German Men Sit Down to Pee: And Other Insights into German Culture by Niklas Franks and James Cave
Description: Welcome to Germany, a country where you should always wait at the red man, show up on time for your wedding, and be extremely suspicious if anyone offers you a doughnut. German Men Sit Down to Pee is a tongue-in-cheek guidebook to German culture that highlights the "rules" Germans consciously and unconsciously follow, and tries to make a little sense of it all along the way. Why, for example, mowing your lawn on a Sunday will mean getting an earful from your neighbour, but lie naked in the middle of a public park and nobody will bat an eyelid. Ideal for anyone planning on visiting on moving to Germany, German Men Sit Down to Pee offers a collection of insights inot German rules and cultural norms that those visiting Germany will not only find humorous, but useful for avoiding any cultural faux-pas. (from Goodreads)
Genre: Nonfiction - Travel
Why I Picked This Book: The title made me giggle and I don't really know that much about modern German culture so I was curious.
My Impression: This was a really interesting little book (it's around 115 pages) and I loved that it was factual but didn't take itself to seriously. It covers everything you can think of about day to day life in Germany - shopping, work, spending habits, rule following, and holidays to name a few.
I know a number of people who travel to Germany for work and I think this book would be very useful - especially the section on meetings.
I learned that there are almost as many types of sausages as there are beer and that some are very rare. That patriotism is a conflicting emotion for most Germans and that history is taken very seriously. Actually most things are taken pretty seriously - including bathroom habits!
The description of the Christmas Markets made me want to plan a trip to Germany (in German style - about 2 years in advance. Another positive thing about going in December is that I'd miss the asparagus season. My dislike of asparagus and my complete lack of punctuality pretty much confirm my complete lack of German roots
This quick read was light and informative. I would have liked some personal stories and some more details about the authors' experiences in Germany I think would have made this book more interesting. If you're heading over to Germany or someone from Germany is heading over here pick up this book so you don't make the faux-pas of trying to make small talk or not taking your hobby seriously.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: I would. I like their writing style and would enjoy seeing what they come up with next.
Would I Recommend this Book?: If you have an interest in German culture or are planning a trip to Germany I think this would be a good book to pick up.