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Ill Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany
Ill Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany Mark Greenside 1416586954 9781416586951 Tired of Provence in books, cuisine, and tablecloths? Exhausted from your armchair travels to Paris? Despairi
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Ill Never Be French (no matter what I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany by Mark Greenside

Tired of Provence in books, cuisine, and tablecloths? Exhausted from your armchair travels to Paris? Despairing of ever finding a place that speaks to you beyond reason? You are ripe for a journey to Brittany, where author Mark Greenside reluctantly travels, eats of the crpes, and finds a second life.When Mark Greenside -- a native New Yorker living in California, doubting (not-as-trusting-as Thomas, downwardly mobile, political lefty, writer, and lifelong skeptic -- is dragged by his girlfriend to a tiny Celtic village in Brittany at the westernmost edge of France, in Finistre, the end of the world, his life begins to change.In a playful, headlong style, and with enormous affection for the Bretons, Greenside tells how he makes a life for himself in a country where he doesnt speak the language or know how things are done. Against his personal inclinations and better judgments, he places his trust in the villagers he encounters -- neighbors, workers, acquaintances -- and is consistently won over and surprised as he manages and survives day-to-day trials: from opening a bank account and buying a house to removing a beehive from the chimney -- in other words, learning the cultural ropes, living with neighbors, and making new friends.Ill Never Be French (no matter what I do)is a beginning and a homecoming for Greenside, as his fathers family emigrated from France. It is a memoir about fitting in, not standing out; being part of something larger, not being separate from it; following, not leading. It explores the joys and adventures of living a double life.

Author: Mark Greenside

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 256

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: 2009-06-02

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