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French Milk [Anglais] [Broché]

Lucy Knisley
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16 mars 2009
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.

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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

Biographie de l'auteur

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.

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Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 208 pages
  • Editeur : S & S International; Édition : Revised (16 mars 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1416575340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416575344
  • Dimensions du produit: 20,3 x 13,7 x 1,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (2 commentaires client)
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Après la lecture de "Délices", que j'avais beaucoup aimé malgré un dessin quelconque et une colorisation fâcheuse, je me suis jetée sur "French Milk", autre récit autobiographique de Lucy Knisley non traduit en français celui-là. Paru en 2007, il raconte le mois que l'auteure passa à Paris avec sa mère pour célébrer respectivement leur 22ème et leur 50ème anniversaires. Surprise: ici, les dessins sont en noir et blanc, beaucoup plus agréables à l'oeil (de mon point de vue). S'y mêlent des photos également en noir et blanc prises par Lucy Knisley durant son séjour.

En tant que journal de voyage, et vu que je connais bien Paris, j'avoue que "French milk" ne m'a pas spécialement vendu du rêve. Par contre, c'est toujours amusant de voir la réaction des Américains face à certaines différences culturelles, notamment - mais pas que - dans l'alimentation. Lucy Knisley était encore très jeune au moment où elle a rédigé "French milk", et ça se sent: je n'y ai pas trouvé le recul ou la faculté d'analyse dont elle fait preuve dans "Délices". Au lieu de ça, la jeune femme pas encore diplômée de sa prestigieuse école d'art s'inquiète pour son avenir et passe son temps à râler sur tout et rien (un effort d'adaptation réussi à la culture française!). J'ai tout de même lu "French milk" avec un plaisir certain.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 funny french milk 20 janvier 2011
Par turbigo2
very funny book about an outsider's perception of paris. the story is very well complemented by the cartoons, just exquisit, and the photographs. the true-life details give this book a deeper dimension.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Paris here I come 25 octobre 2008
Par Elaine M. Sargent - Publié sur
I am very interested in travel, anything French especially Paris as I have not yet been and have always been interested in comics and cartooning so this book was a real treasure to find. I liked the simple style and also the musings on everyday things in life. I felt like I was on this trip with Lucy and her mom. I am planning on using it as a bit of travel guide, for when I finally make my trip, also as a mother/daughter team. I would love to read more books by about one set in NYC - my favorite place in the world!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Charming Paris Mother/Daughter Travelogue 3 novembre 2008
Par Rachel Kramer Bussel - Publié sur
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The Glass Castle author Jeannette Walls once told me that memoir should be universal, and I've kept that in mind ever since when I read them. What I think she meant is that while a memoir is specific to the storyteller in the details, anyone should be able to relate to it, somehow. As I read Lucy Knisley's French Milk, I was struck by her storytelling, but also her age, use of photography, and that I could never write such a book, though I too have traveled to Paris with my mother.

The fact that her divorced parents are on good terms, a fact she casually drops in, resonated with me, especially when her father comes to join them for a brief visit during their six-week trip. This would never happen in my divorced family, and it made me, briefly, jealous--again, this goes back to Walls's maxim; my life circumstances may not be the same as Knisley's, but hers caused me to reflect on my own. She also exhibits a particular pride and faith in her work (with the occasional doubts), one that I still struggle with in my early thirties. Her dedication to her art and the creation of this book are apparent. Other moments are brief but powerful, such as going up the Eiffel Tower on a particularly windy day, where Knisley writes, "You could feel the tower move in the wind and see the birds blown off course."

I was torn as to the value of the photographs she included; at first, I thought there was something unfair about it, but then I came upon one of her kissing a wall and realized there was no other way to capture that moment, at least, not so thoroughly. The photos are used sparingly, without comment, filling in gaps in her story, fleshing them out and creating what feels more like an intimate scrapbook than a memoir, albeit an accessible one.

French Milk is a travelogue, and as such, sometimes the details of each meal become less interesting toward the end. But it's Knisley's personality, and little details that make this book so charming, whether it's the odd characters she meets or her feeling low on a particular day or railing against a piece of bad art, going so far as to name the artist, who's made a rendition of Paris Hilton, by name.

I finished the book a bit jealous of Knisley's closeness with her mother, and impressed that she managed to finesse both the details and the bigger picture, a portrait of a young woman just starting out in "the real world," but taking a detour to a city full of pastries, lush dinners, cemeteries, art and adventure before she does so. French Milk will appeal to Americans who've, like Knisley, fallen for Paris, and those looking to recapture their college traveling days. As for me, I'm giving a copy to my mom, and hope that our travels are as fruitful.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Cute and Artistic but Lacks Depth 1 septembre 2010
Par C. J. Pearmon - Publié sur
I picked up this book because it incorporated photographs with the standard graphic novel. The artwork and unique manner of incorporating drawings and photographs are top-notch.

However, the story of the author and her mother spending a month in Paris really doesn't go anywhere. There's lots of writing about the food and visiting various sites. However, the author getting depressed and stressed while on vacation was annoying. Let's see, you have rich parents who can afford to take you to Paris for a month and you are going to lay around whining about your life. Smacks of pampered privilege to me, which I'm not interested in reading about.

Despite that, however, the art makes for a decent story about a month in Paris, although nothing is exactly ground-breaking.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Lovely graphic travel memoir 4 décembre 2009
Par BermudaOnion - Publié sur
Lucy Knisley and her mother spent January of 2007 in a Paris apartment to celebrate Lucy's mother's 50th birthday (and Lucy's 22nd.) They rented a small apartment in the 5th arrondissement. Lucy had one more semester of college and hoped to go to graduate school for cartooning. While she was in Paris with her mother, she kept a journal and her book, FRENCH MILK is the result of that journal.

FRENCH MILK is a quick read, since it's a graphic travel memoir. It does include photographs as well as drawings, which I found unique. I was hooked as soon as Lucy mentioned Tintin and Milou, since our sweet dog is named after Milou.

We lived in France fifteen years before Lucy's trip, and we never lived in Paris, but this book still brought back lots of memories for me. This book is named after Lucy's love of French milk - she said it came in bottles and was very fresh. I found this interesting, because the only milk we ever saw in France came in a box - it was pretty nasty and most people wouldn't drink it.

This book was a lot of fun and I think anyone who loves Paris or who would love to visit Paris will enjoy it.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Completely Underwhelming 8 avril 2009
Par bluwhisper - Publié sur
I love memoir, travel writing, and graphic novels, so I thought I'd enjoy this book. The problem, as another review noted, is that there isn't much substance here.

Instead of insightful reflections on her experience, this book briefly recounts Knisley's daily banalities. Not that journals can't be fascinating--graphically, the form was put to good use by Phoebe Glocker in the fictional "Diary of a Teenage Girl." But in "French Milk", the supposedly charming observations about Paris, food, and mother-daughter relationships that the book blurbs promise are either sparse, ham-handed, or shallow. This is the Paris of francophilic tourists--the Eiffel tower, art museums, shopping, food-- and not an illuminating encounter with a complex metropolitan center or its people.

Neither the text, the illustrations, or the photographs work at a sophisticated level themselves, and they don't come together well either, since I found the inclusion of the photographs jarring and distracting.

To do this type of writing well, an author needs to carefully manage the relationship between individual personal experience and the larger significance of it, especially if the story itself is not compelling. And this book doesn't manage to do that. Gabrielle Bell's "Lucky," a chronicle of apartment hunting, low paying jobs, and artistic exploration in Brooklyn is a much better autobiographical piece by a young aspiring cartoonist.

I found myself frustrated with Knisley by the end of the book, both in the triviality of her problems, and for wasting my time on a narrative so unfocused that it was a bit like the misery of being subjected to someone's travel slide show.

Occasionally the book succeeds at being cute-ish and whimsical, but not always, and the tongue-in-cheek moments aren't enough to save the book. If Knisley eventually becomes a famous cartoonist, this will be a curious artifact of her past. But on its own merits, I would give it a pass.
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