Paris in July 2022
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George Orwell and Book sale!
As you can see, I was not able to keep up posting every day of the month for Paris in July.
BUT you are in for a double treat today.
First of all, a book I just started listening to on Sunday:
It’s actually totally by chance I’m listening to this now:
I was done with my audiobook, so I looked at my list of 20 Books of Summer what to listen to next. I realized there was only one left I could listen to, but I have to wait August to use a credit.
So I looked at my Classics Club list, and the first book I was able to find was this one. Only after did I realize it perfectly fit for Paris in July!
Have you read it? It’s Orwell’s memoir when he lived in Paris (half of the book) around 1933. I’m only 33%, but I am totally fascinated by his description of the utter poverty he and many immigrants had to go through.
The book starts with a great scene where two French women scream and insult each other!
There are a lot of details, and I believe a true social picture of Paris in the 1930s (I have found elements in common in After the Romanovs, by Helen Rappaport).
Plus the narrator Jonathan Keeble is very good – not too bad at reading French words, and excellent at the various foreign accents.
HAVE YOU READ ORWELL’S BOOK?
WHAT DID YOU THINK?
And now for the second treat: a very special French book sale!
I have these 5 books for you, for $5 (to cover shipping).
For $5, you get the five books.
Here are the 5 books. I have read them, but they are basically in brand new condition.
They are all by French authors, and one of them is in French:
- If you are interested
- if you live in the US
- if you can send me $5 through paypal or through an Amazon card,
then leave me a comment here below, with a clear way on how I can contact you.
I will use random on July 31 to pick a name if more than one person is interested.
My culinary reading group and my literary book club both read the Orwell book a few years ago, and enjoyed discussing it — I am sure you will also find it very interesting as well as depressing. I characterized it as “a fascinating account of poverty and desperation, a huge contrast to the usual stories of that era in Paris.” My review is here:
Excellent summary. I’m going to check your post now. There were some glimpses of that in After the Romanovs
I read and loved the Orwell at high school, and it was one of the books which convinced me of his genius. I’ve revisited it a number of times but wish I’d thought of doing so for this month!!
Yes, really so good!
I guess you already have one book on your list or July 2023!
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I must read Down and Out in Paris and London. I think about reading it every year, but I always seem to forget. I’m adding it to my list of books to read before I die right now, before I forget again.
Maybe add it to your list for Paris in July in 2023?
I’ve read the Orwell a few times – the Paris section always seemed stronger to me than the London one.
Yes, I think he has more detailed descriptions and awesome depicting of characters
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The Orwell book sounds interesting. Always special to read memoirs from authors who have lived there.
It sure is
I’m going to check out the George Orwell! I’m also interested in Le voyage d’Octavio if it is still for sale. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Robyn
It is. You get the 5 books, not just one anyway
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