Brigette Reviews Inside A Pearl: My Years In Paris

Inside A Pearl: My Years In Paris by Edmund White

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Describe it in 25 words or less. The memoir of a homosexual American writer who moves to Paris in the 80’s for 15 years.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I often pick up books about France and Paris in particular because Morgan has a bit of passion for it and I like to share it with her. And the blurb on the back erroneously led me to believe it would be perfect for this.

Genre: Memoir

What did you think of the cover art? The cover art is very charming, the story, however, is anything but.

What was your favorite part and why? I did like the few cultural difference insights.

What was your least favorite part and why? Everything but the bits I mentioned in the previous question.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? This book went from okay to terrible as it went on. I wished I’d listened to myself and stopped reading it after the first 30 pages.

What did you think of the ending? I was just so relieved it was finished.

What was the moral of the story? If you move to another country for any length of time, expect to pick up habits and ideals that will change you forever.

Did you learn anything? Just about the only redeeming thing about this book were the very rare insights into cultural differences. I also learned far too much personal information about Edmund White.

Favorite quote: “A Hungarian friend of mine observed that the French resisted globalization, which meant Americanization, longer and more effectively than any other people. They had their own way of cooking, dressing, smelling, talking, which resembled no one else’s.” – Edmund White

What would you change? The fact that I read a book that said this in it:

inside a pearl what i would change

Would you read it again? Not for all the money in the world!

Who would you recommend it to? Rich, famous, homosexual, world-traveling literary snobs.

Number of unknown words: 27

Craft/Activity: Learn how to tie an Hermès scarf.

Recipe: Kumquat Sorbet

Artwork: Mao by Andy Warhol


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