I can't believe I haven't shelved any book for over a month! But I have kept on reading. Maybe this book has slowed me down a bit as it is quite long and jam-packed with information about France and the Frenchmen.
Written by a couple from Montreal who spent two years in France, the book reads like a research paper. It started off on an interesting premise and undertook to solve many of the paradoxes of France, e.g. why the French are lazy and work 35-hour week, and yet France is the world's third-largest export country and fourth-biggest economic power?
The book however will not give you the answers. Instead, it describes in detail the history of France, its social, p0litical and economic system, its culture and language etc. It is very informative and serves as a good French history and social study text.
Nevertheless, it's not very interesting. If you couldn't care less about the French, don't bother to pick this up....Continua