I am fascinated by the French. Because I have a deep love of language and quick understanding of the meta-message, I am intrigued by a culture that uses language as identity. La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life is a book that describes a way of life so infused with pleasure and seduction: from how the manner of seduction is played out in a social setting such as a dinner party i.e. the rules of the game, to the smallest gesture of kissing a woman’s hand, to how politicians seduce the population. This is a litany on the intricacies of seductions. On the other hand, she also talks about a culture clogged with cultural hindrances to advancement and change.
It is easy to see the book is written by a journalist. Although she shares personal experiences of living in France for decades and interacting with french people of many classes, the book is throughly researched and organized.
La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life, Elaine Sciolino, 2011, Times Books