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Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French [Hardcover]

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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 26, 2006
Publisher   Bloomsbury USA
ISBN  1596913096  
EAN  9781596913097  

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The best-selling author of A Year in the Merde offers a tongue-in-cheek guide to understanding the French, in a series of essays, each illustrating a theme, followed by or interspersed with essential French phrases, anecdotes, and advice. 50,000 first printing.

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Have you ever walked into a half-empty Parisian restaurant, only to be told that it's “complet”? Attempted to say “merci beaucoup” and accidentally complimented someone's physique? Been overlooked at the boulangerie due to your adherence to the bizarre foreign custom of waiting in line? Well, you're not alone. The internationally bestselling author of A Year in the Merde and In the Merde for Love has been there too, and he is here to help. In Talk to the Snail, Stephen Clarke distills the fruits of years spent in the French trenches into a truly handy (and hilarious) book of advice. Read this book, and find out how to get good service from the grumpiest waiter; be exquisitely polite and brutally rude at the same time; and employ the language of l'amour and le sexe. Everything you need is here in this funny, informative, and seriously useful guide to getting what you really want from the French.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! STEPHEN CLARKE is a British writer working for a French press group in Paris. He has previously written comedy for BBC Radio. He is currently working on the next volume of Paul West's adventures.

Stephen Clarke was born in 1958.

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French Truths Revealed - Oh So Funny!   Oct 3, 2008
My husband and I lived in France for over three years, but didn't discover this book until we moved back to the States. Everything in the book is right on the mark - the French are SOOO different from anyone else. This isn't to say they're bad - they really are quite charming. But the main lesson I learned in France is this - If it isn't the French way, ce n'est pas normal!!! This fantastic book should be read by anyone going to France, has gone to France, or who has curiosity about the French culture.
Really true!  Aug 3, 2008
Stephen Clarke puts into words what one feels when one lives or travels in France. It's really great to read so many truths about the French and have a little giggle! The photos are great in this book too.
I wish this book were a Kindle book because lately I'm allergic to the dust in books and can only read electronic ones. Please make this a Kindle book so I can finish it!
Je l'aime!  Feb 12, 2008
I love every one of Stephen Clarke's books. I have never laughed so hard reading. Looking forward to getting his newest. I wish these books would also go to the big screen. Hugh Grant?
Funny but also informative  Feb 3, 2008
This is an excellent and funny guide to France and the French. Clarke has constructed his book around a series of commandments that the French supposedly obey: thou shalt eat, thou shalt be right, and thou shalt be ill, among others. "Thou shalt eat" obviously discusses French attitudes to food and drink, and the behavior around those attitudes. "Thou shalt be right" discusses French haughtiness, among other topics. "Thou shalt be ill" looks at how the French enjoy being sick, and enjoy getting suppositories when they are.

The book is fun to read, and I'd recommend it for its humor alone. However, it would also serve the more serious purposes of improving your cultural literacy if you are going to travel, work, or live in France. Clarke would give you a good understanding of why things work they way they do, and he often offers advice on how to get by in the face of frustrations. Many things that frustrate outsiders make sense if you wrap your head around them and understand them in their full cultural context.

Clarke even provides a "useful sentences" guide in each chapter. Some provide generally-useful vocabulary (how to ask a doctor, "Will it be refunded?") while others are just jokes ("What do I do with this suppository?"). These guides, along with the text in the accompanying chapter, would help you in the very serious business of asking pointed questions of a potential landlord or real estate agent, for example.

The book posts relentless fun at the country and its people. It would be tiresome if Clarke hated the French, but it's clear that he loves the country and this fondness makes the whole package work. Though Clarke is British, he has decided to make his home in France. Fortunately, he although enjoys poking fun at the foibles of his adopted country.
Hilariously accurate  Dec 27, 2007
Clarke provides an eerily accurate view into Parisian life. From inattentive waiters to constant strikes, you'll get an amusing take on life in France.

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