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Bon Courage!: A French Renovation in Rural Limousin
by Richard Wiles (Goodreads Author)
A dilapidated, rat-infested stone barn set amidst13 acres of overgrown woodland and unkempt pasture might not be many people's vision of a potential dream home. But for English couple Richard and his wife Al, the cavernous, oak-beamed building in a sleepy hamlet of the Limousin region of France is perfect. Tussles with French bureaucracy allied with fierce storms that wrea ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Summersdale
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Quite enjoyed it until the last couple of chapters where they were some sweeping statements about the lack of community and the death of folk culture in Limousin and probably the rest of France because of TV and people getting more wealthy... What a load of bxxxxx... Being French and from that area, I did not appreciate the comments...
I'm not trying to be an old grump, but I really disliked this book from start to finish. After a while I realised what it reminded me of: those round-robin letters that people you haven't seen for years send round at Christmas, detailing their exotic holidays, delightful lifestyle, and the achievements of their amazing children. Maybe if you personally knew Richard Wiles, you would find this book interesting (I'm guessing that's the case for the rave reviewers on Amazon anyway). But I didn't. I ...more