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

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

by Catherine Blyth

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The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure by Catherine Blyth

Read Catherine Blyth's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Reclaim the pleasures and possibilities of great conversation with this sparkling guide from the witty pen of an Englishwoman wise to its art

Every day we use cell phones and computers to communicate, but it's easy to forget that we possess a communication technology that has been in research and development for thousands of years. Catherine Blyth points out the sorry state of disrepair that conversation has fallen into-and then, taking examples from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, and popular culture, she gives us the tools to rebuild.

The Art of Conversation isn't about etiquette, elocution, or knowing how to hold your teacup with your little finger crooked just so. It's about something simple and profound: connecting. Conversation costs nothing, but can bring you the world, because it transcends the ability to talk to anyone. What transforms encounters into adventures is how we listen, laugh, flirt, and flatter. Blyth celebrates techniques for reading and changing minds, whether you're in a bar or a boardroom.

As Alexander Pope nearly wrote, "True ease in talking comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who have learned to dance." When you have read The Art of Conversation, you'll not only know the steps, but hear the music like never before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592404971
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 293,920
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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"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

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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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