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"Paris Dreams" by Diaman
By David at 07/09/2009 - 06:47

Diaman, N.A. "Paris Dreams", Persona Press, 2009.
The Challenges of Life * review by Amos Lassen (Little Rock, Arkansas)
I first began to read N.A. Diaman a little over a year ago when I discovered his "Following My Heart" and I was mesmerized by the beauty of the prose and the voice of the author. I can say the same for his new book, "Paris Dreams". Diaman writes about when he first arrived in Paris in 1966. He went there because Paris was the city that the expatriate authors defended so vigorously. He went to study French, to become part of the daily life of the city and to work and he hoped to make Paris his home. However, as they say, "The best laid plans of mice and men...", things did not work out as planned and he left with his dreams of Paris smashed.
Diaman returned to Paris some thirty years later and after having published five novels. This time the city was completely different and he was challenged by it and with that came the complexities of living in Europe. Diaman calls his book "a work in three acts" as it looks at the optimism of youth and the challenges of living in Paris. It is intimate and sensual and it a beautiful tribute to the city and to the man who wrote about it.


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