- Series: Culture Smart!
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Kuperard; Reprinted Ed edition (September 5, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857333071
- ISBN-13: 978-1857333077
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.5 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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France - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture Paperback – September 5, 2006
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About the Author
BARRY TOMALIN is an English writer and trainer with a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of London. He has thirty years’ experience of education and training in France. Fluent in French, he has lived in France, Algeria, and in Francophone Africa, and has trained business students and diplomats. He is currently a module leader on the MA program in Media, Technology, and Culture Studies at the University of Westminster, London.
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Even though about 10-20% of the book is accurate, the rest is just a compilation of ridiculous inaccuracies (I am 35 and have never seen any shop closed on good friday in France) or fairly xenophobic clichés (i.e. The French see themselves as a big family, Frenchness and French language are an obsession, they keep on innovating in order to feel good as a country, they do not use deodorant, etc!!!).
The author seems to build on his personal prejudices/frustrations toward the French, without realising that the traits he attributes to the French people in general are usually some types of general criticisms that could apply to any kind of people, including the English or the Americans.
Due to their lack of originality, these criticisms will not teach one much about France, but may comfort one in one's erroneous prejudices. Go for another book about France, sorry...