Merde Actually (Paul West #2)
A year after arriving in France, Englishman Paul West is still struggling with some fundamental questions:
What is the best way to scare a gendarme? Why are there no health warnings on French nudist beaches? And is it really polite to sleep with your boss's mistress?
Paul opens his English tea room, and mutates (temporar...more
While the first part was mostly focused on the cultural differences between England and France, this one is written in a typical love story fashion with not much on cultural issues. Obviously there are bit of episodes like the trouble he...more
Paul has struck out on his own in Paris, determined to open the tea room ("My Tea Is Rich") that was a focus of the first book. However, the tea room takes a backseat to Paul's romantic exploits. He's dating the lovely Florence...more
The book was actually more enjoyable for knowing that it's not about actual events, which would have left me with far less sympathy for the characters. As it was, I found it more...more
ITMFL picks up where the previous book left o...more
I think straight American and British men are the target audience. I found some parts to be a bit offensive, although it is difficult to argue that it does not realistically portra...more
Paul is even less lucky in love. His girlfriend Florence who is supposed to be helping him set up his tea shop in Paris, is quickly tiring of the project and takes offence when Paul states he is uncomfortable with the fact that she h...more
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A year after arriving in France, Englishman Paul West is still struggling with some fundamental questions: What is the best way to scare a gendarme? Why are there no health warnings on French nudist beaches? And is it really polite to sleep with your boss' mistress? Paul opens his English tea room, and mutates (temporarily) into a Parisian waiter; samples the pleasures of typically French hotel-room afternoons;...more
Back then, I didn't understand something very important about sitting in a cafe in a non-touristy part of rural France. The people aren't necessari...more
Maybe it was 'cause I have the mirror experience as a francophone living among anglophones. Or because I have a similar relationship to European French culture. Or I related so much to the bits around consulting and IT. At any rate, it was perfect for me. I didn't want it to end.
I wished I'd read the 1st book before hand but I'm sure I'll still chuckle if I read it 2nd. It's just now I know how the love portion of the story ends. Ah well...
Bonus points for a smattering of French lessons in a fun manner, such as in describing this character named Peter Burns: "Peter" means fart, "burnes" are bollocks. Welcome to France, Monsieur Fart-Bollocks.
Ok, maybe I'm just immatur...more
I enjoyed the last few chapters, so that helped, and I even liked the Epilogue. If I came across another of his books, I may read it, but I'm not sure that I would seek it out and buy it.