Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Books

Had time to read some books during the holiday season


Stephen Clark: A Year in the Merde
Paul West arrives in Paris to start a new job - and finds out what the French are really like.
Quite a funny book
Apparently moving to Paris is just like how it was moving to Budapest in the '90's
- loads of byrocrasy, paper work & stamps
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'Bernard smiled nervously and began.
"Yam bare narr, yam responsa bull ov communikasyon, er..."
Shit, I thought, didn't Jean-Marie say the meeting was going to be in English?
How come some people were allowed to speak Hungarian?"
...

Emma Burstall: Gym and Slimline
Fanny & warm book
about friendship of 4 women aged around 40 who'd met in a new gym 4 years ago
in leafy south-west London.
It's about relationships, children, work, personal issues...
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- the author Emma Burstall writes for newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Woman & Home and Woman.
She studied English at Cambridge University and lives in London with her husband and their 3 children
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Wendy Wasserstein: Elements of Style
This book is a sort of American version of the previous book.
(read it 2 years earlier, just wanted to mention it now)
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It's about New York's urban gentry living in a post-9/11 world
- the arbiters of fashion and the doyennes of charity balls; about the rich and the nouveau rich, the glamorous and the desperate to be
- mosaic of the social lives of Manhattan
- romance, work, family and friendship
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Wendy Wasserstein is the author of the plays Uncomon Women and Others, Isn't It Romantic, The Sisters Rosenweig, An American Daughter, and The Heidi Chronicle, for which she received a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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