- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (October 4, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042528347X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425283479
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WTF?!: What the French Paperback – October 4, 2016
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About the Author
Olivier Magny is the author of Stuff Parisians Like and Into Wine. He’s also the founder of one of the best wine bars in Paris: Ô Chateau.
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Top Customer Reviews
This belongs in your library beside "1000 Years of Annoying the French" (Stephen Clarke) and "Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong" (Nadeau & Barlow).
"WTF" started out in this vein, discussing French dancing, the many uses of the phrase "ca va," the rules of snacking between meals. Then suddenly there's an essay about the overwhelming leftism of French teachers and professors. A little later, a chapter on the disappearance of national borders and the loss of sovereignty in France. Globalization and political correctness, excessive taxation on small businesses (the author owns a wine bar in Paris), high crime rates and lax judges, all rate a quick rant.
Magny's take on even the less important subjects starts to take on a crotchety tone. Middle aged women wear unflattering haircuts, he says. Men in France are too effeminate. Young people can't spell properly. You can't even get a decent hot breakfast in France.
At first I found this grumpy attitude off-putting, but then became intrigued. Magny is not an old man at all, he's in his early thirties. I followed up on his footnotes and sources and reading suggestions. He seems to have what might be a libertarian view if he were in the U.S., and rejects the mainstream parties completely. Is he an outlier or is he representative of what many young people throughout the West are thinking? I suspect the latter. "WTF" wasn't at all what I expected, and I imagine many people will be misled by the marketing for the book, which implies that it is a lighthearted follow-up to Stuff Parisians Like. It is a different book entirely, and I spent more time with it and thought more about it than I expected to.
(Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for a digital review copy.)