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Paris? Oui Can!: An English family's experience in Paris by [Edwards, George]
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A journey of self discovery..... can we ever understand ourselves or the French?
A true story of an English family relocating to Paris to establish new businesses while overcoming numerous obstacles and near failure.

The book describes how family members adapted to French life and culture while battling ingrained anti-British feelings and a bureaucratic system seemingly intent on stifling new business.

An amusing recollection of anecdotes and sound advice of interest to anybody visiting France or considering relocating to another country.

The family moved to France full of enthusiasm to adapt to a new culture only to discover that the stereotypes are all true. Despite determination to integrate, build and succeed the business faltered but the family were enriched from the French experience.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1026 KB
  • Print Length: 125 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BBC4066
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9f875618) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f801e58) out of 5 stars Paris? Oui Can! April 8 2013
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I bought this book mainly because my son and his family lived in Paris for 9 years, one of our grandsons was born there. All are fluent in the language as am I. As expats they had many problems, especially my daughter-in-law, so I was curious to read about this family's adventures since they were coming from England. My husband and I visited and stayed in Paris so many times that I felt I knew the area and customs so well. The book is right on with its description of "civil service" the author describing it as neither "civil" nor "service". It takes much patience to get used to the style of living. On one of our visits my daughter-in-law had her wallet stolen right out of her purse while getting on the Metro and the hoops she had to go through over several months to recover he I.D. and driver's license were unbelievable! There is no exaggeration about these types of foibles in the book. When the author describes France's knowledge and love of food, it's done very well and again precisely with humor and sometimes sadness. It is light reading but interesting especially to someone who plans to live there someday. You learns things not written about in travel brochures and magazines.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f73409c) out of 5 stars Will they stay in Paris or return to London? March 29 2013
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An interesting assessment of the French as viewed through British eyes. I enjoyed reading the different opinions of his family members on the experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f734300) out of 5 stars Like listening to a favorite uncle reminiscing... May 18 2013
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This book meanders. I mean it when I say it's like listening to someone reminisce! Because of this unstructured style, the author sometimes wanders off into tangents and the results can end up seeming somewhat disjointed. However, if you are patient with the author, as you would be sitting with a favorite relative telling stories, you will discover many hidden gems within this book. This family's experiences are at times so adorably naive, and yet so perfectly relatable, you can only shake your head in sympathy, knowing their mistakes could so easily be your own. There are several laugh out loud moments that make the story completely worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in this family's virtual company. If you're ever planning on spending time in France, I recommend you find a comfy chair and dig in.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f734630) out of 5 stars Great Read Feb. 14 2013
By Charlotte B. - Published on
As a lover of all things French, I enjoy getting stuck into the latest relocations books and this one didn't disappoint.

Gary Hosmer and his family decide to relocate to a Parisian suburb to pursue a family business and the author takes us on a witty journey through the ups and downs both professionally and personally.

Very funny and an easy read. I finished it in 2 sittings. I would definitely recommend to anyone thinking of heading out to Paris to start a new life, a trip to the sunny south it is not!
HASH(0x9f734180) out of 5 stars Not so good Oct. 15 2015
By jain - Published on
I'm sorry - this was a disappointing book for me. It was poorly written, and surely not proofread. Did the author do some sort of "replace all" application to change the names? Every single instance of the letter combination "sue" was replaced by "Lileth" (his wife's name). Some smiles might ensue but in this case they would "enlileth". This islileth made it difficult for me to purlileth. The points of view reports from each of the family members was the best part. The writing was so sloppy and hurried-feeling that I was wasn't surprised the author had so many struggles caused by lack of preparation.