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I'll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany

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Humorous, charming, often affecting, I'LL NEVER BE FRENCH recounts how author Mark Greenside's working retreat in Brittany turned into a semi-permanent stay and second home.
I'll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany
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Tired of Provence in books, cuisine, and tablecloths? Exhausted from your armchair travels to Paris? Despairing of ever finding a place that speaks to you beyond reason? You are ripe for a journey to Brittany, where author Mark Greenside reluctantly travels, eats of the crepes, and finds a second life. When Mark Greenside -- a native New Yorker living in California, doubting (not-as-trusting-as Thomas, downwardly mobile, political lefty, writer, and lifelong skeptic -- is dragged by his girlfriend to a tiny Celtic village in Brittany at the westernmost edge of France, in Finistere, "the end of the world," his life begins to change. In a playful, headlong style, and with enormous affection for the Bretons, Greenside tells how he makes a life for himself in a country where he doesn't speak the language or know how things are done. Against his personal inclinations and better judgments, he places his trust in the villagers he encounters -- neighbors, workers, acquaintances -- and is consistently won over and surprised as he manages and survives day-to-day trials: from opening a bank account and buying a house to removing a beehive from the chimney -- in other words, learning the cultural ropes, living with neighbors, and making new friends. I'll Never Be French (no matter what I do) is a beginning and a homecoming for Greenside, as his father's family emigrated from France. It is a memoir about fitting in, not standing out; being part of something larger, not being separate from it; following, not leading. It explores the joys and adventures of living a double life."
Mark Greenside holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from the " "University " of "Wisconsin " ." He has been a civil rights activist, Vietnam War protestor, anti-draft counselor, Vista Volunteer, union leader, and college professor. His stories have appeared in"The Sun," "The Literary Review," "Cimarron Review," "The Nebraska Review," "Beloit Fiction Journal," "The New Laurel Review," "Crosscurrents," "Five Fingers Review," and?"The Long Story," as well as other journals and magazines, and he?is the author of the short story collection, "I Saw a Man Hit His Wife."

He presently lives in "Alameda ," "Ca

"Mark Greenside has written a sweet, evocative book about the pleasures and perplexities of buying and owning a house in a small town in France. It's a funny, enlightening journey. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip." -- Richard Goodman, author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France
Author
Mark Greenside
Short Title
ILL NEVER BE FRENCH (NO MATTER
Publisher
Free Press
Language
English
ISBN-10
1416586954
ISBN-13
9781416586951
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
B
Year
2009
Publication Date
2009-06-30
Pages
244
Illustrations
Yes
Subtitle
Living in a Small Village in Brittany
Country of Publication
United States
Place of Publication
New York
Imprint
The Free Press
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