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A Year in the Merde (Paul West, Bk 1)
A Year in the Merde - Paul West, Bk 1
Author: Stephen Clarke
Based on Stephen Clarke’s own experiences and with names changed to “avoid embarrassment, possible legal action, and to prevent the author’s legs being broken by someone in a Yves Saint Laurent suit,” A Year in the Merde provides perfect entertainment for Francophiles and Francophobes alike.
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ISBN-13: 9781582346175
ISBN-10: 1582346178
Publication Date: 5/2/2006
Pages: 288
Edition: Reprint
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 65 ratings
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Book Type: Paperback
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cloverluv avatar reviewed A Year in the Merde (Paul West, Bk 1) on + 129 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I opened this book expecting it to be...well "merde." But surprisingly this book was hard to put down. Not only was it funny on several different levels (some stupid, some ridiculous, and some political), the plot kept me intrigued and left me wanting to read the sequel.

If you have ever traveled extensively throughout France or had the chance to live there for any amount of time like I have you will be splitting your sides over the humor Stephen Clarke brings to all the situation his main character Paul West finds himself in because it is all true and you will more than likely have experienced it yourself. This should be on the list for all students who are going to live in France. A humorous look on all real-to-life situations abroad. All and all this book was tons of fun!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is an uproarious account of a year in the life of an expat in Paris.As he becomes immersed in the contradictions of French culture, he discovers how to get the best out of the grumpiest french waiter, and how NOT to buy a house in the French countryside!
The antidote to Peter Mayle, this is a book for everyone who loves - or loves to hate the French.
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And absolutely must read for anyone who has spent more than two weeks in France!
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Funny stuff. Even if you don't have personal experience with the people of France you'll get a chuckle out of the challenges that Paul West encounters when hired to open a chain of British tea rooms in France. I knew I'd found a winner when I was laughing out loud over my breakfast in Perkins!