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French Licence

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  5 reviews
This narrative non-fiction story covers the author's attempt, as a Californian expat, to obtain his driver's license in Paris. What appears simple enough becomes a tragicomedy as he confronts one obstacle after another. It has taken him so long, that he's able to steer the reader onto unexpected detours along the way. You'll cross funny town names, race against the clock, ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published June 15th 2017 by Start Going Places
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Stephanie Dagg
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Formidable! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish.
Joe, his French wife and bilingual son leave California for Paris. Joe seems well-prepared for what French life will throw at him on the whole, but the quest for a French driving license leads him a merry dance and becomes all-consuming. Its from this point of view that we follow Joes adventures in the land of shrugs and snails.
He has a sharp eye for detail and a lovely, lively style. He clearly relishes the foreignness and
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Barb Westfield
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny and True anecdotes of living life in France, and the hair raising alternate reality of how things are done in France vs the USA.

For anyone considering moving to France, it's a great read to prime you for the best adventure of your life!
Lenora Good
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DISCLAIMER: I was given a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am a fairly fast reader, and normally, when I am given a book in exchange for a review, I sit down and read it. After all, the author or publisher who entrusted it to my care is waiting for my input. Now and then, I find a book that I don't want to read in one sitting Never in a Hurry by Naomi Shihab Nye, Places Left Unfinished at the Moment of Creation by John Philip Santos and now French License by
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Stephen Heiner
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: france
Joe took ten years to get a French license. And he tells us of the twists and turns that all of us who move to France (and even those that were born here) routinely expect when dealing with the administration. But the book is less about that journey and more a vehicle to opine about life in France. Joe covers familiar ground done at the highest level by someone like Adam Gopnik and done in the initially funny, but less so styles of Paul Taylor and Stephen Clarke. There are a few moments of ...more
Susan
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was not what I thought it would be. Although fairly humorous, I gave up after a few chapters as it just didn't hold my attention.
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