Idiot’s Guide to Versailles


Idiot’s Guide To Versailles or Versailles pour les nuls is a very decent book and a perfect primer. You don’t really have to read this guide to appreciate it; you may just leaf through it, which is not exactly reading; but, it being the only strategy available for a certain category of readers, the subject matter not novel and the book’s title making its public presentation somewhat awkward; so, you stick with it for an hour at some major bookstore, easily guided through the text by the icons in the margins.

Right away the authors brought a smile on my face with a simple anecdote from the early childhood of Louis XIV. There he goes hunting with his dad, and for the first time sees a  fox. They tell him it’s a wolf. Little Louis is all excited and assures the party that had he his sword on him, he would confront the beast! There is a lot more to the text than that, and if this is your first book on Versailles, and French is not your native language, then try it, I recommend.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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3 Responses to Idiot’s Guide to Versailles

  1. not available in English? I have a high school Sophomore level of French…is that enough?

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