Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Books: A Year in the Merde

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.


  1. Lol... Interesting. Will try to read it.

  2. @Harish - You will enjoy reading it. Make sure you have access to translator as the book has a lot of French words.

  3. oohhh... i guess its worth giving a try ;)

  4. I've read this book. A Frenchman gave it to me.

    Maybe you should also explain what 'Merde' is.

  5. @Madhulika - Enjoy reading

    @SPrabhu - Next time, I will take care of it.

  6. @IfraKhaliq - Thanks for dropping by. Happy reading.

  7. noted. hope to lay my hands on it soon

  8. @Sujatha - :) Enjoy reading.


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