- Taschenbuch: 188 Seiten
- Verlag: Epigraph Publishing (30. September 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0978942752
- ISBN-13: 978-0978942755
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,1 x 21,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 4.004.177 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
French Milk (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. September 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
During winter break of her senior year of college, cartoonist Lucy Knisley and her mother embarked on a six-week adventure in Paris to celebrate milestone birthdays: Lucy's twenty-second, and her mother's fiftieth, each angst-inducing for their own reasons. Staying in a small rented apartment with plenty of quirks in the fifth arrondissement, they surprise themselves by falling into their new surroundings with an unexpected ease, content filling their days with visits to the market, cafe, and museums. French Milk tells the story of it all through Lucy's illustrations and photos. Filled with gorgeously charming drawings and photos of the sights, smells, and tastes of the City of Light, French Milk will make anyone pine for a tall glass of it - with a fondant, of course.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Mit diesem Comic-Tagebuch wird man tatsächlich immer mehr in die Paris-Reise von Mutter und Tochter hineingezogen. Lucy Knisley hat einen sehr aufmerksamen Blick für Situationen und Details und dazu eine sehr sympathische Offenheit, von sich selbst zu erzählen. Am Ende war ich sehr traurig, als ich auf der letzten Seite angekommen und das Buch vorbei war.
Einziger Kritikpunkt und verantwortlich für den fehlenden Stern ist die nicht ganz so gute Papierqualität und damit die nicht ganz überzeugende Qualität der Fotos.
Aber davon abgesehen kann ich das Buch uneingeschränkt empfehlen.
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Knisley is a gifted comics artist and writer, and her work would soon mature considerably. "French Milk" can be seen as a rough draft of her later, better work.
The entire book is about her trip to Paris with her mom. When I was twenty-two, my mom and I went to Europe. We had such a great time. But, at the same time, we had those mother/daughter spats and so did Lucy and her mother. This book brought back such great memories for me. The mom/daughter bonding is something that you will treasure forever. Lucy is hardly ever critical of her mom which I find rather refreshing. They had such a great time in Paris. I thought that Lucy really illustrated how close her mother and her really are.
Another thing I really loved was how Lucy was able to show her angst on her soon to be graduation from college. I rememeber when I was twenty-two and trying to figure what I was supposed to do with my life. Her depressive fits were fitting for her time in life. To me, every college-graduate feels the uncertainty after graduating from college. It's scary and depressing.
I loved Lucy's Paris. It was all about food and art. She is a milk and foie gras affionado. She loved the milk in Paris so much that she named her book for it and I totally get it. I remember when I was in Paris and I thought the vegetables never tasted better. It's probably all the nasty preservatives Americans use. But the food DOES taste better in Paris! Most of her memories centers around food. She documents most of her meals during her trip. I loved that her most favorite meals were at their apartment. Lucy and her mom have such a great bond over food.
Lucy's illustrations are fun and fairly simple. I liked how she attempted to portray some classic pieces of art. I found it really amusing.
French Milk is a fun graphic memoir about a twenty-two year women coming age in Paris with her mom. It is funny and sweet. I highly recommend it!
I related completely to Lucy's trip with her mom! My husband and I stayed in a hotel in Paris in the very same area, saw the sights and ate in the restaurants and took the same walks, went to the museums, and all of the rest. The food, oh my gosh, the food! Like Lucy I loved it all and every meal and every snack was delicious! Even the food served on Air France was great.
But the clincher for me with this book was her comment on page 189, almost the very last page where she has drawn a picture of herself in a crowd and comments: "At the airport in Albany, I am shocked by how ugly and huge Americans can be. The fashion and aesthetic differences between Paris and America are vast!" I kept a journal of my trip to Paris and wrote almost the exact same thing when we had to change planes in Texas: about how utterly tacky Americans are in their turquoise shorts and tank tops (and they are all so fat!) and how truly awful the food was. It's true! And we went to Paris in 1992, fifteen years before Lucy went. Obviously, some things do not change.
I'm looking for another book by Lucy Knisley but don't see one. Maybe her mother could take her to London. They would also love London.
Knisley's travel diary is littered with photos and cute little drawings that recount her time in Paris with her mother. A large part of the book is spent talking about food. While food is such an essential component of Paris, I really felt that, due to Knisley's drawing style, the multitude of food pictures could have been totally left out. I mean, it all just looked like scribbles and triangles. I kind of felt like it was filler for the lack of a real, thoughtful experience that you'd expect from a diary of an American girl in Paris. There are glimpses, yes (such as Knisley's awareness of French men, and body issues as an American in super-skinny Paris) but they are gone a page later - leaving you wanting to know more.
The preface mentions that the book "also deals with the valuable and significant influence that we take in from our mothers" yet we see none of that in it's pages. Knisley's mother is a side-character that we don't really even get to know - definitely not enough to draw any ideas about the influence she has on her daughter.
One thing I did enjoy about the book was the format - a perfect mix of drawings, photos, and text. Maybe it's because I myself have always dreamed of going to Paris for a significant amount of time, but the book struck that envious chord in me. I'd recommend picking it up if you're a Francophile, but don't expect too much from it.
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