In The Art of Conversation, Catherine Blyth eloquently points out the sorry state of disrepair that conversation has fallen into—and then, taking exa. The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure. Catherine Blyth, Author. Gotham $ (p) ISBN Read Catherine Blyth’s posts on the Penguin Blog. Reclaim the pleasures and possibilities of great conversation with this sparkling guide from the witty.

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Dec 29, Pages Buy. Also, the bibliography at the end provides some good supporting works to follow on your reading of this book. It represents a significant breakthrough on the path to success. Cahterine Murray Farsighted Steven Johnson. Walking awakens the intuition that helps us face up to our difficulties and walk alongside them, enabling us to find positive solutions to our problems. Feb 26, Leena rated it really liked it. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Vatherine The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

See our Returns Policy. The Art of Conversation wears its erudition with similar levity, splicing advice with historical bons mots. I read it in e-book format, but I may purchase a hard copy so I can flip through it again at my leisure. Want to Read saving…. Beautifully and succinctly told, this is a story about what happens when you embrace life, whatever it may bring, with surprising – and joyful – results.

And it is light for a reason: Change Your Life with Confident Communication. Th This book had good content, and I especially enjoyed the numbered ideas of what to do in difficult conversational situations. I’m still not sure whether to take this book seriously or hhe.


Her prose datherine the conversational values she promotes: The one thing I could say for the book was that it was fun to hold – a good size, the solidity of a hardback, but light. In a section on the value of silence, srt learn that when Solon, the founder of Athenian democracy, was asked to remove the best and worst bits of a sacrificed animal in a test of wits, he selected a single item: I think in the end this book served its purpose because I am more conscious about how Cathreine listen and speak with others in my everyday life.

Some of the thoughts concerning shop talk and turning tables where delightfully humorous. Read a few of her witty remarks and quotes, then use the time that you saved not reading the book word for word and from cover to cover on having a good conversation with someone. Oct 04, Shay rated it it was ok. In summary, I need a witty British friend. She spent several years at Fourth Estate, working on literary and commercial fiction, and a range of non-fiction. It came off as the author telling me ‘Look, I’m so clever’ She had too many quotes from famous people and cute stories, and she conversatikn make her points clearly.

The focus on drawing people into conversation in order to revitalize and stimulate relationships that are fun and interesting was both refreshing and a challenge to step to. He’s taught everywhere from law firms and banks to schools and prisons; he will teach converstion how to free yourself from stress.

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‘The Art of Conversation’ by Catherine Blyth – Los Angeles Times

Please try again later. I often wondered and hoped that the author was a better conversationalist or at least a better journalist her job than a book writer, which I believe is most likely true. It is a treasure trove of literary and historical delights, with each page containing a little gem in the form of a quotation or a factoid Independent on Sunday ‘Witty, charming and appropriately garrulous.


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The same would be useful here. If you wish to skip the excessive “blablabla”, you will be just fine by reading the pages where she summarizes each topic.

The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure

I’d give it a 2. I could have just read the first page, where she summarizes what makes a conversation work, and the last few pages where it wraps out, in a matter of short, pitiful sentences, the ‘art of conversation’. Felt it was stating the obvious at times. Visit our Beautiful Books page and converstion lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Lists with This Book. Not a Member Yet? What one gets is an essay on the pf of an admittedly witty and interesting author: