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Posted August 19, 2010
This book was forced on me!! I like a number of Americans had nurtured a belief that France was an overrated assemblage of wine snobs and grimy berets, crammed into a big old musty box.. Without soap. Turns out its just Paris that's musty!
Bon Courage is more than a great read, it really happened! The author Ken McAdams and his wife artist Marian Bingham, decide to spend their belated honeymoon in France. After falling in love with the charming countryside, and quaint village, these young lovers decide to actually buy a home in France. Isn't love grand? Okay so they don't speak the language, and maybe the house is not really ready for human habitation, but these kids can handle anything. Oh.. I forgot to mention they're not kids. They're grandparents!!
From silly to sad, and angry to glad, the discoveries, demands, and difficulties these two face make you truly appreciate their humor, guts, and courage. Bon Courage!
This book did two things for me. It reminded me to never judge a book by it's cover, or in this case, a nation by the politics of a city. And that the "Greatest Generation" is still showing us all how to quit complaining and just do it!
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Posted February 27, 2011
This book is a bad imitation of "A Year in Provence." There is nothing interesting or humorous about Mr. McAdams personal life and his experience in France. The numerous infantile disputes between the author and his wife are pointless and do not lend themselves to the theme of the book. The many French sentences and words used are full of grammatical and spelling errors.The best part of the book are the illustrations done by Mr. McAdams wife, "Bing' Bingham.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2011
Similar to Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, but from an American's perspective instead of a Brit's, with a bit more crass and headstrong American hard-headedness to top it off. Thoroughly enjoyed the read, further reiterating quality of life and the rewards/struggles of living in a foreign country.*Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2010
What a fun, delightful read this book was. Easy to follow along, fun, touching
and humerous. I felt like I was living in the McAdams household, going thru
the trial & tribulations of a new marriage, remodeling & moving to a foreign
country. I wanted to pack up & move to France, live right next door to them.