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Living Among the Swiss

Living Among the Swiss

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by Michael Wells Glueck
     
 

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This book describes the author's experiences during eight years of living and working among the Swiss. It examines several aspects of the Swiss banking system from the viewpoints of consumers, investors, and employees. It depicts cultural differences as well as the practical difficulties confronting the new immigrant as he seeks to put down roots. It seeks to edify

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This book describes the author's experiences during eight years of living and working among the Swiss. It examines several aspects of the Swiss banking system from the viewpoints of consumers, investors, and employees. It depicts cultural differences as well as the practical difficulties confronting the new immigrant as he seeks to put down roots. It seeks to edify the vicarious traveler as well as those seriously considering relocation here. Finally, it celebrates in some detail the beauty of this relatively simple and honest land, with especial emphasis on the cantons of Berner Oberland, Graubünden and Wallis, as well as the environs of Zürich. While the observations focus on the German-Swiss, they are surprisingly applicable to the French- and Italian-speaking cantons as well.

This book falls somewhere between a travel guide and a book of reflections and memoirs, and thus is an unashamedly open and frank reaction to a foreign way of life. Michael Wells Glueck's gaze falls on many aspects of Swiss existence, and it never loses its particular, unique focus. Living Among The Swiss will provide much information for the reader, who will learn from its pages a great deal about the world of Switzerland and beyond, and also be privileged to form a distinct picture of Mr. Glueck himself: a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow who taught English and Classics at Columbia and other U.S. universities for several years before entering the investment business in 1969. His biography is sketched in the 2001 and subsequent editions of Who's Who In America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595241712
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Edition description:
Fouth Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

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Even if you are not especially fastidious, some Swiss cultural traditions will certainly appall you. Swiss employers are reluctant to hire single women who, they suspect, are likely to get married and raise a family. Male chauvinism is rampant here; women cater to men and to male tastes and preferences. You may be struck by the sight of wives following rather than preceding their husbands. For example, at a concert, as often as not, a long-legged Swiss male will step into a row, take the nearer of the two seats for which he has purchased tickets, and sit down, thus forcing his wife to push past him to the next seat. Even the obese concertmaster of the Zürich "Kammerorchester" or Chamber Orchestra invariably exhibits this discourtesy towards his female colleagues in the string section. Or, again, when you go to a swimming area you will see topless women, some wearing thongs, some not even that much. Ah, you think, how nice! (Ne "tush" pas!) Then the object of your admiration raises her arm. Ugh! Shaving of body hair is not universal here. And there are lots of Hängetitten, or pendulous breasts, as aerobic exercises are virtually unknown. Jane Fonda, the Swiss need your videocassettes! In the course of a summer, with women changing into and out of bathing suits all around me without benefit of a towel, I see perhaps three truly beautiful female bodies, perhaps one face hinting at a compassionate soul within. Occasionally, you will see someone whom you know, perhaps a neighbor and his topless wife. The first time this happens, you will have to summon all your savoir-faire not to blush or be nervous and to look the woman in the eyes, not the nipples - unless, of course, you come from California or Florida, or perhaps Vermont or Martha's Vineyard.

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