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Deep France: A Writer's Year in the Bearn Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
As an Irishman, the only disappointment in the book was to discover that there is an Irish bar in Salies de Bearn. Do we not have anything else to offer the world.
All in all, Deep France is a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone interested in this wonderfully unique region of France, or indeed Francophiles in general.
I haven't read any other books by the author, so I wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a load of countless petty irritations.
She got me going on page 1, when she suggests that the people of Manchester are so uncouth, ignorant and doltish, that they wouldn't consider naming a bridge after a Prime Minister. By page 30, she's had an accidental encounter with her neighbour, who just happens to be English, an "interior designer" married to a "retired marketing entrepreneur", and with a daughter who teaches French at a "leading London prep school", to boot.
After wading through page upon page of regurgitated historical facts about anything and everything, I then realise that I'm about to be treated to the story of a dinner party with "Benjy, who's in charge of restoring a local chateau", "London fashion writer Shelley Vella" and countless other non-profonde types, and I dump the book, joyfully, in the pile where no light shall ever reach.
If I had bought from a bookseller, it would have been put back onto the shelf after a few minutes of browsing, which, I suppose, shows the advantages of getting your reading material in that particular manner.
What is most annoying is that it's full of mistakes in the french language the author used!! I just can not believe she has published this book without getting it reviewed first!! One example: 'beefy' in french is NOT 'cousteau' and it doesn't bear any link with the marine explorer Jacques. The correct word is: 'costaud'. The book is just littered with inacurracies like these!
In summary, a very boring book which I certainly wouldn't recommend to anyone...
The Bearn area itself is wonderful but this book gives the impression that you have to be well-heeled and self satisfied to go there!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A walk through a beautiful region of France with an interesting and informative guide. A real delight!Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Can't see how it was a great adventure when the author already knew the place and people who lived there, was very disappointed, a dreary read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by marilyn pennicott
As I read this whilst visiting the area it was particulary poignant. Well written, good descriptions and humourous.Published on 21 July 2014 by Mrs. G. Wallis
A good travel guide and advice for ex-pat life. Not the sort of book I joined the book group to read. We'll written, it flows along entertainingly. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by Robin M.
The book arrived very promtly and in very good condition as it had been described. I was very happy with my purchase. I haven't read it yet!Published on 11 July 2011 by Linda
Thank you, thank you Celia Brayfield. This is the best book about living in France that I've read, and like many real gems I came across it by accident ... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2008 by Mrs. J. Coldwell
As a big fan of Celia Brayfield i gave this book a chance even though i'm not a big fan of reading real life events. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2006 by H. M. Owen
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