One thing I do every night before I lay my head down to sleep is read. I love reading. I’m a bookworm. Whether it be nonfiction or fiction, mystery or humor, whatever genre, I do not care. Reading a book before I sleep has become an essential part of my daily routine and I believe it is something which helps me wind down and maintain my sanity. Whenever I feel over my head, I pick up a book, read, and work through it. So, I figure why not write about them.
Just today, I finished a fun gem of a book called Stuff Parisians Like by Olivier Magny. I ordered this book at the beginning of the school year from Barnes & Noble, along with another book about Paris (which I will probably show you at some point) in the same order. I don’t know why, but I have some sort of affinity for Paris, France in general, really. I’ve never traveled to France before, but I hope to someday. Perhaps I’ll travel there for my honeymoon if some gent decides to put a ring on it.
SPL was not something I expected to be humorous. I just thought it would be an insightful guide to things Parisians like, and perhaps make me not look like a tourist if I ever decide to visit. Little did I know that Magny created a work of humor and ball-busting. Whether or not the way he describes Parisians is truthful, I’ll have to determine for myself. The work was satirical yet intelligent, as he pointed out the things Parisians like, but also made fun of them for it. He painted the Parisian as snobby and ignorant, but ones with refined taste and contemplative. Who knew someone could be ignorant and deep thinking at the same time? Not me!
Magny characterized an entire population with one book, which says it all. Not even halfway through the book I began to wonder whether I should take his words seriously at all, but everything seemed so believable! I applaud him for making his experience with the Parisian enjoyable to read, and being cheeky enough to plug his own Parisian wine tasting bar, O Chateau, at the end and in the middle of his book.
The book itself provided me with an interest in learning French, as well, since a lot of the book I had to type into Google translator to make sense of. Also, because I intend on going to Paris one day, I made several notes in the book for future reference. The book, aside from the satirical ball busting, made me want to incorporate some Parisian things into my daily life. For example, moderation and replacing butter with olive oil. Some more humorous things Parisians like that I have incorporated has been calling people fascist when I don’t agree with them (I’m not really that narrow-minded, I swear), and reading the books in someone’s home I’ve just been invited to so I can learn more about them. Honestly, though, Magny has really made me convinced that Parisians are a peculiar breed.
Needless to say, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who is as interested in Paris and France like I am.
P.S. It was also noted that Parisians allegedly like New York…lucky me!