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I am a woman of a certain age. I have long been a solo traveller. I was afraid when I read the blurb for this book that it might be one of the many 'look at me, doing a trip of a lifetime, bravely all alone' tome. But, not so! A lovely story about an average middle-aged woman, travelling and enjoying every moment. The planned, and the unexpected. Recommended.
As I finished "Do Not Go Gentle. Go to Paris", I was wishing that the book would not end as I wanted to keep on reading I hope the author is busy writing another book about travel. Though the book is about Gail's trip through France, a reader gets glimpses of her life before travel. Descriptions of the author's marriage were vivid and even humorous. Scenes of raising her four children alone out in Wyoming came alive as did as did the European travels. Having been on the trains in Europe I could easily visualize Gail's adventures on the trains. I do not always keep the books that I read. I will keep "Do Not Go Gentle. Go to Paris" The book is a keeper. Abbyann
The author, at 72 years of age, is writing about her month-long holiday in Paris, almost ten years earlier, when she was 62 years old – a trip gifted to her by her son Tom. She worries about everything that could go wrong during the trip: pickpockets, driving, sore ankles, ‘senior moments’ and money.
She is contemplating her age, and in doing so she not only looks inwards, but also outwards at other people she sees or thinks about. She looks at the youth and at people who look similar to her age: back and forth, youth and age, past and present. She also takes a look back at ‘older’ people she has known, to compare them with herself.
But it is also about sight-seeing, eating, walking, and reading her guidebook. And she’s very precise with her train and bus timetables.
This is a slow-moving journey from rural America and childhood dreams to an awakening in the city of dreams, Paris, putting the past in the past, and taking a leap forward.
The author kept drawing me in for more; what’s next, what conclusions, what thought patterns, family history, the old and new connections, the vivid explanations and descriptions...... a fabulous style of entertainment and at the end, I felt I had a comrade on earth because I could relate so much yet not having the delightful ability to articulate with such skill. I look forward to reading the next travel adventure of Gail Schilling.
I really loved this book! It reminds me a lot of that poem "When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple". It is a beautifully written travel memoir of a woman of a certain age (only 61, so really not so old) who has never been to Paris, and finally after raising 4(!) children as a single mother gets to live her dream of a month in France.
It doesn't hurt that I too have always wanted to go live in Paris for six months and write a book. But I've always felt I missed my chance because I didn't go when I was 22. But now I'm inspired! My mother (who raised me as a single parent) passed away almost 20 years ago, but if she were still around--I would buy this for her. She would have loved it!
What a wonderful book about a solo travel to France. I found the book enjoyable, tips for budget travel, and living in the moment. What a great way to enjoy exploring places you want to see. Thanks to the writer.