Rosecrans Baldwin

Rosecrans Baldwin cover, published by FSG 24 April 2012

Rosecrans Baldwin cover, published by FSG 24 April 2012

This is not a book review. It’s neither the appropriate time nor place to post a book review of Rosecrans Baldwin’s Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down. But I just had to stop by for a moment to mention how rib-painfully funny Mr. Baldwin is.

I dare anyone to read just the first two pages and not to get hooked. I have rarely disturbed El Argentino or my fellow metro travellers as much as I did when chortling — walloping gulps of laughs — spittles of unnoticed drool flying from my lips as I read his observations and interactions. Tears streaming down my cheeks, completely unembarrassed, because I was entirely unaware of myself, because I was with this astute, self-deprecating, edgy Rosecrans.

I’m not one for expat literature (though David Sedaris can be funny, of course), but I can’t leave this Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down un-noted.

Thank you Gully Wells for having sent me during our dreary, cold winter — Farrar, Straus & Giroux has made a very wise publication choice.

PS/ El Argentino, who takes little notice of what I read or write, is fascinated with the name Rosecrans. I keep hearing him muttering to himself: Is Rosecrans related to the northern Civil War General?

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5 thoughts on “Rosecrans Baldwin

    • Absolutely! But it’s on loan at the moment, and has 3 people to go after (have been banging on about how funny it is for months now), so it may be a while. We should see whether the American Library in Paris has it, and if not def make the recommendation.

  1. I’m just about to plunge in. I saw it on WH Smith’s shelves and thought must read this one.
    Paris In Love..a memoir is also embarassing to read on the subway -very funny in a more quotidiene way
    some books should come with warnings –
    Do NOT read on the subway!

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