Because our teaching required us to keep up with France, its culture and its language, Jill and I have returned to France every year whenever University schedules allowed. The snippets collected here are instances, some utterly trivial, some a little less so, of the irreducible differences between our two cultures, of the mistaken ways the French account for American culture, and vice-versa. These are of course caricatures—exaggerations and distortions. Read more
About Jill and David Grossvogel
David I. Grossvogel is the Goldwin Smith Professor Emeritus of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature at Cornell University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on French culture and literature as well as of two recent French novels, Le Journal de Charles Swann and Le Mariage New Yorkais. Read more
Excerpt from the Book
The flight Chicago-Nice connects through Paris. The Paris customs neglected to stamp our passports.