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The Years
The Years | Annie Ernaux
Considered by many to be the iconic French memoirist's defining work, The Years was a breakout bestseller when published in France in 2008, and is considered in French Studies departments in the US as a contemporary classic. The Years is a personal narrative of the period 1941 to 2006 told through the lens of memory, impressions past and presenteven projections into the futurephotos, books, songs, radio, television and decades of advertising, headlines, contrasted with intimate conflicts and writing notes from six decades of diaries. Local dialect, words of the times, slogans, brands and names for the ever-proliferating objects, are given voice here. The voice we recognize as the author's continually dissolves and re-emerges. Ernaux makes the passage of time palpable. Time itself, inexorable, narrates its own course, consigning all other narrators to anonymity. A new kind of autobiography emerges, at once subjective and impersonal, private and collective. On its 2008 publication in France, The Years came as a surprise. Though Ernaux had for years been hailed as a beloved, bestselling and award-winning author, The Years was in many ways a departure: both an intimate memoir "written" by entire generations, and a story of generations telling a very personal story. Like the generation before hers, the narrator eschews the "I" for the "we" (or "they", or "one") as if collective life were inextricably intertwined with a private life that in her parents' generation ceased to exist. She writes of her parents' generation (and could be writing of her own book): "From a common fund of hunger and fear, everything was told in the "we" and impersonal pronouns."
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DreeMorris
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My completed #readingenvysummerreading . Tagged book was my favorite, but they were all very different. Short stories, novel, memoir/essay, history. Settings of rural England, Mexico, France, the Netherlands.

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Biljana
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Current read. Beautiful it is.

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charl08
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I like the stuff about memory here...

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charl08
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I liked the bits where she looks at photos of her past.

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charl08
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Progress was the bright horizon of every existence. It signified well-being, healthy children, glowing houses, well-lit streets, and knowledge.... In reality cramped housing forced children and parents brothers and sisters to sleep in the same room.... The times, people said, are not the same for everyone.

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DreeMorris
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Amazing “generational memoir”. Ernaux uses her own life (and family, friends) to illustrate the changes in France c1941-the 21st century. From economic changes (a life without indoor plumbing where everything is used through necessity to a consumerist society), to political changes and swings, the waning influence of the Catholic Church and mores, and more. She also discusses the weirdness of aging: it happens when you least expect it lol.

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Abailliekaras
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I enjoyed this once I got into the rhythm of it. A mix of personal memoir (but referring to herself in the third person - which distanced & annoyed me at first) & social history. Ernaux uses photos as a jumping off point to track her personal story but branches out to the collective story of her generation (‘we‘) - who witnessed great social upheaval in France from 1940 - 2008. Wry commentary on women‘s issues, clear-sighted. (Up now on the 🎧).

Weaponxgirl They had a interview with her In The guardian recently and this sounded so good. Glad to hear a litten recommend it too. Stacked! 6mo
Abailliekaras @Weaponxgirl I look forward to hearing what you think! 😊 6mo
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Abailliekaras
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I enjoyed this once I got into the rhythm of it. A mix of personal memoir (but referring to herself in the third person - which distanced & annoyed me at first) & social history. Ernaux uses photos as a jumping off point to track her personal story but branches out to the collective story of her generation (‘we‘) - who witnessed great social upheaval in France from 1940 - 2008. Wry commentary on women‘s issues, clear-sighted. (Up now on the 🎧).

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Abailliekaras
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Our new episode is up! Annie Ernaux is a bit of an icon or as (our) @mr_annie puts it, she‘s like ‘a French Helen Garner‘. 🥰
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This is shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize for translated fiction to be announced tomorrow. So... is it fiction? Just one of many tangents we go down in this episode. 😂
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We also chat about Proust 😳 & underlining our books (or not). Do you scribble in the margins? #iwarnedyouthereweretangents

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Abailliekaras
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Current read. 📖 #MBI2019

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translationspod
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The Years by Annie Ernaux (translated by Alison L. Strayer) This feels very much like a memoir but I‘m glad it is nominated for the Man Booker International prize so more people can experience Annie Ernaux.

#WomenInTranslation #TranslatedLiterature

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Abailliekaras
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London #bookhaul . 🤓📚
Have you read any of these?

TrishB I‘ve read Guapa, loved it 👍🏻 7mo
batsy I'd love to get my hands on the Ernaux and Yoshimoto 😍 7mo
Simona The Years and I loved it 😁 7mo
Abailliekaras @TrishB that‘s so good to hear! I bought it on impulse never having heard of it before. 😊 @batsy I had to get the Yoshimoto because her books aren‘t so easy to find in Adelaide stores. @Simona yay I can‘t wait to read it! ☺️ 7mo
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LonesomeReader
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This book is a revelation in showing ways of looking at how our personal history intersects with our collective history. It focuses on the life of a woman in post-WWII France up till the present but conveys a powerful sense of the dominant ideologies of the time. But it‘s also a profound way of looking at memory and personality. I hope it wins the #MBI2019

Abailliekaras I‘m reading it now but not in the swing of it yet. It‘s feeling abstract and like a memoir. @mr_annie has recommended it highly & I trust her (& your!) judgment so I‘m sticking with it for now. 😬 7mo
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BookwormM
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#MBI2019 #ReadAroundtheWorld #France

Interesting look at world events over the course of 60 odd years specifically how changes have affected women.

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

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Simona
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Autobiographical novel with interesting POV (with which I had some big problems) is told in snippets, from postwar years till present time. In the foreground is development, progress in the society combined with author‘s personal experiences and thoughts, impact of the society on individual and vice versa. Very well written and very interesting, structured look at one life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#ManBookerInternationalPrize #MBIP2019

BookwormM Are you sure I can‘t tempt to you to join the panel 🤣🤣 9mo
Simona @BookwormM Sorry, but I‘m very sure 😔 9mo
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IheartYA
Years | Annie Ernaux
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Not an adventurous literary year for me. 😕
#in2018
@RealLifeReading

Eyelit You did well! There‘s always next year to do more 😃 12mo
CouronneDhiver Don‘t be sad - I did very much the same. Just a low pressure reader. 😊 12mo
inthegreensandblues But you read a lot! And outside your comfort zone! 👏 12mo
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Booksy
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Doing everything roughly, whether catching a rabbit by the ears, giving someone a peck on the cheek, or squeezing a child in one‘s arms. On days when tempers flared, banging in and out of the house, slamming chairs around
walking with long strides, swinging one‘s arms, sitting by flopping oneself onto the chair, and when standing again, freeing with a flick of the hand the cloth of the skirt caught between the buttocks.

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Booksy
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Best books of 2018 so far: The Years by Annie Ernaux. Still reading this one, but it‘s absolutely magical. It starts as a collective memoir, a sort of oral history of France from the end of the Second World War, and goes to capture the essence of living through all the social changes that followed. Another brilliant work of non-fiction from Fitzcarraldo Editions.

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Karosines
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Annie Ernaux erzählt ausgehend von ihren Erinnerungen, Fotos und Videoaufnahmen die Geschichte Frankreichs ab 1940. Wunderschön geschrieben und man wird durch die vielen literarischen, theoretischen, Musik- und Filmreferenzen ungemein inspiriert. #readtheyear #frenchliterature #readwomen #suhrkamp

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Karosines
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„Es war die Zeit der Schwätzer.“ ❤️ Fantastisch kluge Reise durch die französische Geschichte mit Annie Ernaux. #frenchliterature #readwomem #readtheyear #france

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Karosines
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Das erste Kapitel ist sehr vielversprechend. Wunderschön geschrieben. #frenchliterature #readfemaleauthors #readwomen #suhrkamp #readtheyear

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