Book review and giveaway: France on the Brink – I love France #102

I LOVE FRANCE!

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France on the Brink:
A Great Civilization in the New Century

France on the Brink 2=2nd edition cover
In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this book for free in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated for this post
as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
France on the Brink
By
Jonathan Fenby
Publication Date: 2nd edition
August 5, 2014
at Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing
Pages: 432
ISBN: 978-1628723175

Genre:
social history / France

Source: Received
from the publisher for a virtual book tour
on France Book Tours

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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In this totally updated edition of France on the Brink (which includes data about President Hollande), Jonathan Fenby tries to understand a country that may seem puzzling to many: it attracts millions of tourists every year, 84 millions in 2013, Americans have a very romantic a view about anything and everything French, yet at the same time  France is experiencing “double-digit unemployment, a rampant extremist party of the far right and [they are] a people who reject the elite that has ruled them for decades” (p.x). The French are notoriously unhappy, despairing, and complaining about many things if not all, especially about their economy and their political leaders. To understand what’s going one, Fenby gives us a “portrait of France today and a longer -range account of the evolution of the country” (p.xi) since the 1950s.

This nonfiction book deserves more than my usual review format. I will try to sum up some main elements of each chapter, including many quotations.

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Book review, interview and giveaway: The French House – I love France #102

I LOVE FRANCE!

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The French House:
An American Family, a Ruined Maison,

and the Village That Restored Them All


French house
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The French House
By
Don Wallace
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
at Sourcebooks

Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-1402293313

Genre:
memoir/travel

Source: Received
from the publisher for a virtual book tour
on France Book Tours

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Paris in July 2014

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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One of the characteristics of our modern world is that one no longer remains in one’s job for life. To survive, one often needs to reinvent oneself, and often in lands quite far away from where one was born.
Don Wallace and his wife Mindy are thus typical people of their time. Struggling as a young couple with their jobs and their own identity, they decided to travel in Europe and see if life would be better out there.
Things did not seem to be much brighter than in New York for these two aspiring authors, but at least in Greece they had tasted a bit of island life and they had liked it. So when a friend invited them to spend some time to recuperate on a tiny island off the Brittany French coast, they went.

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