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Talk to the Snail: Ten Commandments for Understanding the French

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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.

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"In Clarke's newest nonfiction on the French and francophiles (after A Year in the Merde), he offers actually 11 witty commandments for understanding the French. He tackles the stereotypical experiences tourists encounter, explaining why French waiters always ignore you, why everyone's always on strike or why Frenchmen are never wrong about anything. He explains the customs: how to decide when to kiss versus when to handshake, how to romance a French woman or how to be cuttingly rude while seeming polite, and how mispronouncing certain words (the noun 'un baiser' means 'to kiss'; the verb, 'to screw') can get you in trouble (other expressions, like 'je t'aime,' can't be said often enough). Within Clarke's humorous anecdotes lie grains of seriousness. Why, for example, do the French constantly correct everyone's attempts to speak their language if they also want it to be accepted as a global language? And is it not significant that the French term for bedding someone, 'conclure,' translates as 'to conclude'? In the end, this is an entertaining bon voyage present for anyone heading to France." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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RCall him the anti-Mayle. Stephen Clarke is acerbic, insulting, un-PC and mostly hilarious.S--"San Francisco Chronicle."

About the Author

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. He himself has lived in France for twelve years.

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slp2008, January 9, 2007 (view all comments by slp2008)
Stephen Clark gets it, tooo-shay! For clarification after reading the book, go to the website, http://www.cestsoparis.com where there's even a contest. Mr. Clark's book may help you somehow win!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596913097
Author:
Clarke, Stephen
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
France
Subject:
National characteristics, french
Subject:
France Social life and customs.
Subject:
Travel - France
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
bandw illustrations throughout
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in

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Product details 272 pages Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - English 9781596913097 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Clarke's newest nonfiction on the French and francophiles (after A Year in the Merde), he offers actually 11 witty commandments for understanding the French. He tackles the stereotypical experiences tourists encounter, explaining why French waiters always ignore you, why everyone's always on strike or why Frenchmen are never wrong about anything. He explains the customs: how to decide when to kiss versus when to handshake, how to romance a French woman or how to be cuttingly rude while seeming polite, and how mispronouncing certain words (the noun 'un baiser' means 'to kiss'; the verb, 'to screw') can get you in trouble (other expressions, like 'je t'aime,' can't be said often enough). Within Clarke's humorous anecdotes lie grains of seriousness. Why, for example, do the French constantly correct everyone's attempts to speak their language if they also want it to be accepted as a global language? And is it not significant that the French term for bedding someone, 'conclure,' translates as 'to conclude'? In the end, this is an entertaining bon voyage present for anyone heading to France." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , RCall him the anti-Mayle. Stephen Clarke is acerbic, insulting, un-PC and mostly hilarious.S--"San Francisco Chronicle."
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