this book's good fun, i got it from a friend who was giving it away. it's very light reading, but if you know a little about the two countries involved (England and France), then you will have a laugh while reading it. the story's nothing special really, it's the way he writes that make the book worth reading, as well as all the cultural observations that are hilarious - about both sides of the Channel. kept me good company on a long-distance flight!...Continua
I read Stephen Clarke's "A Year In The Merde" a few years ago. It was quite funny, but didn't think it would warrant my time to read its sequel. But now that I am learning French, "Merde Actually" is actually quite a light read for refreshing my French.
The story unfolded from where it ended in "A Year In The Merde": Paul West, an Englishman in Paris, prepared for the opening of his tearoom, after he was fired from his job. Written from the perspective of the British, "Merde Actually" is a satire of the French. Like its prequel, it describes a lot of idiosyncrasies of the French and if you know about the French, you would find a number of scenes very hilarious. The dialogues are also peppered with French words and phrases (without English translation) and you would like it if you love the language.
The novel gave the author ample opportunities to express his sexual-conquest fantasies. Female readers may find it gratuitous and incredible though....Continua
Maybe it's because I'm French but the over-usage of the M-word did hurt my eyes. I Loved "Merde Happens" so I thought why not read the previous episode. Well, it's ok but once the novelty wears out it gets a bit "too much".
(following A Year in the Merde) The aforesaid Londoner survived the first impact with French culture, but still has a lot to learn on "the pink way of life" of man-woman french relationship... the plot thickens, and the culture clash is inevitable.
A book to read when non afraid to make a fool of yourself (you'll burst laughing in mid-sentence!!)