The Greater Journey Americans in Paris is a Books Dear Goodreads Community This is not easy for me to do and I am sorry to have to do this in this forum I realize it is a bit cowardly and beg your u
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris is a Books Dear Goodreads Community:This is not easy for me to do and I am sorry to have to do this in this forum. I realize it is a bit cowardly and beg your understanding but you need to know it is not you, it’s me—well, maybe it is you. Yes, over the last four years we’ve had some good times and I will cherish those books you’ve recommended through your insightful reviews and ratings. Those were wonderful times and I trusted you then. However, over the past year or so, it seems more and more that you’ve taken that trust and mocked me, and dare I say, wasted my time?—the ultimate slap in the face in the book reading world.You are not entirely to blame. Sometimes relationships just drift apart. People become interested in different things as they grow and perspectives change. I’ve grown tired of being a contrarian in this relationship and feel that it is time for me to step back and re-evaluate your opinions. What? You want me to give you examples? Do I really have to tell you? This is so like you—wanting me to spell everything out for you. Okay, take this book for example. I list David McCullough as one of my favorites and you have generally supported my viewpoint regarding him with your ratings. For this book, 87% of you gave it 4 or 5 stars. Slam dunk decision to read it is what you’re basically telling me. Disappointingly, through my reading of this based upon your recommendation, you have embarrassed me in public as I found the book to be a see-saw read of good chapters and ho-hum chapters about various people. Most of the time I did not care about these people at all (and I’m a history lover). I was not drawn in to these lives nor did you warn me about vicissitudes of the chapters. Still, I did trudge through it and as you can see, I did give it two stars meaning it was “OK” but based upon your ratings I was expecting so much more. Relationships are about being there for each other and I didn’t feel as though you were in this case.Another example wasThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Eighty percent gave this 4 or 5 stars but yet again, I did not understand the inordinate praise that was heaped upon this book. From my review of that book, ”I was moved by the tragic story of Henrietta's life. She deserved much better. However, the story seemed to drone on about the life of her descendants to the point I didn't care about them anymore. They began to annoy me with their antics to the point that the sympathy I originally had for them disappeared. I understand their socio- and economic background and understand their plight but as Henrietta's daughter said, ‘times were different back then’ and nothing was done intentionally to defraud or short-change the family. “ So that was my take and I could not see the love that everyone had for this one either.These are just two examples and I could go on but I think you get the point.Don’t get me wrong, we can move forward and maintain a relationship as there is still more than a soupcon of trust between us but it will take work to build that back up over time. Oh, we’ll still continue to see each other just as much and that’s why I’m hoping we can still be cordial and friendly but I need some time and space until I see that our ratings dovetail more closely. Don’t hate me. . .Still Friends,Grumpus. The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring and until now, untold story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greatThe Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring and until now, untold story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light Most had never left home, never experienced a different culture None had any guarantee of success That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history As David McCullough writes, Not all pioneers went west Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band Another was Charles Sumner, who enrolled at the Sorbonne because of a burning desire to know about everything There he saw black students with the same ambition he had, and when he returned home, he would become the most powerful, unyielding voice for abolition in the U.S Senate, almost at the cost of his life Two staunch friends, James Feni Cooper and Samuel F B Morse, worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Cooper writing and Morse painting what would be his masterpiece From something he saw in France, Morse would also bring home his momentous idea for the telegraph Pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk from New Orleans launched his spectacular career performing in Paris at age 15 George P A Healy, who had almost no money and little education, took the gamble of a lifetime and with no prospects whatsoever in Paris became one of the most celebrated portrait painters of the day His subjects included Abraham Lincoln Medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote home of his toil and the exhilaration in being at the center of things in what was then the medical capital of the world From all they learned in Paris, Holmes and his fellow medicals were to exert lasting influence on the profession of medicine in the United States Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James were all discovering Paris, marveling at the treasures in the Louvre, or out with the Sunday throngs strolling the city s boulevards and gardens At last I have come into a dreamland, wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe, seeking escape from the notoriety Uncle Tom s Cabin had brought her Almost forgotten today, the heroic American ambassador Elihu Washburne bravely remained at his post through the Franco Prussian War, the long Siege of Paris and even atrocious nightmare of the Commune His vivid account in his diary of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris drawn on here for the first time is one readers will never forget The genius of sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens, the son of an immigrant shoemaker, and of painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, three of the greatest American artists ever, would flourish in Paris, inspired by the examples of brilliant French masters, and by Paris itself Nearly all of these Americans, whatever their troubles learning French, their spells of homesickness, and their suffering in the raw cold winters by the Seine, spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives in Paris McCullough tells this sweeping, fascinating story with power and intimacy, bringing us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint Gaudens s phrase, longed to soar into the blue The Greater Journey is itself a masterpiece.. 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