. You are not a billboard. * Nylon, polyester, viscose and vinyl will make you sweaty, smelly and shiny. * Sweatpants. No man should ever see you in those. Except your gym teacher – and even then. Leggings are tolerated. * Blingy jeans with embroidery and holes in them. They belong to Bollywood. * UGG boots. Enough said.” ― Anne Berest,
“TAKE THE TIME to talk to the elderly lady next door, to read a book, to walk to work instead of riding the subway when it’s a beautiful day. Take the time to escape for a weekend with friends. Take the time to listen and to get to know yourself. Take the time to change, to grow, to rest. Take the time to say yes, take the time to say no. Take the time to be quiet. Take the time to look after your body, to eat well. Take the time to ask yourself who you are and what you want.” ― Anne Berest,
“She’s Parisian, which is to say she’s melancholy. Her mood responds to the changing colours of her city. She can feel a sudden surge of sorrow or even hope for no reason at all. In the blink of an eye, all those lost memories and smells come flooding back, reminding her of loved ones who are no longer there. And time passing by.” ― Anne Berest,
It is a light reading with a touch of depth and culture. Recommended to open minded readers who don't mind a bit of sarcasm and would like to know more about Paris. Not a great choice for those who like clearly organized books.