- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (February 12, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394729277
- ISBN-13: 978-0394729275
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History 1st Vintage Books ed Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
"Striking, original and often very clever."-- Time
"Brilliant." -- The Washington Post Book World
"An exercise in culture shock." -- Chronicle of Higher Education
"Robert Darnton has the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter, the thoroughness of a rigorous scholar and the sensitivity of a novelist." -- Stanley Hoffman, The New Republic
From the Inside Flap
When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730's held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomime some twenty times? Why in the 18th century version of "Little Red Riding Hood" did the wolf eat the child at the end? What did the anonymous townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city? These are some of the provocative questions Robert Darnton attempts to answer in this dazzling series of essays that probe the ways of thought in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment."
Top customer reviews
He cautions us to pay attention if this happens because it can be rewarding if we will take the time to inspect and consider it, as a challenge to our understanding. Through further essays, he then discusses the rise of the bourgeois, and also discusses some writing in the Enlightenment, and finally discusses how readers responded to an unusual romance in love letters, written by Rousseau, and how the people of that time period related to reading, and how they approached and related to their books. They apparently did so a lot differently than we do today, and I found this information to be inspiring and fascinating.
This book really was engaging, all through. I enjoyed the way the author put it all together, and posed questions and challenges to the reader. I enjoyed this book a lot, and felt it added to my understanding of history, and also French culture. In the introduction, the author invites us to "enjoy the journey," and I must say that to my surprise, I really did enjoy it, all the way through. I recommend this book to lovers of history, and of French culture, and of learning, in general.
The book reads almost like a novel and there are many "a-HA!" or "wow, who woulda thunkit?" moments throughout.
A true history book that reads like a farce or even, at times, a suspense thriller, answering the greatest detective novel question of all: "HOW?"
I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in cultural history, revolutionary politics or simply (truly) a great "beach novel" that has more substance than your average Dan Brown.
For me this book complimented "Holy Madness : Romantics, Patriots, and Revolutionaries, 1776-1871"by Adam Zamoyski
I would recommend the book for those interested in folk stories and fairy tales. I enjoyed the comparisons of the same themes expressed the folk literature of Germany, England, Italy etc.