Friday, September 9, 2011

La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life

Enchanté. Readers who enjoy light storytelling in nonfiction may be amused by Elaine Sciolino’s charming book about France titled, La Seduction. Sciolino sees an organizing principle underlying most aspects of French culture: seduction. She moves from personal relationships to politics, to eating and drinking, to intellectual life and every aspect of life, finding in each area ample ammunition to support her premise that understanding seduction is the key to understanding the French. American Francophiles will be particularly amused by this book. It’s a quick read, and her prose keeps readers engaged. Just when she comes close to beating the horse to death, she moves to another area of focus.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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