Talk to the Snail

Ten Commandments for Understanding the French

By Stephen Clarke
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781596913097, 262pp.)

Publication Date: December 26, 2006

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Have you ever walked into a half-empty Parisian restaurant, only to be told that it's "complet"? Attempted to say "merci beaucoup" and accidentally complimented someone's physique? Been overlooked at the "boulangerie "due to your adherence to the bizarre foreign custom of waiting in line? Well, you're not alone. The internationally bestselling author of "A Year in the Merde "and "In the Merde for Love "has been there too, and he is here to help. In "Talk to the Snail," Stephen Clarke distills the fruits of years spent in the French trenches into a truly handy (and hilarious) book of advice. Read this book, and find out how to get good service from the grumpiest waiter; be exquisitely polite and brutally rude at the same time; and employ the language of "l'amour "and "le sexe." Everything you need is here in this funny, informative, and seriously useful guide to getting what you really want from the French.



About the Author
Stephen Clarke (b. 1958) is the bestselling author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction that satirize the peculiarities of French culture. Born in St. Albans, England, Clarke studied French and German at Oxford University. After graduating, he took a number of odd jobs, including teaching English to French businessmen. In 2004, he self-published "A Year in the Merde, " a comic novel skewering contemporary French society. The novel was an instant success and has led to numerous follow-ups, including "Dial M for Merde "(2008), "1,000 Years of Annoying the French" (2010), and "Paris Revealed "(2011). After working as a journalist for a French press group for ten years, Paris-based Clarke now has a regular spot on French cable TV, poking fun at French culture.



NPR
Monday, Apr 5, 2010

Once upon a time, it was fashionable to adore all things French. Those days are gone — remember "freedom fries"? — but author Danielle Trussoni is convinced that there are plenty of Americans who still love French culture, fashion and food. Trussoni recommends three books about France — all with a certain je ne sais quoi. More at NPR.org

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