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What We French Think of You British

…And Where You Are Going Wrong

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What We French Think of You British by Marcel Lucont
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Marcel Lucont, France's premier misanthropist and lover, introduces the reader to the British character as seen through the eyes of the French. From food and weather to television and pets, he shares his disdainful opinion on all things British and offers advice on just why the French do it so much better.

The book features: Dans La Rue, an eye-spy parody set on the British high street; Tits of the Brits, a poem concerning the large British bust vs the petite French cup; Stolen French, a guide to words the British have stolen from the French; The British Joke, Marcel's take on British humour; and The Monarchy, including why the French got rid of theirs.

IMM Lifestyle; April 2014
300 pages; ISBN 9781780091167
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Title: What We French Think of You British
Author: Marcel Lucont
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Lucont, Marcel. What we French Think of You British: and where you are going wrong. E-book, published in 2011.

This is just a personal comment on the book. It is not a review because it lacks, among other matters, a description and an analysis of each chapter and of the author’s style, purpose and accomplishments. Since I am collecting data to include in a bilingual dictionary on literary terms, I decided to read this book to see if I could find anything interesting about “humour/wit”. I ended up just glancing at it. The reason is that I have very specific information to look for. At first sight, what called my attention was the book’s title: interesting.

Therefore, I decided to give it a try. I was expecting witty comments on the British from the perspective of a sophisticated Frenchman. To my surprise, the book was not witty, not at all entertaining and full of vulgar words. Not only that: besides being sexist and biased throughout, some parts were really disrespectful towards women. Some people, especially men, may find this funny (and also dirty words); I don’t. Besides, being a woman, I always expect to be respected, most especially by writers who write and publish books (which may be read by women as well).

Was this book worth reading? In a sense, yes, because I enjoyed two sentences:

(1) the place with the longest name in the world (which reveals a “bizarre passion for consonants):
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (p. 55);
(2) a joke on the British (although I do not share his opinion):
-- What is black and white and red all over?
-- A British steak, hideously overcooked and ruined further by the addition of mayonnaise and tomato sauce (p. 122).

As far as language, I found an interesting example of the suffix “-y” (= characterized by, tending to, as in “hungry” and “sleepy”), extensively used in English these days (like "princessy"): “Jesusy” (Jesus (a noun + -y). Unfortunately, the context is commonplace, besides being sexist:

-- Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?”
-- Again, a little Jesusy as an approach (p. 21)

The above scene suggests that men should court women by saying something witty (apparently the author thinks this is witty). From my perspective, it is a disrespectful and disgusting jargon like many others in the book.
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