France, a Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

France a Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a Book A very interesting if rather scathing account of la belle France The author moved there from the UK so must like it but it is a

France, a Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a Book A very interesting, if rather scathing, account of la belle France. The author moved there (from the UK..?) so must like it, but it is a very snarky book in which he seems to be arguing that the French way of doing, well, everything, doesn't work and they need to embrace capitalism and the Anglo-Saxon way. That they don't is one of the many reasons I love France and the French. A good book if you want to learn more about what makes France 'tick' (when it is indeed ticking and not on strike), but it would be nice to read the counter-argument to Miller's ranting. And there really was no need to be so rude about Monsieur Hollande... So what if he dyes his hair! He's allowed to - men can colour their hair too if they want! Liberte, egalite, fraternite and hair dye for all.. An essential guide the French will complain Andrew Neil The French are savvy, sophisticated, elegant Right Wrong The French lecture the world about haute cuisine yet they eat McDonald s hamburgers than anywhere else in the world roll their eyes at foreign culture even as CSI is their most watched TV programme pretend to be literary even as Fifty ShadAn essential guide the French will complain Andrew Neil The French are savvy, sophisticated, elegant Right Wrong The French lecture the world about haute cuisine yet they eat McDonald s hamburgers than anywhere else in the world roll their eyes at foreign culture even as CSI is their most watched TV programme pretend to be literary even as Fifty Shades of Gray is France s best selling book, ever In 2000, Jonathan Miller moved to France Soon he discovered the hilarious truth The French live in a feverish state of fantasy People are paid to pretend to work, pretend to strike, and generally think work causes depression and suicide Dental hygienists are illegal, yet the French exchange a staggering 184 billion kisses every year While preaching libert , the State forbids everything, is run by one school s alumni, messes up over two thirds of the economy It goes on.Meet the real French, and laugh. Good Ebook France, a Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown This book was a completely waste of time and it almost disgusted me with its wannabe humor.I expected a funny, light story about France and the cultural differences between the English and the French, but I have only found a desperate need to prove that the UK is better than France.Some of the topics were almost funny, but I had this very bitter feeling that the author is just trying to show and even emphasize all the flaws that a French can have. And not at all in a funny way, but more of a "See, they are not that nice!" way.I am european, not English and not French, but I have lived in both countries and I can definitely say that France, with all its flaws, it has way more to offer. You cannot, by all means, say that the food is better in the UK. With all their McDo's, even a cheap Chinese takeaway is better than in London. What about Japanese food or affordable freshly made food instead of all the "organic" fast food chains that can only offer you a box with something they call fresh? And let's not talk about the whole art of cooking and eating, the smells and the colours of the ingredients.Also, the French may be buying and making Fifty Shades of Grey the biggest bestselling novel, but at least they read something more than newpapers - The (free) Evening Standard is the bestseller in London. What about the libraries and the activities they offer? Who do you think it's better?There are so many other topics - airports, working times, strikes - that I really do not agree with, but it makes no sense to spoil the book, in case anyone else wants to read it.Maybe I am just not getting the English humor...but for me, it was a complete fail.

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  1. Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller CBE is a British theatre and opera director, author, television presenter, humorist and sculptor Trained as a physician in the late 1950s, he first came to prominence in the 1960s with his role in the comedy review Beyond the Fringe with fellow writers and performers Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett Despite having seen few operas and not knowing how to read music, he began stage directing them in the 1970s and has since become one of the world s leading opera directors with several classic productions to his credit His best known production is probably his 1982 Mafia styled Rigoletto set in 1950s Little Italy, Manhattan He has also become a well known television personality and familiar public intellectual in the UK and US.

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France, a Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Comment

  1. A very interesting, if rather scathing, account of la belle France The author moved there from the UK so must like it, but it is a very snarky book in which he seems to be arguing that the French way of doing, well, everything, doesn t work and they need to embrace capitalism and the Anglo Saxon way That they don t is one of the many reasons I love France and the French A good book if you want to learn about what makes France tick when it is indeed ticking and not on strike , but it would be ni [...]


  2. This book was a completely waste of time and it almost disgusted me with its wannabe humor.I expected a funny, light story about France and the cultural differences between the English and the French, but I have only found a desperate need to prove that the UK is better than France.Some of the topics were almost funny, but I had this very bitter feeling that the author is just trying to show and even emphasize all the flaws that a French can have And not at all in a funny way, but of a See, the [...]


  3. Rather disappointed Almost vitriolic in his seeming dislike of all things French, considering he lives here Perhaps he could mention some things he does actually like and add a little humour to lighten the tone.



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