In The Art of Conversation, Catherine Blyth eloquently points out the sorry state of disrepair that conversation has fallen into—and then, taking exa. The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure. Catherine Blyth, Author. Gotham $ (p) ISBN Read Catherine Blyth’s posts on the Penguin Blog. Reclaim the pleasures and possibilities of great conversation with this sparkling guide from the witty.

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Not quite what I was hoping for. A lot of people are citing that the style of writing brought down the book. For those looking for some good content on conversation with plenty of funny stories to prop it up, this book will serve you well. It’s time to start walking and reclaim the wildness in all of us. Return to Book Page.

The Art of Conversation : How Talking Improves Lives

If you find the book’s writing to be a bit conversztion much, you can take the highlight version and read just the bolded rules in each chapter though, if you do this, why bother reading cnoversation book? Ever wanted to be the most interesting person in the room? If you wish to skip the excessive “blablabla”, you will be just fine by reading the pages where she summarizes each topic. For someone who wants us to talk to each other more, Blyth certainly doesn’t seem to have a high opinion of her interlocutors.

There’s no one-size-fits-all model for the important decisions that can alter the course of a life, an organization, or a civilization. At certain points it felt like she was just giving us lists and “rules” to follow, which seem completely unnatural to follow during the course of normal conversation. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.


Rather than striving to find a role which suits us, we should allow our work to arise naturally from who we are – and what is most important to us. The Art of Conversation: Dec 26, Pages. I found it to read poorly and not worth finishing.

‘The Art of Conversation’ by Catherine Blyth

Let Catherine Blyth take you on an entertaining tour of the neglected art of conversation. She’ll never use a simple word where a complex one will do, and she goes overboard on a flowery, literary style. Blythe gives us a book chock full of information. When did you last take a walk? Every day we use our mobiles and computers to communicate, but ironically we are losing touch with face-to-face talk. The Art of Conversation. There’s also a clever compendium of blygh “bores, chores, and other conversational beasts” that will make your next foray into a bar or business reception much more entertaining.

Imagine what would happen in your life if you had unwavering self-esteem and greater emotional strength. This book had good content, and I especially enjoyed the numbered ideas of what to do in difficult conversational situations. Consequently, the art of conversation is quickly disappearing.

Dec 26, Minutes Young Adult Buy. I would love to have a conversation with Catherine Blyth. Share your thoughts with other customers. It is a treasure trove of literary and historical delights, with each page containing a little gem in the form of a quotation or a factoid — Independent on Sunday.

Every day we use our mobiles and computers to communicate, but ironically we are losing touch with face-to-face talk. Everyone thinks we are living in an age of short attention spans, but we’ve actually learned a lot about making long-term decisions over the past few decades.

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What happens is that since the trivia is substantially more than what you really need to know, sometimes you even forget what she meant in the first place. Rogue Lawyer Thhe Grisham. Leading Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz. The Empathy Problem Gavin Extence. Ever wanted to be the most interesting person in the room? Sent from and sold by Amazon. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


There was no such central path to be found.

cinversation Bad Soldier Chris Ryan. Despite her marriage to a mischievous gossip columnist, she still manages to enjoy a thriving social life. Dec 29, Pages Buy.

The Art of Conversation is her first book. Be it sharing a joke with a stranger, sparking a new idea or just letting off steam with a friend, there are infinite adventures to be had if you break the ice and say hello. Instead, it seemed to be an exercise in how much the author could impress herself with obscure anecdotes and pretentious language. Sons of the Blood Robyn Young. If you choose not to block or avoid these difficult emotions with alcohol, food or denial.

I read it in e-book format, but I may purchase a hard copy so I can flip through it again at my leisure. Aug 11, Justin Gaynor rated it liked it. Published December 26th by Gotham first published January 1st Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Read it Forward Read it first.

I did enjoy all the literary references made to illustrate points, but the leaps from her text to the quoted material is sometimes jarring and distracting. But the book is not something that keeps me on the edge of my seat-it’s not something I eagerly want to finish: