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!
Pure Joy Doc
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.
From the start of French women and men actually LIKING each other to the very end where we learn that only America and the strict sharia law modified children's books displaying true anatomy, this book has much to give. Food, ease, beauty, it's all here - cultivate your own garden. I wish every American young woman - and grown woman - would read this. If I had a daughter, we'd read it together. More than once.
I completely disagree with the idea of having affairs when married as long as you keep it quiet.
However, I do agree with the idea that there should be mystery with a woman with her man. The section on beauty is fantastic. I agree Americans want understanding and ruled ways of life, boxed up and easy to digest in a false happiness.
Also, the battle of the sexes and true feminism in America is a serious issue and is discussed in the book also.
Ironically some of these french ideas are very biblical (despite the book blaming protestant ideals being America's biggest problem but many protestant ideals weren't biblical either!)
Overall, it's a great book and the narrator is easy to listen to.
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.
The narration is why this book's getting 3 stars. I believe the content is well written and fun, but the author's narration was done in such an unprofessional tone that it was hard for me to give much regard to what was being said. Ending every other sentence in the upwward tone that sounds like a question was very annoying, even taken into consideration that I'm from the younger generation that tends to talk like that. I wish the author had spent a bit more time to work on the narration instead of just reading her book so casually.
Not sure what the author intened in this book, but I think I don't like French people now...
are the French really that liberal?
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