François Théodore Thistlethwaite's FRENGLISH THOUGHTS


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Pages: 423
Language: English
Publication date: 19/12/2015
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A humorous look at the French and English through the eyes of a Frenglishman
The product of his parents' ferociously antagonistic genes, François Théodore Thistlethwaite is a split-identity 'Frenglishman'. Any one of his three alter egos - the Marxist Frenchman, François, his conservative English brother, Thistlethwaite, or Théodore, their middle voice of reason - can seize control of the whole to expound their views on some of those différences which go to cause the only similarity between French and English to be the colours of their flag. Illustrated by many hilarious anecdotes based on the author's own experience and observations during his forty years of survival among the French, François Théodore Thistlethwaite's FRENGLISH THOUGHTS contains a host of insightful reflections on such subjects as French and English women, queuing, the English Puritan factor, the French driver, sporting fair play, and many more - some of which are controversial enough to shake the very foundations of the Entente Cordiale.
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On graduating with a bachelor degree in French Language and Literature Barry stepped innocently into the world of work as a commercial supervisor for a large brewery. He quickly realized, however, that a career in beer wasn’t quite his cup of tea and went back to university to train as a French teacher. After two years teaching in a secondary school he successfully applied to spend a year as an English teacher in a lycée as part of an official exchange scheme. It proved such a fascinating experience that he decided to make France his permanent home. And he’s never looked back. Barry has now retired from the English teaching and translation business he set up more than 40 years ago and divides his time between golf, gardening, foreign travel, 19th century French, English and American fiction … and, of course, creative writing. He lives a mainly contemplative life with his French partner, Renée, in the mountains of the Jura region of Eastern France.

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