Review of Home Again in Paris in French Village Diaries:
“I have traveled to Paris many times this summer on the pages of different books, but this book has to be my favourite. Matthew Fraser spent his student days in Paris before returning to Canada and settling down with his wife and a successful TV career. However, following her sudden death he finds himself inexplicably drawn back to Paris with his two Bichons Oscar and Leo for company. He shares their story of settling into Poodleland (Paris’ posh 7th arrondissement) in an open, honest and beautifully worded way. It is not always happy, things do go wrong, but his eye for the detail of where he lives in Paris and the people he meets is perfect. It is a memoir, but it is more than that and there are many insightful passages that help to explain the French way as he sees it. And as he has spent a lot of time over many years in Paris I think he is well placed to voice his theories. Even I, a total Francophile learnt things from this book. In short, I loved this book, couldn’t put it down and was very sad when I finished reading it. I’m not sure I have ever come across anyone sharing such love and emotion for their dogs and I’m not ashamed to say he brought a tear or two to my eyes at certain points during the book. It certainly wins my `tearjerker of the summer’ award.”
Review of Home Again in Paris by Maura Lynch: “BOOK REVIEW: Home Again in Paris: Oscar, Leo and Me“
Reviews of Home Again in Paris on Amazon, link here.
“A marvel of a work– to be savored and enjoyed. A must for all Francophiles.”
“Fraser is an excellent story-teller and the narrative moves along quickly. We’re always wondering what will happen next in Fraser’s life… especially to those two fluffy, white, little dogs – Oscar and Leo – whom we come to love. Without giving away spoilers, be prepared for an emotional crash-landing at the end of the book that will require ample time for recovery.”
“It is very touching, funny, educating and very enjoyable at the same time.”
“I loved this book…I am a huge fan of books set in Paris and this was a truly wonderful, very emotional story. I highly recommend this book.”
Reviews of Home Again in Paris on the Goodreads site, link here.
“I very much enjoyed reading this book and realize it has altered the course of my desires. First, as a retired English teacher, I will say that the writing style was engaging and entertaining-witty when need be and direct and fast paced at other times-surprising since the subject matter is sweetly mundane. Having a French heritage, I travelled to Paris years ago and always desired to live there for a period of time. No longer! In skillfully pulling me into the reality of living in France, all inclination to live there, if even for a short time, has been extinguished (although I do not think this was the author’s intent.) His recollection of life in Paris and a vacation spot or two has helped me so appreciate my daily life here. I also have learned to experience the love he feels for his little dogs. Never having understood an owner’s appreciation for his pets, I can now see that they are family-it is that simple and dear. An extra bonus was the skillful way the author wove history into his memoir-I learned many interesting historical pieces which enriched the author’s experiences of daily life. I liked my reading experience enough to examine his other work.” — Anne Kern
“Before I started reading this book, I joked it would be a good substitute until I could afford my first trip to France. And I was right. I feel like I am on a walk with Matthew, Oscar and Leo, avoiding the tourist destinations and seeing the real Paris (and Fontainebleau). The author’s style is breezy, which makes for fun reading even as he covers difficult topics like death and animal abuse. He brilliantly weaves French history into his own tale.” — Dawn Michelle Morgan
“This book transports you to France. The country comes alive with the historical details interwoven within. It is both comical and heartbreaking. By the end you can’t help but fall for these two little bichons. I would recommended it for anyone interested in France, or people currently living here. Sometimes you forget to appreciate what a beautiful city Paris is, but this book lets you see the city through new eyes.” — Elizabeth Crosetiere