By Ian Moore
A comedic romp via one man's lifestyles within the Loire Valley, France
Comedian, mod, grump Ian Moore has had adequate. bored with being not able to park anyplace close to his cramped condominium in a loud city he doesn’t like, he hatches a plan to maneuver his spouse and younger son to a distant nook of the Loire Valley looking for serenity and area. numerous years later, Ian unearths himself as much as his neck in bilingual offspring, feral cats, promiscuous horses, dysfunctional spaniels, and needy hens; he’s wrestling with electrical fences, a overseas language, a mountain of animal waste, and a spouse who collects cattle like there’s a biblical flood at the horizon, all whereas attempting to not soiled his loafers. yet regardless of the ups, downs, and lengthening calls for of Ian’s showbiz occupation, the Moore relatives persevere to create a special, colourful, and finally profitable existence of their new home—à los angeles campagne and à l. a. mod!
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Du Châtelet’s only interest was the army; he was generally absent on garrison duty and Émilie was left very much to her own devices. Like her father she loved society and the life at Court; she acquired a taste for gambling and plunged into amorous adventure. In spite of her careful upbringing and the outlet provided by a diversity of interests, she always had something of the whore. A man engaged as footman in her house has told how, on the first morning, he was sent for to her bedroom. While she was giving him orders she took off her nightdress and stood naked as a marble statue.
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À La Mod: My So-Called Tranquil Family Life in Rural France by Ian Moore