Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French

Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French

by Stephen Clarke
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Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
AFineFoodie More than 1 year ago
Stephen Clarke can be very funny, yet this book strikes me as having something more than humor. The French, especially Parisians, can easily mystify the foreigner, and this book is a good example of being forearmed by being forewarned. Things that have baffled me about the French psyche are presented in a delightful way, yet the subtext is not humor at all: it's a fine attempt to help one move gracefully among the people of France. I recommend this book as a gift for anyone traveling to France- even if it's you yourself. I only wish I'd had the book a decade ago.
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As an American student living in the south-of-France/Monaco, I wanted to know just exactly why the French act they way do without ever questioning them personally. Mr. Clarke does an excellent job with this book by giving VERY REAL examples of how the French act, think, and conduct themselves, all while giving humorous personal experiences. This book is a MUST for anyone who will be visiting France!
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
Talk to The Snail by Stephen Clarke After reading Mr. Clarke's A Year in the Merdre, I decided to read Talk to the Snail. What a disappointment! In this book, the writer spells out commandments on how to survive in France: 1. The French are always right, and they have a complex that the rest of the world is out to get them 2. The French are lazy, they can't be fired - but can be productive 3. The French love their food 4. The French love to be sick 5. You must speak French 6. The French can't make movies or songs 7. In France things are on a "need to know" basis 8. The French only care about themselves 9. Tips for getting service 10. The french have the nicest way to be rude 11. The French have to say "I love you" Unlike the funny and amusing A Year in the Merdre, which is meant for tourists visiting France, Talk to the snail is directed more towards ex-pats who live in France. The book is boring, poorly written, not entirely correct, and a waste of time. Being Latin, it felt like an American telling me how to speak Spanish - including a lesson in pronunciation, and how to behave in my native country - Puerto Rico. Don't buy the book or waste your time reading it.
Cheddah More than 1 year ago
I love France and have some wonderful friends there. That being said I have to comment that some things the French do or think defy non-French logic and begs for a little satire. This book provides that with tongue in cheek good humor. If you have been to France you might find this good for a laugh. If you are going there consider it as a good-natured book of suggestions on how to cope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is wonderful and his observations are quite good. I agree with much in the book- and I am French (but live in the US). I have found that the nook edition does not copy/show all the character c cedilla shows up as a g and there are other errors in the text. Overall a great read that had me wishing I were there.