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Boston My Blissful Winter
Memories of the 1980's
by Alain Briottet View publisher's profile page

Overview


My Blissful Winter reflects the author's time in Boston while serving as the city's Consul General of France. Originally written in French, the book is beautifully translated to English by Paulette Boudrot.
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Description


In his latest book, Boston My Blissful Winter – Memories of the 1980s, retired French Diplomat Alain Briottet reflects on what it was like to settle in a new place through the eyes of characters one reviewer says, "were created through the eye of a portrait painter." The collection of 12 short stories follows a young French banker experiencing Boston for the first time as an intern at a downtown bank in the 1980s. Seeking to overcome his solitude, he visits the city's concert halls, jazz clubs, businesses, museums, cafes, theaters, antique shops, fine restaurants and local diners. In one story, the protagonist spends an evening in a café people-watching through the window, commenting on the acquaintances he sees hurry by. In another, he visits Lowell, Massachusetts, during a year-long celebration of the city's favorite son, novelist and poet Jack Kerouac. During his travels, the narrator rubs elbows with members of Boston's upper class, academics, a struggling musician and a librarian, among others; and describes them to a tee through beautifully written prose.
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About the author


Alain Briottet devoted his life to a career in French Diplomacy. He served in Europe, America, and Asia,  and held several positions in collaboration with the French Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Paris and throughout the world. His latest novel, Boston, un hiver si court, (published in English as Boston, My Blissful Winter, Memories of the 1980s), a series of 12 short stories, is a reflection of his appointment in Boston during the 1980s as Consul General of France. Among his many awards, Alain Briottet was honored as a Commander in the French Legion of Honor, an Officer in the Ordre National du Mérite, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and received  an Honorary Doctorate from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He currently lives in Paris.
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Book details

Genre:FICTION

Subgenre:Historical

Language:English

Pages:144

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781941416211


Overview


My Blissful Winter reflects the author's time in Boston while serving as the city's Consul General of France. Originally written in French, the book is beautifully translated to English by Paulette Boudrot.

Read more

Description


In his latest book, Boston My Blissful Winter – Memories of the 1980s, retired French Diplomat Alain Briottet reflects on what it was like to settle in a new place through the eyes of characters one reviewer says, "were created through the eye of a portrait painter." The collection of 12 short stories follows a young French banker experiencing Boston for the first time as an intern at a downtown bank in the 1980s. Seeking to overcome his solitude, he visits the city's concert halls, jazz clubs, businesses, museums, cafes, theaters, antique shops, fine restaurants and local diners. In one story, the protagonist spends an evening in a café people-watching through the window, commenting on the acquaintances he sees hurry by. In another, he visits Lowell, Massachusetts, during a year-long celebration of the city's favorite son, novelist and poet Jack Kerouac. During his travels, the narrator rubs elbows with members of Boston's upper class, academics, a struggling musician and a librarian, among others; and describes them to a tee through beautifully written prose.

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About the author


Alain Briottet devoted his life to a career in French Diplomacy. He served in Europe, America, and Asia,  and held several positions in collaboration with the French Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Paris and throughout the world. His latest novel, Boston, un hiver si court, (published in English as Boston, My Blissful Winter, Memories of the 1980s), a series of 12 short stories, is a reflection of his appointment in Boston during the 1980s as Consul General of France. Among his many awards, Alain Briottet was honored as a Commander in the French Legion of Honor, an Officer in the Ordre National du Mérite, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and received  an Honorary Doctorate from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. He currently lives in Paris.
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