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A Year in the Scheisse: Getting to Know the Germans Paperback – June 23, 2011


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Roger Boyes is an award-winning correspondent, having covered Western and Eastern Europe for the past 30 years.  He currently writes for the Times and has written for the Financial Times. He is the author of Meltdown Iceland and Seduced by Hitler.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (June 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840246480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840246483
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,877,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Posh Girl on February 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up on a trip to London. Having lived in Germany for quite some time I was interested in how a British expat found life in Germany. Also, after reading the Stephen Clarke books about his life in France (A Year in the Merde), this one looked especially interesting.
This story is about a man who is having financial difficulties and decides he must try to find a wife to take advantage of a German tax loophole. On top of this his father has notions of moving from England to Germany to live with him because of his own difficulties. So the author has to find some way to try to support the both of them if this were to happen. Now this may all seem serious, but what follows is a funny account of how he sets about finding a wife along with his friends and the father's first visit, if I remember correctly, to Germany since World War II.
There are two real stand out funny scenes. One being the marathon the author decides to run although he is not a runner. The second is the scene on the nudist beach.
I read one reviewer's notes on amazon.co.uk on this book. He mentioned the "underlying message of reconciliation" meaning between the British and the Germans. I can now see that this is true. I even heard a friend of mine speak of his parents how when they came for a visit from England to Germany they found a totally different take than the war time ideals they still held.
Recommended for those who are expats here in Germany, for those who dream of being an expat, or just for those who are crazy about travelogues.
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