Of all the world’s great metropolises, Paris and Los Angeles are among those that house the most significant and immediately recognizable cultural milieus. From the Champs-Élysées to the Sunset Strip, Marilyn Monroe to Brigitte Bardot, LACMA to Louvre, there is plenty for visitors and residents alike to fall in love with these storied cities – and in Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, for the first time ever, they are revealed in parallel.
Written by Diane Ratican with illustrations by acclaimed artists Eric Giriat (Paris) and Nick Lu (Los Angeles), Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? is a gorgeous, full-color, 272-page collectible art book, travel guide, and personal journey. Playfully ‘connecting the dots’ between respective historical landmarks, architectural icons, style codes, and cultural peculiarities, Ratican weaves a compelling narrative in both English and French throughout Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, which is interspersed with quotes from famed L.A. and Paris residents such as Walt Disney, Jim Morrison, Coco Chanel, and Ernest Hemingway.
Colorful, charming illustrations by Girat and Lu compare and contrast the foods, fashions, cultures, and cityscapes of the City of Stars and City of Lights. And, as an added bonus, precise GPS coordinates are included next to each illustrated page bringing the experience of these two incredible cities ‘off the page’ and into the real world!
Cleverly divided into seven distinct sections, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? looks at:
· Cityscapes & Landmarks Magnifiques
· Culture Célébre: Cinema, Entertainment & Glamour
· Fashion, Style & Shopping à la Mode
· Sports & Leisure
· Communicating Ideas: Art & Culture
· Cuisine & Dining
· Cities in Motion
My Opinion –Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?
Have you ever been to Paris or LA? I can proudly say that I have. Only to Paris… And by being in Paris, I mean that I spent a maximum of an hour or two there. The majority of that time, I was in a bus station taking a break – bathroom and gas tank refill. It was a beautiful dark station with amazing bathrooms. Yes, I had to pay 50¢ (euros) for the toilet. Besides the station, I had the chances to see La Seine, the river that crosses Paris, and a few random buildings from the bus window. Now, you understand why I need to go back there?
Speaking of which, this book was a great catalyst to remember my love for France and French culture. With the American culture, I am well acquainted already. Wink-Wink. And regardless of my previous knowledge about these amazing cities, Diane Ratican’s travel guide poked my interest in them again. Also, let’s not forget that it is written in both English and French. How brilliant is that? And the artwork within the pages of this work? Marvelous!
As you can see throughout this post, I put some beautiful images from the book. It is a delight for the eyes alone. You get the chance to experience first-hand what it means to be lost in translation, literally. It was an intellectually fun experience as if this book had to writers, the author and “the translator.” Sometimes, I found myself having two different feelings about the same paragraph because the tone was different. It was just like reading two books in one.
The narration flowed easily with genuine information. It was noticeable that a person who lived in both cities wrote this travel guide. I did not feel overwhelmed by facts. And the artwork was and excellent divider between the chapters. All the written information was transformed into a visual delight of compare and contrast between Paris and LA. The they offered an idea of how those visiting places would look like in reality. Besides, the inspiring quotes, which accompanied the art work, were the cherries on top of a delicious cake.
Are you interested in Parisian and LA cultures? Then, this is the perfect book for you. Also, have you seen those graphics? Having this on your shelf would look amazing. Joke aside, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? was my cuppa tea. I had fun reading it and I even got the chance to rediscover myself. Sincerely, I am already planing my trips to Paris and LA after this read.
This is my sole opinion. ^_^
I would like to thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Happy reading, everyone!
Hello-Hello, fellow readers! Fall is here. The weather is chilly and the leaves are changing colors, green for read, yellow or orange.After my break from books and blogging, I started to debate what my new song pick is going to be for Music Madness – aka Melody Obsession of the Week. If you read my previous posts regarding this section of my blog, you probably know that I like to give a meaning and a reason to the song I choose. Usually. So, after days of debating on songs I encountered during my leave of absence, I decided on Fetish by Selena Gomez.I am well aware of its innuendos and the sexy meaning behind the lyrics. However, one day when I was listening to the song next to my pile of book, it hit me. Its lyrics perfectly describe a reader’s – or at least my – relationship with books.No matter how long our reading slump or break from books is, we still find our way back to them, to reading. We crave the stories they contain within their covers. We want to go on adventures with the fellow characters, be the heroes, fight the villains or just be a reader. The smell of paper from a brand new book is the most sexy perfume we have ever desired. We love the art on the covers, dust jackets, and pages. And if the story of a book is THAT good, we obsessed over it. We devour its words over and over again through sleepless nights and even decades later. Just like a certain book friend of mine who read a certain series at least 17 times. (Heck, even I got convinced to read that series again. Good job, my friend! Your passion for those books really inspired me. ^^)So, you see, our relationship with books it is a bit sexual. We obsess. We crave. We want more. We want so much more from our beloved books that we even start writing our own stories. Books have a huge impact on their readers. They change us because we learn and gain knowledge from them. We, the readers, become imprinted by the books we read because their stories stay with us for the rest of our lives.And finally, without further ado…Selena Gomez – FetishListen it on repeat!Happy Music Madness!And, let me know in the comments section if you have a similar “relationship” with your books. Also, what do you think about this week’s song?
PSUntil next time feel free to check out my latest posts The Diabolic Book Review –>HERE<– and “I am back, readers!” Random Post –>HERE<–.
Hello-Hello! Another day, another minute, another second… Time passes by and these week’s songs are a bit thematic, I might say. To quote one of my favorites comics of all time, W.i.t.c.h., “The end is a new beginning.” I am going through a break up with my… myself.(Ha! I’ve gotcha there, didn’t I? ;])Have you ever had a feeling that something is going to change in your life and that change is going to come from you? Well… That’s me right now. Sadly any change in one’s life, no matter how good it is, comes with side effects like an atrocious reading slump.I am searching and mostly waiting for an epic book to appear out of nowhere or my bookshelf and slay that… slump.Until then…Naruto Theme – The Raising Fighting SpiritAnne-Marie – Ciao AdiosSelena Gomez – Bad LiarMeghan Trainor – I Deserve BetterHappy Summer Everyone!Play it [them] on REPEAT!And before I go, I want to make an honorable mention to Marina Kaye – On My Own. You know… It matches the theme of the week. ^_^If you want to check out:1. My last book review click –> HERE2. My last music pick, click –> HERE3. Honorable song mention –> HERE
P.S.Due to my busy schedule around this time of the year, I will post irregularly and mostly short posts like this.See you in my next post! ^-^
Real egg painted for Easter. Yes, that’s my hand.Hello-Hello! Doctor Who just premiered last weekend!!! Wait… Wrong post. Then… Is this the post about the Bunny who was forced by freshly resurrected Jesus to lay chocolate eggs – aren’t they made of plastic now? – and then to hide them – no reason behind that – for children to find? At least in Romania the Easter Bunny brings real presents like Santa. Hmmm… Don’t think so. I am mixing Christianity with Pop Culture.Oh! Look! I used the “question inside a question” concept, literally.I should probably look at the title of my post and stop babbling. 😀It’s… A Book Tag related to Easter.I was sort of tagged by Abi from What Makes A Good Book. (<– link to original post and blog.) Well……. She tagged “anyone who wants to do this tag.” And I said, “Why not?”Let’s get started!1. Rabbits- A book that you wish would multiply- So a book you want asequel to (that doesn’t have one)!Let me check my Goodreads… The first book which comes to my mind is:It is a standalone I read recently. A sci-fi fantasy well done. I need more from that world and those characters. For more information on this book, check out my review –>HERE<–.2. Egg- A book that surprised youFor this one, I have two books. A recent release (Letters to the Lost) and an older one (An Ember in the Ashes). Before starting these books, I was skeptic with low expectations and barely remembering their synopsis. Thus, I got gladly surprised. If you want, you can check my review on Letters to the Lost here.3. Hunt- A book that was hard for you to get your hands onBasically, almost all the books I put on hold from my libraries on OverDrive. As of right now, I am number 268 on 43 copies for this book (I already read 32% of it):4. Lambs- A children’s book that you still enjoyI did not like books and reading when I was little. Shocking! I know. I liked the stories to be told to me by my grandmother. Sooo… I searched in my memory, on Google and Goodreads and I decided on this:5. Spring- A book with a cover that makes you think of springEven the book itself has lots of spring and fairytale elements.6. Rising from the dead- A book with a deceased authorMostly all Romanian authors I read and other classics… Which are very few. Or I can put one of those ancient Greek works… Well, I am choosing two books:Camil Petrescu The Last Night of Love, the First Night of War and Three Plays by Aristophanes: Staging Women7. Baskets- A book that is in your Amazon cart or on your wish list right nowI wish the Romanian and English speakers (Romania, U.S.A., and/or U.K.) to finish translating this series cause my French is bad. I will have to use Google and a dictionary if I want to finish this series. COME ON! In Romania, they stopped at book seven while in USA only the first two books are translated. Really! Really! Really! You cannot do this to me. Publishing companies from Romania and USA get your act together. I need this series finished. 8. Candy- A book that is sweetIs love considered sweet? Then, I pick this one:9. Peeps- tag people!Are you feeling compelled to do this tag? Consider yourself tagged, mate.