My Literary Inspiration

Last night I started reading my favorite book for what must be the gazillionth time (ok, maybe 5th?). My first time reading it was for English 201 freshman year in college, yet the effect it has on me has never changed. I spent last night and my train ride this morning engrossed in the first section of the book. It's a novel that I could get lost in, if not for the rest of my life, for the rest of this phase of my life.

The first time I read Black Girl in Paris, the protagonist Eden captured my heart by the third page with the following passage:

That passage instantly placed me into Eden’s shoes. Just like her, I had dreams of my travels to far away lands as a little girl; at 18 years old I was desperately seeking my own identity; and I, too, often thought that I was walking alone on a nonexistent path - never believing that someone could ever relate to my hopes, dreams, doubts, and vulnerabilities.

Therefore I walked with Eden through her journey. The rest of the novel, which reads like poetry at times, both captures and fuels my soul. This novel is a beautiful piece of art that inspires you to live life, follow your passion, be more open, and discover who you want to be.

As I read for the first time in a couple years, I realize that while I continue to walk in Eden's shoes, it's with a different mentality. I don't know how to articulate it yet. To say the least, I long more than ever to be a "free woman with free thoughts." So for the next few days, I will be rereading my favorite passages over and over again, reflecting on how I feel, and writing out my thoughts.

Stay tuned for this literary journey.
passage can be found here on's website


Lyrically speaking | September 10, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmm, I must check out this book if it's that good, plus I love the cover, glad I stopped by your blog

*B* Fab | October 20, 2009 at 10:23 AM

SO! I checked this book out at the library on Friday and began reading it Sunday. Funny how the exact passage that you have highlighted above was (*) off by someone who previously read it! This book is great so far :-)

Mademoiselle M | October 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

I'm so glad you did. Let me know your thoughts once you are done.. both what you liked/loved and didn't.

*B* Fab | October 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

ok! so I just finished the book! I read all day and didn't work LOL! i love it love it love it! I love a book where i can become completely entranced with the book, in its entirety! I felt what she felt, went the places she went, felt the cold rainy days, the warmth of the turkish bath house, all while in my office at work!

I am going to read this book again before I return it to the library, I have nothing bad to say. The story is touching, a young woman who had a deep set desire and went after it, how could you not like the book. Ofcourse it's deeper than that, but I truly truly adore this book.

It takes you through every bit of emotion as she learns about her self and is taught some pretty amazing things along the way by some very profound people, to her.

Thanks for the recommendation! :)

Mademoiselle M | October 27, 2009 at 12:57 PM

YAY! Omg I'm SOOO excited that you love it. Someone who feels as passionate about it as I do!!

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