I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany

by Mark Greenside | Humor | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1416586954 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingIcilawing of Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on 8/10/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Friday, August 10, 2018
When Mark Greenside—a native New Yorker living in California, doubting (not-as-trusting-as) Thomas, downwardly mobile, political lefty, writer, and lifelong skeptic—is dragged by his girlfriend to a tiny Celtic village in Brittany at the westernmost edge of France, in Finistère, "the end of the world," his life begins to change.

Reserved for kirkjacco which I had tagged with.

Journal Entry 2 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, August 21, 2018
To be taken with a pinch of salt. Things have changed but Brittany is still very lovely and a lot quieter than the South of France. :)

Journal Entry 3 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (8/22/2018 UTC) at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France

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Have a nice reading, Kirjakko !

Journal Entry 4 by wingkirjakkowing at Pornainen, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, August 27, 2018
Arrived today. I'll never be French; they eat like eight courses per meal together with wine, they talk about food and wine all the time, but they are never fat or drunk. And all clothes look good on them. And they can walk on stiletto heels like it is the most natural thing in the world. And they think all healthy men have mistresses. And they are on strike all the time. And they don't seem to have the same rules in driving than Northern Europe (but they aren't quite as bad as Italian drivers). So we might not even be the same species...
Let's see what this book tells about the French. Thank you, Icila!

Journal Entry 5 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, August 08, 2020
I finally get to reading this.
I so know the feeling, Mark! Paris Metro is not for the weak, the arthritic or people with lots of luggage - very few stations have lifts and some not even escalators. My feet still haven't forgiven me a week I spent there probably over ten years ago...

Journal Entry 6 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, August 08, 2020
Hmm, I never knew that with the revolution not only the goverment, but the names of days and months, years even, were also changed. Odd. Or was this humour?

Journal Entry 7 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, August 09, 2020
"Saints go marching in..." I've also seen catholics marching in Pisa, when it was 35C degrees. What amazed me was that they even brought the dead - or if he was alive, it was some sort of torture (see pic).
Crepes! I just love them, both salty and sweet. I once was in a creperie in Paris and ate six, as I couldn't decide what not to have...
We don't have tides in Finland, so I got wet feet walking back from an island just off St. Helier's harbour in Jersey some 35 years ago...
Mark never told what happened to his moldy car!?

Journal Entry 8 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Sunday, August 09, 2020
Finished! I don't think I would like Mark in real life, this cynical and rather negative American of whom Brittany seems to bring the best out of. Nor did I think the book that funny as the critic in Detroit Free Press seemed to think. The people of Brittany, on the other hand, got ten points!

Journal Entry 9 by wingkirjakkowing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (8/11/2020 UTC) at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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Offered the book to Annelis, who swallowed the bait. Luckily her husband had just left the building and did not see the pile she took in...
Annimanni has a soft spot for anything French, so this book should be easy to put into circulation.

Journal Entry 10 by wingAnneliswing at Kerava, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Thank you for the book, Icila and Kirjakko! Some years ago I read two books written by a Swedish journalist living in Finistère, so the place is not quite unknown to me.

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