What French Women Know

About Love, Sex and Other Matters of Heart and Mind. Debra Ollivier

By Debra Ollivier
(Piatkus Books, Paperback, 9780749952341)

Publication Date: September 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback

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A primer on the ineffable, "je ne sais quoi" appeal of the French woman, "What French Women Know" is a sharp-eyed and witty examination of the French mystique.

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  1. In France, French girls do not pick flowers and ponder love with “He loves me, he loves me not;” rather they say “He loves me a little. A lot. Passionately. Madly. Not at all.” Ollivier uses this as a metaphor throughout the book to illustrate how French women are groomed to think not in terms of absolute love or total rejection, but in nuances, degrees of passion, possibili­ties, and shades of gray. How has our tendency to be binary about love (He loves me, he loves me not) influenced our rela­tionships? How might this mindset conspire against freedom and the ability to enjoy men, with or without closure? How would you be different if you grew up looking at love not in black-and-white, but in shades of gray?

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