“When you work to please others you can’t succeed, but the things you go to satisfy yourself stand a chance of catching someone’s interest.” – Marcel Proust, Pastiches Et Mélanges.
A Novel written by four best friends intrigues me right away. Expecting nothing but sass and class, this book is what I’ve been looking for a long time, it has a unique approach with no chapters or even a story. Although you could argue that it is a broken down one about a typical ‘Parisian woman’, it’s got every little detail down from tips on how to be stylish, effortless, extravagant and how to throw the best parties, you name it.
Although I say ‘effortless’ is stressed throughout the book, I’d say it comes across with very high maintenance attitudes rather than low. The book is hilarious at times and did have me laughing to myself now and again about certain attitudes I regard myself having. The part about ‘Women’s Real Assets’ and ‘The Ideal Man’ will just make you giggle. Although it can be seen as a parody, it’s great to learn recipes for dinner parties and other delightful little bites. As well as this, a lot of girls and guys want to be a fashionista or go through these fashion craze phases and nothing is better to than look up to French Goddesses such as Bridget Bardot and Thylane Blondeau.
I find it truly fascinating that us British people and other countries around the world are obsessed about French lifestyle and culture along with their flawless simplicity. If you want to be took to a first date, a party, the countryside or get advice about how to look natural to making your boyfriend jealous, it has every tip of the trade for your indulgence.
Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas have hit every French stereotype on the head.
Let me know what you think of the book in the comments guys, it’s worth a read.