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What is this secret then?,
This review is from: The Secret Life of France (Paperback)
As a French national, I've read this book with a different perspective. Will I, at last, see a foreign writer "get it right"? Well, in some parts Lucy Wadram does indeed get it right: the writing style is pleasant and makes for easy reading, the chapters on politics and how history has shaped the country's culture feel correct to me (although this was nothing new nor secret). However, the social aspect was a big let-down: clearly the author's views are based upon her own experience and sometimes on discussions with a single person on a topic, which means a very narrow sample of the population.
Frankly, instead of "the secret life of France", this book should be called "the secret life of Parisian bourgeoisie".
When will I find an author who understands that Paris does not equal France?