on November 13, 2002
Seldom can I walk into a bookstore and find just the book I am looking for when I don't have a title in mind to ask for. However, this book was it. I didn't want a language course and I didn't want a travel guide, nor did I want a book about Napoleon or recent French politics. Staff always seem confused when you say 'no' to the above. I found the book almost by accident. I read it from cover to cover as if it were a novel. It is an excellent blend of facts, anecdotes, humour, language and reference information. Celia Dixie has done well with this most excellent introduction to France. One point about domestic tasks, pages 240-241: do French women help with maintaining the car? fixing the roof? cleaning the gutters? mowing the lawn? removing the burglars? etc
on December 13, 2000
While no one volume can encapsulate the culture of any nation, Celia Dixie's work will go a long way towards explaining the signifigance and meaning of the people, places and things which are constantly referred to in French news reports. If you like to read and/or listen to the wide array of French news available on the net, this volume is invaluable.