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on 28 March 2015
I was looking forward to an amusing/serious narrative of someone starting a new life in France and the kind of challenges they had to overcome. But this book makes painful reading for me. The author comes across as so unbelievably disorganised, chaotic and incapable to get to terms with her new life that I thought she had some sort of learning disorder. Maybe she tried to be self-deprecating and amusing but I could only see her saying over and over again, 'look, how stupid and incapable I was'. It's just too much...the very premise of their move seems absurd: moving into a literal ruin without any money or skill to do it up....aaarrghhh...
She also describes many painful situations like how she sits in her ruin, being totally disorganised (e.g. making two round trips of 80 km in total to the nearby town to buy a single screw, when she could have bought a bigger packet from the supermarket - not that she ever would need any more screws in her building project!!) Then a stranger comes along and asked her to buy a horse for yet another stranger residing in Spain. 'Obviously', she spends several DAYS making phone calls, raking up a tremendous phone bill, for which she has 'obviously' no money to pay and - suprise surprise - is getting absolutely nowhere. ....aaaarggghhh...
Sorry, this is just too painful to me to read before bed and I may not finish it.