An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris by Stephanie Lacava
Published: 2012 by Harper Collins
Source: Received from publisher for review
What I expected this book to be: A memoir of an outsider living in Paris
What this book is: A book about random things that the author comes across as she is living in Paris; and also about her fragile mental state.
It is a pretty book with nice illustrations of the objects discussed, but for me it was not a pleasant one to read at all. Logically I know it is possible, but I still cannot believe that anyone with an opportunity to live in Paris would dislike everything about it. I know Lacava was a teenager essentially forced to move there when her father was transferred, but she doesn’t seem to give the city a chance. A bit too sullen for my taste.
And then there are the footnotes (descriptions of people, places, or things that piqued Lacava’s interest), which almost made me stop reading because they were so intrusive:
are just two examples of footnotes that annoyed me within the first 50 pages. It did improve towards the end of the book, but they left a bad impression on me.
So this book wasn’t my cup of tea, but people with a more aesthetic taste than I might enjoy it. And visit the other stops on this book’s tour for other opinions.