La Seduction

La Seduction

How the French Play the Game of Life

Book - 2011
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The hidden truth about the French way of life: it's all about seduction: its rules, its pleasures, its secrets.France is a seductive country, seductive in its elegance, its beauty, its sensual pleasures, and its joie de vivre. But Elaine Sciolino, the longtime Paris bureau chief of The New York Times, has discovered that seduction is much more than a game to the French: it is the key to understanding France. Seduction plays a crucial role in how the French relate to one another - not just in romantic relationships, but also in how they conduct business, enjoy food and drink, define style, engage in intellectual debate, elect politicians, and project power around the world. While sexual repartee and conquest remain at the heart of seduction, for the French seduction has become a philosophy of life, even an ideology, that can confuse outsiders. Sciolino gives us an inside view of how seduction works in all areas, analyzing its limits as well as its power. She demystifies the French way of life in an entertaining and personal narrative that carries us from the neighborhood shops of Paris to the halls of government, from the gardens of Versailles to the agricultural heartland. Seduction a la Francaise will charm you and encourage you to lower your defenses about the French. Pull up a chair and let Elaine Sciolino seduce you.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805091151
Branch Call Number: 302. 34 SCI
Characteristics: 338 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.


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Dec 13, 2017

Quite boring. Not much to learn here, more a love-fest for the French. Doesn't go into enough detail. Plenty of pointless anecdotes. Not a compelling read for a subject that should be ripe for criticism and analysis.

May 20, 2017

Very good book, and far more engaging and in depth than I would have expected. The author really gets to the heart of French culture, and has a keen eye (and ear), for the subtle ways of French expression. It also reveals that French seduction is not only about sex.

Apr 15, 2012

Lots of blah blah blah by an American living in France. She goes on about how it is so "not like the states", which gets old. Her insights point out a society I would rather live in. Maybe we should switch places. Question is: Why is she even there?

Dec 14, 2011

Ms. Sciolino does a surperb job of explainging the non-chalance of the French. Though, North Americans can be faulted for perjoratives in realtion to the title, others interested in human interactions, social discourse and belonging to an elite intellectually driven society will be fascinated.
We have seduction -- automobile repair shops, seduction in discourse, seduction in dress......all very complex characteristics of a vibrant lively society.

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