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- DescriptionFrance is a country that eats, drinks and breathes philosophy. There is t a farmer, fisherman, waiter, car-worker, shop assistant or housewife who isn't a closet Diderot or Descartes, a Saint-Simon or a Sartre. French politicians look smart because power itself is chic, attractive, seductive, and one should dress to look the part. The French electorate would never allow any government to intervene in their lives if it were shabbily dressed. Nick Yapp is the author of 100 Days in Photographs and The American Millennium.
- Author BiographyNick Yapp spent his first night in France in a hay barn near Calais docks in 1961. Since then he has loved the French for their music, wine, space, and their 15 species of onions. When he sits outside a cafe in the centre of a small French town on a sunny day, nerves jangling from the first sip of hot, strong coffee, watching the world go by, he feels he has somehow made a success of his life. When he gets the bill and sees what this success has cost him, a little of the euphoria evaporates - but he returns the next day. He used to be a teacher, but escaped to become a writer and broadcaster. In his dreams he lives in a beautiful Basque villa on the clifftops south of Biarritz. In reality, he lives in a flat in south east London. Michel Syrett, French on his mother's side, studied in Paris and visits France regularly as a business commentator, lecturer and journalist. He claims that his French is better than it might otherwise be because, in order to hold his own in French business circles, he has to eulogise about the perfect style with which the Nuits St George cohabits seductively with the 'microbes' of the fromage while making a seriously intellectual evaluation of the pate de fois gras. This is a pleasure, naturally, since being French in his soul, he values food as a spiritual experience.
- Author(s)Michel Syrett,Nick Yapp
- PublisherOval Books
- Date of Publication01/07/2008
- SubjectHumour: Collections & General
- Series TitleXenophobe's Guides
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOval Books
- Content NoteMap
- Weight68 g
- Width110 mm
- Height178 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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