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  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 narrator Catherine whom I found to be a self absorbed and a touch too infatuated with her blog fame I was expecting to read about a woman who dreams of living in Paris and who makes HER life home and career there Instead I found a woman who defines her life by the men who inhabit it and the dedicated readers of her blog I never got to know Catherine as a person beyond the men beyond the blog and I was left wondering what kind of emotional growth did she really makeOther than tender moments with her very lovely daughter Tadpole at times I found Catherine insufferable living her life as a soap opera in order to whet the appetites of her readers and too often relying on her blog to make the communications and connections one should make in REAL life This book is timely however when we're all discussing oversharing and how our online personas affect our lives offline so on that level the book posited some very interesting uestions Yet bits of dialogue like this made me shudderAnd obviously Petite Anglaise can't resist playing to her audience a bit I'll admit that And I'm sure my speaking voices isn't the same as her writing voice I came to this book wanting to know about Catherine and left it learning about Petite who seemed and of a flight of fancy


  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 from her capers One leaves the book feeling only sympathy for those who are close to her particularly her poor daughter who will have to one day learn of her mother's ill advised dalliances oh and years of torturous celibacy at the hands of the child's father So uh duh its hard to maintain a smashing social calendar and blistering hot lovelife while trying to raise a two year old Catherine Get a clue


  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 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


  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 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


  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 she destroys her family for a possible future happiness with a man she meets on her new blog Sadly in the end she ends up alone with a hurt and confused child and a blindsided partner This book is a pass


  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 bookdeal Thus Petite AnglaiseWhen I started the book I wondered how on Earth I’m supposed to review a non fiction book I still don’t know so I’m going to wing it I apologise if my review causes offence and there’s a good chance it might but I have to be honest and admit I really disliked Catherine and thus I really can’t say I enjoyed the bookIt was interesting is as much as I enjoyed Catherine’s honesty I didn’t like what she did but I admired her honesty Apart from that I didn’t like Petite Anglaise at all Catherine was just too difficult to warm to – she came across selfish and very self absorbedHer treatment of Mr Frog and Tadpole really wasn’t great I couldn’t have cared less if her relationship was failing she should have broke it off before having her affair with James The way she and James got together was beyond belief She met him online in the comments of her blog – it sounds so unrealThere also didn’t seem to be much between James and Catherine in relation to their relationship Sure they talked about what they might do but it never really seemed as if anything would come of it And ultimately it didn’t I was with Mr Frog when he said that all James had to do was to say the things Catherine wanted to hear Even when Catherine was with James she still came across selfish when James couldn’t be with her like their day at the beach – they all went out and still she wasn’t happy She also started picking faults with James as well saying he’d worn jeans she hated to meet her friends I mean come onWhat I’d really like to know is why Catherine said she’d like to do the book because many people would pick this up having not read the blog like me I’d heard of the blog but never read it and would think like I did that Catherine comes across as really unlikeableI also wonder about it’s true story intentions as most of the dialogue seemed corny and stilted It seemed fake and filler for the book rather than actual conversations had taken place Catherine’s friend Amy confused me – generally when people are cheated on they don’t condone someone else cheating yet Amy seemed perfectly fine with itThe cover screams chick lit which in my opinion is false advertising Some would pick it up expecting a light and fluffy read and what Catherine does is not light and fluffyI really wouldn’t recommend reading this unless maybe you enjoy the blogRating 15


  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 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 it??And to that I say is this woman INSANE? And by the way James sounds like a douchebag


  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 “Mr Frog” and their two year old daughter “Tadpole” Her dead end secretarial job gives her time to pen a blog at the advent of bloggerdom As a result she becomes Internet famous and is romantically pursued by a reader ultimately causing her to leave her relationship And when romance with her reader fails Petite is left alone in Paris with her daughterTrés tristeI picked this book up for the beach because I wanted to get back to Paris and read about those who have lived the dream becoming a French expat That’s not this book Paris is of a catalyst than anything in this book While happily landmarks and parks are mentioned causing me to ooh and la la ed the story is universal than a Paris story; this kind of heartbreak and resurrection could happen anywhereIt was a super speedy and compelling read; I just felt sad and rushed through the reading because I wanted to get to the part at the end where all of Sanderson’s choices became okay In fact she spends most of the memoir sad and thus a downer was born Not really a beach read In that way it reminded me a lot of the book version of Julie and Julia The movie was infinitely happier as would be a movie version of Petite AnglaiseInterestingly after finishing the book I looked up the blog from which all of the drama sprang and was surprised to see that Petite’s last post was in November of 2009 In it she reports that she doesn’t feel it’s likely that she will be blogging much in the future That part of her life is behind her I will likely pick up Sanderson’s follow up French Kissing because I am nosey and wants to know how the story ends Nevertheless Petite Anglaise isn’t a particularly happy story I can’t say I loved it


  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 words from cover to cover I skip read or skimmed almost everything even things I really wanted to consume or enjoySanderson's book was exactly the right pace and tone to get me back into the mode of reading again I enjoyed her words and being drawn into her scenes and the creations of her characters even as one fellow reader has already commented if I occasionally felt frustrated by them Really if you're making proper connections with the characters in a narrative then you should feel something and I think here we are meant to feel frustrated with certain scenarios and decisionsI'm glad I read Petite Anglaise It really did get me reading again


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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 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 narrator Catherine whom I found to be a self absorbed and a touch too infatuated with her blog fame I was expecting to read about a woman who dreams of living in Paris and who makes HER life home and career there Instead I found a woman who defines her life by the men who inhabit it and the dedicated readers of her blog I never got to know Catherine as a person beyond the men beyond the blog and I was left wondering what kind of emotional growth did she really makeOther than tender moments with her very lovely daughter Tadpole at times I found Catherine insufferable living her life as a soap opera in order to whet the appetites of her readers and too often relying on her blog to make the communications and connections one should make in REAL life This book is timely however when we're all discussing oversharing and how our online personas affect our lives offline so on that level the book posited some very interesting uestions Yet bits of dialogue like this made me shudderAnd obviously Petite Anglaise can't resist playing to her audience a bit I'll admit that And I'm sure my speaking voices isn't the same as her writing voice I came to this book wanting to know about Catherine and left it learning about Petite who seemed and of a flight of fancy

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Petite Anglaise

With 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 rega 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

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Ins 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 t 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 “Mr Frog” and their two year old daughter “Tadpole” Her dead end secretarial job gives her time to pen a blog at the advent of bloggerdom As a result she becomes Internet famous and is romantically pursued by a reader ultimately causing her to leave her relationship And when romance with her reader fails Petite is left alone in Paris with her daughterTrés tristeI picked this book up for the beach because I wanted to get back to Paris and read about those who have lived the dream becoming a French expat That’s not this book Paris is of a catalyst than anything in this book While happily landmarks and parks are mentioned causing me to ooh and la la ed the story is universal than a Paris story; this kind of heartbreak and resurrection could happen anywhereIt was a super speedy and compelling read; I just felt sad and rushed through the reading because I wanted to get to the part at the end where all of Sanderson’s choices became okay In fact she spends most of the memoir sad and thus a downer was born Not really a beach read In that way it reminded me a lot of the book version of Julie and Julia The movie was infinitely happier as would be a movie version of Petite AnglaiseInterestingly after finishing the book I looked up the blog from which all of the drama sprang and was surprised to see that Petite’s last post was in November of 2009 In it she reports that she doesn’t feel it’s likely that she will be blogging much in the future That part of her life is behind her I will likely pick up Sanderson’s follow up French Kissing because I am nosey and wants to know how the story ends Nevertheless Petite Anglaise isn’t a particularly happy story I can’t say I loved it