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Over Here: An American Expat in the South of France Paperback – February 20, 2006
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Everybody searches for that special place to call "home." How was I to know that mine would be found in a picture postcard village in the foothills of France's Pyrénées mountains?
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1. The writing could have been tightened up considerably. Many entries start with apologies for it having been so long since the last entry. On an online blog in real time, this would make sense. In a book, it is merely irritating. The text should have been edited prior to publication to remove extraneous text such as this.
2. The author seems to be one of those people who are absolutely enthralled with his or her dog, and evidently can't fathom the possibility that not everyone else would be, too. Accordingly, w-a-a-a-y too much of the book consists of tiresome accounts of whatever supposedly wonderful thing the dog did that day. Frankly, I couldn't care less what the dog (or the cat or the fish or the bird) did. It's irrelevant.
Granted, if the book had been edited to remove what I've noted as drawbacks, it would be probably only two-thirds its current length. But it would be a much better, concise read.
The book is also a mini-travelogue of the area and has a small map and many photos of the towns, countryside, architecture and, yes, a few of Maggie. The pictures are black and white and kind of grainy, but decent enough to get a clear idea of Chalabre and the surrounding area. Recommend this book for those who know and love the area and for those like me who hope to go one day.