A French Book Reading Resource

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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby DaveAgain » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:15 am

Carmody wrote:As anyone who visits here knows, I am always on the prowl for good French fiction from the 20th and 21st century.
There's a series on TV5Monde at the moment (Les pays d'en haut) that's based on a candian novel: Un homme et son péché.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:54 am

I have just finished La nuit de feu by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt. It is about the hiking trip in Algiers that he took as a young man during which he got lost out on the desert and underwent a "religious" experience.

He is a great believer in the Passé Simple.

This is just my first time through reading the book, but at this point I would give it a 5/10.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:39 am

Interesting title. I will be curious to see what your final rating is.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:28 pm

Ok, so I just finished the book a second time through and know this is not a book for everyone.

In fact it deals with the author’s “La nuit de feu” or his mystic experience one night stranded and lost in the Sahara desert. Roughly put it was a mystical experience that totally took over his being and moved him deeply and beyond words.

Since I had a very similar experience early on in my life, I find it very interesting to read about. It is the only example in western literature of a person going through such a profound experience that I know of, so I found this of special interest.

Like I said this is not a book for everyone, but given my life experience I would give this book a 9/10.
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Re: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:22 pm

More on the book from Amazon:

A vingt-huit ans, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt entreprend une randonne dans le grand Sud algrien. Au cours de l'expdition, il s'gare dans l'immensit du Hoggar. Sans eau ni vivres durant la nuit glaciale, il n'prouve pourtant nulle peur et sent au contraire se soulever en lui une force brlante. Un sentiment de paix, de bonheur, d'ternit l'envahit. Le philosophe rationaliste voit s'branler toutes ses certitudes. Ce feu, pourquoi ne pas le nommer Dieu Cette "nuit de feu", Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt la raconte pour la premire fois, dvoilant au fil d'un fascinant voyage intrieur son intimit spirituelle et l'exprience qui a transform sa vie d'homme et d'crivain. Un rcit vivant, concis, concret, qui claire les circonstances de sa conversion et ses consquences, sans chercher convaincre.
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