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as she rarely discusses her love for her French boyfriend,
This review is from: Almost French: A New Life in Paris (Paperback)
I've lived and worked in southern France for almost a decade, so was expecting to recognise some of my own experience of culture shock in her descriptions of adapting to life in France. To some degree I did, but I also found the book curiously dispassionate - literally in some ways, as she rarely discusses her love for her French boyfriend. This leaves the story lacking a motive for her perseverance, and you wonder if she's just going through the motions for journalistic reasons.
It's also odd that so little is made of her struggles with the language barrier (a recurring and very real problem for long-term expats). If she's so keen to get under the skin of the culture, why only do a 4-week language course?
Finally, I was a little irritated by the fact that the book seemed to be written for an American audience, and contained frequent jibes about the British. References to sometimes strained Anglo-French relations is hardly cutting-edge investigative journalism! In fact, as is the "revelation" that Parisian women like to look smart. Well, no crap Sherlock!
Worth reading by those who really don't know France, or maybe on the beach or the train - anywhere you don't need to bust out too many brain cells.