I have always loved classic literature more than most new releases. There is a soul in good classic literature which you can feel once it draws you in. Times were different when these books were written; social norms were not what we now know. Classics such as Pride and Prejudice have earned their fandoms (and … Continue reading 4 Obscure Classic Books You Should Read
Category: French Literature
The Creators of CARMEN: Prosper Mérimée and Georges Bizet
Depressed by the evident failure of Carmen, Georges Bizet fell victim to depression. It became so stifling that that, when he died in 1875, people speculated that he had taken his own life after the failure of CARMEN.
River of Life: THE SEINE by Elaine Sciolino
Sciolino paints a different perspective of Paris. This perspective is from the river, that ancient body of water pulsing through Paris like a vein. She has traveled far and wide in search of Seine lore. She's learned about the river goddess Sequana and experienced a flood during her time in Paris.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
I blame all of the cartoon adaptations that have popped up over the years. These adaptations present children with a softened version of the story, so it is a surprise when one opens the long novel and discovers elements of darkness or sketchy behavior.
Review: The Black Tulip
I encourage you to look at the obscure classics, those books that might have been lost in time; you will find gems, and in some of them, such as The Black Tulip, you will find true love.
5 Books Set In Paris (Part 1)
Before I had the opportunity to visit Paris with my wonderful mom and brother last year, I had a theory. I told myself that, if I found and read enough books set in Paris, I could pretend I had been there before. With each book that I read set in Paris, I believed that the … Continue reading 5 Books Set In Paris (Part 1)
The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola
The Belly of Paris is a unique, fast-paced novel about justice, revolution, and hunger. It is the third book in a 20-part series titled Les Rougon-Macqyart. The series examines two branches of a family: the respectable (legitimate) side, and the disreputable (illegitimate.) The third installment follows Florent Quenu, a French convict who escaped exile in … Continue reading The Belly of Paris by Emile Zola
Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
Occasionally we find books so beautifully written that it seems the style, not the plot, keeps us turning pages. Though translated from its original French, Swann's Way did not lose its beauty in the process: every sentence reads like a verse from an old, nostalgic poem. As an example: Meanwhile the scenery of his dream-stage … Continue reading Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust