Paris in July 2022
Co-hosted by Readerbuzz and Thyme For Tea
So far this year, I have read 24 books in French, plus two translated from the French.
So I’m going to take a few posts to talk to you about them, by chronological order.
Click on the covers to read my full review, or get more details on the book.
Read in January:
Red is My Heart was actually my very first read of the year!
VERDICT: If you want to begin 2022 with love and beauty, heart and art, run right away under the glow of Red is My Heart.
Gravé dans le sable :
I loved it all: all the historical and geographical details (from Normandie to several states in the US), the power of politics and money, daily life in a French village.
Great characters, more complex than at first site.
Also, how some very powerful women take fate in their own hands, and others end up victims.
And obviously an incredible suspense.
Les Fourmis :
Wow, impressive scifi by a new to me French author.
When we think scifi, we often think extra-terrestrial creatures.
But what about “infra-terrestrial” ones?
When Jonathan inherits a house form an uncle, he gets a letter from him, telling him never to go down to the cellar! Of course, one day, he does go down, I don’t think that’s a surprising spoiler. And then his wife does as well. When they don’t come back up, their young son finally calls the police…
Entre deux mondes :
Phew, what a punch in the stomach. Can I listen to a more powerful historical mystery in 2022? I doubt it.
This is about the terrible situation of migrants in our world today, from Syria to the awful Jungle, the Calais refugee camp in France, just before it was dismantled. With their dreams of crossing to the UK.
I read this in January and it is still very present to me.
L’Inconnue de la Seine :
It was ok. There were some interesting elements, especially related to the theater and to Dionysus, but some aspects I didn’t like too much, like three different variations on mental health.
L’Affaire Saint-Fiacre :
The first half of the book was excellent, with great atmospheric details, as Simenon knows how to do. It was also involving Maigret more personally, and painfully so, as the crime sends him back to where he lived as child.
An old countess is found dead at church shortly after Mass. But no one seemed to have come around her to kill her, so how was is done? By whom? Why?
Unfortunately, the plot got really muddled
Les Chemins du cœur :
The book is a collection of 15 articles on various topics. I shared lots of notes and translated them into English.
HAVE YOU READ THESE BOOKS?
OR BOOKS BY THESE AUTHORS?
You are such an inspiration. Thank you.
Really? You are welcome
That’s an interesting selection of books! I’ve not been enthusiastic about Bussi, but I’ve been reading the Simenon books for many years.
best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com
Simenon’s amount of works is quite impressive.
I’ve actually been amazed at the plots by Bussi
Simenon’s books are like old, dear friends, aren’t they? Many wonderful titles! (And thanks for coming by!)
Yes, it’s neat meeting him in so many books and getting to know him (and his wife) a bit better each time
I envy your ability to read many books a year in French. Thank you for sharing these with us, Emma. Red is My Heart, which I read in English, is a lovely way to begin your reading year.
I read a good amount with my students. And I have an audio subscription EStories (cheaper than audible), that I use almost exclusively to listen to brand new French audiobooks
Thank you for the suggestions here. Bussi is always a favourite. Red Is My Heart sounds like something I would like. I just read Musso and loved it. Review will come later today. Maybe all his books are not that great as La fille et la nuit.
Antoine Laurain’s books are very good, I recommend you try some. Red is My Heart is different from his others, there’s usually not that type of illustrations involved in the plot
I just noted the title and then saw it was by Antoine Laurain. I think he wrote The President’s Hat which I liked very much. Looking forward to this one.
Yes, that’s him. I would also recommend
The Red Notebook,
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