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True Pleasures: A Memoir of Women in Paris [Lucinda Holdforth] on domaine-solitude.com . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Meet the dazzling women of Paris: from. True Pleasures has ratings and 25 reviews. Trelawn said: This was a really enjoyable read; a literary ramble around Paris. Holdforth, during a three.
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The Australian author of the book has reached a crossroads in her life - feeling unsatisfied with her career and feeling like there must be "something more" she heads to Paris to spend 3 weeks researching and reflecting on the lives of influential women who have connected with and impacted on that city in some way:. Through this strange period of reading and working and contemplating their past and my future, the women of Paris - wild, noble, brave, bad, strong, foolish - came to represent important things to me: And I found that the individual stories of these women's lives did not exist in isolation, but connected across time and space, like threads in the grand narrative tapestry that is the story of Paris itself.
Holdforth divides the book into chapters with each focusing on a particular woman relevant to the story of Paris - and women whose stories are interconnected with that of Paris. I must admit I was drawn to this book mainly because I was about to go to Paris for the first time and I was hungry to consume as much reading material as I could about this city before I arrived there - but I an actually glad that I finished this book after coming back from my trip - it somehow meant more to me being able to have images in my mind of some of the places the author describes. I really enjoyed the way the author talks about her own history with Paris - as well as her history in Australia - for me this provided a great context for her story and why she was on this crusade to discover more about the women of Paris's history and what drove them.
However, I am able to see that some of her narrative may be confusing and boring for non-Australian readers. As an Aussie girl I didn't have that problem though and I enjoyed reading Holdforth's comparisons of the two cultures:. In Australia we do girls very well: Not that I was one of them.
It is a city whose business is pleasure. City of Boroondara Library Service. Rule-breakers and style-setters, these women were utterly diverse, yet they shared one common passion - Paris, the world's headquarters of femininity. Meet the dazzling women of Paris: Aug 20, Debbie Robson rated it it was amazing. I have read a book of Nancy Mitford letters rece I visited Paris for the first time in November A Memoir of Women in Paris 3.
I was pale and bookish and wore black tights in winter and secondhand sixties' frocks in summer. In France they like women, grown-up women.