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The Story of French Paperback – Illustrated, January 8, 2008

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“A well-told, highly accessible history of the French language that leads to a spirited discussion of the prospects for French in an increasingly English-dominated world.” ―William Grimes, The New York Times

“Exceptionally told, a celebration of the lasting influence of la française.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED Review

“Excellent...An engaging and well-conceived book. Highly recommended.” ―Library Journal

“Fascinating . . . a fresh approach to both the language and the history. It combines a detailed and learned grasp of the evolution of the language in various parts of the Francophone world with a personal touch.” ―Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of French, English, and Comparative Literature, City University of New York

“The Story of French hums with the spirit of a novel, the heart of a travel book and the brains of an essay. Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Julie Barlow have seized an ambitious theme and made it fascinating and easy to read. With a deft and energetic touch, the authors offer personality and wisdom in this wonderful tribute to the French language and the people who speak it.” ―Lawrence Hill, Author of Any Known Blood

About the Author

Canadian journalist-author JEAN-BENOÎT NADEAU is an award-winning contributor to L’actualité. Writings with his life partner, JULIE BARLOW, have appeared in the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, Saturday Night, The Christian Science Monitor and the International Herald Tribune, among others. In 2003, Nadeau and Barlow published their critical and popular success, Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong. They live in Montreal.

Canadian journalist-author JULIE BARLOW is a regular contributor to Montreal public affairs magazine L’actualité. Her writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers in the U.S. Canada and Europe, including the New York Times, USA Today, Toronto Star, and the International Herald Tribune. In 2003, Barlow published an international bestseller Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong with her husband and co-author Jean-Benoît Nadeau. In 2006 the couple published the critical success The Story of French. They've also released The Story of Spanish.

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  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • Paperback : 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0312341849
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312341848
  • Dimensions : 5.41 x 1.36 x 8.31 inches
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: : English
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy with this STORY OF FRENCH
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who loves languages!
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