Petite Anglaise review ☆ 3

review Petite Anglaise

Ith disarming honesty about Paris life about the confines of her hollow relationship with Mr Frog and about the wonder and pain that comes with being a mother she finds a new purpose to her day As Petite Anglaise Catherine regain. This was a really well written memoir about a British woman living in Paris She is living with a man who refuses to marry her and they have a daughter together Eventually the relationship falls apart and she writes about moving out and dating other people The book started as a blog and than just rehashing blog posts she writes about how blogging affected the course of events At one point she keeps dating a guy she s just not that into because it spices up her posts Her friend wisely tells her to put herself first and her readers second It was a very engaging read and much easier to connect to than most recent chick lit I ve read

read Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB Ì Catherine Sanderson

Petite Anglaise

Living in Paris with her partner the workaholic Mr Frog and their adorable toddler Tadpole Catherine decides to alleviate the boredom of her metro boulot dodo routine by starting a blog under the name of Petite Anglaise Writing w. Purchased during a spate of Francophilia this book was in the travel section of my local superstore outlet As this chain does not have a biography section Travel may have seemed like an obvious place to catalogue it but it would have been better served by being placed under the Relationships bannerYoung expat living la Vie francaise in Paris Sounds good But is was not to be The hooks being her life in Belleville and her love of all things French are merely hooks In the meat of the text the location the city and her people are barely mentioned What is really of interest to the author via this book is her own belated coming of age The location the selling point for me is rather irrelevant as the story could have taken place anywhere and rather than making its appeal global it is an average tale of a 30 something woes but stripped of the local colour that would have attracted meThe tone is rather Cosmo style one of a girlfriend ruminating over coffee the failed aspirations of grown up life The honesty and directness in which that author recounts her desires and decisions seedy betrayals and all are stirring That she devotes little time considering or even caring to be aware of the views and motivations of others outside of their direct interactions with herself makes her in my view rather unsuited to the book format The confessional self interested tone belies the book s former incarnation as an online journal The overall experience of reading was akin to being unable to escape the company of an acuaintance one likes but does not really know as they complain about their sex life

Catherine Sanderson Ì 3 summary

S her confidence and makes virtual friends including one charismatic and single Englishman who lives in Brittany James And after meeting James one evening in a bar Catherine feels she has regained her ability to fall in love too.. Well hmmm I had so wanted this to be good and my own hype regarding it has no doubt caused me to judge it harshly I had read a few blog posts from Petite Anglaise s blog several years ago and was delighted by the simple beauty of her prose With richness she spun anecdotes about her daughter Tadpole and her beloved adopted city of Paris What was enchanting in blog form feels both tedius and plain in book form But the real problem is Petite herself After suffering through the gross book Cleaving ala former blogger Julie Powell of Julie and Julia fame I suppose I really wasn t in the mood to read about another selfish woman who drags her loved ones through page after page of adultery and magically comes out with a six figure book deal at the end I couldn t figure out if Petite purposely painted herself in a negative light something she didn t do on her blog or if this is how it happened and she simply didn t see herself as part of the problem Either way Petite s level of narcissism is stunning She tries to justify it in the beginning painting a picture of Mr Frog as a workaholic and using phrases like on a rare evening out and I was desperate for adult conversation so we can feel sorry for her But it rings hollow she s living in a city she loves works all day with her best friend no less because she couldn t imagine being stuck at home has money for a nanny and babysitter gets endless weeks of vacation time and also has the unwavering support of Tadpole s grandparents who are eager to take the child for long weekends and vacations offering Petite a break It s hardly a sob story As a reader you re supposed to sympathize with her when she goes out with a blog commentor and ends up having an affair with him a mere two weeks later But you can t sympathize with narcissism Such is her level of self absorption that when she finally breaks it to Mr Frog that she s an adulterer and in fact is leaving him she has the gall to criticize his reaction as unacceptable because there hadn t been a single moan or whimper on my account Oh but she s not too upset to run to her blog and write about itAnd to that I say is this woman INSANE And by the way James sounds like a douchebag


10 thoughts on “Petite Anglaise

  1. says:

    Although I found the book compulsively readable great beach read and the writing lovely although there was some heavy handed phrases which made me wince I had a very difficult time connecting with and having sympathy for the

  2. says:

    Boy oh boy Well I have only myself to blame for reading another of one of these stupid memoires The sole insight this book offers is an insider's view of the mind of a mediocre narcissist Catherine Sanderson attains absolutely zero wisdom fr

  3. says:

    Purchased during a spate of Francophilia this book was in the travel section of my local superstore outlet As this chain does not have a biography section Travel may have seemed like an obvious place to catalogue it but it would have been better served by being placed under the Relationships bannerYoung expat living la Vie franca

  4. says:

    This was a really well written memoir about a British woman living in Paris She is living with a man who refuses to marry her and they have a daughter together Eventually the relationship falls apart and she writes about moving out and dating other people The book started as a blog and than just rehashing blog posts she writes about how blogging affected the course of events At one point she keeps dating a guy she's just not that into becau

  5. says:

    I loved that this book was about love and Paris but that is as far as my love for this book went The main character and author Catherine Sanderson is uite self absorbed and selfish It is hard to find any sympathy for her character as

  6. says:

    Petite Anglaise is a memoir by Catherine Sanderson based on her blog of the same name In 2004 on a whim Catherine decided to start up a blog about a thirty something British woman living in Paris A year after she started the blog in 2005 she left her then partner Mr Frog with whom she had Tadpole for a commenter on her blog Then in 2006 she got dumped dooced fired from her job because she mentioned it in her blog and outed but landed a bo

  7. says:

    Well hmmm I had so wanted this to be good and my own hype regarding it has no doubt caused me to judge it harshly I had read a few blog posts from Petite Anglaise's blog several years ago and was delighted by the simple beauty of her prose With richness she spun anecdotes about her daughter Tadpole and her beloved adopted city of Paris What w

  8. says:

    Hard to read in that No don't go in there kind of way Hard to put down for the same reason

  9. says:

    EhThat was my first reaction after finishing Catherine Sanderson’s memoir about life as a Parisian blogger extraordinaire And how her life or less falls apart as a direct result of itAlthough initially lured to the city of lights from jolly olde England Sanderson or “Petite” if you prefer to use her blogger nom de plume finds herself disenchanted with gay Paris her long term relationship with boyfriend

  10. says:

    When I got this book I hadn't read anything for real in a very long time And when I say for real I mean all the

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