Monsieur Mediocre: One American Learns the High Art of Being Everyday French

Monsieur Mediocre: One American Learns the High Art of Being Everyday French

A hilarious, candid account of what life in France is actually like, from a writer for Vanity Fair and GQ Americans love to love Paris. We buy books about how the French parent, why French women don't get fat, and how to be Parisian wherever you are. While our work hours increase every year, we think longingly of the six weeks of vacation the French enjoy, imagining them at A hilarious, candid account of what life in France is actually like, from a writer for Vanity Fair and GQ American...

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Title:Monsieur Mediocre: One American Learns the High Art of Being Everyday French
Author:John von Sothen
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Genres:Cultural
ISBN:0735224838
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Monsieur Mediocre: One American Learns the High Art of Being Everyday French Reviews

  • Mark
    Jul 28, 2019
    A wonderful, personal, funny and touching....memoire? Sociopolitical critique? Whimsical travel lit? It's hard to classify this eminently readable and enjoyable volume. John (I've known him for 30 years, I get to call him John) has always been a keen observer and deft wordsmith, bot...
  • Lesley
    Aug 16, 2019
    This was entertaining and self-effacing - an interesting look at Paris from the perspective of an American AND a parent. Not laugh-out-loud-bust-a-gut funny like Me Talk Pretty One Day (Sedaris) or magical like From Paris to the Moon (Gopnik). ...
  • Michelle
    Jul 31, 2019
    I really liked this--it was funny in the right places, smart in the right places, sweet at the end. Very entertaining. ...
  • Cathryn
    Jun 14, 2019
    No spoilers, but that last chapter brought a lump to my throat from its only-child accuracy. Such a lovely book! ...
  • Alissa
    Aug 07, 2019
    I skimmed some of the earlier parts of this, but enjoyed this ex-pat's perspective on living in France. Some parts made me laugh out loud. ...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 26, 2019
    In the beginning, it seemed line the author did not like France and I wasn?t sure if I wanted to continue reading. But, eventually a more positive, funny spin emerged and I enjoyed it. Learning a bit about France, even if only from one person?s point of view was interesting. ...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 20, 2019
    If you took a poll in the USA, I would guess Paris would likely make the top 10 list for dream vacation destinations. Paris resident John Von Sothen remembers what it was like to wonder about, experience for the first time, and now be completely immersed in what was once literally fore...
  • Elijah
    Jun 25, 2019
    This has interesting information about life in Paris, but this guy?s a low-grade asshole and not very funny. ...
  • Stephanie
    Jun 19, 2019
    Off with the Rose Colored Glasses! Monseiur Mediocre http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/201... I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader?s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted. As the synopsis above says...
  • Min
    Aug 20, 2019
    This is the kind of ex-pat book I like to read; tales of the quirks of their new home nation- as compared to their native land- and how the circumstances stacked to bring them to this, their adopted country. There is enough French words (translated), and culture expressed to give an ho...
  • Holly
    Jul 10, 2019
    Insightful essays on modern-day France of the past 15 years. Hilarious, laugh out loud chapters. Not a fast read if you really want to enjoy his writing style and absorb all the nuances and language faux pas. A lot of fun to read. ...
  • Julie
    Jul 07, 2019
    I wanted to love this book. It had decent reviews and I spend a lot of time in the car listening to audio books. It seemed like a fun book for long commutes. I enjoyed the authors voice reading his book. He was easy to listen to and added context in the inflection of his voice. Wha...
  • Rita Ciresi
    Jul 17, 2019
    An hysterically funny (and ultimately poignant) look at how the author adapts/does not adapt to his adopted country. If you need a good laugh--and a sob at the end--this should be your next read. ...
  • Veronique L
    Aug 05, 2019
    As a french born and raised and lived there til i was 30, i was very disappointed. This book is very cliché and full of biased half truths... i applaude the effort of trying to make it sound humourous but that s aboit it.... ...
  • Keith
    Jun 19, 2019
    Fun, adventurous, sometimes unexpected, insightful and well-observed, touching at times, but especially humorous. Great book John! ...
  • Helen
    Jul 29, 2019
    John von Sothen sets out to disabuse assumptions about Paris and let you know what it's "really" like--at least for upper middle class people with kids, flexible jobs and lots of connections. The book is a series of essays about his 15 years as an American ex-pat in Paris, a status bro...
  • Susan
    Jun 29, 2019
    My favorite genre - ex-pats who tell the story of how they ended up in another country. I seem to be drawn to books based in France and Italy. This was a good tale, the author sounds like he is a real character! In a good way. He has a very wry and sarcastic sense of humor which I trul...
  • Jessica
    Jul 22, 2019
    This book wasn't quite what I expected. I'm not entirely sure what I thought I was getting into. There are parts that made me laugh out loud - particularly the road trip engine chicken. But other parts I thought could have used a bit of streamlining/editing/focusing. The first couple o...
  • Jessica
    Aug 04, 2019
    I ordered this book after hearing a positive review of it on a podcast during which panelists were recommending ?summer reads.? The Francophile in me couldn?t resist, but I wish I would?ve. There were several points throughout the book where I thought about abandoning it, but t...
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    Jun 29, 2019
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  • Meagan Houle
    May 23, 2019
    I freely admit I knew nothing of modern French culture when I chose "Monsieur Mediocre," nor had I ever done much thinking on the subject at all. The title was impossible to pass up, though, and I immediately fell head over heels in love with John's self-deprecating style. I'm not sure...
  • Amelia
    Aug 08, 2019
    Before and after traveling to France for the first time this spring, I have devoured books written by ex-pats about their time in France (like Julia Child and David Lebovitz). Prior to my trip, I used these books to prep for interacting with the French; after my trip, I?ve read them ...
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    Apr 23, 2019
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  • Laurie
    Jun 11, 2019
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  • Kim Bender
    Aug 13, 2019
    Loved these witty essays about life as an American man confronting his fantasy France, propelled by a shotgun wedding to a French actress and the reality of raising kids in a foreign land. Incisive, funny as hell. Enjoyed every minute. The author's simultaneous ability to make fun of a...
  • Greg Treiman
    Jul 25, 2019
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  • Kevin
    May 17, 2019
    John von Sothen?s Monsieur Mediocre is the most candid account about France that I?ve read. It?s also the only account of France that I?ve read. I was never particularly interested in Paris, France, even though I always thought I?d visit someday if I had the means. But tha...
  • Kristen
    Apr 23, 2019
    Life is too short to read poor books. I quit 2/3 of the way through and only made it that far because I won the Goodreads giveaway. This author is the ?guest who loves to hear himself talk and goes on way too long.? I was expecting some humor like most ?man in a new country? b...
  • William Jordan
    Jun 28, 2019
    Amusing, ultimately touching story of an American man who marries a French woman and lives in Paris. I was put off initially by his dwelling on his upper-crust upbringing in the US, with its considerable distance from normal people. Similar level of society in Paris. But I eventually g...
  • Josephine Vadon
    Jul 14, 2019
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