Almost French: A New Life in Paris (Paperback)
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DescriptionNumber 1 on the Bestseller list (Australia) with over 20,000 copies sold in the UK alone and over 250,000 world-wide! Almost French has been a huge success and now with the new-look, mass market B Format it is ready to go stellar! Publication timed for major trade promotions including summer reading and airport holiday exodus. In the bestselling tradition of Frances Mayes' Under the Tuscan Sun, Chris Stewart's A Parrot in the Pepper Tree or Peter Mayle - but without the pile of stones! Funny, perceptive and poignant Almost French is an often hilarious mixture of a young woman's personal memoir and armchair travel. A spectacular example of culture clash - and a happy ending.
- Published: 26 May 2005
- Format: Paperback 322 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781857883701 ISBN 10: 1857883705
- Sales rank: 4,934
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Reviews for Almost French
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"As I read this book I felt more & more sad that Sarah's first impressions of the French was through the attitudes of the Parisians. As someone said to me, when we first moved to France "There is Paris and then there's France".
Situated as we are in "la France profonde" in a small village on the banks of the RhÃ????Ã????Ã????Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â 'Ã????Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â 'Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â´ne, I was rather concerned as to how the population would regard us - 1 Welsh & 1 English - & was quite bowled over by the warm & generous welcome we received. I asked my neighbours how they felt about having 2 Brits in their close-knit community & was amused by the reply that Brits were OK but, "if we had come from Paris, that would have been completely different!"
I found the book interesting & amusing, but please don't get the impression that this is how the French behave to all the Anglo-Saxons in their midst. If you make any effort to integrate, you will be received with open arms & lavish hospitality & you would certainly not find the horrible snobbishness & disdain which she found in the Parisiennes who she had the misfortune to meet. Maybe it's the climate, but I found the ProvenÃ????Ã????Ã????Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â 'Ã????Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â 'Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â§aux rumbustious, earthy & hilarious. Admittedly their sense of humour is rather more Benny Hill than Armando Ianucci, & most of them would not give a damn who poured the aperos - as long as there was plenty of it! Many's the time that I returned home after one of these events & wandered round the kitchen, wondering where I had last seen the cooker!
I hope that if there is going to be more of the same from Sarah, she takes the plunge & heads for the south - she will not be disappointed with the area around NÃ????Ã????Ã????Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â 'Ã????Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã??Ã?Â 'Ã????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â®mes, Arles & Avignon.
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