Synopses & Reviews
A BOOK FOR ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN IRRITATED, IGNORED, AMUSES, OR PERPLEXED BY THE FRENCH.
French cuisine, French style, and French wine are internationally renowned and familiar, but for most of the English-speaking world, the French people remain an enigma. In his engaging, eye-opening book, Theodore Zeldin introduces scores of French men, women, and children to answer the questions that confound every visitor to France: When do you laugh at a Frenchman's stories and when should you look solemn? How can you tell what a French person wants to achieve in a business negotiation? Why do they treat foreigners so rudely? These and other conundrums are resolved as Zeldin explores the emotions and assumptions behind the faï¿½ade of this complex and contradictory society. Both erudite and entertaining, The French is illuminating to visitors, indispensable to anyone doing business in the country, and delightful reading for anyone fascinated by the land of Asterix, Descartes, Proust, and Bardot.
"The best expert on France is British citizen. His name is Theodore Zeldin."-Les Nouvelles d'Orlï¿½ans
"Everything is fascinating in this enquiry by an Englishman who knows us better than we know ourselves."-Livres de France
"Highly intelligent, observant, perceptive, humorous, and sympathetic."-The Spectator
"[This] highly readable...book topples one Gallic Stereotype after another....Centuries of inaccurate assumptions melt away."-Newsweek
Includes bibliographical references (p. 517-529) and index.
About the Author
THEODORE ZELDIN is a Fellow of St. Anthony's College, Oxford. His two-volume masterpiece, France, 1848-1945, received international acclaim, and his most recent work is An Intimate History of Humanity
. A recipient of Britain's prestigious Wolfson Prize, he is included in the Magazine Littï¿½raire's list of "Today's 100 Most Important Thinkers."