TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:20 am

The upcoming book reading classes for my local ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE will cover these books, in case you are looking for ideas:

11 janvier : La femme au carnet rouge - d'Antoine Laurain
8 février : Victoire , les saveurs et les mots - de Maryse Condé
8 mars : Kamouraska - d'Anne Hébert
12 avril : Double vie - de Pierre Assouline
10 mai : Désert - de J.M.G Le Clézio
9 août : Le matou - d'Yves Beauchemin
13 septembre : Plateforme - de Michel Houellebecq
18 octobre : L’immeuble Yacoubian - d'Alaa El Aswany
8 novembre : Trois jours chez ma mère - de François Weyergans
13 décembre : L’enfant de sable - de Tahar Ben Jelloun
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby kanewai » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:28 am

Carmody wrote:The upcoming book reading classes for my local ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE will cover these books, in case you are looking for ideas:

11 janvier : La femme au carnet rouge - d'Antoine Laurain
8 février : Victoire , les saveurs et les mots - de Maryse Condé
8 mars : Kamouraska - d'Anne Hébert
12 avril : Double vie - de Pierre Assouline
10 mai : Désert - de J.M.G Le Clézio
9 août : Le matou - d'Yves Beauchemin
13 septembre : Plateforme - de Michel Houellebecq
18 octobre : L’immeuble Yacoubian - d'Alaa El Aswany
8 novembre : Trois jours chez ma mère - de François Weyergans
13 décembre : L’enfant de sable - de Tahar Ben Jelloun
What an ambitious reading schedule! Most of these are new to me. I'm looking forward to hearing your reports back.

I'm seriously tempted to read along side you.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:24 pm

kanewai

My profuse apologies for the misleading post. I will not be taking the classes or reading those books but I celebrate your motivation in reading them.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby lusan » Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:30 pm

Carmody wrote:Can hardly wait for people to write their reviews.......

Just for the record folks I am usually a prolific book reader of French literature however I have subscribed to
BienDirehttps://biendire.com/en/.

It is a bi-monthly magazine for language learners that Peter Mollenberg suggested, and I am finding it very worthwhile. But nothing beats a book.
:D


How is your experience with BienDire?
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby kanewai » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:43 am

Carmody wrote:I will not be taking the classes or reading those books but I celebrate your motivation in reading them.
Maybe not ... after reading a lot of reviews on the books I'm not so sold on most of these (I'm still glad you posted them, though - I like seeing lists like this).

Since it's not going to be a reading group here on the forum, here is my biased take:

Désert - de J.M.G Le Clézio. I was not impressed. The topic was interesting (a Moroccan girl moves to Marseille and becomes a super model), but it lacked depth & the politics felt simple and dated.

Plateforme - de Michel Houellebecq. Houellebecq is a damaged soul but a very good writer. I'm not sure why the class is reading this rather than one of his better known books.

L’immeuble Yacoubian - d'Alaa El Aswany. This book is translated from Arabic - it's an odd choice for a French class. I read it in English and thought it was an excellent look into life in modern Cairo.

L’enfant de sable - de Tahar Ben Jelloun. Finally one I would recommend! It's a look at Morocco from the inside, rather than from an outsider trying to imagine the inside (i.e., le Clézio).
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:53 pm

after reading a lot of reviews on the books I'm not so sold on most of these


That was my response as well.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Tue Jan 12, 2021 7:40 pm

lusan » Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:30 am

Carmody wrote:
Can hardly wait for people to write their reviews.......

Just for the record folks I am usually a prolific book reader of French literature however I have subscribed to
BienDirehttps://biendire.com/en/.

It is a bi-monthly magazine for language learners that Peter Mollenberg suggested, and I am finding it very worthwhile. But nothing beats a book.
:D

How is your experience with BienDire?


My " experience with BienDire?" is good.The CD and the magazine are good but I will do without the CD next time around; but they are both good.

Apologies for not answering sooner.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby lusan » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:39 pm

Carmody wrote:
lusan » Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:30 am

Carmody wrote:
Can hardly wait for people to write their reviews.......

Just for the record folks I am usually a prolific book reader of French literature however I have subscribed to
BienDirehttps://biendire.com/en/.

It is a bi-monthly magazine for language learners that Peter Mollenberg suggested, and I am finding it very worthwhile. But nothing beats a book.
:D

How is your experience with BienDire?


My " experience with BienDire?" is good.The CD and the magazine are good but I will do without the CD next time around; but they are both good.

Apologies for not answering sooner.


No need of apology. Everybody is busy. Here in US, we just watch the news and wait for the vaccines and accelerated news from D.C.

Is BienDire really worthy? I tried to see its content but it does not allow me without purchasing.

Which version you get?

What's wrong with the CD?
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:36 pm

Bien Dire is fine and worth the money.

I take the magazine that comes every 2 months and the CD.

However since my joy of learning French is just Passive, that is to just read and View/Listen there is no reason for me to get the CD.

I take the Intermediate version-B1 à C2- which is fine for me. I am B1 in reading and it works for me.

The big thing it has is that it provides Vocabulary that you don't get from reading books.

Hope that helps.

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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby MorkTheFiddle » Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:05 pm

A few words about Henry Rousso's Le Régime de Vichy, reviewed earlier by Carmody.
The defeat of the French army by German forces in June 1940 led to the creation of two Frances: a northern part occupied and governed by Germans and a southern unoccupied zone administered by the French. The southern region was called Vichy France and its presiding executive officer was the aging Marshal Philippe Petain, a hero of World War 1.
The Kindle edition of Henry Rousso’s Le Régime de Vichy, 4th ed, (November 27, 2019), published by Que sais-je ?, details in 124 pages (the print length) the personalities of Vichy leaders, their political philosophy, the structure and scope of their government, and their policies against the people they believed were the true enemies of France.
Rousso’s is mostly a sober, analytical work, only occasionally veering into righteous indignation, telling us how the Vichy government worked, the cult that grew up around its leader Marshal Petain, the focus of Petain and his government on homely virtues, and the viciousness of the native Milice, a national police force in charge of carrying out the laws against the enemies of the state, who were specified as communists, free masons and Jews.
If affairs military and especially affairs WW2 don’t interest you, Le Régime de Vichy will not be your cup of tea. Otherwise, it is a good short read. I don’t know whether the book has any connection with the good French TV series of a few years back, A French Village, but both avoid a black and white picture of the Vichy leadership and their motivations.
There is also a companion piece by Rousso called The Vichy Syndrome, a longer work about the effects of the Vichy government and its policies on later French politics.
Thanks again to Carmody for recommending this book.
I rate it 8/10
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