- Paperback: 290 pages
- Publisher: Start Going Places (August 29, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0999354205
- ISBN-13: 978-0999354209
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
After graduating with a journalism degree, Joe Start jumped over to the advertising and marketing side of communications. His day job has been selling media and technology in the US and Europe for more than a dozen years, lately with startups. This is his return to writing. Drive over to StartGoingPlaces.com to add your name to his mailing list. You'll learn about what's next, and check out the bonus material from this book. Please let him know what you thought on Goodreads, and help guide others in their deliberations by reviewing on Amazon.
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I am a fairly fast reader, and normally, when I am given a book in exchange for a review, I sit down and read it. After all, the author or publisher who entrusted it to my care is waiting for my input. Now and then, I find a book that I don't want to read in one sitting Never in a Hurry by Naomi Shihab Nye, Places Left Unfinished at the Moment of Creation by John Philip Santos and now French License by Joe Start. I started this book of essays about his odyssey of moving to France and obtaining permission from the Country to legally drive on their highways and byways and was enjoying it so much, I parsed out the essays to a few a day just to make the book last longer. Sorry Mr. Start, if I've taken too long to read it.
Having lived in Germany, many years ago, I could relate to some of his frustrations. Not that I had to deal with a Drivers License, but I did have to deal with a new country, language, and culture. As much fun as it was, it still had its moments.
French License should be read by anyone who is considering moving to a different country, for whatever reason and for however long. In fact, it jolly well might be worth it to read before going on a vacation in a country with a language and culture you're not intimately familiar with.
While the basic story is about the trials and tribulations of getting his drivers license, it is also a marvelous and quite humorous look at life as an ex-pat. There is, as he learned, a major difference between Futball and Football, and though I'm not a fan of the latter, his story of going to the bar to see the game is pretty funny.
There is a lot of French thrown in, but for the most part, it's translatable from the context, and when it isn't, translation is provided by the author. The one thing I have a question on, obviously I don't speak French, is at the beginning of each chapter, after the Chapter (Number) is the word Borne and a double digit number—00, 25, 50, etc. I never did figure that one out.
Do I recommend this book? Without hesitation or reservation. A delightful read that will be savored again, I'm sure.
I did skim over some of the subjects, like the football chapter because I hate football. And building stuff. But that doesn't mean the book isn't good!