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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

















I've been reading The Goldfinch for the last few weeks. I know several of you are reading it too, or it's gone on your to-read list. I put it down for a bit after only reading the first several pages, little did I know I was only a couple pages away from being completely engrossed by it, and then I left it (accidentally) with a friend for a few days, so it's taken me longer than it should to get as far as I have, not because it isn't a long book, because at just under eight hundred pages it is, but it's also one that is hard to put down once you start. The imagery is so wonderful, the settings are described with such detail, you feel like you are there too. And her teen protagonist reminds me of myself in so many more ways at that age than I am willing to admit here on this blog. But there is one place in particular that she describes that I when I saw the pictures of this beautiful apartment in Paris, I thought it was so similar to what I pictured while reading the book - though in the book it's in New York and not Paris. And I just love the books piled on books here. This might be a little too cluttered and eclectic for me here in the states, but in Paris, oui, I think I could live among these books and worn leather and velvet furnishings and art on the walls and herringbone floors and antiques quite nicely. (And if you still want more photos there are at least half this many more, just click the link below.) 

Images: The Village Photos: Joel Ekman

30 comments:

  1. oh, i have to finally read it. got it just before Christmas but have been scared to start it because everyone says you can't put it down. I'm reading American Gods at the moment, by Neil Gaiman, probably very different, but quite a nice read too. as to the apartment... it's absolutely beautiful. too cluttered for me to live in, but I'm sure I would be fast friends with anyone living like that!! xoxo

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    1. american gods is one i got about 3/4's of the way through and put down and never picked up again. i didn't love it at the time. maybe it's one you need to be in the mood for. i have read some of his other work and enjoyed it though. i think you of all people will like the goldfinch. i'll be curious now to know what you think! xo

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  2. Love the book piles! I've added this to my reading list. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. me too. it certainly looks like the place to get lost in books.

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  3. Petra put it perfectly! (Nothing like a little alliteration to start a snowy morning!) I could not handle living among all that stuff (I hesitate to call it clutter because it seems carefully curated, or at least chosen, somehow), but this is someone I could easily be friends with and visit lots and lots!

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    1. i'm so happy you got your snow! i know you have been waiting for it. we can have spring after it's gone now, right ;) yeah, i think i would definitely like to be friends with whoever lives here. xo

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  4. Oh HELLO, apartment. Pardon me while I go pack a bag and attempt to move myself in like a squatter. I love that these photos were shot at night, is that strange? So many interior shots rely on the brightness of day to really show off their loveliness, but this place just shines regardless. And you're right, it totally reminds me of Hobie's house. I'm almost done The Goldfinch, but I'm having mixed emotions. I love her writing, but it's starting to feel self-indulgant, that there are huge chunks a more discerning editor could have crossed out because they don't drive the plot and just exist for the author to hear herself talk. Is that mean? It's mean. I do like it, but I'm not as 100% in love as I was at the beginning.
    Anyway, books on books stacked up in every free corner: my dream apartment. Let's go halfsies! xo

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    1. really, i love the book. i think last time we touched base on it you were bored with a part that i found myself loving once i got there. but it reminded me of myself, so maybe her self-indulgence spoke to my own self-indulgence. and really, i am usually pretty plot driven and that is why i wanted to read this book, the plot sounded so good. and really i think it is, but the journey of it all for me has far outweighed any preconceptions i came into it with and i actually like what i am reading better than what i thought i would be reading. we'll have to reconvene when we are both done ;) and yes, let's go halfsies on this place, shall we? xo

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  5. OH MY GOSH, my dream parisian apartment has come to life! love the architecture, the books on books, on books, on books, the fantastic antique leather chair, the gallery wall, oh and the fact that it is in LE MARAIS! i really, really want to get to know the person who lives there.

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

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    1. i have tried to imagine who lives here and i really can't. young, old, male, female? i have decided that it is definitely someone who probably doesn't watch a lot of tv ;)

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  6. Wow this book sounds good. I am looking for a new book but will probably wait for this to go to paperback. And LOVE the chevron floor! Only thing I would probably do is stain it darker. Love this space.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. yes, one of the other reasons it's taking me awhile to get through is because it's so heavy to hold in hardcover. a paperback would be a good choice!

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  7. What a GREAT apartment, so full of character! I've been hearing lots about this book...I'm going on holiday on Sunday I wonder if i can get hold of it before then? :)

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    1. it has a lot of page-turning moments so i do think it would be good to take on holiday, though it's pretty heavy!

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  8. Now that Joanna Goddard did a post about the Goldfinch too I feel like that book is going to fly off the shelves. But I heard about it from you first and I ordered it to my Kindle. I haven't had time to dive in yet, but I am seriously excited about it. Finding the time to sit and read with little ones is so so hard but I love it so much...it's such great "me" time. I'm dying over that apartment too. Like..please can I just live there? Sigh.

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    1. luckily m+l are of the age i can let them sit through a little netflix marathon and read while they watch scooby doo and rugrats - though when they watch rugrats i end up watching with them :)

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  9. those hardwood floors I die for! I always like a home that looks like its lived in but still has design.

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    1. i know those floors! i never see them in the states, ever. not fair.

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  10. I love this - those books! Be still my heart!

    Sarah
    aroseinthecity0.blogspot.com

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  11. What a wonderful apartment, I love all the books on top of books! This apartment is great, I would love to live there! ;-)


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    Michael :-)

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  12. You can never have too many books - that's my motto!

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