In his first novel, Stephen Clarke gives a laugh-out-loud account of the pleasures and perils of being a Brit in France. Less quaint than A Year in Provence, less chocolatey than Chocolat, A Year in the Merde will tell you how to get served by the grumpiest Parisian waiter; how to make perfect vinaigrette every time; how to make amour, not war; and how not to buy a house in the French countryside.
©2004 Stephen Clarke; (P)2005 Random House Audiobooks
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"I'm French and I loved it"
As a French myself I had no problems with this book! Infact I thought it was really funny. He uses the good old jokes about the French and the observations in the book are very true! I recognised a lot of things about the French in here. I'd recommend it to everyone - French people included.
"Hillarious, brilliantly narrated novel"
The way how Michael Praed narrates this funny story about French and English...ehm..differences is a pure joy. Definitely is worth buying.
Be prepare to surprise your neighbours with unpredictable waves of laugh whilst listening this fab piece. Adventures of young Englishman in Paris are just amazing thing. Very well transformed from written version to audible one. Particular use of distort-spelled words and sentences went amazing way. I am sure you will recommend this audio book to all your friends (as I did). I can't wait for the second part of the story in audio version.
Even though I am not english nor french, I found the book extremely funny and interesting. Very well read.
"A Year in the Merde"
excellent depictation of an expats introduction to France full of good humour colorful discription of life amongst the native French a thoroughly enjoyable book
This is a tremendously entertaining book enjoyed by French and British alike. It has subtle humour and captivates from start to finish! Tres bon!
(Only critsism is that only the abridged version is available)
Amazingly funny book, really did make me laugh out loud. Having read the book on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it, I then read it again on the train to work, people kept telling me to keep the laughing down a bit! I have passed the book on to all my friends, what better recommendation could you have?
I have also read the second book Merde Actually. Not as good, but still excellent
"Year in the Merde"
I really enjoyed this book. I never knew where it was going to take me next.
This is sadly one of the worst books I have read. Cliched, racist and xenophobic view of France and the French. In fact it could have been written without ever having visited France as there is nothing of insight or informed opinion that could not have been gleaned from the most basic of travel books. There are a few chuckle-worthy lines but I get as many laughs reading daily emails so hardly worth wading through 300 pages of drivel.
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