After backpacking her way around Europe, journalist Sarah Turnbull is ready to embark on one last adventure before heading home to Sydney. A chance meeting with a charming Frenchman in Bucharest changes her travel plans forever. Acting on impulse, she agrees to visit Fredric in Paris for a week. Put a very French Frenchman together with a strong-willed Australian girl and the result is some spectacular - and often hilarious - cultural clashes. Language is a minefield of misunderstanding and the simple act of buying a baguette is fraught with social danger.
But as she navigates the highs and lows of this strange new world, from the sophisticated cafes and haute couture fashion houses to the picture postcard French countryside, little by little Sarah falls under its spell: passionate, mysterious, infuriating, and charged with that French specialty - seduction. And it becomes her home.
©2004 Sarah Turnbull (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The paperback was good just does not do it for me as an audio book.
I just found this book did not keep me interested. I did read the hard copy some years ago which was much better and I enjoyed it, however I have not been able to listen to the audio version. Have tried several times but given up on it.
I wasted my credit. I love Caroline Lee she is terrific.
In contrast to some reviewers of this book who compared it negatively to Mayles, etc., I found it authentic, well-written, and rich in cutural details about Parisians and life in Paris. While similar "memoirs" of Paris supplement their meager content with recipes and cooking instructions, Turnbull attempts to offer readers a dimensional portrait of the city and its people, including, for instance, details about French antipathy toward "Anglo-Saxon" feminism, the City of Light's love affair with dogs, and the extended time required to befriend Parisians. My ONLY issue with the audio version is the reader's strange combination of annoying accent and knowing attitude. With another reader this book might have earned five stars all around.
I'm old and like getting free stuff.
Yes, just loved it all
the strength of Sarah
Her voice, makes you feel like you are actually listening to Sarah herself as the aussie voice clinched it for me.
I did cry a little, but laughed heaps too.
Just loved all of it.
I listened to this soon after moving to France from the U.S. (Based on a recommendation from a friend). While I found it to be entertaining and it certainly contains some interesting insights into French culture, I also found it to be a rather narrow vision of France -- one that is restricted to rather privileged/wealthy people living in Paris and maybe slightly outdated (or at least very traditional). I found myself walking around anticipating rudeness and judgement from the French based on this book that never really came. So I'd say this is an interesting read but maybe not a good taste of what life in France will hold for anyone else.
One of numerous "foreigner as fish out of water in Paris" books I've read. Fairly interesting but not riveting, and nowhere near as funny as David Sedaris' "I Talk Pretty One Day."
One of the best.
A very engaging, light-hearted and enjoyable experience with which I found it very easy to relate.
The only character of real interest is the author herself. The rest are only by way of background information.
Pomjour from gay Paree!
A supremely well read book, where it seems as though it's the author herself speaking, instead of someone just reading someone else's work. The author has all the charm one tends to associate with France, and at the same time captures all those irritating frustrations that living there as a foreigner inevitably entails. In its own genre, it's hard to beat. Good on yer, Sarah!
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