My French Life Hardcover – 4 Oct 2007
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About the Author
Vicki Archer took her overseas trip at the age of ten sparked a passion for travel and adventure that has never ceased. In the last twenty years she has travelled extensively throughout France and become enamoured with the French way of life. Since 2000 Vicki has lived between London and Provence with her husband and three children.
In 2000 Carla Coulson left behind a corporate life and her own promotional business in Australia to take up her passion for photography. Her photography has since been published in Marie Claire, Gourmet Traveller, Collezione, Belle, Eve and Flair.
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A truly lovely book.
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Unfortunately, as for the text, it is shockingly bad. It is disjointed, uninteresting, and the writing style reminds me of the overly flowery writing of a high school student who gets extra credit for every "unique" adjective they use.
It's a rather expensive book, so if you are purchasing it solely for the photos, by all means, it is recommended. If, however, you were hoping to be inspired to visit France, gain some insight into the country or way of life, or just be entertained.... then please save your money.
A few months later, I found it again (going through my list) and decided I didn't want to spend $35 for this book so after much waiting it became available thru inter-library loan.
Let me tell you that I am so glad I was able to get it this way rather than pay for this overly-plush, terribly written book. Such a letdown..boring writing with heady photographs.
You will not learn anything new about the French in this book. It's the same thing: French style, food, politeness, slow pace, etc. And I got really sick of the author's constant referrals to her olive farm.
Best book on French style: Veronique Vienne's French Style: How to Think, Shop & Dress Like a Frenchwoman...magnificient OOP book but absolutely worth the inflated price.
Best book on French cuisine and life: Robert Arbor's Joie de Vivre.
Don't waste your time with this one. You'll just be paying for padded fluff.
Her ultimate coup, it seems, and which Ms. Archer proudly tells us she has received, was recognition,by the French Security person at the airport,of her HERMES BERKIN handbag. He informed her that she had bought the most perfect item in the whole world, made with utmost craftsmanship at Hermes-- and she has the privilege of owning it! MON DIEU!!!
Luckily, I got this book from my local library and thus have not added a centime to her rather full coffers. SAVE YOUR MONEY! BETTER TO DONATE IT TO A WORTHY CAUSE!!!!