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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Clarke Narrator: Gerard Doyle Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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; and going on strike is the second national participation sport after petanque. 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' fabled American bookstore, Brentano's. With translation rights now sold in 11 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. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ginger | 2/4/2014

    " very funny...brought back lots of memories! laughed out loud in parts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Meme | 2/3/2014

    " A very funny book about a young Englishman hired to help a French company in Paris grow, all the differences in business practices, cultural habits, and romance. Even if you're not a Francophile, you'll find it very amusing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Luaba | 2/1/2014

    " Amazingly funny, having been to France many times, I m glad to finally see a book that is closer to the real Paris rather than fictional rosy one North Americans tend to cling on to. The author describes the city so well, with great details I felt like I was back in Paris while reading it. If you also speak French, this book is even more hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Conor Pendergrast | 1/31/2014

    " Funny enough to keep me reading, but light entertainment is all you can expect from this. The stereotypes are pretty accurate of French people but are, obviously, just stereotypes. "

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