In a bid to fulfil a childhood dream of becoming a Real Man, he struggles to make the journey from clinically social townie to rugged, solitary paysan. Through his enthusiastic attempts at looking after livestock and coming to terms with the concept of living Abroad Alone, he discovers what it takes to be a man at the beginning of the 21st century.
©2006 Michael Wright; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Wright captures the fun of the countryside perfectly." (Sunday Times)
"What elevates this book...is Wright's gentle humour and his ability to create a vivid impression of his literal and emotional journey...with such wit and perception." (Sunday Telegraph)
This is the most delightful book, along with its sequel, in my audio library. Michael reveals himself bravely to the world and comes across as an altogether delightful person. It is truly wonderful in this day and age of rage against circumstance to find a writer who tells of his joy of living in the everyday. He imparts his gratitude for having the ability to choose and live the way he wants to, not in a mawkish count your blessings way, but imparts to the reader with great story telling skills, humour and occasional pathos that he has achieved his ambition and is delighted with it. His grass is greener, he is having his cake and eating it, and is content - a rare thing for the modern human, it seems.As an annual visitor to France, I find the behaviour of his compatriots the most unappealing thing about the country so applaud his respect for his adopted country and its citizens - no anecdotes about simpleton artisans just because they speak another language and have different ways of doing things.Truly a great find and a great person to spend many hours with - I was very glad he read the books himself.
""C'est la Folie""
Absolutely entrancing. I've listened to it over and over and it still makes me laugh. A delightful, uplifting book and one which it's easy to dip in and out of - am now looking forward to the next one.
"C'est la Folie"
Pure magic. Hearing Michael Wright's description of people and flying over France plus his love of his farm animals, is like going on a holiday.
"C'est formidable !"
Listened to this first in a cottage in Northern Brittany but would have enjoyed it anywhere. Really funny, and yet very insightful and honest about his own character and those of the wonderful characters living around him. His love and enthusiasm for the country and the people he meets shine through. Listening also evoked many memories of growing up in the late 60's and 70's as well as capturing the difficulties of learning and speaking another language while in that country. His reading is note perfect.
"Re length - Linda Aug.27th"
I have just downloaded this title and there are two parts each of 12 hours . Make sure you download both parts.
I bought this book because I have always wanted to live in France. I found this book addictive and what ever the audible equivalent of a page turner. I listened to the book in about 5 days and can't wait to listen to the follow up. Michael's description of living with Chickens has even made a true towny like me think about it.
I have to be honest, I have not finished listening to this yet but have noticed the current length of play recorded for this book is incorrect. It says it should be 24 hrs but its only 12 hrs long.
Will come back to write up the review on the book when I have finished. Just wanted to mention this just in case the length puts you off.
"emotional roll through life in rural france"
I have loved this book and the one that follows. Funny, honest, account of the struggles to adapt to a very different life. I loved his different accents and his bit and pieces of French language. I will play it again and again.
"Comme Ci Comme Ca"
It's strange to get to the end of a book and remember very little of what happened throughout but then very little does happen throughout the book. It probably speaks volumes that having your floor scratched by clumsy British removal men is not only worthy of mention but one of the key events. I'm sure that without Michael Wrights narration that I'd have scored it less because clearly he's a very nice man who, like me, has a genuine affection for the French and their way of life, a way of life that is reminiscent of rural England 50 years ago. Don't buy this book if you're expecting a gritty account of someone moving to France and struggling to make ends meet because you won't get that. In fact what bothered me throughout the book is that it was never explained what the author did to pay his bills and it all very reminiscent of a social experiment for the over privileged. You don't take your own plane to France when you're a struggling homesteader. I think the Author has written, or is in the process of writing a follow up to this book and I genuinely hope he has rather more to say because his writing ability is not in doubt.
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