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Every Frenchman Has One by Olivia de Havilland - A Review


For someone that loves old television, I have not really seen very many old movies.  Apparently Olivia de Havilland was a very famous actress, who was in movies like Gone With the Wind.  She is also a very humorous author.

Although I didn't know who Olivia de Havilland was, there were two reasons that I had to read this book:
1) I went to France when I was 15 (which I just realized was literally half my life ago!), and since then I have been pretty interested in France. 
2) Look at the cover!  I am someone that adores vintage things, and judges books by their covers, and despite this being a reprint in honor of Ms. de Havilland's 100th birthday, it looks like it was printed decades ago.

Once I got past the cover I was not disappointed.  Despite being an actress, she definitely had talent as an author.  She was conversational and funny in her writing. 

Each chapter was a short essay about a different aspect of her adjustment to life in Paris versus life in the United States.  It was written about 50 years ago, so I was a little confused by a couple of things that she talked about, but it didn't detract from the general readability of the book.  This isn't a detailed memoir, it is just a collection of random stories from her first few years in Paris.

It was a quick and pleasant read, and I am glad I got the opportunity to read this book.  I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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