Book review and Friday Face Off: 120, rue de la gare

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This year, there’s no weekly theme, you just choose a book you have recently read.

On Monday, I finished reading a French classic mystery, that has a nice collection of covers.
And as I had not posted my review yet, you have a bonus with the review here below.


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Friday Face off 120 rue de la gare

Some covers here totally baffle me. Like, why this all red cover for the Spanish edition?My favorite cover is the Swedish edition: the black and white is perfect for the story, plus the incognito look, and at the top we can see a train, which is also very important in the plot.
And now to my review:

120 rue de la gare


120, rue de la gare
(Nestor Burma #1),
by Léo Malet
215 pages
French mystery/noir

Read with one of my French students
It counts for The Classics Club

I can’t believe I had never read anything by Léo Malet!
This is so good that instead of reading 120, rue de la gare in four weeks with one of my French students, we decided to read it in two, because we just couldn’t wait that long to know the end!

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Book review: Human Nature

Human Nature

Human Nature,
by Serge Joncour.
Nature humaine
was first published in 2020.
Translated from the French by
Louise Rogers Lalaurie
Gallic Books
US release date 8/22/2022
384 pages
Literary fiction/Historical fiction


Serge Joncour has the knack of writing at the crossroads between humans and nature – beautifully illustrated by the multi-layered title of his latest book translated into English: Human Nature.
I actually read Nature humaine when it came out in French two years ago, but I devoured it without taking time to take notes, and didn’t write a review.
I was thrilled then to receive a review copy in English, giving me the opportunity to read it again and at a deeper level, in an excellent and flowing translation. Click to continue reading

Book review: The Martins

The Martins

The Martins,
by David Foenkinos
La famille Martin
was first published in 2020
Translated from the French by
Sam Taylor
Gallic Books
US release date 7/22/2022
248 pages
Literary fiction


David Foenkinos is a popular French author and screenwriter. Although he has already written about twenty novels, I only discovered him recently with Le Mystère Henri Pick, a fantastic novel on the world of books, writers, and publishers.
So I was thrilled to receive from Gallic Books his latest novel to be translated into English: The Martins, another excellent book on books.
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