Tuesday, January 6, 2009

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
'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...
- 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
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)
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
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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