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

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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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The Nobel Surprise October 9, 2008

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Well, the Nobel prize for literature has been awarded, and if you were rooting for Philip Roth or Joyce Carol Oates, I’m afraid you will be disappointed.  The award has gone to French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. 

No, I hadn’t heard of him before today (and the Book Goddess does not like being blindsided).  However, according to a scholar quoted in the New York Times, Le Clézio is “the most written about living French novelist today.”  I think you should read the article, which will certainly be more informative than I can be.   

I am looking forward to reading something by Le Clézio, but I’m probably going to have to wait a while.  I’ve checked, and none of his titles in English translation are in stock at our wholesaler. 

If you’d like to know more about the Nobel Prize winners of the past, check out their website

Happy Reading! 

The Book Goddess