In the Merde for Love

In the Merde for Love

by Stephen Clarke
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In the Merde for Love by Stephen Clarke

The latest episode in Stephen Clarke's almost-true account of his adventures as an expat in France is just as winning as the first. This "anti-Mayle" will have readers chortling over their croissants and café au lait while Paul West struggles to solve the mysteries inherent in life in France. What is the best way to scare a gendarme? Is it really polite to sleep with your boss's mistress? And why are there no public health warnings on French nude beaches? Paul discovers how to judge a French vacationer by the rustiness of his bicycle; opens his English tearoom; and finally understands why Parisian waiters are so cranky. Just in time for spring in Paris, find out if Paul finds the perfect French mademoiselle or if it all ends in merde!

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ISBN-13: 9781596917446
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/10/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 587,024
File size: 712 KB

About the Author

Stephen Clarke is a British journalist who has written comedy sketches for BBC Radio. He is the author of Talk to the Snail and the international bestseller A Year in the Merde.
Stephen Clarke is a British journalist and the internationally bestselling author of A Year in the Merde and In the Merde for Love, which describe the misadventures of Paul West in France, and Talk to the Snail, a hysterical look at understanding the French. He himself has lived in France for twelve years.

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In the Merde for Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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MaliM More than 1 year ago
Love Mr Clarkes series of Merde books. His writing is fresh and immediate More than once I have burst out laughing in the NYC subways, he is that funny! Great read!
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doctorfred More than 1 year ago
The book provides an accurate and humorous look at French culture. Unfortunately it is spoiled by the author's adololescent preoccupation with extramarital sex. His incessant sexual references regarding his girlfriend, her mother, and virtually everything else he observes makes one wonder whether he shouldn't be seeking professional help. A far better choice for the cultural information and humor based upon the situation rather than sexual fantasies would be the series by Peter Mayle.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
In this second book of a series, we meet Englishman, Paul West, moderately successful advertising executive, who went to France for a job as the liaison for a Paris based, French company trying to break into the English market. He spends a year dodging French office politics, trying to improve English-French relationships with the Parisian femmes, incurring the wrath and hostility of haughty french waiters, and slip, sliding his way through the local dog merde, which is freely deposited on the Paris sidewalks. At the start of this book, Paul is bringing to fruition, his dream of the first English Tea Room Cafe in Paris. This, of course, is interrupted with the nightmare of dealing with pompous French officials, the reality of trying to hire help who will not be inattentive, inept or outright rude, and all this while trying to wend his way through the arms of various mademoiselle's, looking for his one true love. This is a lighthearted romp through France, with a quick jump across the Channel to London, which will leave you laughing at a transplanted Englishman's travels in La Belle France.
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CMKM More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was hysterical, at times even laugh out loud funny! It is the follow-up ti his first called "A Year in the Merde." And althouh I do think they should be read in order, it is not a pre-requisite. This book is funny on two levels - first he is an Englishman in France dealing with a new and sometimes frustrating culture and secondly he is a man dealing with women who are also a sometimes frusrating culture!
sippewissett More than 1 year ago
Another installment that plays up cultural misunderstandings and differences as the core of the 'tension' about a Brit living in France. Very enjoyable. Looking forward to more 'merde'.
Jessica_Italia More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book just as much as the first one. It just gets funnier! Stephen Clarke's writing is extremely witty and clever. I can hardly wait to read "Merde Happens"