The most penetrating account of contemporary France we re ever likely to own.In looking for clues to French character, the author explores everything from wine culture to cultural politics, movies, food and the higher eroticism New York TimesAn enormously entertaining account of contemporary France from the former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times Bernstein combines personal memoir, informed observation, and news hound curiosity to offer a stirring and unforgettable panaorama of Franceat times exalted, troubling, and occasionally absurd....
|Title||:||Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French|
|Publisher||:||Plume September 26, 1991|
|Number of Pages||:||368 pages|
|File Size||:||889 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French Reviews
I was searching for a non-fiction book to read before my trip to Paris. I like understanding the cultural/historical aspects of a place before succumbing to the sights and beauty. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to do this as well. It's well written and easy to read, not bogged down too much in the history of the monarchs and Napoleon. I feel that I understand the French much better today and their position in the socio-economic world.
Well-written, readable book about the French view of the world from an experienced American perspective. I read it before a recent visit to France and felt that I had much more of a sense of the people and the country I was visiting.
Some chapters are still relevand, others are dated.
Richard Bernstein uses the subject quote in his introductory chapter as a conclusion to the grousing of numerous expatriate residents of France, who complain how things are changing for the worse; that things are not as they use to be in France, but conclude that still: "..." This book confirms why those sentiments might be valid.
deep, unbiased, well researched in all aspects of the review. Written with excellent litterary talent, the book, although extensive, is never boring. One of the best I have ever read about the French and their country.