Tuesday, August 21, 2007

In the Merde for Love

In the Merde for Love

I just finished reading In The Merde for Love by Stephen Clarke (thanks DT) which is sold by the title Merde Actually in the UK. It was a mildly amusing read but by the middle of the book I had lost interest in what was going to happen next. I finished the book because it wouldn't be fair to base an opinion on only reading a small excerpt and I'm glad that I did because now I can say without a shadow of doubt that the book would have been 95%* better if they removed 62%* of what was printed in the middle.

I'm currently reading Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French (I'm sensing a theme here) and I'm not sure what to read next to help prepare myself Parisian living. I welcome any and all suggestions.

*By no means were these statistics fabricated by the author of this post. These statistics and have a +/- 3% margin of error.


dw said...

I read two books called Living and Working in France and one called just Living in France. They were really helpful. A bit outdated I think, but really helpful. Or there's a great book called Culture Smart! France that had all sorts of things I didn't really know, and I've lived in France for 6 months.

Ken Broadhurst said...

Have you read Almost French by Sarah Turnbull?

L'Étrangère Americaine said...

I actually perused Culture Smart! France in the bookstore a couple of weeks ago and it was very information. I learned a lot of things that I should have remembered from my European History classes as well.

I haven't read Almost French but I have heard about it and read some reviews. I'll definitely check it out next time I'm at the bookstore.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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