The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography Illustrated Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Graham Robb has published widely in French literature and history and is the award-winning biographer of Balzac, Victor Hugo, and Rimbaud. His other books include The Discovery of France and Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century. He lives in Oxford, England.
A native of the United Kingdom, Audie and AudioFile Earphones Award winner Derek Perkins's audiobook narration skills are augmented by a knowledge of three foreign languages and a facility with accents. He has narrated numerous titles in a wide range of fiction and nonfiction genres. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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- ASIN : B00421BN8Q
- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (October 17, 2008)
- Publication date : October 17, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 1150 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 496 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #540,302 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The book is beautifully written, instantly grabbing, and most of the time a real page-turner. It does a brilliant job of identifying the demarcation lines between ancient cultures, subcultures, and sub-subcultures through the fissures of French geography. And it makes one think about one's own cultural history, and the impact of roads and communications in unifying a nation into a single culture, as well as what gets lost along the way in that ruthless homogenization.
I can't wait to take this book with me back to the southern parts of France and re-reading it in context. It's just that good.
I have just bought a copy on Amazon, because I want to be able to write in my personal copy.
A question I held for so long about how humans in America could do what they did to so called human African Slaves.? This is not new history. "You have to be carefully taught".
Why are the Parisians today so afraid of communities? depends on what it took to unite all the tribes to form FRANCE.
So,thanks to Rick Steves and Graham Robb and Amazon....
You have all been a blessing to me this week,
Merci, Jacquelyn Goudeau
Top reviews from other countries
As one who has grown up within a nation that can trace its roots back for centuries, I was immediately struck by the author's account of how slowly France evolved as a single country. Until the relatively recent past, he points out, it was a huge collection of small pays, each with its own narrow boundaries, its own customs, often its own language. Travel further than the range of its agriculture was virtually unknown. There might be a marriage linking a neighbouring pays but that in itself was rare.
It was the building of the roads that began the amalgamation. Roads made it possible to travel to sell what was produced. Travel widened horizons for those in search for work. The canal network contributed. And as the roads improved, they were overtaken by the railway. In a sense, national unity was forced upon France by tourism. But, says the author, pockets of independence can still be found if you know where to look. Robb knows.
All this is fleshed out with anecdote and portrait. Robb writes persuasively, and if the result is sometimes like a work of pointillism a picture emerges. Read it, and the next time you stop in a village square for a beer and a croque monsieur you will look around you with different, more knowing eyes.
I would be interested to know if this book has been translated into French.