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

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

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by Catherine Blyth
     
 

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"This guide points out the sorry state that conversation has fallen into - and then gives us the tools to rebuild." Taking lessons from philosophy, anthropology, and literature, Catherine Blyth uncovers the rules and some surprising secrets, with advice for navigating conversational situations from bedroom to boardroom, and hilarious tales of how it can all go wrong.  See more details below

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"This guide points out the sorry state that conversation has fallen into - and then gives us the tools to rebuild." Taking lessons from philosophy, anthropology, and literature, Catherine Blyth uncovers the rules and some surprising secrets, with advice for navigating conversational situations from bedroom to boardroom, and hilarious tales of how it can all go wrong.

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Publishers Weekly

British journalist Blyth was once described as "the person you hope you'll find at the next cocktail party-or the person you'd like to be." The next best thing is a close encounter with Blyth on the printed page. Adopting a chatty, conversational manner to write about conversation, Blyth mixes personal anecdotes into a salmagundi of selected quotes from anthropology, history, literature, philosophy and pop culture to analyze and give advice on the dynamics of good conversation, not to mention the perfect riposte for every situation. She examines everything from small talk to pillow talk, from riotous raconteurs to crashing bores, from flattery to false smiles. The key is listening: "Good conversation is a team sport; pace and energy keep it alive." Blyth probes layers of language, humor as social engineering, baiting, lies, flirting, evasions and failed shoptalk, such as how "miscommunication lost Xerox the PC." Witty, eloquent and insightful, Blyth's book is a delightful encouragement to rediscover conversation as the best communication technology. (Jan.)

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From the Publisher
"In this handy guide to civilized banter, Blyth reintroduces the craft of modern discourse."
-Elle

"The Art of Conversation will make your next foray into a bar or business reception much more entertaining [...] it will help both wallflowers and those lost in cyberspace achieve conversational connections."
-Los Angeles Times

"Witty, eloquent and insightful, Blyth's books is a delightful encouragement to rediscover conversation as the best communication technology."
-Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143144236
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
12/26/2008
Edition description:
Abridged
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 4.90(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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From the Publisher
"In this handy guide to civilized banter, Blyth reintroduces the craft of modern discourse."
-Elle

"The Art of Conversation will make your next foray into a bar or business reception much more entertaining [...] it will help both wallflowers and those lost in cyberspace achieve conversational connections."
-Los Angeles Times

"Witty, eloquent and insightful, Blyth's books is a delightful encouragement to rediscover conversation as the best communication technology."
-Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Catherine Blyth is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in numerous British publications, including The Times and The Daily Telegraph. Despite her marriage to a mischievous gossip columnist, she still manages to enjoy a thriving social life.

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The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SiouxBee More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it discusses the importance of conversation as a glue that holds society together and helps give meaning to life. I think rethinking about and being reminded why conversation is important to civilization was the most important idea that I came away with. As a somewhat shy person, it also gave me some ways to think about how one goes about having a conversation. I really like this book and would recommend it to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found "The Art of Conversation" to be an incredibly informative as well as an entertaining read. Even the experienced conversationalist could pick up a few tips from the book, which is well organized--each chapter's lessons are formatted into numbered bullet-points. Ms. Blyth uses referenced sources along with her own insight to deliver one of the most useful and fresh "How-To" guides to an under-appreciated art form. My only complaint is that the language can be hard to understand at times, occasionally sounding a little too esoteric for a book written in a conversational tone. However, "The Art of Conversation" remains the best self-help book I've read in a long time, and I strongly recommend it for anyone interested in improving their conversational skills.
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