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Books for Francophiles

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1suesbent Första inlägget
sep 14, 2006, 1:28am

I have enjoyed reading How to be French by Margaret Ambrose although the author tends to be a little condescending.

I loved The Da Vinci code because of the location and cultural setting. I enjoyed the film too because of this same fact. How great to hear the French language spoken in an American movie!

2WhimsyWinx
sep 14, 2006, 5:30am

I would like a copy of that. I love non-fiction books on France. I'll read anything set there, and love non-fiction books on the subject.

3SqueakyChu
sep 14, 2006, 8:24am

I'm not really a Franocphile, but just thought I'd mention two books I really enjoyed that made me think visiting France again would not be such a bad idea. One was The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart, a delightful book about a man's discovering an out-of-the-way piano shop and more than he thought he wanted to know about pianos. The second book was Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle about the gustatory delights of Provence. Loved both of them!

I also enjoyed not too long ago a book of fiction that is not too widely known here in the U.S. I found it in my library. It's called The Case of Doctor Sachs by Martin Winckler. A rather unusual book in that it was written in the second person, this book tells what it's like for people to have a home-visiting doctor in a country with socialized medicine. (...sure seems ideal to me) Great little book!

4Fiso
Redigerat: sep 14, 2006, 5:01pm

I am currently enjoying reading online the blogs Petite Anglaise, La Coquette and Made in Rive Gauche.

5suesbent
sep 14, 2006, 8:10pm

These comments are great. I too have read The Piano Shop on the left Bank and thoroughly enjoyed it.

There is another one I have read about a young Australian lady who moves to Paris titled Almost French.

I will have a look at the Blogs. Thanks heaps.

6Fiso
sep 22, 2006, 12:50pm

Has anyone read Proust in French? How does the translation vary from the French to English?

7Cecilturtle
sep 23, 2006, 3:08pm

For lovers of crime and Paris, I highly recommend Cara Black. Her main caracter is a private investigator who gets caught up in murder mysteries. Black does a great job of describing Paris, French culture and flair. Too bad there are so many mistakes when the actual French is transcribed. She should get herself a bilingual editor!

8JGaynard Första inlägget
sep 26, 2006, 2:32pm

There is a good article in the February 2004 edition of the Atlantic Monthly in which Christopher Hitchens compares Lydia Davis's new translation to the classic C.K. Scott Montcrieff one and in which he compares quite a few of the more difficult lines. I am still reading Proust in French and maybe when I've finished that I'll take a look at one of the English language translations.

9JGaynard
okt 6, 2006, 2:55am

I agree entirely about Martin Winckler's book. Yesterday in Le Monde there was an interview with the literary agent Andrew Wylie who lamented the fact that more good, recent French novels are not available in English translation, so I am glad that Winckler has made it through the filter.

10DCEFrance Första inlägget
okt 12, 2006, 3:43pm

Toujours Province is actually the second in a series Mayle wrote. The BBC even made a Tr series out of the first book: A Year ln Provence.

The books are more about an Englishman in Provence than really about France.

11hazelk
okt 23, 2006, 1:45pm

Michael Houllebecq seems to get reviewed a lot in the UK: posh writing with lots of sex. Published here therefore. Haven't tried him yet.

12briconcella
Redigerat: apr 3, 2007, 3:43pm

Another blog about discovering France you might enjoy is "Au Paris", written by an au pair Texan girl (http://blogs.chron.com/auparis/). It brought her luck, since it is now a book. But, being French, I must confess that I never meet the kind of French people she was an au pair for and can't say it is representative of Parisian parents:)

13Pollyvousfrancais
apr 29, 2007, 6:35am

I have a lot of books for francophiles in my library -- and also posted on my blog, http://www.pollyvousfrancais.blogspot.com.

14Pollyvousfrancais
apr 29, 2007, 6:37am

Det här meddelandet har tagits bort av dess författare.

15hazelk
apr 30, 2007, 8:32am

Anybody read Alain Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes? There was an articel about this early 20th century novel in the Sunday paper and it brought back memories of studying it for 'A' Level French way back when. I only remembered the atmosphere and very little of the loose plot.

16OldNick54
mar 9, 2010, 4:22pm

Has anyone read anything by Gaston Roupnel, in English or French? If so, what did you think of it, and if read in French, is it reasonably manageable for someone with only pre-intermediate French and a good dictionary?

17richardderus
nov 29, 2010, 3:21pm

I finished and reviewed the excellent small book The Waitress Was New in my thread...post #271.