Doing Germany by Agnieszka Poletta was a hilarious romp through a foreign culture through the eyes of a hybrid immigrant North American who, despite her multi-cultural background, was something of a naif when she encountered Germany for the first time.
In Doing Germany 2, the author picks up right where she left off in the first book. Married now, to a German-Pole, or is that Polish-German, with a baby newly arrived, Agnes and M (she refuses to name him through two books, can you believe that?) argue over whether the kid should be named Max or Maximillian—thankfully, Max wins. Agnes (the anglicized version of her Polish given name) continues to struggle with the cultural chasm she must cross to learn to get along in Germany.
If you’re into sophisticated, low-key humor, in the words of the infamous mobster, ‘fuggedaboudit.’ This book is low-brow, in your face humor from start to finish. If you’ve been in a situation where you’re encountering a completely alien culture for the first time, though, you’ll immediately see the point.
Light reading, quick to read, and funny as hell. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I give it four stars.
Doing Germany by Agnieszka Paletta is a different kind of travelogue. Follow the adventures and misadventures of the author, a Polish-Canadian who loves Italy, as she leaves Italy with M after accidentally stepping on his toes in a crowded Italian night club.
Lovers of travel stories will be enthralled by this author’s view of an alien country, its differences and similarities to her hybrid native culture, and her responses as she learns to call Germany ‘home.’
This book will make you laugh until you shed tears, and in some places will just cause tears, but in the end, you’ll be aching to read the follow-on book to see where life goes for Agnieszka, now a wife and mother, and you’ll wonder, is she ‘doing’ Germany, or is Germany ‘doing’ her.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I give it five stars for its sheer chutzpah.