Inside A Pearl

Inside A Pearl

My Years in Paris

Book - 2014
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When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was forty-three years old, couldn't speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. But in middle age, he discovered the new anxieties and pleasures of mastering a new culture. When he left fifteen years later to take a teaching position in the U.S., he was fluent enough to broadcast on French radio and TV, and in his work as a journalist, he'd made the acquaintance of everyone fromYves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. He'd also developed a close friendship with an older woman, Marie-Claude, through which he'd come to understand French life and culture in a deeper way.

The book's title evokes the Parisian landscape in the eternal mists and the half-light, the serenity of the city compared to the New York White had known (and vividly recalled in City Boy ). White fell headily in love with the city and its culture: both intoxicated and intellectually stimulated. He became the definitive biographer of Jean Genet; he wrote lives of Marcel Proust and Arthur Rimbaud; and he became a recipient of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Inside a Pearl recalls those fertile years for White. It's a memoir which gossips and ruminates, and offers a brilliant examination of a city and a culture eternally imbued with an aura of enchantment.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608195824
Branch Call Number: ANF 813.54 WHI
Characteristics: 261 pages ; 22 cm

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FederalWayEdna Jun 19, 2015

Lots of name-dropping - the book resembles articles in Vanity Fair so, if you enjoy that type of journalism, this is the book for you. Included are snippets of the popular and infamous artsy-crowd but the best part is White's description comparing cultural perspectives of the French to the English and, to Americans.

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marcrrussell
Jun 16, 2014

full disclosure: I am a francophile... and have loved Mr. Whites other memoirs. The french ARE different. they are snobby and fussy and these glimpses are like studying stylish primate cousins... this is high-brow gossip- no Kardashians- but some contemporary philosophers and 'priviledged' cads!

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Jun 25, 2015

Only about 30 percent of Americans have passports, and half of those have traveled only to Mexico or Canada. We are an insular, incurious nation—but there I go again.

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