(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living - Mark Greenside8

An American buys a house in Brittany (it really doesn’t matter, it could have been Provence,Dordogne,Auvergne…)and is confronted with the inhabitants and their very local habits. Fair enough,but what I don’t get is that the author has spent 2 months every year in Brittany for 25 years and his vocabulary still doesn’t reach beyond bonjour and bonsoir. A copy of French for Dummies would be very appropriate. The result is that both the author and the French sound like complete idiots. Not very respectful towards your adoptive country,is it? And there are some grammatical errors (not the author’s)for instance : probléme instead of problème. Apparently the editor also needed a copy of French for Dummies ). Still,there are some passages in this book that definitely made me smile,always a good thing…but it has been done before and so much better…

 

 

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