Detour de France: An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education

Detour de France An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education Though happy enough with his lot Michael Simkins has never truly shaken the nagging doubt helpfully upheld by his partner Julia that he somehow lacks worldly sophistication While she spent her teenag

  • Title: Detour de France: An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education
  • Author: Michael Simkins
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    Though happy enough with his lot, Michael Simkins has never truly shaken the nagging doubt helpfully upheld by his partner Julia that he somehow lacks worldly sophistication While she spent her teenage years as a nanny on a boat moored at Cannes, his utter lack of travel experience Weymouth, Cleethorpes and a day trip to Dieppe still has the power to shock people inThough happy enough with his lot, Michael Simkins has never truly shaken the nagging doubt helpfully upheld by his partner Julia that he somehow lacks worldly sophistication While she spent her teenage years as a nanny on a boat moored at Cannes, his utter lack of travel experience Weymouth, Cleethorpes and a day trip to Dieppe still has the power to shock people into leaving dinner parties early.So as he hits middle age, Michael takes up the challenge of broadening his horizons He decides to improve himself in the same way English gentlemen lacking refined edges have for centuries by learning from our cultured French neighbours Michael, an English provincial ing nue, sets off to discover just what the Gallic nation can teach him and the rest of us Anglo Saxons about living the good life Armed only with 50 Useful Phrases in French, he waits to see if his odyssey from La Manche to the Riviera will finally turn him from the scotch egg eating spawn of Anne Widdecombe and John McCririck into the champagne sipping love child of Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve Julia is saying a prayer for him at Lourdes.

    Comment 735

    • Ian says:

      Enjoyable romp around France as Simkins, a jobbing actor, takes a summer off to immerse himself in the couture of our Trans-Manche cousins. He is a genial companion, and as we share a love of cricket and Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, I found him very entertaining. He certainly plays the gauche English twit well with a nice line in quips. I think by the end, he came away freshly enchanted by France and its people, but probably reflecting that, en fin, it is rather nice to be English, live in England [...]

    • Louise Culmer says:

      Michael Simkins journeys through France, inspired in part by his passion for the film 'Mr Hulot's Holiday', the location of which is his starting point. He has many enjoyable experiences, including attending a folk dance festival in Brittany, viewing a circus with real animals (we don't get those in England any more), trying his luck at playing roulette in Biarritz, and boules in Provence, and watching the impressive bull run of Arles. And of course eating a lot of delicious food.His style of wr [...]

    • David John says:

      I thought this book absolutely brilliant! Purely from a total novices point of view this is a very well written observational book of the sometimes misguided views the English hold about the French. Although Michael is an actor of some standing in the UK his naivety regarding our Gaelic cousins sets him on a course to confirm or deny some of our most deep-rooted opinions or misconceptions of the French. Spurred on by a film he saw as a youngster he eventually sets out in his 50's to see if the F [...]

    • Allan says:

      A humorous canter through France with Michael Simkins- would have given it 3.5 stars if I could. Full marks certainly for his willingness to have a go at all things French. The anecdotes along the way made me smile- but was there a hint of poetic licence at times? The book tended to reinforce some of the national stereotypes- both French and English and in that sense did not really broaden my understanding of France, but he met some interesting characters and went to some fascinating places.

    • Mandy says:

      A brilliant romp through France through the eyes of Michael Simkins, complete with all his wit and humour. It made me want to travel through France again right now - too bad the bank account won't allow it. At least I could join him in his adventures!

    • Teresa Bochenek says:

      well written, I've read with pleasure

    • Scott Todd says:

      A rollicking read of a stuffy shirt Rosbif discovering both himself and the essence of The french through his own detour de France.

    • Gosia says:

      Stephen Clarke's books make me laugh. This one is meh, it might be, but it doesn't bring laughter all the time, and some of the stories are just well, he just sometimes wants to hard to be funny.

    • Lynn Hutchinson says:

      Lightly entertaining if not very PC! The story of a fifties man stuck in a rut and his attempts to rewrite himself.

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