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A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
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Jun 11, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, british, travel

Easy read. Good observations about the French, including their tendency to strike at any moment, the laissez-faire attitude, and their perceptions of outsiders. The sexual conquests threw me-- is the guy a frat boy? Does he think he's James Bond? Or is he just insecure? YES YOU GOT LAID. Congratulations. Ditto for outsmarting the boss-man. It kind of reads like someone's very revised version of how the trip went, when in fact the true story is he went to France, failed at his job, was fired, and was not a hit with the ladies. Like this whole book is this guy's model girlfriend in Canada... "No, she's real!" Maybe I'm too skeptical, or maybe I'm taking the autobiographicish part too seriously. It was an okay read but I doubt I'll pick up his other books.

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