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by Sarah Turnbull

eBook Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris download ISBN: 1417665386
Author: Sarah Turnbull
Publisher: San Val (August 2004)
Language: English
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Rating: 4.8
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Sarah Turnbull is the author of the international bestseller Almost French. This was billed as a look at love and life in France but it is much more life than love. Which is fine, no one needs another sappy, romantic memoir

Sarah Turnbull is the author of the international bestseller Almost French. She now lives in Sydney with her husband, Frédéric. Which is fine, no one needs another sappy, romantic memoir. I enjoyed this very much and is a great addiction for any Francophile.

Sarah Turnbull's stint in Paris was only supposed to last a week

Sarah Turnbull's stint in Paris was only supposed to last a week. Chance had brought Sarah and Frédéric 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 Sydney journalist does her best to fit in, although her conversation, her laugh, and even her wardrobe advertise her foreigner status.

Almost French - A New Life In Paris. I loved Sarah Turnbull's Almost French. She seemlessly turns her hand from journalism to writing personal anecdotes in the first person

Almost French - A New Life In Paris. She seemlessly turns her hand from journalism to writing personal anecdotes in the first person. Her style is easy to follow and my eyes seemed to fly through the book. I don't quite understand why so many people want to know more about Frederick. This is a book about Sarah and her personal journey from Sydney to Paris. I think if there was more about Frederick it would have detracted from the true plot. The book has given me courage to follow my heart.

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Sarah Turnbull's stint in Paris was only supposed to last a week Sarah Turnbull is the author of the international bestseller Almost French.

Sarah Turnbull's stint in Paris was only supposed to last a week. Sarah Turnbull is the author of the international bestseller Almost French.

If you have a love affair with Paris, you'll want to check out this national bestseller: "Almost French: Love and a. .Sarah Turnbull’s stint in Paris was only supposed to last a week

If you have a love affair with Paris, you'll want to check out this national bestseller: "Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris. Sarah Turnbull’s stint in Paris was only supposed to last a week. Chance had brought Sarah and Frédéric 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.

Actually, the full title is: "Almost French - Love and a New Life in. Paris" by Sarah Turnbull. Paris, in my first cafe, we were seated next to this woman and her little Yorkie. I read this book while I was vacationing in Mexico (don't ask) last week. It's a true story about an Australian woman who married a French man and moved to Paris. It was a very difficult adjustment for her but the book gives you a good insight on Parisian lifestyles and social attitudes. She looked like some crazy,old Hollywood movie star with her long red fingernails, giant black sunglasses, wild clothes and hair dyed too black peeking out from her turban. She had carried the little dog in a wicker basket.

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Comments: (7)
Cherry The Countess
I read this book while on vacation in the south of France. Someone had left it in the villa we were staying (group of american and British families). I had such a good time reading it I felt I had to buy it (thanks to whomever left it behind in the villa!). The book is an easy read and so insightful. It reminded me a lot of what my wife used to say about moving to America from England and some of the challenges of figuring out a new culture and trying to fit into a group of well established friends. Funny in many places and also written from the heart, I'd definitely recommend it. Especially if you're planning a trip to France. It has a ton of useful insights into the French culture. I read it in a few days while there and noticed things straight away at the beach and in the towns that came straight from the book....it had me going "ha - she mentioned that" many times on the trip. Definitely worth a purchase, you won't be disappointed.
Uriel
Sarah Turnbull is a twenty-something journalist from Australia taking some time off to backpack around Europe. She meets Frederic and goes to visit him in Paris and ends up staying.
Sarah has a lot of problems with the language, the politics and each chapter is mainly about various facets of her life in France.

Frederic does not live in Paris proper, so eventually he and Sarah buy an apartment in the city and we learn the intricacies of French real estate. When they decide to have a window put in, they have to do it on the sly to avoid all the red-tape and then pay off any neighbors that complain.

I skimmed most of the politics stuff, but I enjoyed all the food discussions and her foray into fashion journalism.

My favorite chapter was when she and Frederic decide to get a dog, Maddie. The French may be very reserved but not when it comes to their pets. Sarah finds her fellow Parisians become very talkative and interested in Maddie. I love that dogs are welcome in all the cafes, shops, and even the butcher shops. And they have lots of very fancy dog groomers that are not just for the rich but anyone that does not want to be scorned and yelled at for not taking proper care of their dogs.

This was billed as a look at love and life in France but it is much more life than love. Which is fine, no one needs another sappy, romantic memoir. I enjoyed this very much and is a great addiction for any Francophile.

my rating 4/5
Puchock
I really enoyed this book! I always wanted to live in France and Paris would be my preference. But living in Paris as an expat I worryied that I would never be considered Parisian, my biggest fear. I would mess up the French language so to be mocked. She experiences my fears right from the beginning, the language barrier, the lack of work, the expense of such a dreamy city but she has the support of a newly found boyfriend. As the story develops, she writes of the various neighborhoods, the history and how she enjoys all the sounds, smells and the regulars who live in her eclectic section of Paris. I am living my Paris life vicariously through Sarah Turnbull! It is a very nice story that I highly recommend if you have ever had any interest er dream of living in Paris.
Tori Texer
I bought this for a trip to Paris. It seemed like an interesting true story, and I enjoy reading books set in the locations I am traveling in. I was pleasantly surprised by this. I felt like it really helped me understand French culture a little better. As an American who speaks only the amount of French learned from Pimsleur's first level of language CDs, I was really nervous about going to Paris as the reputation of Parisians is that they are really snobby. This book was great because it was written by a backpacker who visits Paris and ends up staying there. Her experiences with Paris and Parisians helped me understand a different perspective on locals seeming snobby or why everyone had dogs. I'm sure someone who is a native French-person or has lived in Paris for decades might find the viewpoint simplistic, but I found it enlightening and entertaining at the same time. A perfect read for a trip to Paris.
Mavivasa
This book has great insights into living and even things to consider when traveling in Paris. However, there are many points in the book that I would like to know more of her personal feelings and details about the people and places in her life that might make them feel more real. If you are looking for a good book to give you an idea of Parisian culture, this is a pretty good one.
Zorve
I bought this book (on paper) when it first came out. One of my best friends had lived in Paris for several years and I was fortunate to have been able to visit many times. This book gave me a small glimpse of what she went through being a stranger in a strange land. For some reason this weekend I decided I had to read it again so purchased it for my kindle. And it's still as good a book years later. Sarah is a very good writer and, perhaps, a better story teller. Her experiences are interesting and enlightening. Her sense of humor and her ability to relate the same are exquisite. I feel badly for those French women who wouldn't give her the time of day - she is the sort of person that most women would (underline) want for a friend. As mentioned, I love this book. I wish she would write a sequel as I would love to know how everything has turned out..
Memuro
I'm actually re-reading this book in Paris right now. A friend loaned me her copy when I went to France a few years ago.
If you'd like some insight into the French psyche then this book has it.
Sarah tells of her real life experience of meeting a Frenchman while working in Bucharest (she is Australian). Within a very short time she moves in with Frederique and is still there seven years later when she writes this book. She beautifully describes her love/ hate relationship with Paris, one of the world's most beautiful, incredible cities but often one of the most inhospitable.

If you dream of moving to France one day or just want to read about someone who took the leap then this is the book for you. Her experience is difficult yet romantic and beautiful; that's Paris for you!