Almost French: Love And A New Life In Paris
|Entertaining and educational|
"Almost French" is a remarkable story of a woman who goes to France to visit an acquaintance, a French lawyer. It is the romantic nature of the city of Paris that rapped her. She came to enjoy the day to day regular life of , strolls in the city, dinner parties, meeting friends, enjoying the flow of the city, finding employment, meeting new people, traveling, learning more about the French, cooking, the night life, shopping and many other activities. This is one of the books that do not paint a false picture of living in France, and tells it the way it truly is. Living in a foreign country and culture is hard. Before you get used to it, there are times when you almost get reduced to tears, when you feel lost, when you feel like venting your listlessness at the 'friendly locals. This book is a fascinating series of accounts told from a journalist's point of view. For anyone harboring romantic visions of becoming an expatriate, more so in a country like France or a city like Paris, I recommend this book. Even for those who have already visited Paris, and those yet to visit, this is a book to read.
This memoir of Sarah Turnbull's move to Paris from Australia is a fun to read book. I was amused by her recount of her dog. I am looking forward to more books by this author.
Also recommended: THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES, LIVING AND WORKING IN PARIS, SIXTY MILLION FRENCHMEN CAN'T BE WRONG, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE
|Very funny and excellent observations|
I wish this book had been published when I went to live in Paris. Almost French is very insightful and very funny look into the French mode de vie. Sarah Turnbull, an Australian journalist, decides to take a holiday in Europe. She falls in love with a Frenchman, Frederic, and establishes her new live in Paris. In the course of setting up her new life with Frederic and finding work, she has to learn to adapt to the French lifestyle in order to get by with even the simplest of life's tasks. This book will definitely make my next visit to France more enjoyable! I had a hard time putting the book down.