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Failing Paris
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2001
A gritty taste of reality told by an author whose command of the English language is a thing of beauty. Samantha Dunn tells the story of a young woman caught in a crisis without anyone to turn to in a land that can never up to her expectations. I was compelled to turn the page and see this girl face difficult hardships, intense loneliness, and moral dilemmas that would test any resolve. I was surprised that I cared so deeply for the character of Sabine and her journey to become a woman. An amazing book written by an amazing author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2002
Paris is usually written about in novels as romantic, luminous, but here it's grey, rainy, dangerous, claustrophobic--and thus, a revelation. On scholarship from Los Cruces, NM, Sabine is trying to fit in, to escape her lower middle class background, but can she ever really learn French so well that she *is* French? Powerful, gripping, hypnotic--and beautifully written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2001
Samantha Dunn gives us a true vision. It is the view of a character that embodies all of our own self-doubt, risk-taking, self-destruction, re-evaluation, and eventual reformation whenever we find ourselves thrust into a situation far from our comfortable front porch. A view of a young person struggling to find the correct/moral/survivable path when faced with a personal crisis far from home...
This first novel speaks very forcefully to those of Dunn's generation, with images/questionings easily taken from their own life, resonating with their own personal trauma at being born at this particular point in history in this country that is struggling to find an artful way of living in the blur of post-TV white noise, and global culture babel.
The fact that this is a first novel, makes us glad for those to follow. Truly a contribution to the art that makes our lives worth more than the sum of our daily activities.
Read it.
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on November 9, 1999
A gritty taste of reality told by an author whose command of the english language is a thing of beauty. Samantha Dunn tells the story of a young woman caught in a crisis without anyone to turn to in a land that can never measure up to her expectations. I was compelled to turn the page and see this girl face difficult hardships, intense loneliness and moral dilemmas that would test any resolve. I was surprised that I cared so deeply for the character of Sabine and her journey to become a woman. An amazing book written by an amazing writer.
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on November 9, 1999
A gritty taste of reality told by an author whose command of the english language is a thing of beauty. Samantha Dunn tells the story of a young woman caught in a crisis without anyone to turn to in a land that can never measure up to her expectations. I was compelled to turn the page and see this girl face difficult hardships, intense loneliness and moral dilemmas that would test any resolve. I was surprised that I cared so deeply for the character of Sabine and her journey to become a woman. An amazing book written by an amazing writer.
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on March 26, 2003
Apart from the "gripping" (boy is that word overused in book reviews) style, and an intense feeling of integrity, this book offers humorus/morbid insights to everyday life, through a not so regular week in the life of an american exchange student, trapped in a not so romantic paris. I found it very enjoyable.
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on January 31, 2013
This is a well written book. I found it somewhat depressing, but a good read. It portrayed Paris as a lot of us see that city.
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on January 29, 2013
I can' believe I read to the end of this book ... kept hoping that it will improve. It did not..
It is a collection of thoughts inside a girl head ... full of self. Boring!
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on October 13, 1999
Samantha Dunn is one of the most talented young writers I've encountered. The book Failing Paris is about that lovely city and its pitfalls, and so much more. What a storyteller!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
A ra male from character s we ca. Not care about no threme who cares tried of having machine bing my boss
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