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Re: Fifty Shades of Dietlikon - Hausfrau a Novel

So I finally finished the book. Was it the best book I've ever read? Certainly not. But not a bad read. The author has a nice poetic, descriptive writing style (not surprising given her background). But I really struggled to get through the first half of the book. It was just sooooo long and slow to me. But it picked up -- when things hit rock bottom for Anna.

That said, I guess I can relate a bit to her story of isolation and sadness as it's a story that's been told by many expat (usually wives) in Switzerland who don't understand the culture, cannot express themselves due to now knowing the language and left a career behind. I think if she'd had a job it would have given her more purpose. But that clearly wasn't going to happen given her very traditional (gender role-wise) Swiss husband. She was there for the kids and to be a homemaker, and that was that. And she eventually saw the writing on the wall (subconsciously at first, hence her behaviour) then she pays the consequences. In any event, if you are an expat in Switzerland I would still recommend reading the book, male or female.

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Re: Fifty Shades of Dietlikon - Hausfrau a Novel

yes Nanners, I think many expats underestimate the power of being at home and leaving the professional environment behind.

That's why I tell my friends who plan to move abroad, as expat or for permanent stay: consider that it is difficult to find a way in the new surrounding anyway, and if you are not used to being a stay at home mum/dad, it can be very tough.

Have a nice day!!
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Re: Fifty Shades of Dietlikon - Hausfrau a Novel

"Wife in the North" by Judith O`Reilly that started of as a blog and since has been published has some good insights into moving into a different culture and she only went from the London to Northumberland.
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