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This review is from: La Grammaire Est Une Chanson Douce (Ldp Litterature) (French Edition) (Mass Market Paperback)
I am a French teacher and *cannot wait* to get this book into the hands of my students. It has such a cute way of explaining essential grammatical concepts without being pedantic at all. Set on a magical island where the protagonist lands after a shipwreck, the novel talks about adjectives, for example, wanting to "marry" nouns (for gender agreement); about how adverbs are loners, and how verbs need a "time" (and there are different "clocks" to illustrate the tenses). There is a musical subtheme as well.
Ultimately, it's a book for word lovers and Francophones. As a member of the Academie Francaise, the author Orsenna is clearly playing with the pure joy of language. He delights in using an incredible vocabulary--but it is not necessary to look up each word to enjoy the novel. It's all about the pleasure of the word...and the page.