First French novels you read


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First French novels you read

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okt 23, 2006, 1:41pm

Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Fournier was my first and because it ws in the VIth form it was in French. After leaving school, I read in translation Guy de Maupassant short stories, followed by Flaubert's Madame Bovary. It wasn't until I was in my 40s that my head was blown away by Albert Camus.

dec 11, 2006, 6:58pm

Balzac's "Le Pere Goriot". After falling in love with Faulkner's connected works and hearing about this French writer who did the same thing but with many more books I was dying of curiosity. I wasn't disappointed. From the moment I read the first page, Paris has become my Mecca, the place for a mystical pilgrimage. May never get there though, I have a feeling that Balzac's Paris and the real Paris no longer have much in common, maybe the fantasy is better.

Camus blew my head away too, along with Faulkner he's my favourite novelist of the 20th century.

dec 12, 2006, 11:15am

How many miles are you from Paris? Another continent away?

dec 13, 2006, 8:08am

I'm only reading in English, but the first French novel I read that I can recall was Recollections of the Golden Triangle by Robbe-Grillet ... didn't get much out of it the first time ... re-read it about ten years later and thought it was pretty fascinating ... the first French author who I really connected with was Zola ... now I read everything I can get my hands on by him ... some of his stuff, like La Bete Humaine is just unbelievable.

dec 13, 2006, 8:13am

I love Zola's novels, particularly La Bete Humaine and Germinal. The first French novelist I read (in translation) was Flaubert. Prior to that I'd been reading Moliere and Voltaire (Francophile mother). Then I went on to Maupassant, Gide, Stendhal, Camus and Sartre.