French Lessons by Ellen Sussman

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Final Essay: Write a critique of the novel. What worked or didn’t work and how does that affect the theme or the overall story?

French Lessons by Ellen Sussman conveys Paris in her horde features, conjuring naturally prepared ache au chocolat, walking around the Seine, and the rush of a sentimental dalliance. This is Paris through the eyes of three Americans at a junction in their lives, who, in uncovering Paris, rediscover themselves. Their stories isolate the book into three parts, each with a different viewpoint. Josie, Riley, and Jeremy each one have procured a French guide to make them more agreeable with the dialect. With this same reason, be that as it may, their encounters and what they escape the one day's lesson are momentously unique in relation to every other's. Sussman deftly changes the inclination and tone of every story to match the character's identity: grievous and self-contradicting in one story, keen and scandalous in the following, then touchy and longing in an alternate.
I didn't understand when I started perusing this book that despite the fact that the characters were joined by the way that they are all French dialect mentors in Paris, whatever is left of the book is really separate stories of what each of them gets up to in the city with their most recent understudies, and the impacts this has on them as individuals. The book begins with the three mentors, Chantal, Nico and Philippe meeting in a bistro, anticipating their scholars for the day,

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