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S 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 too 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 daughterTr s 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

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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 w 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

Catherine Sanderson É 9 review

Ith 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 regain 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


10 thoughts on “Petite Anglaise

  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

  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

  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 ha

  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 write

  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 en

  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

  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 i

  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 h

  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 cons