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Au Contraire

Author : Gilles Asselin
ISBN : 1931930929
Genre : Travel
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An indispensable guide to understanding French culture.
Category: Travel

Au Contraire

Author : Gilles Asselin
ISBN : 9780984247189
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 33.35 MB
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An indispensable guide to understanding French culture.
Category: Social Science

Talk To The Snail

Author : Stephen Clarke
ISBN : 1596917431
Genre : Travel
File Size : 25.45 MB
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Have you ever walked into a half-empty Parisian restaurant, only to be told that it's "complet"? Attempted to say "merci beaucoup" and accidentally complimented someone's physique? Been overlooked at the boulangerie due to your adherence to the bizarre foreign custom of waiting in line? Well, you're not alone. The internationally bestselling author of A Year in the Merde and In the Merde for Love has been there too, and he is here to help. In Talk to the Snail, Stephen Clarke distills the fruits of years spent in the French trenches into a truly handy (and hilarious) book of advice. Read this book, and find out how to get good service from the grumpiest waiter; be exquisitely polite and brutally rude at the same time; and employ the language of l'amour and le sexe. Everything you need is here in this funny, informative, and seriously useful guide to getting what you really want from the French.
Category: Travel

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

Author : Faïza Guène
ISBN : 9780547541181
Genre : Fiction
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A “touching, furious, sharp, and very funny” novel of an immigrant teenage girl finding her own identity in France (Booklist). The Paradise projects are only a few metro stops from Paris, but it feels like a different world. Doria’s father, aka the Beard, has headed back to their hometown in Morocco, leaving her and her mom to cope with their mektoub, their destiny, alone. They have a little help—from a social worker sent by the city, a psychiatrist sent by the school, and a thug friend who recites Rimbaud. It seems like fate has dealt them an impossible hand, but Doria might still make a new life—“with bravado, humor, and a healthy dose of rage” (St. Petersburg Times). “[A] sassy, spunky tale . . . Doria has what it takes to storm any barricade.” —The Hartford Courant “[Doria is] as likable as Holden Caulfield or Prep’s Lee Fiora. Readers will cheer. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review “A promising addition to the world’s literary voices.” —The Miami Herald “Moving and irreverent, sad and funny, full of rage and intelligence. Her voice is fresh, and her book a delight.” —Laila Lalami, bestselling author of The Moor’s Account
Category: Fiction

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can T Be Wrong

Author : Jean-Benoit Nadeau
ISBN : 9781910232132
Genre : Humor
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The French drink, smoke and eat more fat than anyone in the world, yet they live longer and have fewer heart problems than the English and the Americans. They work 35-hour weeks and take seven weeks' paid holiday each year, yet they are the world's fourth-biggest economic power. So how do they do it? From a distance modern France looks like a riddle. It is both rigidly authoritarian, yet incredibly inventive; traditional (even archaic) yet modern; lacking clout on the international stage yet still hugely influential. But with the observations, anecdotes and analysis of the authors, who spent nearly three years living in France, it begins to makes sense. 'Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong' is a journey into the French heart, mind and soul. This book reveals French ideas about land, food, privacy and language and weaves together the threads of French society, uncovering the essence of life in France and giving, for the first time, a complete picture of the French.
Category: Humor

Study Abroad Paris

Author : John Chrisman
ISBN : 0977432394
Genre : Education
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From its predeparture advice to its extensive coverage of daily life issues, this guide covers everything students need to know to adapt quickly to their new life in Paris and get the most out of their experience as an international student and resident. In addition to serving as a complete how-to manual for study abroad—addressing financial, housing, insurance, packing, and visa issues—the guide also serves as a detailed, student-oriented resource for day-to-day living in Paris. Questions such as How should I deal with administrative tasks? How can I use the public transportation system? and Where are the best spots to buy groceries, eat, party, shop, exercise, and visit? are discussed in depth along with hints for making the most out of the opportunity and traveling further into France and Europe. Hundreds of practical reviews, links, and tips designed to make a student's experience in Paris fun, affordable, and virtually stress-free are also included.
Category: Education


Author : Danielle Chadych
ISBN : 0233004386
Genre : Paris (France)
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An intriguing, concise history of Paris, beautifully illustrated by works from the archives of the museums of Paris, this delightful book takes the reader on a journey from the earliest settlement in the area via the grand architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and brings them right up to the present day and the ever-changing landscape of Europe's biggest metropolitan city. Acknowledging along the way the people and events that have helped to shape its history - from the Sun King to one of the world's most significant and bloodiest revolutions, to the artists, writers and entertainers who have sought and found inspiration from the city's streets.
Category: Paris (France)

How The French Think

Author : Sudhir Hazareesingh
ISBN : 9780465061662
Genre : Philosophy
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In France, perhaps more so than anywhere else, intellectual activity is a way of life embraced by the majority of society, not just a small group of élite thinkers. And because French thought has also shaped the Western world, Sudhir Hazareesingh argues in How the French Think, we cannot hope to understand modern history without first making sense of the French mind-set. Hazareesingh traces the evolution of French thought from Descartes and Rousseau to Sartre and Derrida. In the French intellectual tradition, he shows, recurring themes have pervaded nearly every aspect of French life, from the rhetorical flair once embodied by the philosophes to the country's modern embrace of secularism. Sweeping aside generalizations and easy stereotypes, Hazareesingh offers an erudite portrait of the venerated tradition of French thought and the people who embody it.
Category: Philosophy

Letters To His Neighbor

Author : Marcel Proust
ISBN : 9780811224123
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Brilliantly translated by Lydia Davis, here are Proust’s tormented, touching, and often very funny letters to his noisy neighbor. Marcel Proust’s genius for illuminating pain is on spectacular display in this recently discovered trove of his correspondence, Letters to His Neighbor. Already suffering from noise within his cork-lined walls, his poor soul was not ready for the fresh hell when his neighbor Dr. Williams married a widow with small children. Chiefly to Mrs. Williams, these ever-polite letters (often accompanied by flowers, compliments, books, even pheasants) are frequently hilarious—Proust couches his fury in a gracious tone. In Lydia Davis’s hands, the digressive brilliance of his sentences shines: “Don't speak of annoying neighbors, but of neighbors so charming (an association of words contradictory in principle since Montesquiou claims that most horrible of all are 1) neighbors 2) the smell of post offices) that they leave the constant tantalizing regret that one cannot take advantage of their neighborliness.” Proust makes fine distinctions among his auditory torments: “The valet de chambre makes noise and that doesn't matter. But later he knocks with little tiny raps. And that is worse.” Lydia Davis has written a generous translator’s note, tracing much of what we can know about Proust’s perpetually dark room; she details the furnishings as well as the life he lived there: burning his powders, talking with friends, hiring musicians, and, most of all, suffering. Letters to His Neighboris richly illustrated with facsimile letters and photographs—catnip for lovers of Proust. With an Introduction by Jean-Yves Tadié and a translator’s note by Lydia Davis.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

American Cultural Patterns

Author : Edward Stewart
ISBN : 9780983955832
Genre : Social Science
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The classic study revised and updated.
Category: Social Science