Petite Anglaise Paperback – Jun 9 2009
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“A digital-age fairy tale set in Paris. . . . Petite Anglaise is light, frank and tremendous fun.”
— Guardian (UK)
“Back-story unseen in the blog, and novelistic fluency. . . . Wry and often wise insights into worlds real and virtual.”
— Independent (UK)
“Written with breathtaking candour, it will appeal to existing fans and new readers alike.”
— Daily Express (UK)
“Magnificent for the most traditional of reasons. Sanderson has a novelist’s gift for capturing certain eternal situations. This book could have been called ‘Madame Bovary on the Metro to the Childmonder’s.’”
— Financial Times
“[Sanderson’s] simple, but evocative descriptions of Paris bring the city to life. . . . Though Sanderson writes about her personal experience, she touches on larger issues. Readers will relate to her struggle to find her city, her true love and her calling.”
— The Gazette (Montreal) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Catherine Sanderson worked for a British accounting firm in Paris when she began her blog Petite Anglaise. When her employer discovered the blog, she was fired. She lives in Paris with her daughter. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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First of all, I was impressed with the way Sanderson combined her blog postings effortlessly into a woven piece of work that read like fiction. I did recall a few of the incidents I'd previously read on her blog, but now written in a different way.
This is a delightful debut of a story that just happens to be true. The reader is allowed a glimpse behind the scenes, so to speak. I felt the depth of this author's writing was even stronger in her book than on her blog....and her writing on Petite Anglaise was excellent. But somehow I detected more emotion here than on her blog pages. So I was quite wrong to assume "it'll be identical to her blog."
Like the previous reader, I read this in two days. Much like her blog, I found myself setting the book down, only to be compelled to quickly resume reading.
Wishing much success to this author and looking forward to her fiction release.
The best thing is that it is not fiction and as a new mother myself, it makes you think about the relationships problems and also to be pleased with what you have, as long as it makes you happy!!!!
One day a man comes into her life via the blog - The Lover. They set up a meeting and The Lover sweeps her off her feet. After a second meeting Petite Anglaise decides to give Mr. Frog the boot, setting into motion much pain in the lives of Mr. Frog, Catherine and poor Tadpole who must now witness the splitting up of her family. Of course a relationship begun with so little actual knowledge between two people as Catherine and The Lover can't come to a good end. This memoir poignantly portrays the terrible pain engendered when a long term relationship ends. Additionally it demonstrates the false sense of intimacy that exists in a relationship that is begun on the Internet. It is clear that Catherine gets involved in relationships for all the wrong reasons. Her relationship with Mr. Frog takes shape because it is only through a relationship with a real Frenchman that Catherine can feel that she 'really' belongs in Paris. Similiarly her relationship with the Lover is a way to feel good about herself and fortify her in order to end the relationship with Mr. Frog. Catherine annoyingly comes off as immature and a narcissist, but she does come to realize this about herself. Unfortunately her daughter Tadpole is the one who pays the ultimate price for this immaturity.