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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:40 pm

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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:57 am

Another topic having to do with France and WWII is the Malgré-nous. This is the backstory on what it was all about:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malgr%C3%A9-nous

There are a number of books out there on the topic but I am still in the midst of reading Suite Francaise of Nemirovsky so it will be a while before I get to it.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby DaveAgain » Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:22 am

Carmody wrote:... I am still in the midst of reading Suite Francaise of Nemirovsky so it will be a while before I get to it.
I read Simone Veil's autobiography recently, she mentions Suite Francaise:
À ce moment-là tout le monde perdait la tête, et la panique qui soufflait sur Paris n'épargnait pas les grandes villes de province. Pendant quelques semaines, le phénomène de l'exode avait pris une ampleur folle. L'ambiance du pays était exacetement celle qu'a décrite Irène Némirovsky dans son récit Suite Française. Cette fièvre fut courte. Avec l'armistice, l'abattement et le silence lui succédèrent. Rien de nouveau ne se produisant, nous avons passé l'été à La Ciotat avant de regagner Nice, où, une fois encore, la vie a repris son cours.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:33 pm

I looked her up on Wiki. She sounds incredible.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:30 pm

Carmody wrote:And for those interested in Bien-dire, a treat:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwLtQWsRGmwhpgvnKVTQbxZPNfn
I'm at a loss. When I load this link, what should I be seeing? :?
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sun Apr 18, 2021 12:39 am

MorkTheFiddle » Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:30 am

Carmody wrote:
And for those interested in Bien-dire, a treat:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox ... VTQbxZPNfn
I'm at a loss. When I load this link, what should I be seeing? :?


My profuse apologies and thank you for asking.

I was trying to share these URLs:

https://biendire.com/fr/11299-numerique

https://biendire.com/fr/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Newsletter_BD_N15_APRIL21&utm_medium=email
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:57 pm

Carmody wrote:
MorkTheFiddle » Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:30 am

I'm at a loss. When I load this link, what should I be seeing? :?


I was trying to share these URLs:

https://biendire.com/fr/11299-numerique

https://biendire.com/fr/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Newsletter_BD_N15_APRIL21&utm_medium=email

Ah. Thank you very much. :) A very attractive magazine, I must say.
Is there any faster way, btw, to destroy a town than by publishing an article called "Annecy, ville la plus agréable à vivre de France"? :)
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:23 pm

DaveAgain wrote:I read Simone Veil's autobiography recently, she mentions Suite Francaise:
À ce moment-là tout le monde perdait la tête, et la panique qui soufflait sur Paris n'épargnait pas les grandes villes de province. Pendant quelques semaines, le phénomène de l'exode avait pris une ampleur folle. L'ambiance du pays était exacetement celle qu'a décrite Irène Némirovsky dans son récit Suite Française. Cette fièvre fut courte. Avec l'armistice, l'abattement et le silence lui succédèrent. Rien de nouveau ne se produisant, nous avons passé l'été à La Ciotat avant de regagner Nice, où, une fois encore, la vie a repris son cours.
I just ordered the ppb and audio CD (not Audible) of Une Vie. Thanks to both for the comments.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby DaveAgain » Mon Apr 19, 2021 4:56 am

MorkTheFiddle wrote:
DaveAgain wrote:I read Simone Veil's autobiography recently, she mentions Suite Francaise:
À ce moment-là tout le monde perdait la tête, et la panique qui soufflait sur Paris n'épargnait pas les grandes villes de province. Pendant quelques semaines, le phénomène de l'exode avait pris une ampleur folle. L'ambiance du pays était exacetement celle qu'a décrite Irène Némirovsky dans son récit Suite Française. Cette fièvre fut courte. Avec l'armistice, l'abattement et le silence lui succédèrent. Rien de nouveau ne se produisant, nous avons passé l'été à La Ciotat avant de regagner Nice, où, une fois encore, la vie a repris son cours.
I just ordered the ppb and audio CD (not Audible) of Une Vie. Thanks to both for the comments.
I hope you enjoy it. :-)
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Sat Apr 24, 2021 6:22 pm

Carmondy asked for my review of A la recherche du temps perdu. Here it is

A la Recherche is a museum of Marcel Proust's life and thoughts, and Marcel is your docent. Part of the museum houses fiction based on Proust's life, part of it keeps his essays on the times, including about art and World War 1, and part of it is mostly idle talk. The docent is a bright, observant and seemingly well educated man. The fiction creates some lively characters. Swann and Odette and Françoise come immediately to mind. The mother of Marcel plays an important part in his life, though not so much in A la Recherche. The father plays a very minimal role, and some have made a great todo about that, but if memory serves, Marcel's brother plays no role at all and as far as I know there was never a rift between the two of them.

Here I have to admit that (a) I have not visited the whole museum. I have missed Sodom and Gomorrah and (b) some of what I did read and listen to occurred several years ago. The museum charges no admission and is never closed, so I could back as often and for as long as I liked.

While visiting the museum I often asked myself, "Why am I here? Have I not seen the most interesting parts?" But the last part, Le Temps retrouvé, holds some surprises. Characters you thought you were done with show up again. It's like running into an old friend you haven't seen in years at the mall.

Some of the people will stay forever in my mind. Marcel, Françoise, Swann, Odette, Baron Charlus. Others have already slipped away. Robert St Loup is on the way out, too.

If French Culture intrigues you, you should visit the museum. Don't be intimidated by the reputation of the novel as being difficult. It is not. For me at any rate, Celine's Voyage au bout de la nuit is more difficult, because of vocabulary. Again for me, the latter lacks the swinging rhythms that make A la Recherche easy and even a pleasure if you listen to it.

If French Culture does not intrigue you, then maybe read the first volume only. I think I read that's the part French students get assigned. Read that, then read more if you like. Otherwise, have a cognac, or maybe a madeleine, to celebrate and move on.
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