Download Doc Û Almost French Love and a New Life in Paris ¹ 320 pages È Sarah turnbull

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Almost French Love and a New Life in ParisR and surviving Parisian dinner parties to covering the haute couture fashion shows and discovering the hard way the paradoxes of France today little by little Sarah falls under its spell maddening mysterious and charged with that French specialty séductionAn entertaining tale of being a fish out of water Almost French is an enthralling read as Sarah Turnbull leads us on a magical tour of this seductive place and culture that has captured her hea This book gets a big fat eh from me I really WANTED to like it It's a memoir of a young Australian woman indeterminately aged who moves to Paris to be with this guy and she ends up staying and discovering true French and Parisian culture Sounds good right I found it hard to identify with the author and never felt like I was close to her truly understood where she was coming from or found that she was particularly likable All of which I think are important when reading a girly memoir Memoirs are a difficult genre to write and I don't think she ever really got there for me at least although I accept that I am an extremely harsh memoir critic I also felt that the book would have been so much better if ONLY she didn't have the French boyfriend She sort of dances around this topic because clearly she doesn't want to make too much of it and take away from her cultural observations In fact I felt that as a reader I wanted it one way or the other either leave your boyfriend out of things or give me juicy details so that I can understand what your relationship is actually like She sort of hedged and did neither So again ehIf you want warm heartfelt stories about Paris and Parisian culture I would much heartily recommend Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon I found his writing style and themes to be much charming and enjoyable

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Last a week Chance had brought Sarah and Frédéric together in Bucharest and on impulse she decided to take him up on his offer to visit him in the world's most romantic city Sacrificing Vegemite for vichyssoise the feisty Sydney journalist does her best to fit in although her conversation her laugh and even her wardrobe advertise her foreigner status But as she navigates the highs and lows of this strange new world from life in a bustling uatie This story of an Australian woman who meets and falls in love with a Frenchman almost immediately moving to Paris to live with him is a great illustration of what it's like to be an ex patriate particularly coming from a country with a relatively short history and moving to a place with a deep and rich history The culture clash is evident and reminded me of my own experience living in Japan a place of long history filled with tradition as an American from a place with a much heterogeneous population and far shorter history I found it comforting to know that many of us have similar experiences wherever we are It was also a great glimpse into life in France

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Download Doc Û Almost French Love and a New Life in Paris ¹ 320 pages È Sarah turnbull ☆ The charming true story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure and the love of her life in Paris This isn't like me I'm not the sort of girl who crosses continents to meet up wiThe charming true story of a spirited young woman who finds adventure and the love of her life in Paris This isn't like me I'm not the sort of girl who crosses continents to meet up with a man she hardly knows Paris hadn't even been part of my travel planA delightful fresh twist on the travel memoir Almost French takes us on a tour that is fraught with culture clashes but rife with deadpan humor Sarah Turnbull's stint in Paris was only supposed to The author an Australian television journalist on a whim heads to Paris to stay with a man a French lawyer that she's met only twice The book is billed as a love story though we actually see very little of Frederic her future husband other than brief caricatured appearances after picking her up at the airport he effortlessly whips up an elegant lunch setting the table with crystal knife rests and an antiue silver bowl filled with flowers While contemplating the opulent table setting the author makes a profound observation that will be repeated throughout the book This must be how things are done in France We are also treated to such insights as 'French woman have no female friends' due to French cultural pressures to be beautiful and sexually attractive therefore all other women are perceived as a threat Okay She also reaches the conclusion that the French 'like meat' and that one wouldn't dare serve say a veggie lasagna at a dinner party This self indulgent author whines and drones on about her difficulties adjusting to ex pat life illustrating with 'hilarious' anecdotal evidence such as wearing Doc Martens to an elegant cocktail party or brashly helping herself to champagne as the other guests wait for their hosts to arrive We also get to hear her complain that Frederic's apartment located in the lovely leafy suburb of Levallois isn't located in the real Paris shockingly after living with him for only 4 months she starts to nag him to buy a place in the centre de ville She struggling to establish herself as a freelance journalist with absolutely no income actually whines that the 20 minute train ride to the center is inconvenient Annoying author aside the book is clunky and poorly edited It seems as though the author put together a collection of her rejected articles on ex pat life and arranged them in chronological order and called it good At times I felt that she tried to follow the general organization of Adam Gopnik's Paris to the Moon but this book has nothing in the way of the charm or compelling insights that Gopnik so delightfully shared in his collection of essays