A Year in the Merde
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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
Outrageous, irreverent and politically incorrect, a young Englishman copes with the French. The odd spelling as he phoneticizes the French accent takes a bit of getting used to but get passed that, for it really is very funny. The scenario of setting up English Tea Houses in Paris seems, in my mind, ridiculous from the start; in this author’s hands it’s crazy. Real chuckle aloud stuff.
Comparison: Bill Bryson, Peter Mayle, Tim Moore.
Similar this month: Tom Sharpe, Anthony Horowitz.
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A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
Paul West, a young Englishman, arrives in Paris to start a new job – and finds out what the French are really like. They do eat a lot of cheese, some of which smells like pigs’ droppings.
They don’t wash their armpits with garlic soap. Going on strike really is the second national participation sport after pétanque. And, yes, they do use suppositories. 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.
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'Edgier than Bryson, hits harder than Mayle.' The Times
‘Must have comedy-of-errors diary about being a Brit abroad.' Daily Mirror
‘This is the season's word-of-mouth must-have book for Francophiles and Francophobes alike...This comedy of errors has almost certainly done more for the Entente Cordiale than any of our politicians’ Daily Mail
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Publication date1st April 2005
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PublisherTransworld Publishers Ltd
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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