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Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris (2002)

by Sarah Turnbull

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Some women have all the luck...find love, great food, and Paris all in one throw....it ain't fair...G. ( )
  Gemma. | May 16, 2013 |
Honest autobiography about a young journalist backpacking in Europe who falls in love with Frenchman. This is her story of her struggle for acceptance and her love of Paris, warts and all. Told with openess, keen observation and humour, the author presents a well balanced view of what it's like learning to live outside your comfort zone and come to understand and accept another culture. ( )
  cscott | May 11, 2013 |
Didn't finish. Never started to enjoy the story or to like any of the characters. It's a memoir and seems a bit clumsy and not very well done. ( )
  Jonlyn | Jan 21, 2013 |
“Once you leave your homeland, nothing is ever the same” says a Greek cab driver living in Australia to author, Sarah Turnbull. Her memoir “Almost French” perfectly captures that sense of failing to belong completely in either your homeland or your adopted home. Moving to Paris at the start of a whirlwind romance with Frederic, she slowly begins to nurture her relationship with both the man and the city. Interesting to read about the cultural differences between French and Australian sensibilities. Enjoyed reading about visiting Chanel’s Boutique, attending the Paris fashion shows, and dining at Alain Ducasse's eponymous restaurant. Here, too, is a meditation on the more universal issues of belonging and acceptance. In the end she’s is happy to be considered almost French. ( )
  michigantrumpet | Oct 17, 2012 |
(BookCrossing 28 April 2012)

Another one promoted up the TBR so I could read and leave, although I have realised to my absolute horror that I was meant to send it back to the original owner – sorry, Sandy!

A really well done expat book written by an Australian woman who falls in love with a French man, only to have to transform herself from a shorts-wearing, direct and friendly girl into a composed, well-dressed and distant almost-Frenchwoman, complete with groomed and whitened pet dog. It’s honestly put, with no self-pity and a lot of humour, and naturally structured rather than in themed chapters. Social gatherings and both people’s friends and families are particularly well portrayed, and it feels like it truly is a reflection of life in France. ( )
  LyzzyBee | Oct 2, 2012 |
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Sarah Turnbull's stint in Paris was only supposed to last a week. Chance had brought Sarah and Frederic together in Bucharest, and on impulse she decided to take him up on his offer to visit him in the world's most romantic city. Sacrificing Vegemite for vichyssoise, the feisty journalist does her best to fit in, although her conversation, her laught, and even her wardrobe advertise her foreigner status. As she navigates the highs and lows of this strange new world, from life in a bustling quartier and surviving Parisian dinner parties to covering the haute couture fashion shows and discovering the hard way the paradoxes of French culture, little by little Sarah falls under its spell: maddening, mysterious, and charged with that French specialty - seduction. An entertaining tale of being a fish ot of water, Almost French is a delightful, fresh twist onthe travel memoir that is fraught with culture clashes but rife with deadpan humor. (1-592-40082-5)
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An entertaining tale of being a fish out of water. A fresh twist on the travel memoir that is fraught with culture clashes but rife with deadpan humor.

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