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A Year in the Merde

Stephen Clarke

An urban antidote to A Year in Provence, Stephen Clarke's book is a laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of an expat in Paris- for Francophiles and Francophobes alike A YEAR IN THE MERDE is the almost-true account of the author's adventures as an expat in Paris. Based loosely on his 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 (or quite possibly, a Christian Dior skirt), " A YEAR IN THE MERDE is the story of a Paul West, a 27-year-old Brit who is brought to Paris by a French company to open a chain of British "tea rooms." He soon becomes immersed in the contradictions of French culture: the French are not all cheese-eating surrender monkeys, though they do eat a lot of smelly cheese; they are still in shock at being stupid enough to sell Louisiana, thus losing the chance to make French the global language, while going on strike is the second national participation sport after pétanque. He also illuminates how to get the best out of the grumpiest Parisian waiter, how to survive a French business meeting, and how not to buy a house in the French countryside. The author originally wrote A YEAR IN THE MERDE just for fun and self-published it in France in an English language edition. Weeks later, it had become a word-of-mouth hit for expats and the French alike, even outselling Bill Clinton's memoir at Paris's fabled American bookstore Brentano's. With translation rights now sold in eleven countries, Stephen Clarke is clearly a Bill Bryson (or a Peter Mayle...) for a whole new generation of readers who can never quite decide whether they love-or love to hate-the French.

An urban antidote to A Year in Provence, Stephen Clarke's book is a laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of an expat in Paris- for Francophiles and Francophobes alike A YEAR IN THE MERDE is the almost-true account of the author's adventures as an expat in Paris. Based loosely on his 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 (or quite possibly, a Christian Dior skirt), " A YEAR IN THE MERDE is the story of a Paul West, a 27-year-old Brit who is brought to Paris by a French company to open a chain of British "tea rooms." He soon becomes immersed in the contradictions of French culture: the French are not all cheese-eating surrender monkeys, though they do eat a lot of smelly cheese; they are still in shock at being stupid enough to sell Louisiana, thus losing the chance to make French the global language, while going on strike is the second national participation sport after pétanque. He also illuminates how to get the best out of the grumpiest Parisian waiter, how to survive a French business meeting, and how not to buy a house in the French countryside. The author originally wrote A YEAR IN THE MERDE just for fun and self-published it in France in an English language edition. Weeks later, it had become a word-of-mouth hit for expats and the French alike, even outselling Bill Clinton's memoir at Paris's fabled American bookstore Brentano's. With translation rights now sold in eleven countries, Stephen Clarke is clearly a Bill Bryson (or a Peter Mayle...) for a whole new generation of readers who can never quite decide whether they love-or love to hate-the French.
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Genres:

Travel

Description:

An urban antidote to A Year in Provence, Stephen Clarke's book is a laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of an expat in Paris- for Francophiles and Francophobes alike A YEAR IN THE MERDE is the almost-true account of the author's adventures as an expat in Paris. Based loosely on his 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 (or quite possibly, a Christian Dior skirt), " A YEAR IN THE MERDE is the story of a Paul West, a 27-year-old Brit who is brought to Paris by a French company to open a chain of British "tea rooms." He soon becomes immersed in the contradictions of French culture: the French are not all cheese-eating surrender monkeys, though they do eat a lot of smelly cheese; they are still in shock at being stupid enough to sell Louisiana, thus losing the chance to make French the global language, while going on strike is the second national participation sport after pétanque. He also illuminates how to get the best out of the grumpiest Parisian waiter, how to survive a French business meeting, and how not to buy a house in the French countryside. The author originally wrote A YEAR IN THE MERDE just for fun and self-published it in France in an English language edition. Weeks later, it had become a word-of-mouth hit for expats and the French alike, even outselling Bill Clinton's memoir at Paris's fabled American bookstore Brentano's. With translation rights now sold in eleven countries, Stephen Clarke is clearly a Bill Bryson (or a Peter Mayle...) for a whole new generation of readers who can never quite decide whether they love-or love to hate-the French.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gerard Doyle

Length:

4h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:04


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:25


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:13


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:22


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:37


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:07


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:42


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:19


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:42


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:39


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:48


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:50


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:57


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:37


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:27


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:47