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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:40 pm

Many thanks Rick.

This book on Napoleon Bonaparte
https://www.amazon.com/Napoleon-Life-Andrew-Roberts/dp/0143127853?asin=0143127853&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1
would appear to be excellent but I think it is only in English.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby kanewai » Mon Jul 26, 2021 10:52 pm

One more for everyone's consideration: Patrick Modiano, Dora Bruder (1997).

This is more of an extended meditation piece than a straight-forward history. Patrick Modiano saw a missing-person's notice in a 1941 edition of Paris-Soir about a young teenage runaway, Dora Bruder. Over the years he collected what little information he could find about her and her family. There's not much - a school report, a few police reports, and then her name appears on a deportation list.

Modiano spends a lot of time walking the streets she once walked. He also draws comparisons between his rebellious youth and hers - but Modiano was a teenage rebel in 1960s Paris, and Doris Bruder was a Jewish teenage rebel in Nazi-occupied 1940s Paris. Modiano later won the Nobel Prize for literature. Bruder was sent to the camps.

It's a haunting read.

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fr: Patrick Modiano, Dora Bruder: 100 / 100
it: Boccaccio, Decameron: 5 / 10
es: Jesús Sánchez Adalid, El mozárabe: 0 / 10
el: Ο Μικρός Πρίγκιπας: 2 / 100

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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Le Baron » Mon Jul 26, 2021 11:33 pm

^ Thanks for the recommendation, I hadn't heard of this. It sounds fascinating as a premise. I'm going to look it up.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Tue Jul 27, 2021 1:50 am

kanewai

Many thanks for the review. However you did not say what you thought of it; could you possibly give it a rating?

I read his Un Pedigree about 3 years ago and found it quite plodding and tedious.

Many thanks.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby kanewai » Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:58 pm

Carmody wrote:kanewai

Many thanks for the review. However you did not say what you thought of it; could you possibly give it a rating?

I read his Un Pedigree about 3 years ago and found it quite plodding and tedious.

Many thanks.
I'm not much for ratings. I liked this book. It was similar in style to his novels, and he is focused more on atmosphere than plot. This was a bit more grounded in reality than the other two I read, Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue and Rue des Boutiques Obscures. I think Modiano is worth reading, at least once - though Un pedigree sounds less interesting than his novels.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:55 am

Thanks for the comments. I am always sad when I can't appreciate books that others do.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby kanewai » Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:30 am

Carmody wrote:Thanks for the comments. I am always sad when I can't appreciate books that others do.
That seems to be me and Spanish lit. But different things speak to different people.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sat Jul 31, 2021 8:40 pm

Just a reminder to people that I have not drifted away.

I recently reread a wonderful book Eric Emmanuel Schmitt Night of fire
https://www.amazon.com/Nuit-Feu-grand-format-French/dp/2226318291

and am greatly enjoying my Bien Dire subscription:
https://biendire.com/fr/magazines-a-l-unite/971-bien-dire-n137.html

(my apologies to all for not posting the images; i do try but they never work out.)
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby jeffers » Sat Jul 31, 2021 9:18 pm

Carmody wrote:and am greatly enjoying my Bien Dire subscription:
https://biendire.com/fr/magazines-a-l-unite/971-bien-dire-n137.html


I've been tempted by the idea of subscribing to a magazine, in fact I think I subscribed to one for students a few years ago but never read any of it. What do you like about Bien Dire?
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:10 am

Bien Dire is excellent. Peter Mollenberg subscribes to it and loves it as well. It provides excellent vocabulary that you are not going to get elsewhere. Peter and I subscribe to just the magazine but it also comes with a CD if you choose that.
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