A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A Year in the Merde is largely what you might expect from the cover. It’s a funny stab at French stereotypes: the strikes, the dog merde, the indifferent shrugs. It manages to nail all those things in a funny way, even though they’ve all been lampooned before. It only falters slightly when it comes to the plot linking everything together. The story following the protagonist’s efforts to start a chain of tea rooms in Paris sort of drives the book forward, but at times also seemed predictable and like it was just a bridge between the funny bits. Still, it was quite funny, in the way Brits making fun of the French often is.
Next up is Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.