3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An absorbing read,
This review is from: The Secret Life of France (Paperback)
As an immigrant woman in the UK - I come from Argentina and have been living in the UK for more than ten years - I found Wadham's observations on French life and culture extremely engrossing and entertaining. Having lived here for a while and seeing how people conduct themselves and how institutions work here in Britain, I can completely understand her observations, from women-men relations, women-women relations, maternity issues, work environment, health service, school system and politics in general. Coming myself from a more so called "Latin culture", I could entirely see how she found it so hard to relate to certain aspects of French life and everyday interactions, sometimes feeling she came from a complete different world but always showing a great willingness to adapt and be a part of it. Some parts might sound quite subjective and dwell a bit on general prejudice from the British towards the French, but it is understandable and also forgivable to include these in a memoir. After all, the author is telling her own personal story and experiences. For people coming from an Anglo-Saxon tradition, the "Latin way" of interacting in the world and doing things can be both fascinating and exasperating at times. I think Wadham did a very good job of depicting both sides of it in a very down to earth and humorous manner.