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  1. says:

    How impoverished would the world be without the French Olivier Magny, whose qualification to expound upon the French way of life is without qualification he was born in France, grew up in France, and runs a business in France , pokes some fun love of Nutella, love of rap music, inability to dance but mixes in surprisingly astute social and political commentary on the nature and attitudes of the French for those of us who do not travel there frequently Arising from the success of Magny s blog and an earlier book called Stuff Parisians Like, this book carries his cultural introductions further and deeper.Magny shares some of what he considers the most beautiful places in France, pointing out the wide range of regions and styles Whether you re drawn to beautiful beaches, mountains, hills, plains, lakes, river, cold water or warm water, dry weather or wet weather, arid vegetation or lush forests, chances are France has it somewhere Which makes us especially curious when he tells us that Anglo Saxons, comprising Great Britain and America, and often New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, are lumped into one category of human that the French have no need, nor any desire, to examine in detail Les Anglo Saxons are to blame for most of the drinking and warmongering in the world, but also have admirable business practices, good universities, and research By ana...


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    Parts of this book, particularly the beginning, were hilarious However, the end of the book kind of dissolved into conservative railings against the system.


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    I thought I knew what to expect with WTF What the French , since I had read Olivier Magny s previous book, Stuff Parisians Like That book was taken from his blog, which explains the quirks, fads, preferences, habits, and attitudes of Parisians In a couple of pages per topic, Magny described how Parisians cross busy streets, that they love cherry tomatoes, how they judge each other by their license plates, and so on It was fun and superficial, bite sized chunks of amusing commentary from a Parisian who realizes that many of us, while in love with Paris, are often completely baffled by it 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...


  4. says:

    Great little book about la moderne francais and their many foibles Viva la francais


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    This book gave me serious homesickness for France The author is a French native and who is all too familiar with the embarrassing and frustrating cultural barriers that can happen when one visits France Although I thought WTF What the French was an enlightening and entertaining read, I d recommend it to people who have visited or are planning to visit France You will probably appreciate this book much if you can compare the author s opinions with your own personal anecdotes.The book is divided into 50 short chapters, each dealing with a specific topic ranging from pop culture to food to politics Some of these topics are comedic and will cause you to laugh out loud than once , while others offer insight into current political events in France.Here were some of the most noteworthy chapters for me If you aren t too accustomed with French people, you may think they re seriously annoyed when they let a small huff of air out of their mouths Chances are it s only mild annoyance, but it has become one of my favorite French things to imitate.La Rando Especially where I lived in the French Alps, family hikes are common weekend or even late afternoon activities There are plenty of small walking routes to be found, and sometimes you even discover medieval castles on your journey The French like to walk around with no precise goal other than that of enjoyin...


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    The whole purpose of a look at the cultural s of an entire country and particularly one as complex and multifaceted as France is that it observes and explains, maybe even deciphers, a number of situations so that the reader can have some idea of what to find on visiting that country It can never avoid the fact that it is being written by a subjective person or persons, but it can try and lay some kind of claim for credibility, so that this reader, on arrival, can start to compare and contrast their own experiences with what they have read Then it would be a guide, an aide voyager, a teacher This book, however, is a diatribe, concocted by someone who I presume from the info on offer is an accomplished wine expert and entrepreneur, married to an American wife who, one can imagine, played a substantial role in shaping the sentences in their search for the Holy Grail of witty diatribe The problem is that the words we use sketch the thoughts behind them, and the things we omit leave the true residue in the mind of the reader And this diatribe, by a supposedly open minded thinker , is full of so many closed minded, ill considered dead end comments that it starts to truly irritate It is also a diatribe bemoaning the loss of a past Eden that is written by a thirty something year old, who sounds truly Old Before His Time.There are some things he states in this jeremiad dressed up as entertainme...


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    In France, bread is so intrinsically part of everyday life that the relationship to it is entirely carnal Bread is an extension of the French body and an expression of its undying soul Each day, in hundreds of sushi and Chinese restaurants, you will find French patrons asking for some bread, for no matter how ricey your meal is, it s still a meal and therefore calls for some bread The ominous American threat known as carbicide is one that has never crossed any French person s thoughts Olivier Magny in his latest book WTF What the French makes that comment, and as he is French, his observations should be accurate However, I do know French people who have broken with this bread faith, understanding that the delicious soul satisfying baguette has almost no nutritional value at all anyway, I picked up this book to read in bits and pieces while I was still at school, as it is that kind of easy to put aside and pick up aga...


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    The author is sometimes cheating the reader, other times he is a plain ignorant France is home to countless terroirs, which have been shaped over millennia It is also home to a culture that recognizes, appreciates, and sometimes even reveres them Anyone who has traveled extensively through France can grasp the tremendous variety in architecture, cuisine, wine, accents, crops, sports, and cultural references from one French region to the next Normandy is immediately and irremediably distinguishable from Alsace, in the same way that Provence is different from Brittany, or Corsica from the Alps Most terroirs do use potatoes Which were not there for millennia, the same way foie gras is speculated to have been known to the ancient egyptians and romans, but was not quite common till recently And even if you accept the lie of the millennial tradition of the foie gras, it was goose liver and not the duck of today.And the regions are different because of the distance And of the fact that they were at a time or another bel...


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    I previously read Stuff Parisians Like by the same author, which I initially found amusing but I soon became rather frustrated with what I perceive as the author s sexism as that book went on.As a Brit who has spent nearly a quarter of a century in France I have an interest in books that cover France as seen anthropologically so I then went on to read What The French While some chapters are insightful and amusing bises, aperitif, yoghurt, etc hence the two stars , as I carried on reading I became increasingly disturbed by the author s far right views I dreaded turning the page to see what the next chapter was about in the event it would provide him for a platform to spout his political views e.g on immigration Ironically towards the end in the chapter about the press he derides the concept of left vs right, but 1 whenever he mentions Socialists or the left wing the words rampant teacher journalist or Soviet are never very far 2 many of the media sources he cites are notoriously conservative and right wing e.g La Croix, Le Figaro In my opinion it didn t seem like his choice of source material was very well balanced More worryingly, in chapters like The Rise of the Front National or Immigration he attempts to play down the far right tendencies of said political party, or states that Le Grand Remplacement a xenophobic conspiracy theory invented by a far right sympathiser is a reality.So if you re a catholic conserv...


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    It is fortunate that Olivier Magny abhors the bourgeoisie he ll never see this review I selected this title expecting humorous musings on French culture and habits And a small portion of the book is that but far too much of the writing is ideological ranting about Leftists, immigrants, government workers, and those who feed off the government tit according to Mr Magny It is fortunate for Mr Magny that that he is a self described exploitative capitalist so...


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WTF?! With Stuff Parisians Like, Olivier Magny Shared His Hilarious Insights Into The Fervently Held Opinions Of His Fellow Parisians Now He Moves Beyond The City Of Light To Skewer The Many Idiosyncrasies That Make Modern France So Very Unique.In France, The Simple Act Of Eating Bread Is An Exercise In Creative Problem Solving And Attempting To Spell Requires A Degree Of Masochism But That S Just How The French Like It And In WTF, Oliver Magny Reveals The France Only The French Know From The Latest Trends In Baby Names, To The Religiously Observed Division Of Church And State, Prepare Yourself For An Insider S Look At French Culture That Is Surprising, Insightful, And Chock Full Of Bons Mots.INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS