Cavorting with Strangers

Cavorting with Strangers

by F. Patrick Butler

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"Cavorting with strangers is something frequently allied with overseas travel and with youth, neither of which I am practicing lately. But an inventive, worldly professor, F. Patrick Butler, has cooked up a bouillabaisse of a book, Cavorting With Strangers: Great Ideas and Their Champions -- Vol. 1: Paris, a fiction full of nonfiction that is the tale of a downsized New York book editor gone to Paris to escape her life's dilemmas and train as a tour guide. Her instructor in this hurried transfusion of knowledge of all things French enlists a prominent cast of characters that might seem familiar -- Rousseau, Napoleon, Hugo, Monet, Chanel, De Gaulle, Cousteau, et al. -- and also seem perfect Paris figures. Hélas, the nonfiction upon which the heroine builds her expertise is not always heroic in the learning: Chanel the collaborator, Sartre the predator, Hugo the womanizer, Rousseau the oddest of ducks, Napoleon the deserter of his freezing army in Russia. Mon dieu! Butler does nothing if not soldier on in an attempt to interpret French history and culture for us, his Francophobic countrymen, calling on these giants of philosophy and art and political science in a context not seen before.
The Boston Globe
Julie Dalton, Globe Travel Staff

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BN ID: 2940162187318
Publisher: F. Patrick Butler
Publication date: 01/17/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

F. Patrick Butler has taught at Georgetown University, the Universities of Stockholm, Innsbruck and Monterey Institute of Technology. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, Romania and has lectured at numerous organizations including the former Leningrad International Management Institute. Dr. Butler has published for McGraw-Hill and Prentice Hall. He was a White House staff member for Vice-President Rockefeller, and served as a naval flight officer in the United States Navy.

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