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What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

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    Interesting point of view!

    What French Women Know by Debra Ollivier is a book that talks about the differences between the French culture and the American culture. The main areas she compared were about the differences in relationships, mystery, rules, perfection, nature and the body. Each one of these chapters was about one of the topics. For relationships she noticed that in every dinner party they always wanted the opposite gender there. They don’t go out for ‘girls nights’ and they don’t bash the opposite gender, instead they love the differences that drive many of us up the wall. Ollivier addresses the French women’s leg and underarm hair and how they have extreme self-control over food. They eat little bits of divine food. This books main theme is carpe diem. It expresses how the French live each day and love each aspect of life, while we live in such a fast pace society it makes us forget how to enjoy life the way we should. What makes this book so interesting is that this is an American woman showing the differences in the cultures. It makes the ethnocentricity relatable for other Americans to understand and relate to. The way she wrote this book makes you fall in love with the French and their relaxed but beautiful lifestyle. What I didn’t like was the amount of other people’s articles she included in the book. A few would have been interesting but not long pages of other people’s work. Everyone could benefit from reading this book because it gives another perspective and it never hurts to try to understand different cultures. You need to read this book if you are interested in going to France for a prolonged amount of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2012

    Wise advice

    I'm in my sixties now, and find that I have the self-confidence of French women; I don't care what other people think. This was not always the case, and for that reason I recommend this book to younger women who feel they must live their lives as "pleasers."

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