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Humor for both francophile and francophobe - 4+,
This review is from: Stuff Parisians Like (Paperback)
Hilarious collection of observations about the denizens of everyone's favorite fantasy city by Parisian blogger and oenologist, Olivier Magny. The bottom line here is Magny's conclusion in the chapter entitled "Le Burger" that Parisians are pretty much the same as New Yorkers with their classic over-the-top provincialism that puts their city at the center of the universe and allows for no rivals of any kind.
In any event, the book is full of satiric comments about Parisians' views on everything from foreign tourists (mostly thoroughly negative) to art (indifference to substance but useful as a symbol of intellectual status) to Clint Eastwood (blue-eyed god and symbol of hope). And much, much more that provides many a chuckle for anyone who has been to Paris and adores the place (or maybe who has visited and left totally pissed off).
Like most satirists, Magny builds around grains of truth; but as someone who has lived in Paris and been in and out of the place for 50 years, I have found that Parisians and the French are generally thoroughly decent, courteous and friendly folks (especially if you speak some French) who willingly share their treasure of a city and country with millions of strangers every year. At the same time, it's not unusual to find the same kind of NYC snobbisme here and there, particularly among the Grande Ecoles types that abound in the institutions of Paris. But the greater part of the French nation finds the latter as tiresome as foreigners do.
This is a very funny book that will be appreciated by anyone who has been a visitor in Paris/France or plans to be one in the future. Vive M. Mgny!!