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Book Review: 'La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life'

Book Review: 'La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life'

La Seduction

How the French Play the Game of Life

Elaine Sciolino

Times Books/Henry Holt: 340 pp., $27

Strategy is everything for the French. That's what Elaine Sciolino discovers in her book "La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life," a look at why the food is so delicious, the perfumes so beguiling, the languid conversation of Paris cafes so intoxicating, the French so, well, French. It's all part of a grand centuries-old game of seduction, a word with a much more expansive definition in French. Rather than a focus on the physical or the erotic, it is akin to what we would describe as allure, charm, persuasion or even style.

It's the...

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