Because “Every Frenchman Has One”


thEvery Frenchman Has One was written by Olivia de Havilland, who I know best as Melanie in Gone With The Wind. This was not a memoir about her life in Hollywood, instead, it chronicled her attempt to fit into life in Paris as a French wife. 

Let’s be honest, there are dozens of books like this but I hoped that this one would be different simply because of who the author was. I expected that her experiences would be more interesting since I assumed she would be surrounded by glamorous and famous friends. Unfortunately, that was not the case and I was a bit disappointed.

Each chapter described a different faux pas that Olivia experienced with French culture. Driving, insults, and medicine were some of the topics she covered. It was clear that Olivia thought her experiences were very funny, but that humor didn’t exactly come across to me. Instead, this read like every other book about an American in Paris. Olivia seemed like a nice woman who cared about her family but not much of her personality came through in her stories. This was actually pretty impersonal and didn’t have much of a distinction from any other book of this type.

This was a short book that was a quick read for me. This wasn’t what I was expecting and because it could have been much better, it gets only three stars.

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