They are, in other words, completely unlike us.
In her groundbreaking and utterly liberating new book, Debra Ollivier goes beyond familiar ooh-la-la stereotypes about French women, challenging cherished notions about sex, love, dating, marriage, motherhood, raising children, body politics, seduction, and flirtation. Peppered with anecdotes from its Franco-American author and filled with provocative thinking from French sexperts, mistresses and maidens alike, What French Women Know debunks long-standing myths and offers savvy new thinking from an old sexy culture.
Less a how-to and more a how-not-to (how not to be dogmatic about love, how not to "date", how not to mourn the end of youth), it presents a refreshing counterpoint to the stale love dogma of our times, and offers realistic, life-affirming alternatives from the land that knows how to love.
©2009 Debra Ollivier; (P)2009 Penguin
I really like this book and highly recommend it. One good thing to know about French women is that they really like Men, a lot a lot. And vice versa for men--they like Women a lot a lot. That's a good start for both sides. Plus French women have a way of getting by the irritations and difficulties that men oftentimes present. The book reveals the secret of how French women stay trim: but I think it best to find out for yourself! It is most excellent advice compared to everything else written on the subject.
I have to disagree with the previous reviewer. I thought the author's narration was very good, changing pitch and adding an accent when the voice was to be delivered by one of her friends who shaped her conclusion about the difference between French and American women. I think the quality of the narration made the book fun to listen to and the content confirmed it. I found the content to be well laid out for the listener with citations and personal anecdotes to inform and entertain. I think casual makes for a easy and entertaining "read".
I was born and lived in France for 21 years. I really enjoyed your book that is extremely accurate about French Women in general. Living in America for many years and seeing the difference between the american woman and I always puzzled me. It is with pride that I finally understand the significance of being French and loving it. Your book is excellent. I look forward to promote it to my friends who in return will understand why I am so different from them. Thank you and Vive la difference!
I quite enjoyed the book, it was fun and very insightful! I would definitely recommend it for anyone, but .. perhaps as a paper book.
I don't know... but perhaps someone who isn't quite so... close to the material. The narration was quite good for the first half of the book, but towards the middle, every sentence started ending with a question-like tone? And it got really hard to listen to? Don't get me wrong, she has a lovely voice, but perhaps having someone else read it might have been preferable...
The stories were delightful though, and I loved the book, just thought I would put in my two cents!
Debra Ollivier gives a detailed overview of the contrast between French and American culture. This book is appealing to any reader in search of beautiful syntax and deep curiosity to become culturally educated. I did not know much about the French, and now I feel the need to relax and give myself the pleasure of indulging in life. There are a few things we can learn from French women. Let's not take ourselves so seriously.
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As an American woman, it's a different approach to being a wife, mother, professional, etc. it strikes me as much lower stress. I really enjoyed the perspective.
What an enlightening insight into the cultural differences between French women and American women. Told in such an amusing way that it was impossible to take offense to the unflattering way that American women are portrayed in the book. I think it might be beneficial for myself to think of men in the way French women do. I might enjoy them more!
I would recommend the book but not the audio version. The book offered fascinating insight into the ways of French women and culture. However, the narrator is an up talker, which made listening not so enjoyable.
The author/narrator ended 80% of the sentences in a question-tone when it clearly wasn't a question. It is very distracting and I found myself totally focused on it.
I think the content was unique and interesting and liked her writing style. Just didn't like the narration.
The author has a habit of putting an emphasis and "drawling" the last word of the sentence. This quickly becomes distracting.
That French women take exceedingly good care of themselves.
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