In the Merde for Love

In the Merde for Love

Book - 2006 | 1st U.S. ed.
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Baker & Taylor
A year after arriving in France, Englishman Paul West mutates into a Parisian waiter and, on a return visit to Britain, witnesses the full horror of a British office party through Parisian eyes, all the while continuing his search for the perfect French mademoiselle, in the whimsical sequel to A Year in the Merde. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave
The latest episode in Stephen Clarke's almost-true account of his adventures as an expat in France is just as winning as the first. This "anti-Mayle" will have readers chortling over their croissants and café au lait while Paul West struggles to solve the mysteries inherent in life in France. What is the best way to scare a gendarme? Is it really polite to sleep with your boss's mistress? And why are there no public health warnings on French nude beaches? Paul discovers how to judge a French vacationer by the rustiness of his bicycle; opens his English tearoom; and finally understands why Parisian waiters are so cranky. Just in time for spring in Paris, find out if Paul finds the perfect French mademoiselle or if it all ends in merde!


Holtzbrinck

The latest episode in Stephen Clarke's almost-true account of his adventures as an expat in France is just as winning as the first. This "anti-Mayle" will have readers chortling over their croissants and café au lait while Paul West struggles to solve the mysteries inherent in life in France. What is the best way to scare a gendarme? Is it really polite to sleep with your boss's mistress? And why are there no public health warnings on French nude beaches? Paul discovers how to judge a French vacationer by the rustiness of his bicycle; opens his English tearoom; and finally understands why Parisian waiters are so cranky. Just in time for spring in Paris, find out if Paul finds the perfect French mademoiselle or if it all ends in merde!

Stephen Clarke is a British journalist who has written comedy sketches for BBC Radio. He is the author of Talk to the Snail and the international bestseller A Year in the Merde.

Praise for Stephen Clarke and In the Merde for Love:

"Call him the anti-Mayle. Stephen Clarke is acerbic, insulting, un-PC and mostly hilarious."-San Francisco Chronicle

"Highly entertaining...Clarke renders the flavor of life in Paris impeccably: the endless strikes, the sadistic receptionists...Clarke's eye for detail is terrific."-Washington Post

"Those who enjoyed Clarke's first book will certainly delight in his newest production."-Library Journal

"This memoir is full of comic misadventure and misunderstanding, but underlying it is a deep affection for France and its people. Along the way, there is plenty of hilarity."-Booklist
"Paul [West] is also a comic, canny observer of French rural customs and English business practices alike."-Kirkus Reviews



Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2006, c2005.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781596911918
1596911913
9781596911901
1596911905
Characteristics: 403 p. ; 22 cm.

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JewelMcLatchy Apr 04, 2013

Not as solidly funny as the first novel, but the passages that did make me laugh had me snorting and crying, so the level of hilarity was at least high, if not the volume. All-around decent sequel.

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Jul 06, 2012

Not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as the first installment, but a solid sequel. The author's lampooning of British working and drinking culture was probably the best bit, too bad it comes late in the book and does not last for too long.

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