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Happy Bastille Day! Joyeux Quatorze Juillet! July 14, 2009

Posted by bookgoddess in Authors, Books, Fiction, Literature, Reading.
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If you are French, or simply on the lookout for a reason to party, today is the day to celebrate Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity!  Remember that the French are our oldest friends and that their revolution was at least in part inspired by ours.

I have actually been in Paris on Bastille Day, which turned out to be bad news and good news.  Bad news:  the Louvre was closed.  Good news:  since we couldn’t go to the Louvre, we went to the Bois de Boulogne and met up with a French journalist who took us all over Paris in his little French car to show us the sights.  In these latter days, I would be more cautious, but it was certainly a day to remember. 

Anyway, there are a lot of wonderful things you could do to celebrate Bastille Day:  you could drink some French wine and have your sandwich on a baguette (Brie and foie gras, maybe?).  You could check a French film out of the Library!  How about Les Choristes or Amelie?  We have over 200 French films, so you have lots of options. 

You will also find a rich selection of literature by French authors.  For example, 16 French authors have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, most recently J. M. G. Le Clezio in 2008.  One of my personal favorite titles is Claudine, a coming of age novel by the legendary Colette.  I’d also give my highest recommendation to A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, a marvelous portrait of the lives of the “Lost Generation” artists in 1920’s Paris. 

It’s always good to have something to celebrate! 

Happy Reading,

The Book Goddess

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1. rasoa - July 14, 2009

Er…
What did I read ? Brie AND foie gras in A sandwich…
Gosh, that must be a non-French who wrote that one. Brie and foie gras are not meant to be in the same plate…
By the way, nice article that you’ve made here, thanks from a French girl !

PS : You can try foie gras with fig jam (yum !), it’s better than your brie/foie gras combo (yuck !)

2. bookgoddess - July 14, 2009

Yes, I confess that I am non-French, though I am a Francophile and I’m pretty sure I have some French ancestors (or Norman French via the British Isles) somewhere.

Sorry for my culinary faux pas. I do have some fig jam at home. Now I just have to figure out how to afford the foie gras.

Thanks for writing!

The Book Goddess


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