La Seduction by Elaine Sciolino
How the French Play the Game of Life

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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.

In La Seduction, 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.

La Seduction will charm you and encourage you to lower your defenses about the French. Pull up a chair and let Elaine Sciolino seduce you.

 

About Elaine Sciolino

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Elaine Sciolino is the author of the award-winning book Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran. She is a Paris correspondent and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, having previously served as the newspaper's chief diplomatic correspondent and UN bureau chief. In 2010, she was decorated a chevalier of the Legion of Honor. She has also been a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, based in Paris and Rome. She lives in Paris with her husband. Visit Elaine Sciolino's website at www.ElaineSciolino.com
 
Published June 7, 2011 by Times Books. 351 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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The art of getting results by attraction rather than coercion is a long specialty of the French, especially in terms of politics, foreign policy, language, manners, food, culture and style.

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“what is diplomacy if not one never ending seduction?” Unfortunately, such sweeping formulaic statements violate one of the most important laws of séduction à la française, as defined by one of Sciolino’s own favorite sources, the advertising mogul and power-broker Jacques Séguéla: “The real sedu...

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Publishers Weekly

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Witty and keen-eyed, Sciolino (Persian Mirrors) is an American journalist living in Paris who feels by turns charmed and irritated by the French "civilizing arts."

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New York Journal of Books

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“. . . your best bet for understanding the French would be to pick up La Séduction and read it at your leisure, preferably with a glass of wine and Debussy playing on your iPod.”

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Los Angeles Times

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That's what Elaine Sciolino discovers in her book "La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life," a look at why the food is so delicious, the perfumes so beguiling, the languid conversation of Paris cafes so intoxicating, the French so, well, French.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

To help us appreciate French culture, Elaine Sciolino, the Paris correspondent for the New York Times, has written an informative and entertaining study of la séduction.

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Macleans

Trying to dissect the French art of seduction is a bit like running Monet’s paints through chromatography to discern their magic.

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Independent.ie

During the fallout from l'affaire DSK, a high-profile French sociologist wrote a piece in Le Monde teasing out what it might mean for French women that a man "everyone knew" was a serial seducer, at best, had been a shoo-in for president.

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