Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives

  • Title: Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives
  • Author: Theodore Zeldin
  • ISBN: 9781587680007
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Conversation How Talk Can Change Our Lives Do you want better conversations with your lover your colleagues at work your family friends or strangers or yourself Conversation explains what kind of talk charmed and excited people in the past
    Do you want better conversations with your lover, your colleagues at work, your family, friends or strangers, or yourself Conversation explains what kind of talk charmed and excited people in the past, and why we talk differently today It explores the art and the history of conversation and how it can be the key to a happier, interesting future It shows how women hDo you want better conversations with your lover, your colleagues at work, your family, friends or strangers, or yourself Conversation explains what kind of talk charmed and excited people in the past, and why we talk differently today It explores the art and the history of conversation and how it can be the key to a happier, interesting future It shows how women have changed the ways lovers speak, how families avoid silence or boredom, how your work can damage or improve the way you converse, and what role there is for the tongue tied and shy This book will enable you to see clearly what you want to talk about, and what conversation can do to your life.

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    About Theodore Zeldin


    1. Theodore Zeldin CBE, President of the Oxford Muse Foundation, is a Palestinean philosopher, sociologist, historian, writer and public speaker Zeldin was first known as a historian of France but is today probably most famous internationally as the author of An Intimate History of Humanity 1994 , a book which probes the personal preoccupations of people in many different civilisations, both in the past and in the present it illuminates the way emotions, curiosities, relationships and fears have evolved through the centuries, and how they might have evolved differently Since then he has focused on how work can be made less boring and frustrating, how conversation can be less superficial, and how individuals can be honest with one another, putting their masks aside.Zeldin s masterpiece is A History of French Passions originally published as France, 1848 1945 in the Oxford History of Modern Europe , an idiosyncratic work examining the ambitions and frustrations, intellectual and imaginative life, tastes and prejudices of a vast range of people The idea of France as a common unity is not easily discernible in this multi volume book, and there is very little about politics in the conventional sense, although there are essays on the national appeal of Bonapartism and other cultural elements of French national politics.The Oxford Muse Foundation oxfordmuse was formed by Zeldin in 2001 It describes its aims as being to pioneer new methods to improve personal, work and intercultural relationships in ways that satisfy both private and public values One of its principal projects is the Muse Portrait Database Individuals are free to submit their own self portraits, including whatever they want the world to know about them However, many of the portraits are written by another person in the voice of the subject, as the result of a conversation between the two The Oxford Muse claims that, through such conversations, it can help people to clarify their tastes, attitudes and goals in many different aspects of life and to sum up the conclusions they have drawn from their experiences in their own words A selection of these portraits can be found in Guide to an Unknown City 2004 , which contains the writings of a wide variety of Oxford residents, and in Guide to an Unknown University 2006 , which, Zeldin claimed, allowed professors, students, alumni, administrators and maintenance staff to reveal what they do not normally tell one another.In 2007, Zeldin was appointed to a committee advising the French government of Nicolas Sarkozy on labour market reforms.


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    1. This is a quirky little book, half text and half art painted by the author himself, all as a way to try and stimulate conversation between us (the generic us, the great seething mass of general humanity). Conversation, Zeldin says, is not just talk - conversation is a skilled exchange of ideas, betraying our curiousity about others, and a particular open-mindedness, a willingness to be changed by the act of sitting and listening as much as putting things into words. Defensiveness, wanting to win [...]

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    2. I stopped reading this some time ago because it depressed meDOOOKS !!!!!!NOW, I have just entered into the final chapter.So, WHAT has changed ????Obviously the book hasn't, so obviously (yet AGAIN) it MUST BE ME!!!!18th November ,2012MUCH LATER:How could I have left readers hanging like THAT!!??Why did it depress me, for a start??!!Because I was aware of how rarely one comes across Good Listeners.Just the other day I went to visit my barber. I love barbers because they have you trapped in a chai [...]

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    3. I picked up this little book because the author was mentioned by Alain de Botton in his NYT Book Review Interview. I was intrigued by the idea of generating new and more vibrant conversations, but in the end the book fell flat. Certainly didn't rise to its subtitle of providing a prescription for changing lives. I had the sense the author was trying much too hard and oddly, (because the author is a historian) lacked a broad historical perspective. Good conversation has always been rare and it ha [...]

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    4. One of the few books I rate as five stars, and one that I want to give to so many friends. Brilliant and accurate and perfect.

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    5. -Vestlus on muuhulgas ka mõtete lugemise mäng, mõistatus. Me peame pidevalt mõistatama, miks inimesed ütlevad just seda, mida ütlevad.-Teaduslikku keelt võib võrrelda tervisetoiduga. Lihtne keel võrdub kiirtoiduga.-Miski pole raskem, kui ülbuseta enesekindluse hankimine.-Toidu ostmine on peitusemäng, kus toidu pakendajad peidavad oma saladusi väikese kirjaga tekstidesse.-Kullatera leidmine pealtnäha kivisest maapinnast on üks kõige erutavamaid ülesandeid üldse.-Mida enam me rä [...]

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    6. No me ha gustado nada, salvo el primer capítulo. Viene poco contenido, ya que la mitad son cuadros abstractos del propio autor. No me ha resultado útil en absoluto, aunque pasé un buen rato sacando algunos temas de conversación de los que vienen al final. No lo recomiendo.

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    7. Pretty words, some beautiful sentences, but nothing applicable. No meat, all sugar.

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    8. I saw this on a colleague's shelf and borrowed it, and it sat on the shelf until I came across it in an odd moment, sat down and skimmed as much of it as I need to read. It was originally talks on BBC4, by “a fellow and former dean” at Oxford – doesn’t say what department or subject, they probably don’t have those at Oxford – but philosophy was a big part of his preparation, however it happened. Gorgeous paintings by the author all the way through this tiny little almost exactly 100 [...]

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    9. A British philosopher looks at the demise of conversation and the implications for society at large. The most ominous result is that no one talks to strangers and we confine our conversations almost exclusively to those who are like-minded. This creates an insular and warped version of the world. Not too long ago, it was inconceivable to spend any period of time with a stranger and not talk to them. Now, it is commonplace for strangers to spend hours at a time together and never exchange a singl [...]

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    10. Tiny little book, but thought provoking. Check out his project/organization "the muse" (google it) which grew out of this and "intimate history", is on a mission to inspire more meaningful conversations between people of all walks of life.

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    11. Thought-provoking book on the role conversation plays in our happiness and sense of connectedness to others, and about how talking to each other broadens our understanding and helps us grow. Also contains beautiful art and questions designed to deepen our conversations.

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    12. Cute book of ideas and pretty illustrations. I think the title is misleading, maybe it's more about how the right kind of conversation can enhance our lives. It's a lovely additional read to whichever novel and non-fiction books you have going on.

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    13. I really like the idea of this book, and it certainly offers some very encouraging ideas about the benefits afforded by a greater commitment to the pursuit of good conversationI wish there was a bit more of it though!

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    14. "So often I had an urge to converse with others like I did with my journal."

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    15. T. Zeldin points out how talking is not conversation. Where conversation is what allows us to change one's own or others feelings and or ideas.

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    16. Best little book! I inspires you to want to have conversation with a new intent and appreciation.

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    17. This interesting book got me rethinking about the purposes of conversations and how I conversed with others. It will be of most value to those who value some deeper thinking.

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    18. he says in chapter 1 that if you have a Conflict Theorist's view of the world then this book is pointless to you he was right.

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    19. The author shares insights in this philosophical treatise on the art of conversation. He speaks of the need to converse with persons who have different jobs, cultures, and customs.

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