Tag Archive: French

Beware! Appearances can be deceptive.

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When Swann first made an appearance in ‘The Way by Swann’s‘, I was so pre-occupied with the anguish of young Marcel that it took me while to notice him. He only registered as… Continue reading

Why is Victor Hugo in his birthday suit without a stitch to wear?

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Today is Victor Hugo’s birthday – Bon anniversaire, Victor! As I’ve just read the magnificent ‘Les Miserables’, I couldn’t let his birthday go by without a little celebratory knitting. ‘Les Miserables’ is a… Continue reading

…And that’s why if there ever was a shopping competition between Proust and Paddington, the bear would win!

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You’ve got to wonder what Proust would make of today’s world. Just imagine, if, fed up of his perpetual bedroom anxieties and the horror of those violet curtains, he decided to go to… Continue reading

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

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Alain-Fournier’s masterpiece, ‘Le Grand Meaulnes‘, is a lyrical, melancholic ‘coming of age’ novel, which explores the crossing of the Rubicon between childhood, through adolescence and into adulthood. Like J.D Salinger’s ‘Catcher in the Rye‘,… Continue reading