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France: A History: from Gaul to de Gaulle (English Edition) Format Kindle
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Revue de presse
Norwich romps through French history with lots of good stories: philandering kings, dread plagues and legendary dinners (The Times)
For his final book, the late Norwich tackled the dauntingly vast subject of two millennia of French history with admirable lightness and urbanity. There is the odd whiff, probably deliberate, of 1066 and All That - "The Capetians had steadily built up France, transforming it from a Carolingian custard into a nation" - and his comic footnotes deserve a review of their own (The Daily Telegraph, Summer Reads)
A richly illuminating work . . . Norwich was a wonderful military historian (Times Literary Supplement)
Almost the best thing in it is the author's short epilogue, 'The Essence of France', in which he listed what he loved most about that enchanting, if occasionally exasperating, country - its architecture, its painting and its music. These were among Norwich's greatest passions, which he invariably conveyed with authority, charm and wit (Desmond Seward History Today)
A story told with charm and obvious enthusiasm for the subject ... My children constantly ask why the GCSE syllabus cannot be an introduction to British history rather than a somewhat esoteric dive into Weimar, Nazi Germany and Russia. What they want is a comprehensive, approachable and enjoyable survey of the story of our islands - and that is exactly what John Julius Norwich has written about France . . . The attraction of this commendable short history is that it's as entertaining as it is informative, written with fluency, wit and a nicely understated humour: a real pleasure-almost compelling-to read (Country Life)
Norwich treats history like a friendly fireside chat (Sunday Independent)
The tone of France is avuncular, worldly and witty; it is like having dinner with an urbane, well-read uncle. (Country & Town House)
There is certainly a need for a concise history of France in English and, in many ways, John Julius Norwich is the ideal man to write it . . . Norwich has a love for France that stretches back to his childhood and it is evident throughout this readable, entertaining book. (Sunday Times)
This warm, delightful short history of France, aimed convivially at the general reader, is his love letter to the country he knew so well (The Spectator)
John Julius Norwich's political history of France, which begins with Vercingetorix and ends with Charles de Gaulle in 1945, invites us to admire the giants of the past and even vicariously to share in their triumphs . . . richly illuminating (Times Literary Supplement)
Written with zest . . . The sadly late JJN shines through as his best friendly donnish self - an avuncular tutor who invites you in for a glass as he expounds on 2000 years of French history, from the Gauls through Charlemagne and Julius Caesar to de Gaulle. With a deft but gentle touch, he goes through sex, death and tennis, and it either complements a summer holiday to France or gives you a sudden desire to visit (OX Magazine) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition paperback.
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- ASIN : B073B597LV
- Éditeur : John Murray (5 avril 2018)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 2490 KB
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 381 pages
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If you are a fan of John Julius Norwich's books you will know that the information in the footnotes is both essential (this is a history after all) and a place where he regales you with entertaining snippets, wry asides and interesting facts. So to omit these makes the book incomprehensible in places, since you are missing something important, and also strips it of the humour, charm and erudition that characterises this author. I feel that it is also rather shoddy to offer a download of a book with an appreciable amount of the text missing.Consequently one is left cross, with a dull shadow of what should be there and end up forced to buy a hard copy.I cannot recommend that you buy the Kindle edition of this book.
But it's a very blinkered view of the country.
What's missing is the other 99% of the population. Yes, there are movers and shakers in any society but in this book, it's as if the remainder of the French people hardly exist. It's the sort of history I would have read at school - some number of decades ago - rather than a more modern, holistic look at the country and how it's changed over the last couple of millennia.
It also stops after WWII, in 1945, which is a shame, because - as in Britain - so much of modern French life is informed by what happened after that cataclysm. It's especially so in France both because of its history of being occupied, and because of disastrous events such as the never-declared Algerian war.
I remain disappointed.
As he himself admits, the work is not a thorough history - more a potted one - and it is not academically referenced, and only perfunctorily noted. It strikes me as a perfect starter for anyone seeking an overall view of the history of Les Francais, be they old or young.
It has the additional virtue of being beautifully written, as befits the academic and social education of its author.
Enjoyed the book immensely, but it didn’t make 5 stars, because JJN’s unequivocal love for France blinds him to French antipathy - both recent and long-historic - to Britain, and concomitant cognitive dissonance in so far as its failure to acknowledge the debt France owes Britain following the 20C.