Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France [Polly Platt] on If I was to buy just one book, it would be this one “French or Foe?. Polly Platt’s title French or Foe? is more timely than ever, as the Franco. American alliance frays a little more with each day, the exchanges more vitriolic than. Polly Platt was an American author specializing in books related to Americans living or working anger and disorientation culled from the seminars became the centerpiece of Platt’s bestselling book on French culture, French or Foe?.

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Polly Platt French or Foe

The French live a strange paradox – they’ve created a strict, conservative, regimented, hierarchical society, yet they break the rules and do what they want.

The section on why the French don’t smile or give good service was a revelation to me and now I feel frencn about all the expressionless stares I get. It portrays the success of determined French individuals, from Eric Srecki, world fencing champion, to Peggy Bouchet, the first woman to row across the Atlantic, and the rocker Johnnie Halliday, who gave the biggest concert ever organized in France in the Stade de France, one year after the greatest celebration ofall Americans are like hang-gliders, flying free of a past more mirage-like than real.

It was poignant to see her e-mail address offered for comments, sadly knowing that she had passed away last December.

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Lists with This Book. Their present is 10 minutes from now. Showing of 90 reviews. Og of the stories and examples and from the 80ss and a lot don’t match with the behavior that I’ve seen living in France of If you’ve ever wanted to know why the French do what they do then you should definitely read this book.


French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France by Polly Platt

Please take the time if you are interested in all things French. One of my managers playfully grabbed the left buttock of an art-department mother-of-two Not the best writing in the world, and repetitive at times, but worth the time. T hese varying cultural perceptions of risk and of time were elements in the latest Pilly flap.

B ut when they sit down to work together, the French, their heads heavy with 1, years of invasions and catastrophes, are wary of rushing into things. If I was to buy frencg one book, it would be this one “French or Foe?

Platt welcomes you to France by giving a brief history of the country and explaining cultural norms that will seem odd to Americans at first. Beauty and the poetry of life are braided into it. Oe way the baker twists the tissue around a croissant, the way a scarf is folded, the color of shutters and the form of the railings on street corners are part of the poetry of France, as is a bus driver waiting at a stop for a late passenger waving frantically at him across the street, and a hairdresser working hours of unpaid overtime on recalcitrant hair.

Polly Platt maintains — and proves — that it’s NOT hard to get things done in France though it takes longer and that the French are NOT difficult — but different, very, very different The splendors of France make pokly the most frequently visited country in Europe — 73 million foreigners inincluding 13 million English-speakers — and yet the French themselves provoke such angry reactions.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Open Preview See a Problem? Unfortunately, the attempts at explaining and clarifying paltt Americans the French worldview were lousy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Before we left for Paris, my friend, Amy, gave me this book to read. About a week after I got back to the US, I picked up the book once again to see if what Polly Platt says in the book corresponded to my experience. Done well, even slightly exaggerated, if you can pique their interest, they’ll go out of their way to help.


The trick to getting along in France is understanding the culture and learning to accept it on French terms instead of your own. I liked specially the first half of the book, but I dragged during the second half.

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Jan 13, Nate rated it it was ok Shelves: When our other traveling companion and I found ourselves separated from Amy, or dear guide and translator, our first night in Paris, we used the knowledge gained from th Before we left for Paris, my friend, Amy, gave me this book to read. Culture Crossings Limited; 2nd edition January Language: Common terms and phrases 12th century Alain Peyrefitte American Anglo-Saxon arrived asked Bernard Pivot Bonjour boss called century Chapter codes culture dinner party director door dress e-mail Elf Aquitaine employees engineer English Europe everything exam executives feel foie gras foreigners France French companies French friends French language French managers French or Foe French women Frenchman German give Grandes Ecoles Groupe Bull guests Guez happened hierarchy host hostess ingenieurs insult invited J.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the French but no one knew how to tell you. Their time is a taut ribbon, segmented and rigourously scheduled, while for the French, time simply flows. The people of France were nothing but welcoming.

I lived in Reims 90 mi NE of Paris and most of the things written in the book are not true.