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But you are in France, Madame (Anglais) Broché – 1 novembre 2015
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Laughter and tears; this book prompts both. Its setting is the majestic French Alps; its characters, an Australian family of five and its plot; veers from comfortably familiar anecdotes about changing countries, surmounting challenges and learning about oneself through the process of observing others, into unexpectedly dark times and back out again. Overall, it is a light-hearted tale, to be enjoyed by those who are planning a trip to France, dreaming of France, or those who like to be entertained by peering into other people’s not-always-perfect lives.
Biographie de l'auteur
It got to me. Living in France was supposed to have a beginning and an end. It nearly did have an end in a way that I could never have imagined, but now it can’t. I belong amidst the bewildering complexities and incongruences of French life, and wherever I am, for as long as I am, this will not change. Nothing from my Australian upbringing pre-supposed this French fascination. My first steps in the language were coincidental, and it was probably luck that saw one of the young, groovy teachers allocated to my beginner’s French class at school. I enjoyed writing, but was gently encouraged into maths and science subjects, where non-essential creative writing was relegated. Thereafter, I adopted an academic approach to getting through an undergraduate degree, teaching diplomas and a master’s degree in education. Despite these intervening diversions, my French obsession remained present and it was only natural that when my own children were old enough that we head to France.
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Living the Savoe life
15 février 2017 - Publié sur Amazon.com
4 personnes ont trouvé cela utile.
Yes there are many books about people who chuck it all and move to France, renovate an old house or teach others how to be chic. This is Not one of those books. Berry and her young family moved to the Savoie region of France for a limited period of time. The idea was to live the French life, expose the children to French culture and fulfill her own dreams as a Francophile. What emerges is anything but trite or cliché. We, the reader, lives with Berry, her husband and young children as they move through the day, encountering the usual bureaucratic obstacles yes but also the sheer joy of walking in the village, or through the hills up to a castle. We go on family outings, picnics and community excursions. Interspersed with glimpses or other times panoramas of French life are real life scenarios...losing a son in the mountains or having a serious health scare far from home. I spend a lot of time in France, have lots of friends, some of whom I call family; I am bilingual. Yes, a Francophile. But this book appealed to me in many ways. There were no revelations of French life or culture for me but nonetheless, I was there on every page, immersed in the daily life of the Berry family, of the area. The Savoie is the one area of France I know little about, just a day or so there. But in this book, I came to see a different way of French life. Those living here do not have the same rhythm of life of say a Parisian or a Provencal. The same core of French life exists which is always a delight to read about as others discover it but there is also a uniqueness to each region of France. And Berry really gives the reader the impression that he/she too is living that day to day life with the Berry family. It took courage to leave one's family, support network, and move to France. Not from England where so many have done so, a short plane or even train ride away. But from Australia, on the other side of the world. You also come to live their life through their children's eyes, a virgin canvas with no preconceived ideas. "Watching" them appreciate what we all love in France was a joy. I would have love to have learned more about their school experiences, the classroom and their play dates. We see very little conflict in the book although I know the French educational system is so different at least from the American one, more dogmatic, rote learning. Maybe it's not so different in Australia but it would have been interesting also to learn about those experiences as well. Perhaps another book? If so, I'll be the first to buy it! This is a good book for anyone interested in France and the French life and if you've read many already ( I have lost count of the many I have already read), you won't be disappointed in reading about the Berry family's experiences.
Patricia L. Sands
An engaging memoir about moving to France
20 novembre 2017 - Publié sur Amazon.com
2 personnes ont trouvé cela utile.
This is a refreshingly candid memoir about an Australian family of five and how they plan and realize a dream to live in France. Catherine Berry takes the reader along on the journey of highs and lows of adjustment to life in a foreign country. She does not hold back on the disappointments and frustrations that are inevitable. On balance, her joy shines through at the beauty surrounding them in the Haute-Savoie and the many positives of French tradition and culture. Determination, humour, and love of France all guide this active family as they settle into a new rhythm of life. I look forward to the next chapter!
A loving memoir of a family's joy in France and in each other
9 juin 2016 - Publié sur Amazon.com
3 personnes ont trouvé cela utile.
Catherine Berry's book covers the magical period of four years when she, her husband, and their three young children lived and traveled in France. Settling in the area of Annecy, they survive early struggles with language and the winter weather to fully become part of the local community with all of its quirks and charming traditions. Always thoughtful and self-aware, Ms. Berry generously shares the special moments of her family life. We go with her on darling morning walks to school with her little boy, skiing with her husband, and proudly watching her daughters master French customs and cheeses. But she does not shrink from the negatives. Again we are with her as she is diagnosed with cancer, and imagines all that she loves slipping away. Happily, she survives, and we are treated to some further journeys to Paris and Brittany. Anyone who loves France or appreciates an honest and well-written memoir will love this book.
Leslie M. Ficcaglia
A Well-Written and Engaging Memoir about an Australian Family's Experiment in French Living
20 septembre 2016 - Publié sur Amazon.com
2 personnes ont trouvé cela utile.
Excellent book about an Australian family's experiment living in France. The author writes intelligently and well, and shares her experiences in an interesting, engaging manner. She and her family seem to have gained a great deal from their cross-cultural adventure, and it was fascinating to read about her children's integration into school and social life in their new villages. I was only sorry to see them leave France in the end!
25 février 2018 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Une personne a trouvé cela utile.
I really enjoyed this memoir and traveling with the author through France. I appreciate her honesty about the tough times and the beautiful experiences that in the end made her love France even more.