Pardon My French: How a Grumpy American Fell in Love with France –

To make a friend is a joy To make a friend in another country is a wonderment a small miracle Pardon My French follows an American author who has embraced a daunting mission not to be a spectator in France but an enthusiastic participant fully engaged, fully aliveIn France, Johnson is like an alien from another planet Everything is strange to him His goal is to speak French without going to prison, drive without being squashed like a bug, dance the tango without losing his marriage, and belt out a tune with a world class jazz combo without being booed off the stageRepeatedly, the author fearlessly steps into harm s way He joins a summer acting troop and witnesses the French version of sexual liberation He pits his rather staid and conventional driving skills against the French speed demons of Languedoc He tries to be cool in a painting class while sputtering nervously in front of the nude model with the long legs and silky voiceAnd then, after it all after the splendor of Christmas on the Mediterranean, the bicycle tours along the French canals, the mountain treks amply supplied with French bread, cheese, and wine the miracle happens The often self deprecating and bungling American meets and falls in love with a beautiful mistress La belle France And when he does, an entire village adopts him into a new family one with a gracious heart and a beautiful French accent