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C'est la Folie

One Man's Quest for a More Meaningful Life
Narrated by: Michael Wright
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
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Summary

One day in late summer, Michael Wright gave up his comfortable South London existence and, with only his long-suffering cat for company, set out to begin a new life. His destination was "La Folie", a dilapidated 15th century farmhouse in need of love and renovation in the heart of rural France.

In a bid to fulfil a childhood dream of becoming a Real Man, he struggles to make the journey from clinically social townie to rugged, solitary paysan. Through his enthusiastic attempts at looking after livestock and coming to terms with the concept of living Abroad Alone, he discovers what it takes to be a man at the beginning of the 21st century.

©2006 Michael Wright (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic reviews

"Wright captures the fun of the countryside perfectly." (Sunday Times)
"What elevates this book...is Wright's gentle humour and his ability to create a vivid impression of his literal and emotional journey...with such wit and perception." (Sunday Telegraph)

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C'est formidable !

Listened to this first in a cottage in Northern Brittany but would have enjoyed it anywhere. Really funny, and yet very insightful and honest about his own character and those of the wonderful characters living around him. His love and enthusiasm for the country and the people he meets shine through. Listening also evoked many memories of growing up in the late 60's and 70's as well as capturing the difficulties of learning and speaking another language while in that country. His reading is note perfect.

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emotional roll through life in rural france

I have loved this book and the one that follows. Funny, honest, account of the struggles to adapt to a very different life. I loved his different accents and his bit and pieces of French language. I will play it again and again.

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Supprisingly adictive

I bought this book because I have always wanted to live in France. I found this book addictive and what ever the audible equivalent of a page turner. I listened to the book in about 5 days and can't wait to listen to the follow up. Michael's description of living with Chickens has even made a true towny like me think about it.

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C'est la Folie

Pure magic. Hearing Michael Wright's description of people and flying over France plus his love of his farm animals, is like going on a holiday.

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"C'est la Folie"

Absolutely entrancing. I've listened to it over and over and it still makes me laugh. A delightful, uplifting book and one which it's easy to dip in and out of - am now looking forward to the next one.

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if you've ever dreamed of living the dream...

Then this is book for you! Francophile or not this books takes you away from the 9-5 into a world of nature, simplicity and tranquility.

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Re length - Linda Aug.27th

I have just downloaded this title and there are two parts each of 12 hours . Make sure you download both parts.

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C'est merveilleux

Absolutely enchanting. I loved this book when I read it years ago. Now listening to it on Audible, il est devenu vivant!

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A wonderful story

Michael tells the wonderfully warm story of his adventure moving to France. His warm tone and sensitive words paint a wonderful picture of his life at La Folie.

I’d recommend this to anyone who, like I, have a dream of escaping to France.

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Loved it!

I felt like I could relate to the writer from the off. Lots of nostalgic and inspiring feelings mixed in with a certain something. If only the English had a word for it.. It was as if someone had access to my brain at times, such were the thoughts that the writer told with a subtle, but sophisticated skill. On to the next book I can find by Michael Wright.

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I laugh, cry, envy and delight as I listen

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This is the most delightful book, along with its sequel, in my audio library. Michael reveals himself bravely to the world and comes across as an altogether delightful person. It is truly wonderful in this day and age of rage against circumstance to find a writer who tells of his joy of living in the everyday. He imparts his gratitude for having the ability to choose and live the way he wants to, not in a mawkish count your blessings way, but imparts to the reader with great story telling skills, humour and occasional pathos that he has achieved his ambition and is delighted with it. His grass is greener, he is having his cake and eating it, and is content - a rare thing for the modern human, it seems.As an annual visitor to France, I find the behaviour of his compatriots the most unappealing thing about the country so applaud his respect for his adopted country and its citizens - no anecdotes about simpleton artisans just because they speak another language and have different ways of doing things.Truly a great find and a great person to spend many hours with - I was very glad he read the books himself.