Critique de Livre


Weekend in Paris

Written by:

Robin Sisman







Weekend in Paris is a delightfully whimsical novel about a young woman who goes to Paris for the first time and has an unforgettable experience, one that changes her life forever.

Molly Clearwater is a young secretary who lives in London. She is a dedicated hard-working person who has been given the chance for a free work weekend in Paris, a city which she has never visited. Molly is very excited to embark on this journey until she realizes that her boss, Malcom has something else in mind besides work.

Disappointed by her realization, and ready to abandon the opportunity, she makes a sudden decision to go to Paris on her own, with no set plans, reservations or people to meet.  Filled with anticipation, she boards the train for Paris, not telling anyone that she is going, not even her mother!

Upon her arrival in Paris, Molly meets a myriad of interesting people that transform her reality into a colorful, exciting series of events, far from the conservative, uneventful life that she lives in London. Molly meets Alicia, a young Australian woman who works for Zabi, a clothing store owner. In a blink of an eye, Alicia and Zabi complete an amazing makeover. Using fashionable clothing from Zabi’s shop, the young women prepare Molly for the likes of Parisian nightlife. The result is a far cry from her conservative work wardrobe look.

Her experience in Paris is comparable to none. She meets the first love of her life, Fabrice, with whom she rides via his motorcycle, to a plethora of Parisian sites, meant for the first-time visitor. Using flowery and detailed description, the reader is transported through their own memories to the very places that Molly visits, brought to life through the sights and smells of Paris.

While attempting to manage this whirlwind experience, an unforeseen turn of events puts Molly in a predicament, one that leads to the meeting of an unsuspected character. This person, whom she meets among the beauty of the Luxembourg Gardens, is someone that she never dreamed of meeting, but who has an impact on her future.

For anyone who has spent time in the city of lights, Weekend in Paris, is a novel that will intrigue and entice, as it draws the reader through a journey of their own personal memories, while recounting the adventures of a young woman venturing out on her own.


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Are you looking for a good movie to show in class or as a French Club activity?  Tired of your tried-and-true classics?  Consider these films which have been featured at the AATF of CNY's annual French Film Night (English titles are in parentheses):

La Grande Séduction (Seducing Doctor Lewis)
Maurice Richard (The Rocket)
Bienvenue chez les ch'tis (Welcome to the Sticks)
Le Chat du rabbin (The Rabbi's Cat)
Entre les murs (The Class)
La Famille Bélier
Les Vacances du Petit Nicolas (Nicholas on Holiday)
Comme un chef (Le Chef)
and coming in Spring 2019... Henri Henri
If you are considering showing any of these films, feel free to e-mail Denise Mahns ( for a copy of the hand-out with comprehension activities provided to film night attendees.




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