Author: Douglas Cowie
Title: Noon In Paris, Eight In Chicago
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Literature,
This book I got for free as part of a goodreads giveaway and firstread I have never won anything before. I want to say a big thank you to goodreads for having a great site. I want to say a big thank you to the person who hosted the giveaway and picking me as a winner.
I would tell people that you should step outside your comfort zone with books because it is good to add more authors and genres to your reading portfolio. Even if you do not read books like this.
I normally read books of this genre but l also stepped outside my comfort zone with authors and genres l am so glad l did because l have read so many great books and come across some great authors.
I highly recommend this book.
Book Dedication: For Bob Eaglestone.
Review From Other People:
Praise For Douglas Cowie.
Douglas Cowie has captured the tragic love between Nelson Algren and Simone De Beauvoir with heart felt innocence. Focusing on the simple truths and fundamental desires that arguably these two great intellectuals had denied themselves with others, Cowie exposes the tender, vulnerable soul of both with a deep sense of empathy. - Mark Blottner, co-director of Nelson Algren the end is nothing, the road is all.
Cowie brings a disarming voice and a freshness to proceedings. - Guardian.
A page-turning novel. - TLS Review.
Cowie (writes) with enormous assurance and off beat charm. - The Times.
An uncanny ability to evoke time and place … an intriguing novel. - Scotland On Sunday.
This book has 314 pages and 15 chapters and 3 parts in it.
Synopsis: Chicago, 1947: on a freezing February night, France's feminist icon Simone De Beauvoir calls up radical resident novelist Nelson Algren, Asking him to show her around. After a whirlwind tour of dive bars, cabarets and police lock up, the pair return to his apartment on Wabansia Avenue. Here, a passion is sparked that will last for the next decades. Their relationship intensifies during intoxicating months spent together in Paris and Chicago. But in between are long, anguished periods apart are filled with competing desires – lovers old and new, writing, politics, gambling – which ultimately expose the fragility of their unconventional marriage” and put their devotion to the test. Sharp and intimate, Cowie's reimagining of this turbulent love affair asks what it means to love and be loved by the right person at the wrong time.
Review: I found this book really easy to get in to. I found this book hard to put down once l started reading it. It did not take me long to finish this book. I can not put in to words how great this book is I would tell people to read it for themselves to know how great it really is. I wish l could rate this book more then five stars. This book just gets better and better as the story goes on. This book will leave you wanting more I would happily read this book again. I like reading about Nelson and Simone and them falling in love and travelling to different place and seeing different scenery . I am enjoying reading this book and sometimes l would cuddle up with my cat when reading this book. I got lost in this book and storyline very easily. This book will take you away. This book is addicting book and storyline. I would love to read more about Nelson and Simone and more from Douglas Cowie. This book is so romantic. I wish Simone would move to Chicago to be with Nelson and they would get married and have babies. I like that Nelson and Simone went travelling together. It was sad to read that all the pictures they took when they was travelling did not come out clearly. Simone went to Chicago and Nelson went to Paris and he got to meet all Simone's friends and Simone met all Nelson's friends too. I really enjoyed reading about Nelson, his life and Simone and her life. It was nice to read that two people with different lifes and from different parts of the world fell in love. Nelson got to meet Sartre who Simone is always going on about all the time. It was horrible to read that people was calling Simone names the people who was calling her names sound jealous of Simone and her success. Poor Nelson being sea sick it was funny though. It was funny that Simone threw Nelson's favorite clothes overboard in to the sea on their journey. This book is truly amazing. I wish this book world not finish. I was sad to finish this book. I was hooked on this book after reading the first page I loved this book it is so romantic. Twenty thousand copies of Simone's book was sold I was happy to read and everybody was happy about it too. One of Nelson's books was reviewed in the times. I love reading romance novels. It was nice to read that Nelson was helping Margo to get off drugs I hope she cleans herself up and goes back to her family. It was great to read that Margo got off the drugs. Nelson and Simone sound like they make a great couple. There is nothing better than relaxing with a great book. I am happy to read that Nelson and Simone love to read books too and that they are both writers. Nelson and Simone meet when she rings Nelson to ask him to show her around Chicago. This book made me think that Nelson and Simone fell in love the first day they hat met. They sent letters to each other back and forth from Paris and Chicago. Sounds like Nelson wants children Simone. It sounds like Nelson also wants to marry Simone.
About The Author: Douglas Cowie was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, and since 1999 has lived in both England and Germany. He teaches in the department of English at Royal Holloway, university of London. He is also the author of the novels Owen noone and the marauder (2005) and two linked novella's, sing for life: tin pan alley (2013) and sing for life: away, you rolling river (2014).
About The Book: I really love this cover. The colours are really nice. I love that there is more then one colour on this book cover. My favorite colour is one of the colours and my sister's favorite colour is one of the colours too. I love that the inside of the book cover is a map of Chicago which I think is amazing.
Star Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars.