Detour De France An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education {Pdf epub} by Michael Simkins

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Detour De France An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education

Though happy enough with his lot Michael Simkins has never truly shaken the nagging doubt helpfully upheld by his partner Julia that he somehow lacks worldly sophistication While she spent her teenage years as a nanny on a boat moored at Cannes his utter lack of travel experience Weymouth Cleethorpes and a day trip to Dieppe still has the power to shock people into leaving dinner p. This was a really enjoyable read The author comes across as a really likeable character and really uite British in my opinion at least The latter was especially so when he asked for a cup of tea It reminded me of a British friend who after a round of golf under an unbearably hot tropical sun preferred a nice hot cup of tea to a mug of ice cold beer I liked that he dared to venture outside his comfort zone and among other things stripped and walked among eually bare naked bodies and bravely ate a very obvious and unappetising looking part of a cow

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Out living the good life with eual parts élan and savoir faire Armed only with 50 Useful Phrases in French he waits to see if his odyssey from La Manche to the Riviera will finally turn him from the scotch egg eating spawn of Anne Widdecombe and John McCririck into the champagne sipping love child of Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve Julia is saying a prayer for him at Lourde. Stephen Clarke s books make me laugh This one is meh it might be but it doesn t bring laughter all the time and some of the stories are just well he just sometimes wants to hard to be funny

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Arties earlySo as he hits middle age Michael takes up the challenge of broadening his horizons He decides to improve himself in the same way English gentlemen lacking refined edges have for centuries by learning from our cultured French neighbours Michael an English provincial ingénue sets off to discover just what the Gallic nation can teach him and the rest of us Anglo Saxons ab. A humorous canter through France with Michael Simkins would have given it 35 stars if I could Full marks certainly for his willingness to have a go at all things French The anecdotes along the way made me smile but was there a hint of poetic licence at times The book tended to reinforce some of the national stereotypes both French and English and in that sense did not really broaden my understanding of France but he met some interesting characters and went to some fascinating places


10 thoughts on “Detour De France An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education

  1. says:

    This was a really enjoyable read The author comes across as a really likeable character and really uite British in my opinion at least The latter was especially so when he asked for a cup of tea It reminded me of a British friend who after a round of golf under an unbearably hot tropical sun preferred a nice hot cup of tea to a mug of ice cold beer I liked that he dared to venture outside his comfort zone and among other things stripped and

  2. says:

    Michael Simkins journeys through France inspired in part by his passion for the film 'Mr Hulot's Holiday' the location of which is his starting

  3. says:

    Enjoyable romp around France as Simkins a jobbing actor takes a summer off to immerse himself in the couture of our Trans

  4. says:

    I thought this book absolutely brilliant Purely from a total novices point of view this is a very well written observational book of the sometimes misguided views the English hold about the French Although Michael is an actor of some standing in the UK his naivety regarding our Gaelic cousins sets him on a course to confirm or deny some of our most deep rooted opinions or misconceptions of the French Spurred

  5. says:

    A humorous canter through France with Michael Simkins would have given it 35 stars if I could Full marks certainly for his willingness to have a go at all things French The anecdotes along the way made me smile but was there a hint of poetic licence at times? The book tended to reinforce some of the national stereotypes both French and Eng

  6. says:

    A brilliant romp through France through the eyes of Michael Simkins complete with all his wit and humour It made

  7. says:

    Stephen Clarke's books make me laugh This one is meh it might be but it doesn't bring laughter all the time and some of the stories are just well he just sometimes wants to hard to be funny

  8. says:

    Lightly entertaining if not very PC The story of a fifties man stuck in a rut and his attempts to rewrite himself

  9. says:

    A rollicking read of a stuffy shirt Rosbif discovering both himself and the essence of The french through his own detour de France

  10. says:

    well written I've read with pleasure

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