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In Paris With You

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In Paris with You is recounted by a (thenarrator) whose relationship has just ended and who is now in Paris with someone else (“I’m on the rebound”). This suggests a long-term relationship has ended and the speaker is currently enjoying a less serious liaison. The narrator doesn’t want to examine the aftermath of the serious relationship: he doesn’t want to talk things over or even visit galleries or landmarks; he just wants to enjoy the moment rather than thinking of the future or the past. Structure Usually in a romance you think you would like the actual relationship. Actually I didn't. Eugene is the worst character ever. He's not fun he's just so bleh it makes me sad.

However the casual, careless voice who dismisses all the sights of Paris and draws attention to their apparently ‘sleazy’ hotel room, gradually becomes physically involved with the mysterious ‘you’ and things become more interesting. it is almost as if the early ‘you’ is really not the ‘you’ in the room but the ‘you’ in his past, still very much present in his/her mind.The apparently tatty surrounds could be a sign of their economic spending or could be teh way he sees their room as ‘sleazy’ as they know they are not in love with this companion and feel it to be sleazy…. This is the story of Tatiana and Eugene, who first fell in love as teenagers.... first love, the heart is a pitter pattering the butterflies are fluttering, and you can’t seem to wipe that silly grin off your face.... but as in the case of most first love Tatiana and Eugene did not last.... then years later a chance encounter and the sparks are rekindled.... but life is complicated and love is messy, even in Paris... This story was actually in verses? So it was like a poem. Usually I don't usually go for these types of books so this was a pleasant surprise! I actually enjoyed the writing. It was organized and wasn't confusing. However, I felt sometimes the love thing went a little overboard. It was just a little much for me.It is clear that the narrator has been through the wringer. He (I assume the narrator is male, though this is not stated) seemingly is trying to reassure his partner that they are not taking advantage of him. It is in this stanza it is revealed that the narrator is in fact on the “rebound”. There is a quirky choice of words as the narrator uses the word “bound” To denote their location, but this has sexual connotations of being tied up. Once more we see the refrain about being “in Paris with you” at the end of the stanza. This is one of the most important questions you can ask of any text. When you read this poem, you notice an ‘I’ is speaking. They are a first person narrator telling their own ‘story.’ This does not necessarily mean that they are speaking the truth of course. Sometimes first person narrators are very UNRELIABLE and FALLIBLE.As we all are! Language is a powerful thing. I can't even articulate how wonderful this love story portrayed fallible human nature stumbling over itself to express our weak desires, but this book does exactly that. Absolutely adorable! Secondly, I love the format of the book. It was written in a poem format! Hence, making it fun and fast to read.

There are lines that hint at a conversation with a lover, but we only hear one person’s side of the dialogue: “Yes I’m angry” and “Am I embarrassing you? ” The poem seems even more intimate; we are almost made to feel as if we’re eavesdropping. There is a repeated use of everyday language, suggesting this is an informal, honest poem. Phrases such as “had an earful”, “downed a drink or two”, “say sod off to sodding Notre Dame” and “Doing this and that” make the poem down-to-earth. Such language also contrasts with the falsely poetic tone often found in literature about love, replacing it to comic effect. The format of how this novel is written is just gorgeous. I've never seen a book written like this, it felt to me like an entire new reading experience. And I'm not surprised that it was such a success in France, the author's home country. Straight away we see the use of rhyme, which not only gives the poem an attractive rhythm but helps to put across the humour. From this opening line, one might assume the poem is going to be a somber affair, however, this is not the case. Note the use of colloquial language: “I’ve had an earful” clearly this person is not in a place where they are interested in love. This lends credence to the idea that the person has recently been through a breakup. In other words, the speaker is comparing where he is now, with where he was before when he was full of trust and love! He no longer wishes to partake of Paris-or will he change his mind? And if he does change what will make him change? The repeated “I’m in Paris with you”, and variations on it, form a refrain — i.e. the repeated lines in a poem or song. The repetition reflects the narrator’s emotional state of mind.It is notable that the narrator refers to doing “this and that” which one would assume is a euphemism for sex but then says to “what and whom” Is he referring to himself as a what? Or rather his partner? Is he de-humanizing someone? Perhaps this is down to an element of guilt? There is further evidence to support this self-discovery as the narrator adds “learning what I am” This once again is an interesting choice of words. The narrator doesn’t want to know who they are, but what they are. But the ending drove me nuts. It reminded me of the movie “Love Rosie”. That we-are-both-in-love-with-each-other-but-won’t-dare-to-admit-it-lest-we-get-hurt trope. One in which makes me annoyed to no end. I just can’t relate holding in such feelings and emotions like that for so long. It just feels stupid to me and I only ever come across such stupidity as a means to dramatise books/movies. But hey that’s just me.

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