When in French: Love in a Second Language

When in French: Love in a Second Language

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

‘Talking to you in English’, he said, ‘is like touching you with gloves.’

A language barrier is no match for love. New Yorker journalist Lauren Collins discovers this first-hand when, in her early thirties, she moves to London and falls for Olivier, a Frenchman. As their relationship begins to grow, Lauren senses that there are things she doesn’t understand about Olivier, having never spoken to him in his mother tongue.… (more)

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Editorial reviews (2 reviews)


I learned lots too and have a fun time reading about it.

This charming book is not just about the language gulf, but the gulf between all human beings, and how we all try to learn to walk in another person’s shoes; “se mettre dans la peau de quelqu’un”.


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Publisher: Fourth Estate (September 22, 2016)

Collection: Fourth Estate non-fiction

Parent ISBN: 9780008100599

Language: English


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