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Paris, 7 A.M.

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I will not be able to review this book. I found that I couldn't connect with the characters or the plot, and though I tried really hard, it just didn't work for me. I am hoping that I will be able to try again at another time.
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DNF at 50% I could no longer sludge through this novel. A subject that should be fascinating was rendered so mind numbingly boring that I simply cannot continue. Prose written as poetry does not work for me and the absolute lack of punctuation of dialogue was most problematic. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Wow, this writing was just way too poetic, and the sentences went on and on. I enjoy WWII historical fiction, but it didn't even get to that time period until the middle of the book. It just didn't work for me.
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I chose this book because I thought the premise was terrific — poet Elizabeth Bishop, who painstakingly chronicled her life in journals, omitted three weeks she spent in Paris after graduating from Vassar. But why the gap? With Paris on the brink of war, Wieland—a poet herself—offers her own theory in this evocative book. Though the book is well-researched, the writing drew me in with its ethereal quality, setting it apart from most historical fiction I’ve read. Recommended for anyone interested in interesting viewpoints on World War II, or Elizabeth Bishop, before she became one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century.
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I really hate to DNF ARC's, but I had to with this one. I couldn't deal with the writing style. There were no quotation marks, so it was hard for me to know who was talking to whom. The story was also a bit boring. I didn't DNF until 23% or so and nothing had really happened. There was no sense of plot, no sense of urgency. I really wanted to like this one, but I just couldn't get through it.
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Paris, 7 A.M has been described as a beautiful and eloquent novel. Although, it might be beautifully written it's not the style that appeals to me.  The book did have great writing that initially captivated me, but great writing doesn't always lead to great story, plot, or book. What is this now a days with authors writing without quotation marks? It's annoying, gimmicky, and grammatically incorrect. It only makes the read that much more difficult. I don't want to guess if someone is speaking or thinking or the author is describing. It sets the tone of the reading really off and almost makes everything in our heads monotone. I hope this is just a gimmick that will pass and we can look back at it and laugh. 

I find it hard to concentrate on a book that jumps from time to time and doesn't give us a reason for jumping from one timeline to another. It again, just makes reading a hassle and a chore as opposed to an enjoyable book. 

I may not be the intended person for this book. I read to be captivated and enjoyment, not to look at each page and decipher art in them. There might be those who are into it, I however am not. If you like poetry, mystical plots and writing styles then this might be the book for you. But, this is for a very specific reader, I may not be it.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this ARC
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Thank you to the author Liza Wieland, the publisher Simon & Schuster, and Netgalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my candid review.

The book is semi-biographical. It is about the poet, Elizabeth Bishop, and is written in historical context of time she spent in Europe, specifically France, mostly Paris. It is fiction in that it creates an interlude in which Elizabeth makes a journey to northern France and helps to transport Jewish infant refugees to a French Catholic orphanage.

I should first point out that I have never heard of Elizabeth Bishop, nor read any of her poetry before reading this novel. Having read some poems afterwords, including the one titled "Paris, 7 AM" would have really been interesting to have read some prior to reading this book.

First, I thought that the author did a good job of evoking the tone of Bishop's poems in her storyline. The author did a good job of depicting the fear and foreboding about an upcoming was with Nazi Germany. And yet Elizabeth and her friends still had a mostly rollicking good time while in Paris.

The issue that I had with this book was in the conversations written by the author. It was very difficult to follow who was saying what and I had to frequently reread sections when I became confused as to who was speaking.

I am guessing that the book would have been a better read for someone who is a fan of or who has read Elizabeth Bishop's poetry.

I give it a 3.
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This was my first book by this author, It was pretty enjoyable. I would give this book a 3.5 star rating! It was a pretty Quick and easy read!
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I was really excited to read Paris, 7 AM but was hard for me to get into. I did not feel like the beginning came back around to the ending.
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This book is comprised of overwritten and overthought sentences. “The whole landscape of colleges scaffolds and pillories, stocks and bonds, glass houses, and stone lying around everywhere. These notions, like wolves, drift in from the darkened edges of her mind.”  Every little mundane detail gets ridiculously embellished. Maybe that’s the way poets look at things, but I found it pretentious and unbearable. “The desks are wild floating islands, mountainous with books, with flotillas of pencils and pens cruising about the shallows.”

I made it to the 33% point, and nothing approaching “a life-changing adventure” had appeared. I didn’t have the patience to wait for its arrival and abandoned this book. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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Imagining and retracing the path of young Elizabeth Bishop as she travels throughout Paris and France seems like a good premise for a story, and I enjoyed it quite well enough. The book picks up the only year that Bishop didn't keep a journal, which was interesting, and chronicles an important part of her young life, as she and her friends contemplate (and defy) the expectations placed on them as young women in the 1930s.

Liza Wieland's Paris 7 a.m. contains beautiful storytelling and writing, making it a pleasurable and worthwhile read.

I kept finding myself looking for clues about her writing, its inspiration, and at times, it felt forced to read about what appeared to be feeds of detail that we know would become parts of her poems.
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I tried to read through this novel more than once and it just never stuck. I couldn't follow the story, or I guess couldn't stay interested in the story progression.
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The best way to describe this book is disjointed. There are paragraphs of information that is put together in a book. 2/5
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I was so excited to read this one, but boy did I struggle. The lack of punctuation was so confusing and I had to keep going back to read many passages over again to figure out what was being said. The content was a subject that was very intriguing for me, but I just couldn't stay engaged. I really wanted to love this book and tried multiple times to stay engaged, but it just didn't happen.
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Imagine there was a knowledge gap of several months in the history of your life. For most of us, that would not present a problem. For followers of poet Elizabeth Bishop this presents more of a thought provoking issue for Bishop maintained daily journals throughout her life, except for much of 1937 when she stopped entirely. In Paris, 7 A.M., Liza Wieland has imagined what may have happened to Elizabeth during this important post-college year as she works to develop her skills and learn more about herself and the world.

Reading Paris, 7 A.M. has been an odd experience. At times I was captivated by the use of some sparkling or powerful imagery while at others I was confused on the most basic level of who was speaking/narrating what I was reading. The absence of punctuation and frequent lack of identifiers, combined with the fact of so much of the book taking place within Elizabeth’s mind, makes some true conversation difficult to parse out. As the story proceeds, thankfully, this becomes less of an issue.

Perhaps if I had gone into this reading with more knowledge of Bishop and her work I would have understood more of what I read. Of course that’s impossible now. There are pleasures here especially in some of the wonderful imagery sprinkled throughout the book. And, as we come to know and experience Elizabeth more, and as she has meaningful experiences in pre-World War II France in the second part of the book, there is more to enjoy in this recreation of her life. Rated 3 to 3.5*

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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This is about Elisabeth Bishop where during the war she tried to do her part to help out the children of News so they wouldn't have to suffer at the hands of Hilter. Hands down a wonderful reading book. Ty net galley
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I was provided with an ARC of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This book is a lush slice of Parisian life on the eve of Hitler's ascension to power. The impending chaos echoes in the personal tragedies, peccadilloes and struggles of the main character. Elizabeth Bishop's innermost thoughts and motivations are portrayed with stunning prose that humanizes her in a way the reader can relate to. 

This is a wonderful backstory that illuminates the life of one of the most elusive poets of our time.
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I was excited to read Paris 7 A.M. by Liza Wieland. My choice of genre is WWII historical fiction. I liked the synopsis that this was a story of a missing time period of Elizabeth Bishop’s journal.  The author made up this part of the journal about Elizabeth’s time in Paris in 1937. Elizabeth helped rescue Jewish orphans and deliver them to a convent to be baptized. Unfortunately, this synopsis is misleading. Touch of the novel is about Elizabeth’s life growing up and her time at Vasser.  The author doesn’t write about the time period in the synopsis until near the half-way point. Then, too much time was spent after the missing time period in the journal about her later life. The book just did not work for me. 

Thank you NetGalley and Simon Schuster for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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Paris, 7 A.M.
by Liza Wieland

Simon & Schuster

Historical Fiction , Literary Fiction

Pub Date 11 Jun 2019


I am reviewing a copy of Paris 7 a.m through Simon & Schuster and Netgalley:


In June of 1937, Elizabeth Bishop was still a young woman and not yet the world renowned poet she became.  Elizabeth Bishop arrives in France with her college roomates.  The group is in search of escape and inspiration, far away from Vassar College where they are expected to find an impressive husband and lead a quiet life, and act in according manner. The world is changing though as they explore the City of Light, the larger threats of fascism and occupation are looming.  It is there they meet a community of upper-crust-expatriates who not only share a life changing adventure they also go into an underground world of rebellion that will alter Elizabeth’s life forever.


Paris 1937 allows us a fictionalized account of what Elizabeth Bishop a meticulous keeper of journals, the one year she did not meticulously journal.  This novel brings in vivid detail a trip from Paris and Normandy where she becomes involved with a group rescuing Jewish “Orphans” and delivering them to convents so they can be baptized as Catholics and spare them from the horrors there parents are about to face.



Liz Wieland’s Paris 7 a.m is a poignant and captivating tale of the formative years of one of America’s most informative of one of America’s most celebrated American female poets.


I give Paris 7 A.M five out of five stars!



Happy Reading!
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I just couldn't connect with this book.  I really enjoy books about this era and was so looking forward to reading it.  There isn't anything specific I can point to that would have made me more interested.  Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity and I strongly believe just because this book wasn't for me doesn't mean it isn't loved by others.  
Thanks to the author for opportunity and I will look for future books by Liza Wieland.
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