French Milk Paperback – Sep 2000
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"A keenly observed letter back home...the pleasure Knisley takes in food and company is infectious." -- Douglas Wolk, slate
"Charming." -- Publishers Weekly
"Wonderful....Read it and you will not be disappointed." -- Whitney Matheson, Usa Today --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Lucy Knisley is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently attends the Center for Cartoon Studies. During the month and a half she spent in Paris she estimates that she ate approximately sixty croissants, more than four hundred cornichons, and a metric ton of chocolate mousse. Born and raised in New York, she now lives in Chicago.
Visit www.stoppayingattention.com for more information. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love the structure.
But it misses deepness in the writings.
This is a travel of one month in Paris the author made with her mother, a few months before graduating. She turned 22 during the trip.
The author give hints that her life will changes, now that she is entering adulthood more precisely, but we never read or see real drawing of theses questions.
Really, this diary became more of a notebook of what they ate, where they shop and museums they saw. It got boring at a certain point.
2 stars for the structure of the book, it's the first one I see like this and would like to see more people talking about life events using this method, but zero stars for the story. Too much unnecessary anecdotal details in it.
It's a comic style/illustrated journal of the author's time in Paris.
At it's core, French Milk is essentially a travel journal of experiences, sights, smells (and often tastes) of her Parisian meanderings, similar to Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson. Photographs are scattered like foils amongst Lucy''s dynamic brush strokes - line work that gives her illustrations a whimsical, effortless naivety that belies the obvious dedication and commitment to her skill development.
I would have liked to see more connection to Lucy''s internal experience - more attention paid to the reflection and resonance of her perceptions as opposed to the surface recording of events. The richest moments of storytelling were not in Paris at all, but the authentic threads woven at her childhood home.
This should not be seen as a negative but as an indication of how deep and connected Lucy Knisley can still travel, considering that French Milk is her creative offering at the youthful blush of 22. Much more can be expected from Lucy Knisley - she''s fun, she''s kooky, she draws super swell and even though I didn''t really want to - she made me care a little bit about Paris.