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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Paris in July 2022: Day 15: George Orwell and Book sale!

Paris in July 2022 (Bigger Sunset)

Paris in July 2022
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Day 15
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:

Down and Out in Paris in London

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.


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:

  The Martins Lean On Me

  Red is my Heart Constellation

Le voyage d'Octavio

  • 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.

Top Ten Books related to France and Paris in July

Top Ten Books related to France

TTT for July 19, 2022

Paris in July 2022 – Day 14
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This is a freebie this week, so I decided to list the last 10 books I read that have some type of connection with France – topic, nationality of the author, language.

Click on the picture to access my shelf,
where you can easily access more details on each book.

Top 10 Books related to France

Have YOU read
or are YOU planning to read any of these?
Please leave the link to your own post,
so I can visit.