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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:29 pm

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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:34 pm

Here are two excellent books by A.C. Quintero for French beginners. Actually, it is one book in two parts.

La Classe Des Confessions (Volume 1) (French Edition)
https://www.amazon.com/Classe-Confessions-1-French/dp/1981173293/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=La+classe+de+confessions&qid=1576955659&s=books&sr=1-2

Le beau mensonge
https://www.amazon.com/Beau-Mensonge-Classe-Confessions-French/dp/1721929398
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:02 am

For those people looking for some ideas on what to read:

https://www.culturetheque.com/EXPLOITATION/US/litterature-essais.aspx
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:17 pm

En ce jour du Nouvel An, nous voulions vous souhaiter à tous une excellente année deux-mille-vingt. Nous espérons que tous vos voeux se réaliseront et que vos progrès en français seront fantastiques.

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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:36 pm

If you like reading you may wish to check this out from tv5monde.

The books can be chosen from the 13th to 18th Century.

https://bibliothequenumerique.tv5monde.com/livres
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:24 am

Have just finished a first read through of Le Temps des secrets by Marcel Pagnol. It is the third volume of his Memories of Childhood, an autobiography that appeared in 1960. It was preceded by Le Château de ma mère and La Gloire de mon père which are much better. This was the third and last of the trilogy and by this time he was very much squeezing the sponge dry when it came to looking back fondly on childhood.

While all three books are nostalgic looks back on the simple life in Provence, make no mistake about it that the vocabulary is not simple with the very much challenging and very many references to local flora and fauna.

I would give it a 6/10.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:58 am

So I just finished Dans la paix des saisons by Christian Signol. My researches of this author suggests that he is a very popular French author with many awards. My own first reading of this book is that it is easy on the vocabulary level and very trite or watered down as to plot or theme. I guessed that going into it, but it was far more light weight and banal than I had expected. However, if this is what the populace of France likes then I am always happy to be made aware of it. Each has his own taste.

If anyone has read this author and enjoys him please by all means tell me. I want to learn what it is I am missing. However, until that time comes I would give a 4/10.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby DaveAgain » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:18 am

Carmody wrote: This was the third and last of the trilogy and by this time he was very much squeezing the sponge dry when it came to looking back fondly on childhood.
I was looking at Mr Pagnol's wikipedia entry the other day, there was a fourth book some years later, le temps des amours.
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:31 pm

DaveAgain,

Many thanks for the feed back; it looks as if you are correct.

In 1957, the first two novels in the series, La Gloire de mon père and Le château de ma mère were published to instant acclaim.[2] The third Le Temps des secrets was published in 1959,[2] the fourth Le Temps des Amours was to remain unfinished and was not published until 1977, after his death. In the meantime, Pagnol turned to a second series, L'Eau des Collines – Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources – which focused on the machinations of Provençal peasant life at the beginning of the twentieth century and were published in 1962.[2]
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Re: TOTW: A French Book Reading Resource

Postby Carmody » Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:51 am

Herewith a new book-La Rose de Java by Joseph Kessel.
Kessel was born in Villa Clara, Entre Ríos, Argentina, because of the constant journeys of his father, a Litvak physician. From 1905 to 1908, Joseph Kessel lived the first years of his childhood in Orenburg, Russia, before the family moved to France in 1908. He studied in lycée Masséna, Nice and lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris and took part in the First World War as an aviator. He was also an aviator during the Second World War, in the Free French Groupe de Bombardement n° 1/20 "Lorraine" (342 Squadron RAF) with RAF Bomber Command,[citation needed] with Romain Gary, who was also a talented French novelist.

Kessel wrote several novels and books that were later represented in the cinema, notably Belle de Jour (by Luis Buñuel in 1967). In 1943 he and his nephew Maurice Druon translated Anna Marly's song Chant des Partisans into French from its original Russian. The song became one of the anthems of Free French Forces during the Second World War.

Kessel was elected at the Académie française in 1962 and died on 23 July 1979 in Avernes, Val-d'Oise. He is buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.


Résumé :
1919, Extrême-Orient. Après avoir parcouru la moitié du monde pour servir en Sibérie, deux lieutenants aviateurs français regagnent leur patrie. Ils sont très jeunes, ardents à vivre vite et fort : alcool, jeu, rixes et femmes.
Ils embarquent à Kobé (Japon) sur un vieux cargo hollandais, la Rose de Java, qui doit les mener à Shanghaï. Ils croyaient y trouver quelques jours de repos, mais ils découvrent à bord une jeune femme surnaturellement belle, séquestrée dans une cabine par un vieil Anglais. Qui est cette femme ? Et lequel des deux jeunes gens en fera sauvagement la conquête au péril de sa vie ?


It is a truly unique book and not like any other I have ever read. Would love to hear if others read it. It was a suggested book by Alliance Française.

I give it a 8/10 and promise you that you can not anticipate the ending.
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