MyFrenchLife™ Book Club: French literature challenge 2018 – Some of our top 12 reads
1. January Book Club: Annie Ernaux – Journal du dehors
Ernaux brings us a fascinating diary broken into the fragments of her everyday commute, depicting a series of small essays on the people and events that occur around her.
All extracts emphasise the everyday people she passes in the Métro and the suburbs of Paris (Cergy-Pontoise). The separate events may feel slightly disconnected or disjointed.
Ernaux explores how we can identify ourselves through observing the outside world: conversations, graffiti on walls, everyday routines, gestures – fragments which leave a trace of our culture behind.
The text is almost a documentary of Ernaux’s world, like a snippet of history in itself – a perfect book for those beginning to read in French.
2. February Book Club: Philippe Delerm – La première gorgée de bière
Delerm looks at the everyday through the perspective of those small pleasures which life often overlooks.
Explore the smallest fragments of everyday pleasure – from the very first sip of a cold beer to the delight of a beautiful box of cakes!
These short snippets of such simple and pleasurable moments almost bounce off the page with joy!
A fast read with an accessible writing style, Delerm really does teach us to relish the tiny pleasures of life!
12. December Book Club: Camus – L’étranger
A short novel and a perfect start for those wishing to read more in French. The beginning may appear gloomy with the death of Meursault’s mother, yet the story becomes far more interesting as the plot progresses.
Meursault’s neighbour Raymond, who has recently beaten his mistress for her infidelity, is plotting revenge. Raymond asks Meursault to help him lure the woman to his house – but what are the consequences?
On the surface, the plot appears quite simple, yet is enriched with the philosophy of existentialism and the absurd.
Written in modern French (passé composé – NOT the traditional passé simple), it is a far easier option for anyone wishing to start reading in French.
From : https://www.myfrenchlife.org