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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:52 pm

Not sure I ever saw a review like this one:

Are we allowed to say: "fucking wonderful"?

Portrait of a Lady on Fire - Movie Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDRBOMPZxFQ
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:24 am

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu ?

It was a good film. I am still trying to figure it out. The photography excellent.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Thu May 14, 2020 7:07 pm

DaveAgain wrote:
MorkTheFiddle wrote: In recent French cinema a film appeared about two young women who fall in love. Perhaps someone can remember the name of it?
Portrait de la jeune fille en feu ?

http://frenchfilmfestival.org.uk/FFF201 ... arch-2020/

Thanks, but no, that's not what I was thinking of. IIRC there is the name of a color in the title.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Thu May 14, 2020 7:08 pm

Carmody wrote:Not sure I ever saw a review like this one:

Are we allowed to say: "fucking wonderful"?

Portrait of a Lady on Fire - Movie Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDRBOMPZxFQ

Apparently we are! :)
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby jonm » Thu May 14, 2020 7:20 pm

MorkTheFiddle wrote:
DaveAgain wrote:
MorkTheFiddle wrote: In recent French cinema a film appeared about two young women who fall in love. Perhaps someone can remember the name of it?

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu ?

Thanks, but no, that's not what I was thinking of. IIRC there is the name of a color in the title.

Maybe La vie d'Adèle, based on the graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude? The English title is Blue Is the Warmest Colour.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Thu May 14, 2020 7:32 pm

Exact. Merci!
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sat May 23, 2020 8:15 pm

Hi Folks,

Anyone out there?

Haven’t posted recently but have definitely continued my daily reading of contemporary French literature. If anyone has an interest in the topic and would care to discuss it, I would enjoy the sharing of ideas on same.

First book to mention is:
Passion simple by Annie Ernaux which is 77 pages long and describes her longing for her lover who is from another country. It enumerates or catalogues all the sensations related to missing him during the absences. No real discussion of sex but lots of mention of longing.

It is also similar to Un Pedigree P. Modiano that I read earlier wherein he enumerates or catalogues what he has to say.
For my tastes, this style where the author enumerates or catalogues is a drag.

I give it a 4/10.

Next book is Chemins de fer by Benoit Duteurtre which is 186 pages long and which discusses his nostalgia for past way of life and especially for trains the way they used to be. Lots of mentions of trains.

Again not much plot but lots of cataloguing of what was.

I would give it at 2/10.

Finally, and I definitely want to end on a high point, is the book La Chambre Rouge by Françoise Mallet-Joris which is 290 pages. It describes the coming of age of an eighteen year old and her taking of a lover. It is actually a continuation of her other book mentioned above that is called Le Rempart Des Beguines Françoise Mallet-Joris.

I think they are both good books but I enjoyed La Chambre Rouge the most.

I would give it an 9/10.

A couple of observations on my readings in general. I have learned French in order to read from its wonderful literature and I am finding it well worth the effort. It is a true treasure chest that rewards richly.

Also, this book ends with the heroine truly finding her own identity and with it her freedom and with that being truly alone. Very alone. As with Thérèse Desqueyroux by François Mauriac, the main character fights fiercely for her freedom, wins it and then in her freedom finds herself very alone. Neither loving someone or being loved by anyone. I could follow this same theme through many of the French books I have read. No one does social outcast and being alone as well as the French. I love them.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Wed May 27, 2020 9:39 pm

Carmody wrote:Hi Folks,

Anyone out there?


Nope. Nobody here but us chickens. :)
Carmody wrote:A couple of observations on my readings in general. I have learned French in order to read from its wonderful literature and I am finding it well worth the effort. It is a true treasure chest that rewards richly.

100% agreed :!: :!: :!:

Keep on truckin, Carmody, I admire your persistence.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Wed May 27, 2020 11:07 pm

Thanks to MorkTheFiddle and others for checking.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Fri May 29, 2020 3:06 pm

Hi Folks,

There might be some people reading this thread that were not here from the beginning in 2019, so herewith a copy and paste of my first posting for this thread. I did not mean for this thread to be about me but rather a collective review or Forum of what others read in French and what they think of their readings. I really am eager to learn what it is others are reading in French.

Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:53 am

Books in French

I am in my fourth year of studying French and have a B1 level, for what it is worth, from Dialang. I have found that it is absolutely necessary to maximize my time spent in learning my chosen language of French. I think it is possible that others may feel the same way and I would like to offer here an ongoing resource for people who are focused on reading books in French. Hopefully by having an ongoing resource for what authors people like, don’t like, and why it will save people time in their language learning efforts.

For starters, an excellent resource is this website that provides excellent and comprehensive reviews:
http://www.complete-review.com/reviews/

Please suggest other websites that might be useful as well.

Everyone has their own tastes in reading and what my tastes are can be seen by the listing of books below that I have read and about which I would be glad to discuss with anyone who has questions. Since I read French books for a minimum of 2 hrs. each day, I will be adding to the list regularly. I of course encourage everyone to add their lists of books so we can ask questions re specific authors.

My list to date includes the following books:
Books I have read
*** That were found to be especially outstanding.

L'Armoire Magique C.S. Lewis
Harry Potter, à l'école des sorciers J.K Rowling
Harry Potter et Le Prisonnier D'Azkaban J.K Rowling
Le Petit Prince Saint Exupery
Le Retour de l'Enfant Prodigy A. Gide***
Bonjour Tristesse F. Sagan***
L'Amant Marguerite Duras***
La Symphonie pastorale A. Gide
L'école des sorciers JK Rowling
Stupeur Et Tremblements A. Nothomb***
L'Élégance du hérisson M. Barbery
La Carte et le Territoire M. Houellebecq
Le Sabotage amoureux A. Nothomb
Métaphysique des tubes A. Nothomb
Histoire du lion Personne S. Audeguy
Le lit defait F. Sagan
Les yeux jaunes des crocodiles K. Pancol
La Peste A. Camus
Le Sud Yves Berger
Mercure A. Nothomb
La biographie de la faim A. Nothomb
Thérèse Desqueyroux F. Mauriac***
Poil de carotte J. Renard
La Chambre Rouge Mallet-Joris
La Place A. Ernaux
La Douleur M. Duras***
Le Château de ma mère M. Pagnol
Les Années Annie Ernaux
La grammaire est un chanson douce E. Orsenna
Un Coeur Simple G. Flaubert
Le chant de l'océan M. Dupuy
Lambeaux C. Juliet
L'homme qui plantait des arbresJean Giono
J'irai cracher sur vos tombes B. Vian***
Un barrage contre le Pacifique M. Duras
Un Pedigree P. Modiano
Jean le bleu J. Giono
Sans famille H. Malot***
Le Château de mon père M. Pagnol
Un Sac de Billes J. Joffo***
Voyage au pays des arbres J.M.G. Le Clézio
35 kilos d’éspoir A. Gavalda

Please remember that value of this thread is based on what everyone contributes to it. The more people who contribute to it the greater the breadth and depth of possible choices for reading of books.

The particular value of this thread can be that since it is on the Language Learners Forum, we can all discuss the books in addition to content by suggesting the language level that might be appropriate: A1-C2.
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