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Another Long Day On The Piste: A Season in the French Alps Paperback – 3 Jan 2008
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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)
* Essential apres-ski reading - a self-deprecating and deliriously funny Alpine adventureSee all Product description
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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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