Touche: Why France and Britain are so Different, and Why They Do Things in Opposite Ways

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A brilliant and vigorous observer of both French and British societies, Agnes Catherine Poirier studied both in Paris and London and currently writes in both languages for the French and British press. In this charming social study, Poirier plays with national stereotypes—which are both stupid and dangerous—with dexterity and savoir faire. She goes beneath the surface to explain why France and Britain are different, and why they have been arguing over their differences for several centuries. Covering the worlds ...

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Overview

A brilliant and vigorous observer of both French and British societies, Agnes Catherine Poirier studied both in Paris and London and currently writes in both languages for the French and British press. In this charming social study, Poirier plays with national stereotypes—which are both stupid and dangerous—with dexterity and savoir faire. She goes beneath the surface to explain why France and Britain are different, and why they have been arguing over their differences for several centuries. Covering the worlds of art, politics, food, sex, history, media, and philosophy, this study neatly delineates just what makes the Brits so British, and the French so very French.

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'The funniest frog in print."  —Daily Mail

"Perhaps it doesn't sound like much fun to be set straight on everything . . . by a French 'intellectual' . . . Strangely, it is."  —Daily Telegraph

"Politics, society, food, art . . . are all discussed with a cheerful wit, backed up by . . . more serious historical and philosophical observations."  —New Statesman

"Poirier's writing is casually elegant and her observations . . . are as affectionate as they are astute."  —Artsforum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753821701
  • Publisher: Phoenix
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,041,432
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Agnés Catherine Poirier is a political journalist and film critic for Libération, Télérama, and the BBC.

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

    Original, funny, thought provoking

    "The funniest frog in print" said The Daily Mail, "Fluff with substance" claimed The New Statesman, Touché is a clever and light take on what makes the British and the French so different. Things that got you thinking in the past find at last their answer here through researched and informative arguments. The author's style may be a bit bossy and at times sound arrogant, however she's also quite critical of her fellow countrymen. All in all a very balanced account of the oldest rivalry on earth!

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