Non Fiction

Taxi Tales from Paris by Nicky Gentil

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I chose to read this surprisingly slim volume for no particular reason. I do not live in Paris, and even if I did, I doubt I would have had the luxury of taking taxis on a regular basis. The one visit there has made me confident about that one point.
The author has spent quite a big part of her life in Paris (as long as I have been alive!), and her fondness for the city, the language, her family, and music comes through with the bits she lets drop. These are a set of anecdotes, sometimes a few pages to set the scene and just a page long at others. There are more ‘nice’ stories than unpleasant ones making it a delightful read.
I liked the author’s style of writing and the pictures that it painted of otherwise ordinary journeys. She sometimes took away something from her interactions in a taxi that other people might not have. The only reason I did not give it a full five stars is that I wanted more. Maybe a little more coherence in the narration and definitely more of the tales since I did not feel like I was done with it by the time the last page came around!
I would recommend this to people who like reading real-life short (mostly positive) experiences and have little time to invest in a larger tome.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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