Merde Actually

Merde Actually

Book - 2005
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A year after arriving in France, Englishman Paul West is still struggling with some fundamental questions:

What is the best way to scare a gendarme?

Why do French job applicants put sexually transmitted diseases on their CVs?

Why are there no public health warnings on French nudist beaches?

And how do you cope with a plague of courgettes?

Paul also mutates (temporarily) into a Parisian waiter, samples the pleasures of typically French hotel-room afternoons, and on a return visit to the United Kingdom, sees the full horror of a British office party through Parisian eyes. Meanwhile, he continues his search for the perfect French mademoiselle. But will Paul find l'amour eternel, or will it all end in merde?

Publisher: Toronto, ON : Penguin Canada : 2005
ISBN: 9780143055549
Branch Call Number: FIC Clar
Characteristics: 409p


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JewelMcLatchy Apr 04, 2013

Not as solidly funny as the first novel, but the passages that did make me laugh had me snorting and crying, so the level of hilarity was at least high, if not the volume. All-around decent sequel.

Jul 06, 2012

Not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as the first installment, but a solid sequel. The author's lampooning of British working and drinking culture was probably the best bit, too bad it comes late in the book and does not last for too long.

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