Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France [Polly Platt] on If I was to buy just one book, it would be this one “French or Foe?. Polly Platt’s title French or Foe? is more timely than ever, as the Franco. American alliance frays a little more with each day, the exchanges more vitriolic than. Polly Platt was an American author specializing in books related to Americans living or working anger and disorientation culled from the seminars became the centerpiece of Platt’s bestselling book on French culture, French or Foe?.

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French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France

This is the best book to read if you are working or staying in France for awhile. The man explained to me and to her that he was only expressing his admiration for the roundness of the object, an unavoidable impulse on purely aesthetic grounds.

She’d had to hang around all day waiting for the plumber to fix the washing machine — who never showed up. Also, she twice tied her dog outside of a shop and forgot about him. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Polly Platt French or Foe

France Paris Provinces Colonies. Before we left for Paris, my pollh, Amy, gave me this book to read. Mar 03, Dayla rated it it was amazing Shelves: It portrays the success of determined French individuals, from Eric Srecki, world fencing champion, to Peggy Bouchet, the first woman to row across the Atlantic, and the rocker Johnnie Halliday, who gave the biggest concert ever organized in France in the Stade de France, one freench after the greatest celebration ofall Translate this page into:.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. The splendors of France make it the most frequently visited country in Europe — 73 million foreigners inincluding 13 million English-speakers — and yet the French themselves provoke such angry reactions.

And added that he should never come back to the store again. Sep 21, Vincent rated it it was ok Shelves: In sum, I recommend this to anyone moving to or living in France but keep in mind that some info is dated and doesn’t apply to non-upper-class, BCBG Parisian society. The section on why the French don’t smile or give good service was a revelation to me and now I feel better about all the expressionless stares I get. About a week after I got back to the US, I picked up the book once again to see if what Polly Platt says in the book corresponded to my experience.

How can he possibly run with all that? Paperbackpages. Platt reveals about French culture seems to be outdated and of little relevance to the middle and lower-class French people that a visitor will no doubt actually be coming into contact with. Recommended reading for anyone interested in cross cultural relations.

Many other hours are devoted to mathematics. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Just to be clear — Bourgeoisie 2. Platt welcomes you to France by giving a brief history of the country and explaining cultural norms that will seem odd to Americans at first.


The book is focused on French culture in Paris and it is unclear whether all that is said is true of all of France. Since the last terrible conflict, World War II, she has been engaged in an exciting and entirely new historical experiment: They aren’t unfriendly, they just don’t waste smiles on folks they don’t know, it would be insincere.

B ut when they sit down to work together, the French, their heads heavy with 1, years of invasions and catastrophes, are wary of rushing into things. This book was published quite a while back.

Platt’s explanations make sense of the French to Americans. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? One of my managers playfully grabbed the left buttock of an art-department mother-of-two Living with the French can be very difficult if you’re not prepared or open to learning about their history, language, and culture.

Frencj 03, Marissa Pineda rated it did not like it. There is a lovely tribute to this phenomenal woman at http: I have travelled in France 5 times but never could get a firm grasp on these people – at times extremely nice and at times extremely difficult.

Overall, this is a good resource and I wish I had read this sooner. I tend to be loud and over-friendly.

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