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Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi Paperback – July 5, 2011
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- Extremely funny and intelligent - France 24
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- One of the funniest books I've ever read and one of the cleverest concerning the French - John Talbott
- Extremely well written and witty - Paris Missives
- A well deserved spanking for all Parisians - GQ
- Indispensable and irresistible - Le Point
- An insider’s look at the delights of Paris - British Weekly
- Really well written and absolutely hilarious - Mediapart
- I barely made it through the first page laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes - Weekend in Paris
- Run and get it - France 3
From the Back Cover
To be mistaken for a Parisian, readers must buy the newspaper Le Monde, fold it, and walk. Then sit at a café and make phone calls. Be sure to order San Pellegrino, not any other kind of fizzy water. They shouldn't be surprised when a waiter brings out two spoons after they order le moelleux au chocolat- it is understood that the dessert is too sinfully delicious not to share. Go to l'île Saint-Louis-all Parisians are irredeemably in love with that island. Feel free to boldly cross the street whenever the impulse strikes-pedestrian crosswalks are too dangerous. If they take a cruise on the Seine, they will want to stand outside, preferably with their collar popped up. If they want to decorate, may we suggest the photographs of Robert Doisneau? To truly be cool in Paris, own an iPhone, wear Converse sneakers, and order sushi. And as they stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, remember-they can't go wrong wearing black. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Well, as it turns out the products description choose the same quote from the promo matrial as I did. So here's another of the authors sallys, this time about Americans: "Parisians have a bit of a different physiology. Things like a certain inability to smile are quite well known expressions of this phenomenon. Some are much lesser known: an interesting experience when chatting with a Parisian is to place the words "Les Américains" in a sentence. These two words put together - in any imaginable sentence - immediately trigger a chemical reaction in the Parisian's brain. When hearing the phrase "Les Américains", the Parisian will implacably lose track of his previous ideas to just be taken over by one overpowering thought. That is: "Oui, mais les Américains, ils sont cons".
There is no exception to that rule. Americans are all stupid. End of the story. The fact that America is the most successful and probably the most creative country in the world should come as no argument. The fact that all Parisians deliberately wear American clothes, watch American movies, listen to American music, use American words or fantacize about American celebrities either. Americans are fat, stupid and ugly. Period.....
It would be impolite at that point to bring to the Parisian's attention that he starts to sound like the stupid American he despises so much. Plus, despite his obvious in-depth knowledge of America, chances are he might not get the joke...Read more ›
If the saying "Every joke has a bit of truth in it" makes sense, this book is no kidding has 99% truth.
It's funny and pleasure to read. I enjoyed it till the very last page.
Divided into small chapters with bottom lines and useful expressions in French, this is in a way a guide book and a key to mysterious character and phenomenon of Parisians.
The book is written by a gently sarcastic insider, an author who really knows what he is talking about.
Being bona fide Parisian himself and having a great sense of humour he puts a magnifying mirror in front of fellow Parisians and invite us to lough out loud together.
And Parisians are not so distant anymore, they are human beings after all, just the lucky ones to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The author is a gently sarcastic bona fide Parisian himself, a Parisian business school graduate and a guy with a great wry sense of humour. Parisians are not so distant anymore, they are just as human and messed up as the rest of us. They just live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book with the right amount of humor and insight into a unique first world microculture. I happened to read it on my first day of a recent visit to Paris and could not... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good layout in this book, easy to read with headings and such, I just wish the topics were a little better! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Luvyrskin
This was such an entertaining book. If you are a Francophile, you will agree that he captures the Parisian spirit perfectly.Published 15 months ago by Elaine in Carmel
A Heavy handed outsiders account of what its like to imagine Paris and it inhabitances are like and write about it from the safety of an American suburb. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charles