Statues of Liberty derives its title from the fact that there are at least four of these monuments in Paris, as well as dozens scattered all over the world, all inspired by Bartholdi's original that stands proudly in New York Harbor. Statues of Liberty is a collection of thirty-seven essays written over a period of years documenting the author's experiences and discoveries in France Ranging from the trials and tribulations of a retired American renting an apartment from a dishonest landlady to visits to trade shows and food fairs to walks in the picturesque French countryside and the street artist Space Invader, the author's observations are always perceptive and insightful. Inspired by Janet Flanner's "Letters from Paris" published in the New Yorker under the pen name Genêt, the author--who is fluent in French--reveals insights into France and the French that escape more casual observers. While not intended to be a guidebook, Statues of Liberty: Real Stories from France will interest anyone who lives in France or is planning a trip to the world's most popular tourist destination. Table of Contents: 1. Statues of Liberty 2. Apartment Hunting 3. RIF 4. La Traversée de Paris 5. IXXZ-X3 6. Evicted! 7. Le Pays de Thelle 8. Marcial Huggins 9. A Weekend in Normandy 10. Un Vrai Capitaliste 11. Péripatéticiennes and Romanichelles 12. A Day in Monaco 13. Touched by an Angel 14. “Are You Malcolm Miller?" 15. Le Président du Monde 16. Le Perchay, Gouzangrez, Commeny, Santeuil 17. Isaiah 46:4 18. A Gypsy Camp in the Heart of Paris 19. My Adventure at Uniqlo 20. Réveillon 21. The Third Sock 22. French Ale 23. Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Marie Périer 24. Along the Loing 25. A New Look at Brewster McCloud 26. Space Invader Invades the Rue d’Armaillé 27. Nivernais, Munster, U Casaccone, Neufchâtel 28. Hugo 29. A Gesture of Franco-American Amity 30. “Aimez-vous la Mer?” 31. 873 QGN 75 32. The Great Mayotte Boondoggle 33. Three Films about Fighting and Family 34. An Unsolved Mystery 35. Labios de Fuego 36. Life and Death of Juan Carlos Alsogaray 37. Where are you going? Index About the Author
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Ronald W. Kenyon was born and raised in Ashland, Kentucky. He was admitted to the Honors Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he studied English, Spanish and political science and won two Hopwood creative writing awards. The recipient of a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship, he attended graduate school at Stanford University and studied at St. Lawrence University under a National Defense Education Act scholarship. He was certified as a French-English liaison interpreter by the U.S. Department of State Office of Language Services. Ronald W. Kenyon has spent the greater part of his adult life living, working and traveling in France. The thirty-five essays in this collection display the author’s unique perspective on France, the French people, their culture and their language. Readers interested in enhancing their understanding of France and the French will learn much from the author’s insights and erudition. Also by Ronald W. Kenyon: Divagations: Collected Poetry 1959-1996 A Winter in the Middle of Two Seas: Real Stories from Bahrain Monville: Forgotten Luminary of the French Enlightenment Monville : l'inconnu des Lumières Le Petit Kenyon: Dining in the Environs of Paris for Walkers On the Trail in France Floridians: Real Stories from the Sunshine State Photography: Metro Portraits Metro Messages My Beautiful France: Landscapes Île-de-France, terres d'inspiration France: Images & Messages
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