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A Stranger in Paris (A French Life Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File Size : 1122 KB
- Print Length : 300 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Impress Books (7 July 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08BTDB26P
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: 197,678 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a hiccupy, awkward and yet charming insight into the British abroad. There are times when you want to give almost every character a shake. The nuances of cultural difference are mountains not molehills to this young woman. Overconfident, underprepared but always optimistic, our heroine stumbles from situation to situation, slipping from the dangerous to the futile with blithe belief.
The characterisation is uneven but when it works, the personae leap of the page. Most importantly, this book conveys the pumice stone of cultural interaction.
Those were the days. It should be compulsory reading for school-leavers across the UK. The gradual acclimatisation is a joy.
Travelling changes people, almost always for the better.
You’ll enjoy this if you liked: The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford or Brooklyn by Colm Toíbín
Avoid if you don’t like: Naïve young Brits, student life, cultural confusion
Ideal accompaniments: Cheap red wine, Chinese takeaway and this version of I Love Paris by Zaz.
Karen Webb leaves the shabby campus of Aberystwyth University to follow her heart to ,Paris, towards a romance which is doomed from the start. Just how she manages to survive the series of tsunamis which she seems to attract stretches the reader's belief to breaking point and yet we know that they happened and that, somehow, she survived to live another day.
This highly readable and enjoyable book is nevertheless a caveat for the young romantic considering her personal Brexit and heading off for romance and fun in a foreign country, her knowledge of local language and customs being pitifully inadequate. Beneath the glister of the golden mirage lies a far less pleasant or comfortable reality, one which requires both courage, determination and a bucket-load of luck to stand a chance of survival.
A Stranger in Paris reads like a high-speed train. It gathers momentum with every page to the point where the end of each chapter comes a a welcome opportunity to gather one's wits about one before plunging on.
This book is but the first of a series. I am really impatient to read the next volume.
Rather it is the biography (but only a couple of years) of a none celebrity woman's life.Her early 20s.
Its well written and to my mind accurate reflection of life and sex at university.Where else will someone pay you a grant to stay in bed all day with a member of the opposite sex?
Thereafter its her search for love in France. Warts are visible and its no sugar coated pill..
Enjoyable read.It's a shame it has not been picked up with some reviews on the cover to champion its merits