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- Print Length: 163 pages
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- Publisher: Blackbird Digital Books (July 4, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 4, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073BNJDR5
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La Vie En Rose: Notes From Rural France Kindle Edition
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My memory now contains a mouse she found in her home and released outside with a bit of meat. If I were that mouse I would be heading back. My memory contains a vagabond family quietly moving through the community with all of its possessions. There are her neighbors, especially the expert gardener she calls Mr. Nextdoor and multiple retail salesmen with whom she had less pleasant contact. The description of the beloved local bakery that closed was amusing as well as why she stopped buying their bread. Her problems with stoves and pasta machines that can’t ruin the pasta are treated with the same humor and sensitivity.
The main character she describes is herself and she makes the reader feel comfortably at home and on her side. She has found a way to pay attention to her surroundings with heartfelt, humorous and imaginative attention turning what appears ordinary and personal into the extraordinary and universal by writing about it and that is what good creative nonfiction should do.
I received a copy of the ebook from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.
Yet again she managed to entertain me thoroughly with a completely new selection of her blog posts written about her observations on life in France. I have to say right now, if you are thinking of moving to France, or are coming on holiday here, this is essential preparation reading, I kid you not!
As an expat, living life day to day in France I could immediately laugh, agree, and sometimes commiserate on Susie’s reflections on the way ‘real life’ is over here. Yes, it is wonderful, no I would never go back, however, sometimes the ‘French way’ of life and doing things is totally mystifying.
One lovely observation I had to agree on is that it is rare to see a child misbehaving, or a parent rising their voice to them, they seem to know what is expected of them from an early age, and this is lovely to observe.
Some of her comments on shops, their opening times, and repair policies couldn’t help but make me smile, yes you get used to life here, but every so often some things do seem a little strange – to say the least.
There are so many interesting topics to read about, and on a personal note, I have to thank her for giving an explanation to something I have seen many times, yet never used, in the last chapter. At least if I have to use one in future I will know what to do, and if you want to know what it is, then read the book – you will not be disappointed!
A thoroughly entertaining book which captured me from the moment I opened it, until the very last word.
While not an entirely new release, La Vie En Rose is a collection of Susie’s blog posts from October 2010 handily compiled in one place; her musings on daily life in rural France. From strange dreams to nightmare customer service, and dining room disasters to quirky neighbours, there is a little bit of everything, all served up with Susie’s sense of humour that never fails to make me smile.
Initially I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about reading a collection of blogs as a book, however, life has been rather hectic of late and having the energy to read, follow and remember complex plots at the end of the day was proving impossible. Being able to dip into a few snippets of Susie’s life before falling asleep put a smile on my face and was just what I needed.
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher