Category Archive: French

Crossed Swords and Crossed Lovers – Balzac’s ‘The Chouans’

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If it wasn’t for some recent galavanting around Brittany, I can’t imagine a time that I’d have picked up The Chouans (1829) as the next ‘must read’ from my TBR. It’s not that I don’t rate… Continue reading

Well what’s one to do when Balzac takes a bath?

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The other night I’d been enjoying a long soak in the bath engrossed in my book, The Chouans , the first volume of novels comprising Balzac’s The Human Comedy. Thus far, I’ve enjoyed it far more than… Continue reading

Personally, I’m more the shape of a butternut squash.

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I want you to read The Reader on the 6:27, and so this is review without spoilers. Therefore, it’s also a review that’s not likely to make much sense, but I’m hoping it will… Continue reading

Chalcot Crescent and seductive books

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I wish library books had blank pages in the back to leave little messages to each other. Reviews, notes, secrets, it would be great! I am hitting up my local library more these… Continue reading

#AW80Books – Slim, quirky and intoxicating – Amelie Nothomb’s ‘Petronille’

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Pétronille by Amélie Nothomb (2014, translation by Alison Anderson) was this month’s reading  choice for my book group. While her parents are Belgian, Nothomb was born in Japan but currently lives in Paris.… Continue reading

Knausgaard Vs Zola – Round 3

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Germinal has started making my comparison complicated, as now we are no longer just with miners, with lungs full of coal dust, hump-backed children and pit ponies, we are also popping in on… Continue reading

Proust on holiday: Jacques Tati meets Johnny Vegas.

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Proust might not be the first name that springs to mind when choosing holiday reading material, but by happy chance I took my half-read copy of In the Shadow of Young Girls in… Continue reading

Knausgaard Vs Zola – Round 2

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*I am comparing the lives of the characters in Zola’s ‘Germinal’ with how things go for Karl Ove Kausgaard in the second book of the ‘My Struggle’ series, simply because I am reading… Continue reading

Zola vs Knausgaard – Round 1

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I am reading Karl Ove Knausgaard’s ‘ A Man in Love’ in tandem with Emile Zola’s ‘Germinal’, to see who is suffering the most. So far in ‘Germinal’, the main character Étienne Lantier… Continue reading

‘Get the women… and you’ll sell the world!’

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I’ve spent the past month reading about mid 19th century Paris for an article I’ve been writing, and apart from the utter fear of submitting a piece for publication in the proper grown… Continue reading