Category: French

Human Nature by Serge Joncour

Set in 1999, as France prepares to welcome a new millennium, the country is battered by storms. But holed up on the farm where he and his three sisters grew up, Alexandre seems less afraid of the weather than of the police turning up.… Continue Reading “Human Nature by Serge Joncour”

The Lover by Marguerite Duras

While I was reading Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, which is labeled “Fiction” on its back cover, someone told me, “Oh, that’s a memoir!” To which I responded, “you’re full of sh*t!” Or something more delicate and intellectual, if you’d prefer to think of me… Continue Reading “The Lover by Marguerite Duras”

Writing and Reading Recently

I’ve been pretty busy with both reading and writing, lately. I guess I am thankful that it is summertime and, while I’m still working hard on course preparation and planning for the fall term, I at least have a break from teaching right now.… Continue Reading “Writing and Reading Recently”

Review: Le Livre Blanc by Jean Cocteau

Le Livre Blanc by Jean Cocteau Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 35 Le Livre Blanc was first published anonymously in 1928.  Many people immediately attributed the work to Cocteau, based on its themes, style, and presence of characters from other Cocteau works; however,… Continue Reading “Review: Le Livre Blanc by Jean Cocteau”

Review: Germinal by Emile Zola

Germinal by Emile Zola Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 23 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) If you ever want to read a book about miners, or a book about family, or a book about unions, or… Continue Reading “Review: Germinal by Emile Zola”