The Story of French

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.

The Story of French

The Story of French

Why does everything sound better if it's said in French? That fascination is at the heart of The Story of French, the first history of one of the most beautiful languages in the world that was, at one time, the pre-eminent language of literature, science and diplomacy. In a captivating narrative that spans the ages, from Charlemagne to Cirque du Soleil, Jean-Benoît 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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The Story of French
Language: en
Pages: 496
Authors: Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-01-08 - Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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Language: en
Pages: 496
Authors: Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Julie Barlow
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Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-10-09 - Publisher: Vintage Canada

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