Merde Actually

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Merde Actually


A year after arriving in France, Englishman Paul West is still struggling with some fundamental questions: What is the best way to scare a gendarme? Why are there no health warnings on French nudist beaches? And is it really polite to sleep with your boss' mistress? Paul opens his English tea room, and mutates (temporarily) into a Parisian waiter; samples the pleasures of typically French hotel-room afternoons; and, on a return visit to the UK, sees the full horror of a British office party through Parisian eyes. Meanwhile, he continues his search for the perfect French mademoiselle. But will Paul find l'amour eternel, or will it all end in merde? In his second comedy of errors, Paul West continues to sabotage the entente cordiale. Author's apology: "I'd just like to say sorry to all the suppository fans out there, because in this book there are no suppositories. There are, however, lots of courgettes, and I see this as progress. Suppositories to courgettes - I think it proves that I'm developing as a writer." Stephen Clarke.

source: Waterstones

Whilst I was sunbathing on Nova Mar Bella beach in Barcelona I finally had a chance to finish reading Merde Actually which is second book in Merde Series written by Stephen Clarke. I loved the first one, and it was the same with Merde Actually.

It made me laugh out loud many times and enjoyed it immensely. I'm sure it's not everyone's cup of tea and it does rely on a lot of French stereotypes but I did find it very entertaining and perfect light reading during my holiday. I only wish I brought more books with me as I was done very quickly with this one! 

As an immigrant, I find cultural clashes Paul West experienced quite amusing and relatable, despite never having lived in France. The book is full of sarcasm, poking at English and French.

I ordered the rest of the books in the series and I cannot wait to read them.   

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