I'll Never Be French (no Matter What I Do)

I'll Never Be French (no Matter What I Do)

Living in A Small Village in Brittany

Book - 2008
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Author and teacher Mark Greenside recounts his struggles to fit into the life of a small Celtic village in Brittany.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2008
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416586876
Branch Call Number: 914.4104 GRE
Characteristics: ix, 244 p. ; 23 cm


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Sep 12, 2017

I've read this book twice and enjoyed it just as much both times! It helps that I, also, love anything French. I found it to be enjoyable and light-hearted while also thought-provoking, in its examination of the differences between American and French cultures and lives. The honesty and self-deprecation of the main character is a refreshing change and only serves to make the storyline more convincing.

Jul 08, 2017

I really wanted to enjoy this book, as I greatly enjoyed Peter Mayles stories of living in France. Sad to say, I was greatly disappointed. The story itself was fairly well written but the main character comes off as a juvenile schmuck. How the author succeeds in life is a mystery to me, if this book is any indication of how he lives. Without the help of his girlfriend, mother, and especially his neighbor, I don't know how he would survive at all.

Like I said earlier, this story would be much more interesting if the main character was in his 20s rather than his 50s.

Go read Peter Mayles books instead, they are wonderful.

Jun 09, 2017

An amusing tale told well. I think there's a little fiction in as well, since in one incident he contradicted himself. Still it was a fast fun read.

jagger66 Mar 20, 2017

Amusing , sets a good pace , worth a read

Aug 11, 2013

Charming little book about one man's adventure in changing his life. Despite Greenside's tongue-in-cheek observations, it's very clear he is enamored with France and his new neighbours and friends. While he may never be French, he has a deep respect and admiration for all things French - perhaps to the detriment of true observation. I'm a little suspicious of this unending generosity, common sense and joie de vivre: like everything, yes, all in good dose and never in all circumstances!
Nonetheless a fun, light read which will bring nostalgia to anyone who has enjoyed France.

Jul 06, 2012

very funny loved it #imagineteencontest

Jun 06, 2011

Funny, funny, funny!!! Trials and tribulations of a hapless American among the perplexing Bretons (not the French!). A laugh out loud read that sheds light on another culture. I wished it had gone on and on...

Mar 13, 2011

This book is pure pleasure to read; soon after I began reading it I already started to dread finishing it. It is hilarious!

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