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The Xenophobe's Guide to the French (The Xenophobe's Guide)

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Book by Yapp, Nick, Syrett, Michel
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Oval Books (first published October 1st 1995)
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I am French and my first reaction while reading this book is that it needs a big update (the President is now elected for 5 years, not 7)!! I have also realized that it's funnier to read Xenophobe Guides of other countries than your own. This one was for me exagerating many facts. I believe that the authors tend to discribe more the countryside people in many instances, which is not always representative of the city-people that tourists will get to meet in Paris or other big cities (e.g. parisia ...more
This book is quite funny for everyone who lives or works in France, or is planning to go there for longer than just a holiday. However, keep in mind that it was written to amuse its readers and is therefore full of generalisations and prejudices! I wouldn't recommend it to children or anyone who would believe its every word. Many chapters very written very well, but I don't agree with about 1/3 of the things described in this book, even though I've been living in Paris for a while now. It's a ni ...more
Mahesh Kondapuram
Nice book, few descriptions written in the book were very true to my personal observations. Sad that there is no book written for Indians, very much looking forward to read.
Like the guide to the Japanese, there's a you-had-to-be-there quality to it -- it's funny but nothing more.
Cartea exploateaza din plin atitudinea usor aroganta a francezilor. Sunt ne-numarate remarci sarcastice referitoare la acest lucru, ceea ce da sarea si piperul lucrarii. Poate cea mai amuzanta a fost cea referitoare la periclitarea celui de Al Treilea Reich din cauza faptului ca i-au fortat pe francezi sa traverseze strada prin locurile special amenajate. O lectura usoara, potrivita pentru o dupa-amiaza lenesa.
Et voila - tout vous voulez saver de la Grande Nation: The French believe intensely in what they call la regle: That everything that matters should be done in the right way and inthe right place and at the right time. What they don't like are petty regulations - about parking, smoking,k driving, hygiene and to be lectured on food!
Great reading while waiting to be called for jury duty - explains a lot more about my attitudes than I would have expected!
A hilarious look at French society & culture.
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