Book Review, book tour, books, Finding Fontainbleu, French
Finding Fontainebleau, An American Boy in France | Book TourThursday, July 28, 2016
I have a weird relationship with memoirs. I'm usually hesitant to say that I enjoy them as a genre, since they vary so much. In general, I like them...history, culture, and memories told from first-hand experience. When they're good, they're really good. I love the ones that I can get carried away in, as if the author pulled me right into a different time and place.
Then there are the ones that don't hold my attention. The subject matter can vary so much, that I suppose that's understandable. For me, this one lies somewhere in between. While I don't consider myself a Francophile, I do love most things France (especially the food and its history). This memoir had both, but sadly I had a bit of a hard time getting through this one. I think it may have been the "place I'm in right now". I'm busy and have too much in my head, which made it hard for me to stay tuned when the author went into drawn-out explanations about the history of the château.
I think that I need to revisit this one after the kids go back to school and I can carve out a few solid "quiet" hours in my day, as I think it will help me focus, which hopefully will in turn hold my attention.
That being said, it is well written with memories that are vibrant and detailed (especially considering that the author was so young when his family relocated). It would fit well on the bookshelf of any Francophile, history buff, or those interested in architecture.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Michiana-based food writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, dark beer, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.