This is sub titled ""An Englishman Discovers France and the French"" -- and it might equally well be subtitled ""A Frenchman Discovers England and the English"". For the two sides of the portrait- both in broad caricature- are here and the exaggeration is so close to recognition that it makes alternately irritating and hilarious reading. The one section in questionable taste- and for some readers it will materially hurt the book- is the episode of the honorable Major Thompson's first marriage to Ursula, a marriage based on a mutual passion for horses. This is certainly something to be read episodically, now the Frenchman speaking, now the Englishman -- and read in a mood to enjoy barbed malice overlaid with unflinching analysis. But it's more funny than not.