Paul West moves to Paris for his new job. He plans to open up English styled tea rooms in Paris for a French company specializing in beef. Residing and working in Paris is challenging for Paul as he have to learn & deal with bureaucracy, office politics and relationship complications. This forms the crux of the story.
Stephen Clarke writes this humorous novel whose theme is about a man displaced from his natural and comfortable surroundings to an alien land. As with any story based on this theme, this also provides a lot of comedy based on misunderstanding. Although named "A Year in Merde", Stephen opens up his novel in September and ends in May. There is a valid reason to this. Stephen exaggerates the events to heighten the humor. So this has to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Anyone who is not French and lived in Paris will thoroughly enjoy this book. For others, this is a book that will still bring a smile on your lips.