Another Long Day On The Piste: A Season in the French Alps Paperback – 2 Nov 2006
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Unremittingly calamitous, self-deprecating and entertaining (DAILY MAIL SKI + SNOWBOARD)
Highly entertaining . . . there is much pointed irony and satire to enjoy (THE TIMES)
...side-splittingly funny... Randall is a gifted raconteur... (FRENCH NEWS)
timely and humorous (DAILY MIRROR)
* An engaging and witty account of life - and skiing - in an Alpine community.See all Product Description
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Anyway back to the point. I heartily recommend this book. It will leave you warmer than a couple of pints of vin chaud and itching to get your skis on!
There are some extremely funny moments in this book and one or two very heartwarming characters and scenes. Sometimes it's just the subtle things that raise a smile, other times the situations make you laugh out loud.
What makes this book genuinely intersting is that it is written about the experiences of "doing a season" from the perspective of a person that would consider themselves very much a "non-seasonnaire". As a result, it's a little look at the seasonnaire experience, but from the outside rather than from the slightly rose tinted perspective that seasonnaires sometimes produce. It also gives a slightly more rounded picture of the alpine experience by introducing us to the back stories of some of the locals that have to live in these places long after the tourists (and the snow) are gone.
It genuinely makes you think "I think I could probably enjoy doing that". In fact, I could probably enjoy doing it in Will's company.
Will Randall's season in the Alps was, in reality, rather like most people's ski vacations. He fell over, he got drunk, he met some nice (and some not so nice) people, he took some ski lessons and marginally improved his skiing. Perhaps nothing really funny happened to him in his time in the Alps? I had so hoped that this would be an entertaining book about the sport I love; sadly it didn't live up to expectations.
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Absolutely hilarious! If you enjoy skiing you will enjoy this book. I've bought it for two of my friends for Christmas!Published 10 months ago by julesbski
huge fun with measured doses of more serious stuff, Williams does not disappointPublished 14 months ago by Heather Badgery
Fun, frolics, snow, a fantastic fix of the mountains when you can't be there....Published 18 months ago by Snowboardingmum
Really enjoyable recounting of a season in the French Alps! Definitely recommend a read of this and will be trying "Williams"'s other books for sure!Published on 15 Jan. 2014 by Jonnyboy1970
well I bought this as a present but as I cannot resist books, I also read it. I found it OK, especially if you're into skiing but didn't inspire me to search out other books by... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2013 by Macs007