- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 443 KB
- Print Length: 73 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (7 Oct. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FPXASX6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Reluctant Traveller: France and the French Kindle Edition
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I have no insightful critique, but feel compelled to say that this provided exactly what I was looking for; quite simply it made me laugh!
Mr. Byron is one of those Englishmen who believes that "the wogs start at Calais." Imagine his consternation when he finds himself maneuvered by Stanley, his pretentious, busybody Francophile friend, into agreeing to a summer excursion across the Channel. The bickering, ill-assorted pair set out on what quickly disintegrates into a series of hilarious misadventures.
Francophobia, Mr. Byron reminds us, has a long and proud tradition in Britain, and especially among those members of the island race who actually see the neighboring country first hand. He quotes liberally from the 18th Century travel journals of Smollett and Sterne to prove his point, as well as from such luminaries as the Duke of Wellington: "We have always been, we are, and I hope that we shall always be detested in France."
All this malice might be regarded as excessive, were it not for the fact the Mr. Byron's treatment at the hands of those French people he meets in the course of his journey--corrupt police, snooty waiters and sadistic medical men--incline the reader to think that he is perfectly justified in his prejudices.
Mr. Byron has a gift for combining low comedy with Olympian literary and historical gags. Sometimes the gags are so highbrow that the general reader is liable to miss them altogether. For example, when he and Stanley encounter a pair of blundering American tourists at the Musée D'Orsay, the Americans inquire of the lads in their best pidgin French if they are at the Gare D'Orsay--the railroad station of the same name.Read more ›
Certain sentences made absolutely no sense whatsoever to me; "The real difference between the two nations (France and England) is not 1789 but 1848." Now in the history room at Oxbridge I'm sure this would raise understanding smiles at the astute and perceptive wit, but as for me, I haven't the faintest idea what happened on either of those dates. So wait there I'm going to look it up.
Okay, I've found it. 1789 was the French Revolution, and 1848 was the European Revolutions, affecting apparently 50 countries, although it too started in France. I still don't get the joke.
Another sentence that had me wondering what on earth was going on; "The unspoken insult behind the premise, I suppose, was that Stanley had been Yorick and that I was Smellfungus."
Made no sense to me at the time, but I figured that he must have at least mentioned these two before, so I first of all looked up Smellfungus. Earlier in the book we learn that apparently "Sterne called Smollet `The Learned Smellfungus.'"
No wiser I've now got to look up Sterne and Smollet. They're travel writers from the 18th century, and we were informed about them earlier in the book, but I'd forgotten.
But who's Yorick? I don't know. He's only mentioned once in the book, so I'm going to have to Google him. Okay, I've got him, he was a dead court jester in Shakespeare's Hamlet; "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Item arrived on time and in an excellent condition. I am pleased with the service of this Seller and I will use again in the future. Many Thanks !Published 20 months ago by Nabs54
Very short book, the author doesnt seem to like French people and instead of a humerous look at our differences it was just like an angry rant. Wouldnt recommendPublished 21 months ago by CLAIRE FLEMING
Badly written. Biased completely from an English point of view. No insight given to present day France. The only reference being to English victories.Published 22 months ago by Lucy
Boaring. The constant references to Wales and the dis-jointed story telling left me cold. I did not find it funny, it re told stories of slow French workmen and strange French... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Sometimes funny, sometimes not, but with a free history lesson thrown in for good measure; this is quite an easy and short read and as I downloaded it as a freebie I cannot... Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2013 by Shirley Jane
I expected more from this book after reading the prece. I continued reading expecting the characters to go further. In my opinion they did not.Published on 19 Dec. 2013 by Chris
Did not enjoy this book,got to the end and still didn't really understand what it was all about. Skipped about 10 pages at a time to get it finishedPublished on 5 Dec. 2013 by katiemch
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