A wide-ranging, exhortatory look at the pleasures of great
conversation, including strategies for how to bring it about, from the
witty pen of an Englishwoman wise in its ways
In The Art of Conversation,
Catherine Blyth eloquently 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. Her prose embodies the conversational
values she promotes: It’s smart, succinct, self-deprecating, and light
on its feet.
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. In our distracted days, it’s easy to forget that each of
us possesses a communication technology that has been in research and
development for thousands of years. Conversation costs nothing, but
can bring you the world.
Blyth offers us a chance to revel in
the possibilities of conversation. As Alexander Pope nearly wrote, “True
ease in talking comes from art, not chance, as those move easiest who
have learned to dance.” Okay, Pope was actually talking about writing,
but Catherine Blyth has that skill as well. When you have read The Art of Conversation, you’ll not only know the steps, but hear the music like never before.
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