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Two Lipsticks and a Lover: A Year in Suspenders Kindle Edition
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There are musings a plenty: about child-rearing in France -- children eat well, eat everything and are well mannered to boot but they do get coddled. Interestingly the State plays a great part in helping women back to work (tax free child care -- now there's something for the incumbent UK government to seriously consider). Underwear - must be matching and expensive; lovers - infidelity and discretion are key and if it makes you happy, there you go; food - guard against junk products and eat only when hungry. Moreover the possession of a great intellect in a woman is not the preserve of the dull or dowdy. Being well read is seen to add to one's allure.
Whilst some of the chapters may test your patience for cliches about French women (they smoke a lot, eat high fat cheese, miraculously remain stick thin) many parts may simply reinforce what you had long suspected: that some French women take great care of themselves from the inside out, possess large quantities of self-confidence and self-belief, are well read and don't laugh in the raucous way of their British sisters.
In essence, this is an easy read for the St Pancras Eurostar. You'll have completed the book by the time you hit Gare du Nord.
That said, there are useful tips on the wisdom of buying wisely, when it comes to clothes, and also self-grooming that I found helpful. However, quite a few of the treatments, suggested, would probably be out side the reach of most women who are less affluent than the author, despite her protestations to the contrary (I assume that she met B, as she calls him, whilst travelling first class). So be prepared to modify them to suit your budget.
The part of this book that I found the most amusing is when Madame Frith Powell mentions that all her efforts to become better groomed etc. culminated in her being mistaken for a Parisian and asked for directions by a courier.
It amused me because although I do take pride in my appearance, I would never claim to be as well groomed as the women the author describes in her book (goodness knows I am often seen sans lipstick and with less than a perfect manicure), but even I have been stopped twice whilst in Paris and asked for directions, and all without having read a single line of Two Lipsticks and a Lover. However, I am the first to concede, this could owe more to the possibility that it is less likely that lone women are mistaken for tourists, or visitors, than any attempt that I may make to try and pass myself off as a local.
My own mother, who is English to the core, never left the house without applying a dash of lipstick; although I am certain she would have agreed that doing so to take out the rubbish is rather extreme and perhaps suggests a woman with self-confidence problems. It is one thing to take pride in one’s appearance but doing so to the exclusion of all else may suggest something of an imbalance in one’s life.
Perhaps, then, it is better to view the advice, in this book, as something we can, if we so wish, aspire to whilst remembering not to beat ourselves up if we fall a little short due to the constraints that life has bequeathed us.
I highly recommend this book. In fact, I would say it is a must for non-French women living in or wanting to understand more about France.
I especially liked the fact that many of the quotes were from current females in French politics.
As I am neither English nor French, I was also able to identify with the anecdotes of what French people might think of the English.
In addition, this book made me conscious that, like the author, my years in France have made me change the way I see things: a balanced meal, the necessity of creams and treatments, ...
I found that the end of the book was less focussed but perhaps it was because it held subjects less close to my heart. Also, there is a side the French culture that is more easily explained in light of the work culture, long lunch, subsidized meals, etc. The author would only experience this having lived it. French culture is rich and so there are more enigmas out there yet for her to solve! This book is a great start.
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