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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby rdearman » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:21 pm

Carmody wrote:Does anyone have experience ordering books directly from French bookstores? Is there a problem with the currency?
I have never tried it.

I ordered some Tintin books and didn't have any problems. I used a credit card so currency exchange was handled by MasterCard.
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Re: A French Book Marcel Pagnol, a serie

Postby Jean-Luc » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:38 pm

Romans autobiographiques de Marcel Pagnol, la série des Souvenirs d’enfance, composée de La Gloire de mon père (1957), du Château de ma mère (1959), du Temps des secrets (1960) et le Temps des Amours.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:42 pm

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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:43 pm

rdearman » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:21 am

Carmody wrote:
Does anyone have experience ordering books directly from French bookstores? Is there a problem with the currency?
I have never tried it.

rdearman
I ordered some Tintin books and didn't have any problems. I used a credit card so currency exchange was handled by MasterCard.
Could you tell me which bookstore that was? Thanks.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:50 pm

Carmody wrote:
rdearman » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:21 am
Carmody wrote:
Does anyone have experience ordering books directly from French bookstores? Is there a problem with the currency?
I have never tried it.
rdearman
I ordered some Tintin books and didn't have any problems. I used a credit card so currency exchange was handled by MasterCard.
Could you tell me which bookstore that was? Thanks.

MasterCard worked for me as well, but I don't remember the bookstore. It might have been FNAC.
Closer to home in the USA is Gallimard de Monntreal, but shipping costs from Canada to the USA are astronomical, believe it or not, so beware.
A couple of things. 1. Your MasterCard issuer might collect a modest fee for an international transaction. Some do, some don't. You can check with them beforehand, if need be.
2. The bookstore will need some details, of course: name, address, and so on. So be sure for example you know the difference between nom and prénom.
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Re: A French Book Marcel Pagnol, a serie

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:58 pm

Jean-Luc wrote:Romans autobiographiques de Marcel Pagnol, la série des Souvenirs d’enfance, composée de La Gloire de mon père (1957), du Château de ma mère (1959), du Temps des secrets (1960) et le Temps des Amours.

So many highly regarded French writers slip by the wayside, at least they slip by my wayside, so it is good to be informed about them. I know of Pagnol, but have not read him. His wife Jacqueline is more familiar to me for her version of an audiobook of Bonjour Tristesse.
Another such writer would be Romain Gary. The movie Promise at Dawn, which I watched just last night, reminded me of his work, which also I have never read.
So, thanks for the note about Pagnol.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby rdearman » Thu Nov 25, 2021 8:24 pm

Carmody wrote:
rdearman » Thu Nov 25, 2021 6:21 am

Carmody wrote:
Does anyone have experience ordering books directly from French bookstores? Is there a problem with the currency?
I have never tried it.

rdearman
I ordered some Tintin books and didn't have any problems. I used a credit card so currency exchange was handled by MasterCard.
Could you tell me which bookstore that was? Thanks.

Sorry, It was so long ago I don't remember.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Thu Nov 25, 2021 9:55 pm

Okay, not terribly romantic, but ordering from Amazon.fr in the United States is very easy, Amazon even gives you the option to pay in US dollars. (Whether or not that is a good deal for you depends on how your credit card handles foreign exchange.) They are also incredibly accurate with their shipping times. Not all items can be sent to the US, but if you are logged in with a US account they always give you a warning. And your US account works with the French site, so all your shipping and payment information is already available. (I’d love to use a French website, but FNAC doesn’t ship to the US.)
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:18 pm

At the risk of behaving in a totally unorthodox manner here, I want to share not a book but a video. It is submitted as an encouragement to others like myself who are B1/B2 readers and are still struggling with the Oral side of things. What follows is a video from Patricia of Home Language blog. https://www.youtube.com/c/HomeLanguage/videos

At this time I am aware that I understand, for the most part, women speaking French better than men. I think it has to do with them being less guttural or not swallowing their pronunciation. In any case I definitely understand Patricia here and am very definitely interested in her choice of topics: the French Foreign Legion.

I have tried to insert it using our icon but it doesn't seem to work so here is the URL:


Enjoy.

(i bet a large amount of money that Rick will sign in on this thread and insert the video with no problem, but then again Rick is a true pro on all things computer.)
Admin Edit: It was because you had also included the time at 126 seconds. You just need the video reference number: vEdBB1ZVjJs between the youtube tags. If you edit this message, then you'll see how I did it. :)
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Jean-Luc » Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:44 pm

This website is selling books to the US. Try to order an item and on the page of the shopping card, scroll the list of prices for delivery. This is a group of 2500 French bookshops. In France, you order and you can get your book free of charge in your nearest bookshop.

https://www.lalibrairie.com


About parcels from France to the USA: with UPS https://www.ups.com/fr/en/smallbusiness ... ?loc=en_FR
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