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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader

Adventures-of-a-French-Reader

Joined October 2016

Book lover in San Antonio, TX / Instagram: adventuresofafrenchreader
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Le Jardin de Winter | Valerie Fritsch
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In a little over 130 pages, Valerie Fritsch introduces us to Anton Winter, a solitary bird raiser, and to Frederike who volunteers at the hospital. As the world is coming to an end, they meet, they love, they try to survive the longest they can.

The writing is very beautiful, quite poetic, but it wasn't enough for me to fall under the spell of this story.

This book isn't available in English. But in French, German, and Spanish.

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Ex-Libris | Anne Fadiman
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Great collection of essays about books, reading, and the passion for words.
It's the perfect pick-me-up. While reading it, I disconnected from my everyday life to laugh, nod, sometimes disagree with the very well written thoughts Fadiman shares with us.
I have to admit loving reading books about books, and I noted the titles she recommends, or that she mentions in her essays.
If you haven't read it yet, go get a copy, you won't regret it ;)

Lcsmcat I love this book! 3d
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Ex-Libris | Anne Fadiman
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Currently reading and writing in the margins of this book ;) Often, when I read essays, I have a silent conversation in my head with the author, pausing, reflecting, taking time to silently answer to their writing. But this time, I'm sharing my thoughts in the margins. I'll gift this book to a dear friend of mine, so there are personal notes/references/jokes... She's going to LOVE it, and it's a great way for us to read together, haha.

Adventures-of-a-French-Reader What's written are some of my thoughts about the essay "Never Do That To a Book" ;) 6d
marleed I love this! 6d
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This is a lovely idea!! 5d
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It's like a reading capsule ;) It was so fun to do 5d
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Death in Brittany: A Mystery | Jean-Luc Bannalec
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When I started reading this book, the name Dupin rang a bell... Then I remembered having started on mhzchoice a German TV series called Dupin, which is based on these books.
I wasn't seduced by the story, nor by the commissaire. The only things that I enjoyed in the plot were the art references. I probably won't be reading any other book in this series. I'll go on with the TV series, less time consuming, and a great way to practice my German.

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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I deeply enjoyed following the four vagabonds in their quest for home along the Gilead. Through their journey, we discover the Great Depression, and how people's lives were impacted, how people show resilience, help each other.
This summer odyssey was a great reading adventure. I loved Odie's stories along the pages. It's a great book about friendship, family, and about finding a place called home.

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The Stranger Diaries | Elly Griffiths
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Clare Cassidy finds herself at the center of a police inquiry when one of her colleague and friend is murdered.

I liked the story within the story, with the gothic short story The Stranger by fictional author R. M. Holland embedded in the murder plot. It's an entertaining book to read, even if the perpetrator is quite obvious, and some elements of the plot weren't that interesting (perhaps too much!?) like the witchcraft component to the story.

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The use of human cadavers to further knowledge and science, and to improve vehicle safety for example is a very interesting subject. Unfortunately, this book is all over the place, it resembles a trivia book, a list of "fun" facts, staying mostly on the superficial layer of things. And Mary Roach's humor is juvenile at best... I was quite disappointed ?

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Safe Area Gorade | Joe Sacco
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Joe Sacco brings us with him on his several trips he took to Gorazde, a U.N.-designated safe Area during the Bosnian War in late 1995 and early 1996.

In this graphic non-fiction, Joe Sacco explains the origins of the conflict, and through Gorazde gives us a snapshot of the war. He draws people's accounts in a very realistic manner, which conveys all the horrors of this war.

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2.75 The subject matter is very interesting, but unfortunately not the delivery.

Chrystia Freeland throws a lot of names, a lot of anecdotes, covers a wide range of subjects and it makes the book quite chaotic... I would have loved a more organized book, perhaps one that would go deeper on some subjects: for example, deeper on the political and systemic mechanisms supporting the plutocrats, why not a more in-depth look at governmental corruption.

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Dcompose | Clmentine Beauvais
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Clémentine Beauvais revisits Baudelaire's poem "A Carrion." Through verses, she tells us the story of this woman, whose body was left decaying.
This novella is a gem ? I totally fell in love with the very moving story of Grâce, and of all the other women who crossed her path. This novella is masterfully written, Clémentine Beauvais makes us feel a vast array of emotions, bringing a touch of universal to the story of a life.
*Not in English*

JamieArc I love Beauvais‘ books! I haven‘t read a book in French in so long - I‘ll put this on my list! 1mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @JamieArc It was my first book by her, but I'll definitely look at her other books ;) 1mo
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My book club picked this book for November (still catching up on my reviews...), and I really enjoyed discovering Fred Rogers, his childhood, his vision for TV programs intended for children, and how his concept evolved over time. Some people feel like there wasn't much details in this book about his private life, but I felt it was enough, I didn't need to know more personal things.

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Invisible: A Memoir | Hugues De Montalembert
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When he lost his sight at 35, Hugues de Montalembert had to totally rethink his life, since his occupation as a painter and filmmaker was "based on seeing." In this book, he shows his resilience through small instants of his life. It isn't an exhaustive account of his recovery, it's more memories, anecdotes, thoughts. I found the writing beautiful, poetic even, while the content was sometimes philosophical.

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Complot | Nicolas Beuglet
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*Not in English* I liked the mystery plot, even if it is sometimes far-fetched... I enjoyed having the same characters as in the first installment, and seeing how they developed. And the historical facts Nicolas Beuglet uses to build his story are fascinating, and I highly appreciate him giving a list of reading recommendations at the end of his book 📚 Looking forward to reading the next installment to discover what happens next to Sarah.

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1st book in a series I'll keep on reading ;) Samuel Craddock, former police chief, steps in when one of his friend, Dora Lee Parjeter, is murdered.

Terry Shames is excellent at recreating the atmosphere of a small Texas town. It's a book that takes its time, which I love. Samuel Craddock is very interesting, looking forward to seeing how he evolves over time.

My mystery book club made me discover this author, that's the magic of book club!

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Entertaining, but too Hollywood mainstream for me. Kate Quinn brings together all the ingredients to build a bestseller, leading to unrealistic characters (too good to be true), and to a manichean vision of history... Book recommendations: Hunting the Truth by Serge and Beate Klarsfeld / The Man with the Miraculous Hands by Joseph Kessel / Sulfuric Acid by Amélie Nothomb ;)

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Paradise, WV | Rob Rufus
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3.5/5 It's an easy read, relatively fast-paced mystery novel, that I would classify more as young adult, as the main characters are teenagers. The description of the opioid crisis through the eyes of teenagers is quite interesting, especially with the character of Otis whose father relapses. Entertaining plot, even if I'm not convinced that it holds when it comes to the psychology behind the motives.

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Book crush!!!! Loved this book for the humor! The author plays with the codes of the mystery genre to give us a refreshing novel that kept me smiling from start to finish. Through humor, the author denounces perfectly some absurdities of our modern world. And all that while having a quite interesting mystery plot!!! (Indeed, *Who Killed the Lobster Man?*) Really hope this book will be translated into English, it's a gem!

Anna40 You should translate it :) 4d
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @Anna40 It would be a huge endeavor, haha 2d
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The Huntress | Kate Quinn
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Here is a picture of my reading paradise ;)

Fun fact: Most of the books I own I haven't read yet. I rarely keep a book after I read it: either I give it to a specific person that I know might like it, or I donate it.
The books in good condition that I read will go to the Cody library in San Antonio, Texas to enrich their collection ;)

marleed Beautiful! 2mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @marleed Thanks! It's great to have a dedicated room for my books to read ;) Who needs a formal dining room anyway!? 2mo
marleed I agree. I turned a spare bedroom into a fully lined IKEA Billy shelf library. It‘s my favorite room of my house! 2mo
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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @marleed It looks great! (I saw a picture on your profile). 2mo
marleed Thank you! And btw, the SAPL is a great library. I lived at the Can Plant at the Pearl for 5 years - incredible experience! 2mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @marleed So cool! I like the Pearl, but there are so many people... Not fun to drive there and to find parking. Do you still live in San Antonio? 2mo
marleed @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader I left ve in Kansas City now but my five years on the SA were life.changing. I was lucky to have access to a parking garage included in my rent so the parking was not an issue for me. Also, my own balcony was an entertaining way to enjoy the crowds. 2mo
Simona Looks beautiful❣️ 6d
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Mehso-so

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt is well loved by a lot of readers. While I really enjoyed the descriptions of Savannah and its residents, I was disappointed to learn all the liberties the author took. It should be advertised as a "faction," a mix of facts and fiction.

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Just moved to San Antonio, Texas, in the neighborhood near Cody library ;)

Just great to be in proximity of a local branch where several book clubs are meeting. Here is a picture of the books I'll be reading for some of the book clubs.

Any Litsians in San Antonio, Texas???

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Guns, Germs And Steel | Jared Diamond
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3/5
The content is very interesting, but it reads more like a textbook, which can make it a tedious read. Jared Diamond offers a very well argumented explanation for the development disparities between human societies. So, if you are passionate about history and geography, this book might interest you ;)

Full blog article: https://the-literary-adventures-of-a-french-reader.com/blog/guns-germs-and-steel...

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Reading this book tonight with a glass of wine. Gosh, I'm laughing a lot. This is the type of books that need to be translated into English. Sarcastically funny! The narrator is a tetraplegic young woman, spot on about how people behave around physically handicapped people. 90 pages in, and I'm under the spell!

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New blog article: https://the-literary-adventures-of-a-french-reader.com/blog/the-year-of-the-hare...

Vatanen is on his way back to Helsinki with a colleague. They hit a hare, stop, and Vatanen walks into the forest looking for the injured animal. Vatanen doesn't answer when his colleague calls for him. Pissed off, his colleague decides to leave him in there. Here begin the extravagant adventures of Vatanen and his hare.

BarbaraBB Such a weird but entertaining book! 3mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @BarbaraBB I tend to like "eccentric" books ;) This type of writing seems to me quite common among Nordic authors. 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve definitely read more eccentric books by Nordic authors 😁 3mo
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Le Grand Art | La Simone Allegria
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Always a pleasure to receive my French Kube

I love the concept of filling up a form to share with an independent bookseller the type of books I'm currently in the mood for so they can choose the perfect fit for me. I also like the other option which gives you the choice between three books.

Thanks to Kube I can receive books in French even in the United States. And so far, all the books they selected for me were great reading adventures!

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Last Bus to Woodstock | Colin Dexter
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Some books don't age well...
Sexism, middle-aged men behaving like enamoured teenagers, thus leading to rather bad character development/psychology. "What a sad lot," was the phrase that kept coming to my mind.
The mystery plot didn't convince me. The main characters didn't grasp my interest (probably for the reasons mentioned above). The description of how the murder got solved was not very satisfactory to me.

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Continuation of Lost in the Taiga, a book (review here: https://the-literary-adventures-of-a-french-reader.com/blog/life-in-the-taiga/) about the life of an isolated family in the taiga.
Des nouvelles d'Agafia gives updates on Agafia, lone survivor of her family.
Interesting to read how some people failed to start a new life there with Agafia, where life is tough, and loneliness practically insurmountable for people living in the modern world.

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While a lot of readers speak highly about this book, I really don't understand the hype for this rather clichéd, superficial, unrealistic book.

SamAnne While I have it a thumbs up here, I also did not love it like others do. I enjoyed it though 5mo
vlwelser I'm with you on this one for sure. 5mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @SamAnne It is an entertaining read, but I have a big problem with glamorization. And it honestly pains me to see the huge demand and liking for fake/unrealistic novels that look like self-help/motivational/inspirational books in disguise... This book is like a Hallmark movie. It is a good book in that category. 5mo
SamAnne @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader spot on assessment. 5mo
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Chats | Alix Par
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Cats meet art in this high-quality French book which offers a brief history of cat representation in art.
If you love cats and art, then this very accessible book is the perfect read for you with its trove of information, accompanied by excellent visuals.
If you have at least a level B1 in French, then you can definitely give it a try ;)
Full review on my blog: https://the-literary-adventures-of-a-french-reader.com/blog/when-cats-meet-art/

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The Passenger: Japan | The Passenger
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Excellent collection of articles, book extracts, photographs, etc. on Japan. If you are interested in Japan, it's THE book for you to read!

Full review on my blog: https://the-literary-adventures-of-a-french-reader.com/blog/the-passenger-japan/

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Gast | Carol Swain
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In this graphic novel, we follow Helen, 11, on her quest to discover what happened to the "rare bird" who took his own life. I really enjoyed this atmospheric, slow-paced, philosophical book.

Full review: https://the-literary-adventures-of-a-french-reader.com/blog/two-graphic-novels/

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Slow Storm | Danica Novgorodoff
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In this graphic novel, Ursa, a firefighter, crosses paths with Rafi, a Mexican immigrant. It's the story of a brief encounter between two people. Full of symbolism, with a touch of magic realism, it's a very interesting book to discover.

Full review: https://the-literary-adventures-of-a-french-reader.com/blog/two-graphic-novels/

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I've always been intrigued by North Korea. This book is great to discover how people are living there. A great testimony!

Full review on my blog: https://the-literary-adventures-of-a-french-reader.com/blog/the-girl-with-seven-...

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Hello fellow readers,

I finally created my blog, it was hard, but I did it, yeah!

My first review on it is about this great book, Lost in the Taiga, about a secluded family of old believers in the taiga wilderness.

Visit my blog to read more about this great human adventure: https://the-literary-adventures-of-a-french-reader.com/blog/life-in-the-taiga

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Quick, entertaining read. Type of book that is addictive, you just want to know the end.
Not much surprises, some of what happens is quite predictable.
A good read to unwind and relax.
The title is a bit of a mystery to me... It just doesn't go well with the actual plot...

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3/5
Interesting read to me. I like reading philosophical books like that to expand my own critical thinking: I keep some, and I leave some. Some points he makes in this book are definitely offering food for thoughts.
Michel Onfray is atheist, very much opposed to religions, and in this book, he of course criticizes the three monotheisms, mainly Christianity and Islam, and also presents thoughts on atheism (but not enough for me).

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Enfance | Nathalie Sarraute
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Very nice autobiography about the author's childhood, written as a dialogue.
Easy to read, beautifully written. A must read!

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I've spent a nice time in company of this book.
Janina Doucheyko, the narrator, is living in a small isolated village when a series of deaths/murders occurs. Through her, we get to know the different characters, the daily life in that region, how the enquiry progresses, etc.
It's a well-written book that takes its time. Not much surprise at the end for me, if any at all.
3.5/5

IuliaC A good one 👍 8mo
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3/5

Interesting read, I think it could be a good choice for a book club. Sometimes, I must admit I would have been more interested in hearing their parents' stories.

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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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Between a so-so and a like

The illustrations bring this book to a whole other level, and just for them, it is worth it to pick up this book.

I must admit to be a little disappointed with the letters. They are very repetitive, and most of them are quite lame. Only a few are original in their form and content...

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Le Cri | Nicolas Beuglet
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*Not translated into English*
Interesting thriller with a Norwegian female police officer as a main character. First of a series of books that I'll definitely read to see the evolution of this character. Not a book crush, but definitely entertaining.

ilanakeukake I‘m reading this right now. It‘s mind-blowing. 💥 A few more pages to go. 8mo
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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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So far, my favorite letter from this book... What a beautiful definition from Susan Orlean 😍

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The Breast | Philip Roth
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My first Philip Roth, probably not my last.
It's the story of a man who turned into a female breast... Yeah, what!? Under this quite ridiculous predicament however, this book offers quite a lot of food for thoughts: for example, to what type of privacy can really pretend such a patient, how to accept certain conditions, etc.
Interesting short read.

EvieBee Wow. That‘s perspective for you! 🤣 8mo
Kalalalatja It sounds a bit weird 😂 8mo
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*Not available in English*
In this book, Chantal Knecht recounts several animal trials (yes, animals facing the human justice system), mostly in the Middle Age.
It's a very interesting read about the stupidity of humankind, with the Catholic Church as a recurring character.

In the picture, my "evil" cat who would have probably been burnt alive for being a creature of Satan ;)

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Un prof a chang ma vie | Daniel Pennac, Vincent Remy
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Vincent Remy interviews famous French people asking them if a teacher ever changed their life.
My 1st year of highschool, I had to change my 1st foreign language from German into English, thus having 2 years less of classes than the other students. My teacher, Mrs. Gaume, offered to give me free classes. That's thanks to her that I later was able to study English and become a translator. And you, which teacher changed your life?

JamieArc My French teacher! She gave me so many amazing opportunities, and we are still friends to this day, 20 years later (and she still calls me by my French class name!) 9mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader @JamieArc What a great story! I've always liked the idea of students choosing a new name in the language they are studying. I think it can help in the learning process. Do you still practice your French? 9mo
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Beautifully written story about a little girl sent to live at relatives.
It's a moving read, very engaging.
If you're looking for a short read to escape, just pick this book!

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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Very enjoyable and interesting fiction telling the story of a young blue-skinned Kentucky Pack Horse librarian in the 1930s.
This is a very moving read, showing the ugliness of the world, but also how kind and supportive some people can be.
Keep some tissues nearby. Sometimes, actually, I find it nice to cry over a book. For some reasons, it relieves some tensions... Am I the only one?

Anna40 Not the only one 😉 9mo
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Nouvelles noires | Emile Zola
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Zola, Zola, Zola... He never disappoints. I wonder why he isn't more read by English speakers...
This collection of some of his short stories shows how talented a writer he is. These are some of his dark short stories about war, being buried alive, crime, etc. I was taken by each of these stories, totally transported. For me, Emile Zola is one of the best French writers.

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In each chapter of this book, the author evokes the relationship between exotic animals and a powerful person. Each chapter can be read separately, so it's a book you can read in bits ;)
The author, in 50 pages or so, sets the decor, the historical context in such a way that it is easy for any reader to understand the context and to enjoy the (hi)story.
Very well-written, interesting, informative, just my type of books 📚

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To read this book it is necessary to have read The Mystery of the Yellow Room.
I really enjoyed this second installment, even if I preferred the first book... I loved how it dissects the thought process, and I really liked the language. If you like fast-paced mystery, this book is NOT for you. You have to think of this book as a mind game. I caught myself suspecting a lot of people... It was a fun read for me.

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Reading program for tonight!!! So far, I really enjoy this read.
Gaston Leroux isn't for everyone, it's not fast-paced, but I just love how well-written it is, and how twisted the plot is.