Posts tagged ‘Laurent Gaudé’

Book review: Hell’s Gate

Hell's Gate

Hell’s Gate

Let’s be honest: when I received Hell’s Gate from Gallic Books, who are so gracious to send me many novels translated from the French, I warned them I might not read it.

The reason being a few expressions in the synopsis that usually tell me the book is not for me: “supernatural elements”, “relationship between the living and the dead” (I am a Christian, and do believe in such a relationship, but the way novelists treat it is rarely compatible with my faith), and “a way he could bring his son back from the dead.”
On the other hand, the author was Laurent Gaudé, who won the Prix Goncourt for another of his novels, and I have actually never read this author! And I usually do recognize the worth of that French literary award. So I thought I give it a try and go from there.
So I started very hesitantly. So much so that at 50% of the book, I still was not sure I was going to continue! And then something clicked, and oh my!

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2017: March wrap-up

March 2017 wrap-up

March has been dragging on, teasing us with some days in the 70s, or even a couple of hours, to plummet back in the 30s and 40s. And lately a lot of run. So if you can’t go hiking because it’s too wet, what else can you do? Read!

Here is what I read in March.
A low total of pages, mostly due to the fact
that actually everyday I’m reading a few pages of 4 books. Two of them are based on the calendar, so I won’t be down with them until end of 2017. So I will only count them next December.

9  books:
8 in print
with 1,738 pages, that is: 56 pages/day
+ 1 audiobook
with 10H09, that is: 19 mn/day

3 in literary fiction:

  1. The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson – ebook
  2. La nuit sacrée, by Tahar Ben Jelloun
  3. Hell’s Gate, by Laurent Gaudé

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days, by Will Bashor
  2. A Prodigal Saint: Father John of Kronstads and the Russian People, by Nadieszda Kizenko
  3. Amour Sans Limites, by Lev Gillet – ebook

2 in mystery:

  1. Remnants, by Carolyn Arnold – ebook
  2. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle – audiobook

1 in historical fiction:

  1. The Enemies of Versailles, by Sally Christie

 

My favorites in March

la-nuit-sacree   Hell's Gate

 Reading Challenges recap

Classics Club: 19/50 (until end of 2018)
Back to the Classics Challenge: 4/12
Mount TBR: 12/48
Where Are You Reading?: 21/50 – to be finished in ??

Total of books read in 2017 = 31/100

Number of books added to my TBR in March= 15

Blog recap in March

Most popular book review in March

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Most popular post last month
– non book review –

The top 10 books to read in March

Book blog that brought me
most traffic this past month

The Classics Club

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Top commenters of the month

Inspired by Becca at I’m Lost in Books!
and her Blogger Shout-Outs feature

= 1 point per month for the top 3.
The one who has the most points at the end of the year will receive a gift!
NB: just congratulating winners of giveaways does not count as a real comment 😉

3: Karen at Booker Talk

3: Lucy at The Fictional 100 

3: Kristyn at Reading to Unwind

Blog milestones

1,595 posts
over 4,110 subscribers
over 132,600 hits

Plans for March

  • Still persevering with and enjoying thoroughly The Complete of Sherlock Holmes on audio, with Simon Prebble as the narrator

  • With my current plan of focusing on my TBR and being more strict at accepting books for reviews, I am discovering an advantage I had not thought about originally at the beginning of the year. I can combine flexibility with other events going on in the blogosphere. That’s how I ended up reading La nuit sacrée in March: it had been on my TBR for a while, and a great opportunity came up to read it in March, as Travel The World In Books was focusing on North African authors.

  • So along these lines, in April, besides the book I need to read for The Classics Spin, I will try to read other books on my TBR and on my list for The Classics Club: My Cousin Rachel, with the Goodreads TuesBookTalk Read-Alongs; Tender is the Night, with the Goodreads Classic Book a Mont Club;  and Charlotte’s Web for Classics Children’s Lit Event 5. And other books of course

Come back on Monday
to see all the books I plan to read in April!

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How was YOUR month of  March?

Month in Review

Kathryn at The Book Date
has created a Month In Review meme
I’ll now be linking my monthly recap posts
Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

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