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A Piano In The Pyrenees: The Ups and Downs of an Englishman in the French Mountains Kindle Edition
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I'm also surprised that other reviewers have complained that the book is unfair to the French as I felt it showed them in a great light and it certainly treated the English and their inability/unwillingness to speak the language equally as badly
I did rather get tired of Tony's lauding of the Rural French way of life over that of London city life, sure we'd all like to live in rural idyls but most of us have to work for a living
The French villagers seem to be a strange lot though and you get the impression that Hawks has embellished them a fair bit to shoehorn some more comedy into the book. The ending is a bit of a whirlwind, which in some ways doesn't ring true. All in all, it's a good book to while away a summer's day or to lull oneself into a (refreshing) state of slumber in the evening.
Like him, the book is a waste of time and energy!
This book not does have the same comic content as when Tony made his pilgrimage around Irland, but then draging a fridge around the Emerald Isle is hard to follow. Saying that, there are still a lot of light hearted moments.
I share some of Tony's experiences, being another Brit who has moved abroad, and this makes many of the stories in this book all the more relevant to me as a reader. Getting used to and accepted into a foreign culture is no easy taks, but Tony jumps in with both feet. It is pleasing to see that he is more than willing to make a fool of himself through his use of the French language and other English eccentricities - a must if you are truely going to fit in.
A good read. Pleasant, interesting and witty.
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