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Le Dossier: How to Survive the English! by…

Le Dossier: How to Survive the English!

by Sarah Long

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An entertaining and novel satirical examination of the relationship between the French and the English. Ostensibly written by an upper class Parisian exiled in London, the book was actually written by an English woman who lived for more than 10 years in France. The slightly condescending tone is superb and applied with equal venom across all aspects of English culture - 'My favourite Shakespeare play is "Hamlet", because there is something almost French in the sensibility of this archetypical modern hero ('sulky' is how Bee put it). However, the play is far too long, with unnecessary details that a more rigorous dramatist would have removed. Racine would have made a better job of it.' ( )
  riverwillow | Apr 24, 2011 |
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In this insightful & hitherto only privately available handbook, Parisian wife & mother, Hortense de Monplaisir shares with us the secrets of her survival amongst the English. Exiled to London for the sake of her husbands career, Hortense delves into the many aspects of la perfide Albion that have long puzzled its closest neighbour. Originally publ.… (more)

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