Stephen Clarke {Read} A Year in the Merde


  • Hardcover
  • 276
  • A Year in the Merde
  • Stephen Clarke
  • English
  • 09 November 2017
  • 9781582345918

10 thoughts on “A Year in the Merde

  1. says:

    This started off so promisingly with snarky but charming British banter about France's little annoying idiosyncrasies that anyone who has spen

  2. says:

    You know what? I'm a French woman and apparently I lack a sense of humourSee I can admit that we French are far from perfec

  3. says:

    I picked this up in the train station at Charles de Gaulle airport a few minutes before my flight was cancelled and I was forced to spend anot

  4. says:

    In the front of this book it says A Year in the Merde is an almost true account of things that may or may not have happened to him Stephen in

  5. says:

    Never been to France? Never plan to go? If you want a truly insulting xenophobic experience of French Culture then read this book Otherwise you could run into the middle of the Champs Elysées and scream in your most loud incomprehensible slang English I THINK THIS COUNTRY SUCKS BUT I'D PREFER TO BE HERE INSULTING THE MOST STEREOTYPICAL CLICHES AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS RATHER THAN BACK AT HOME WHERE EVERYTHING IS ORDINARY AND BORINGIf you

  6. says:

    This book inspired me to create a new bookshelf entitled not worth finishing I RARELY start a book and don't finish itand it was probably just my mind set of having several other books I preferred to read over this oneand the fact that this was a library book that I needed to return Maybe if I were to give it another chance at some point I would feel differentlyTypically if I have a library book that is approaching the deadline I will just

  7. says:

    This book is one of the best friends I have met recently One of those friends you need because only they really understand you It is really f

  8. says:

    UPDATE This book was one of the worse ones I've read recently Not much humor and the attempts at it are pathetic To be fair I did uit halfway through but the misogyny just got to be too much I did get some good tips on ordering at a French cafe howeverI picked up the French translation of this book at the airport in Paris two days ago titled God Save La France for some reason It's the story of a 20 something

  9. says:

    I read this book at the airport on my way home from france and i couldn't stop laughingit's very clever and extremelly laugh out loud funny

  10. says:

    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 wit

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A Year in the Merde

Rumpiest Parisian waiter how to survive a French business meeting and how not to buy a house in the French countrysideThe 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 With translation rights now sold in eleven countries and already a bestseller in the UK and France Stephen Clarke is clearly a Bill Bryson or a Peter Mayle for a whole new generation of readers who can never uite decide whether they love or love to hate the Frenc. UPDATE This book was one of the worse ones I ve read recently Not much humor and the attempts at it are pathetic To be fair I did uit halfway through but the misogyny just got to be too much I did get some good tips on ordering at a French cafe howeverI picked up the French translation of this book at the airport in Paris two days ago titled God Save La France for some reason It s the story of a 20 something Brit who doesn t speak much French working in Paris for a year I m reading the French version which as my sister would say is kind of meta I sometimes don t understand the translations of the British slang in English in the original version but I do understand all of the actual French that is in dialogues So far much of it is funny some of it is stupid or annoying We ll see if the humor holds up past page 40

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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 alikeA Year in the Merde is the almost true account of the author's adventures as an expat in Paris Based 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 the book is narrated by Paul West a twenty seven year old Brit who is brought to Paris by a French company to open a chain of British. This started off so promisingly with snarky but charming British banter about France s little annoying idiosyncrasies that anyone who has spent any time in France can appreciate The main character a British twenty something chronicles his year living in France while working for a corrupt corporate sleaze bag who wants help marketing tea rooms in Paris It turns out that the main character is also a sleaze bag AND a whinge cow as he so aptly dubs whiners By the month of February I was so sick of his God invented women so men have something besides horses to mount and oh by the way I only associate with stupid trashy people so that I can reinforce my asinine philosophy and then insult everyone around me syndrome that I almost stopped reading I was ready for the whinge cow to go mount himself However there were some truly funny moments most of which involved brilliant phonetic transcriptions of the accent of a Frenchman who had spent time studying in Georgia Those were precious and so is my favorite new whinge cow expression but I m not sure they re worth putting up with the rest of the merde

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Tea rooms He must manage of a group of lazy grumbling French employees maneuver around a treacherous Parisian boss while lucking into a succession of lusty girlfriends one of whom happens to be the boss's morally challenged daughter 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 and they are still in shock at being stupid enough to sell Louisiana thus losing the chance to make French the global language The book will also tell you how to get the best out of the g. In the front of this book it says A Year in the Merde is an almost true account of things that may or may not have happened to him Stephen in the ten years he has lived in France depending on who is asking the uestion So it s not truly nonfiction and is classified as fiction Stephen has written a few books about the main character Paul West and his almost true adventuresI wasn t impressed I tend to agree with the other reviewers commentsAnna wrote It did not surprise me when I read that Clarke had self published the book since some of the sentences are painfully unedited and juvenile Clarke has the mind of a twelve year old homophobemisogynist and half of the book is dedicated to oogling boobies and making shit jokes One of his sentences pg 64 when describing a string of prostitutes is if I hadn t been so terrified of AIDS I could have let myself be swept into a tide of sexSue wrote This was embarrassingly bad as well as being xenophobic and sexistAlienor wrote Because there s only so many misogynists s craps I can take and if I read another sentence implying that French women are sluts and teases I almost forgot andor a description of cleavage I m gonna lose itTerri wrote He was just a snarky I m better than you type Brit He didn t truly bother to learn the language before he went or understand THEIR culture he preferred to make fun of it versus understand it Oh and as much as he makes fun of everything Frenchhe certainly doesn t mind ogling or trying to bed the French womenand so forth and so on1 Star Yuck I wish I hadn t wasted my time reading it


About the Author: Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke is the bestselling author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction that satirize the peculiarities of French culture In 2004 he self published A Year in the Merde a comic novel skewering contemporary French society The novel was an instant success and has led to numerous follow ups including Dial M for Merde 2008 1000 Years of Annoying the French 2010 and Paris Revealed