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Almost French by Sarah Turnbull
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Feb 02, 2009

it was amazing
Read in February, 2009

I gobbled this book down whole. Unlike so many of a similar genre it is unpretentious and very honest; very human, in a good sense. Turnbull is surprised to find herself visiting a Frenchman she's barely met in Paris. Despite and perhaps because of misunderstandings and explanations about their very different cultures (she is Australian), she settles in Paris with him and by the end, not only loves the city but gives fascinating cultural and critical remarks about everything from fashion and food and the culture of the dog-who-comes-everywhere-with-you, to economics, gender differences and politics. As a freelance journalist in Paris, Turnbull is in a privileged position to see Paris from inside and out and she obviously relishes this more and more. Her style of writing is personal and engaging and I found myself wishing I could sit down with her in her favourite neighbourhood to share thoughts over a cafe creme.
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