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Surprised by France Paperback – 27 May 2005

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books (27 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901130444
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901130447
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,802,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
I couldn't quite work out what this was trying to be - a guide to unexpected aspects of France or an attempt to be an amusing take on French life. The sub-title of the book is "What to expect when you least expect it!" but frankly there is little here that is surprising, nor would the book provide much of a guide to France. As to amusement, the whole thing was forced and trite, and well, not very amusing. Perhaps I should have known what was coming when I read the opening paragraph which included a comment that "Britain and France have been next-door neighbours since time began..".

For a book only published in 2005 there was a surprising amount of out of date 'information'. Perhaps the most (unintentionally) funny one was the comment, also in the opening paragraph, that "..the US and France have been best friends ever since the French crucially intervened on the Americans' side in the War of Independence", conveniently ignoring the brouhaha caused because the French opposed the invasion of Iraq!

The ludicrousness continued a few pages later with the following:

"The usual process by which observable truths are converted into laughable untruths goes something like this: The French eat frogs' legs (true); so they must find frogs' legs especially tasty (not true); that's why the French are called 'Frogs' (not true). Or: The French drink a lot of wine(true); as a result, they don't drink much water (not true). Or: The French never drink coffee during their meals (true); so they mustn't like coffee (not true)." I can only assume that the author has little faith in the intelligence of his readership if he thinks they will follow such absurd thought processes. The worst of it is that at this point he wasn't trying to make a joke.
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