Talk to the Snail

Talk to the Snail

Ten Commandments for Understanding the French

Book - 2006
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" From the bestselling author of A Year in The Merde , the Ten Commandments for Living with the French Have you been taken to what you've been assured is the perfect house deep in the French countryside, only to find there's no electricity or running water? Gone to the doctor with a nasty cough, and been diagnosed with a rather more personal complaint? Walked into an half-empty restaurant, only to be told that it's complet ? If the answer to any of the above is oui , Talk to the Snail is the book for you.Find out how to get served in a restaurant; the best way to deal with French hypochondria; learn the language of love, sex and suppositories (not necessarily in that order); it's all here in this funny, informative, seriously useful guide on how to get what you really want from the French. With advice on essential phrases and bons mots to cover all eventualities, and illustrated with witty real-life anecdotes, Talk to the Snail is a book that no self-respecting Francophile - or Francophobe - can afford to be without. Don't go to France without reading this book. And don't even think of buying a house there."
Publisher: Milsons Point, N.S.W. : Random House, 2006
ISBN: 9781741665376
Branch Call Number: ANF 944.084 CLAR
Characteristics: 262 p. : ill. ; 18 cm


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Sep 04, 2011

As someone who has lived in France, and read Clarke's other works, I think this is a highly entertaining and insightful book. The first page I read at random was what to expect when you visit a doctor in France. I just loved the way he conveyed the bizarre experience of a foreigner with a different point of view going in for their first visit - it was exactly as my friends and I had experienced! When I read it, it was like we were old pals chuckling over and sharing stories of the French culture's eccentricities and delights.

I would highly recommend this over his "Paul West" books as it is written from his direct experiences.

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