The Story of French (Paperback)

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    Imagine a language watched over by a group of “Immortals” wearing Napoleonic hats and brandishing swords, one with rules so complex that mastery is a farce, and one whose speakers spend millions of dollars yearly to place it artfully in liter...

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    Partners in life and in writing, Canadian journalist-authors JEAN-BENOIT NADEAU and JULIE BARLOW are award-winning contributors to L’actualite. Their writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, Saturday Night, The Christian Science Monitor and the International Herald Tribune, among others. In 2003, Nadeau and Barlow published their critical and popular success, Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong. They live in Montreal.

    Imagine a language watched over by a group of “Immortals” wearing Napoleonic hats and brandishing swords, one with rules so complex that mastery is a farce, and one whose speakers spend millions of dollars yearly to place it artfully in literature, music, and film. Now consider that this language is second only to English to the number of countries where it is officially spoken and has tripled in use in the last fifty years. Simultaneously frightening users with its delicately nuanced vowels, it is also beloved by millions for its romantic associations. The language is French, and this, is its story.



    In a captivating narrative that spans the ages, from Charlemagne to Cirque du Soleil, Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow unravel the mysteries of a language that has maintained its global influence despite the rise of English. As in any good story, The Story of French has spectacular failures, unexpected successes and bears traces of some of history’s greatest figures: the tenacity of William the Conqueror, the staunchness of Cardinal Richelieu, and the endurance of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Through this colorful history, Nadeau and Barlow illustrate how French acquired its own peculiar culture, revealing how the culture of the language spread among francophones the world over and yet remains curiously centered in Paris. In fact, French is not only thriving—it still has a surprisingly strong influence on other languages. As lively as it is fascinating, The Story of French challenges long held assumptions about French and shows why it is still the world’s other global language.

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    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    ISBN 9780312341848
    Genre LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 483
    Publisher Date 2008-01-08 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Griffin
    Copyright Year 2008
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 0.98 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Nadeau, Jean-Benoit

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    • Good read for the smart

      Good read for those who enjoy an intellectual book on the history and mood of a language by the story of its people.

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