France: An Adventure History

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France: An Adventure History

France: An Adventure History

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Beginning with the Roman army’s first recorded encounter with the Gauls and ending with the gilet jaunes protests in the era of Emmanuel Macron, each chapter is an adventure in its own right. who, what, why, and how of religious wars, of the French Revolution, of the Tour de France and modern-day protests, of the French love of nature, to name a few topics covered by Robb. Overall, the concept is interesting, and while some chapters were weaker than others, this was an interesting read and a fairly unique take on popular history writing.

Going through the timeline and looking stuff up on Wikipedia was probably the most entertaining part for me. He darkly concludes by pointing out that in the future , French history will be distorted by myths, and that the historian “will have no choice but to set off on the darkening roads that stretch out before and behind us in the here and now. Everything about Venice,' observed Lord Byron, 'is, or was, extraordinary - her aspect is like a dream, and her history is like a romance. Graham Robb has bicycled thousands of miles over the decades in what is now France, and in this book, he takes readers along.He helped her with her French, and they played are usually dismissed, but Robb notes that she was honest and had no career nor political reputation to defend, as did many biographers of Napoleon. It’s not a survey; it plunges down into the lives of people to give immediacy to the moments and movements of France’s storied past and changing present.

It was as if he purposefully tried explaining a painting with words, but without the benefit of a single temporal frame of reference, nor even, a contextial groundwork. Had I possessed more knowledge on this west-Eurasian country, I would have given it 4, or even 5 stars. Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to review a temporary digital ARC in exchange for an unbiased review. Packed full of discoveries' - The Sunday Times'A gorgeous tapestry of insights, stories and surprises' - Fintan O'Toole'A rich and vibrant narrative .I was glad I read this on Kindle, as it allowed me to look up the author’s frequent use of lesser-used English words of Latin and French origin as well as France-specific terms. Please, dear stranger, do not confuse this with what Robb does from beginning to end, which was to follow French history from Vercingetorix's Gaul all the way to Macron's France (the latter is meant without offence).

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