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L'après-midi des lecteurs

Lecteurs de livres bilingues

The love of literature, of language, of the mystery of the mind and heart showing themselves in the minute, strange, and unexpected combinations of letters and words, in the blackest and coldest print—the love which he had hidden as if it were illicit and dangerous, he began to display, tentatively at first, and then boldly, and then proudly.”
John Williams, Stoner

2019 reading list to March

Novels Posted on Mon, November 26, 2018 08:06

Wednesday January 9th 2019: In a Nutshell by Ian McEwan

Wednesday February 13th 2019: The plot Against America….Le complot contre l’Amerique

Wednesday March 13th: Imperium by Christian Kracht

The Road Home by Rose Tremain

Novels Posted on Wed, October 03, 2018 15:16

On the whole the book was not really liked by everyone. Nearly everyone thought it was not as good as some of Rose Tremain’s other novels, i.e. Music and Silence.

You said: A Good story…too good to be true…good looking hero, hardworking, comes to London, makes good by hard work and enterprise. Learns by watching. Goes home to help his family and friends and then make good in home country (not actually given in the book, but could have been Poland, if you look at the acknowledgements). You felt that not many emigres have a path ‘strewn with roses’, with nothing too bad happening in between.

Story boring at first but becoming more interesting. All the characters were ‘positive’, lucky character, meeting positive people. Easy read. Situation of immigrants well described..

Not a book that will ‘remain’. Christie, a real Irishman, described well and liked. Hero not interested in anything but ‘work’. Not interested in ‘culture’….? You wondered where he would find the time, he was working extremely hard! Wondered what the people around him were thinking ….some of you liked the importance of food. You suggested that Lev was going through a mourning process.

Some of you said it was a ‘page turner’, raising ecological and political points. Hero, Lev, learned to survive without his family around. The point that he was a legal immigrant but perceived by the indigenes and by other immigrants as an illegal immigrant was interesting. You felt he was violent to Sophie but tried to control his feelings, ‘follow a good way’

Was communism still present in his country? Could it ever be eradicated. The village having to be submerged by the dam was mentioned, but this was also cited as having happened in capitalist countries too. An economic rather than communistic issue. Political! Raising issues on immigration, the hopes of immigrants and the feelings of the families left behind. A simple story, man making good with a happy ending. Life is never pure happiness. Hero was numerically adept…saving money. Interesting comments about immigrants from fellow immigrants. Vodka drinking surprised some.

Decently written, intriguing moments. Tchevi, boring and repetitive. Death of the old lady sad. Fabricated story in need of pruning, lacked subtlety. Sentimental. Ideal foreigner…, plodding story…not a page turner. Suggestion that Rose Remain was caught in trap of the Anglo Saxon writing workshops!

Suggested read Short History of Tractors-Ukrainian- Marina Lewycka


Hope this is an accurate summary of a book, which, as always, raised a lot of issues and gave us plenty to talk about.

Our next meeting is Wednesday 10th October, Salle Aramis, Le Chateau in Saujon at 2.30 and the book to have read (but do come along even if you haven’t read or finished the book) is The Lost City of Z by DavidGann, la Cite perdue de Z.

Reading to November

Novels Posted on Tue, May 22, 2018 18:06

July 11th
Not that Sort of Girl by Mary Wesley

Rose, holy-nitouche

8th August

Moon Palace by Paul Auster in French, translated by Christine le Boeuf
Moon Palace in English

September 12th
The Road Home by Rose Tremain

Retour au Pays

October 10th
The Lost City of Z by David Grann

November 14th
Vera by Carl Geary and Celine Leroy
Monpelier Parade

Apres-midi 2018

Novels Posted on Sun, January 28, 2018 13:46

I have made a list of the Apres-midi group’s proposed reading for each
month in 2018. Hope everyone can buy a copy of the book in either
French or English, your preferred language, and that we find lots of
discuss. We are always interested in your own recommended books and
of course, a poem or two if you wish to share them with us.
We are, of course, reading The Surgeon of Crowthorn, Le Fou et le
professeur by Simon Winchester, for February!!

Amities Diane

The Book for March

Margaret Forster – Boite aux souvenirs

The Memory Box

April’s Book

Hisham Matar – Au pays des hommes

In the Country of Men

May’s Book

Delphine de Vigan – Nothing Holds Back the Night

Rien ne s’oppose à la nuit

June’s book

Sebastian Barry – Days Without End

– Des jours sans fin

Summary of 2017

Novels Posted on Sun, January 07, 2018 11:53

Report on activities of the Apres-midi group for 2017.

We are a small group of book lovers and we meet on the second Wednesday of the month in the Salle Aramis at the Chateau in Saujon at 2.30… The books we choose are always written in the two languages, French and English and are frequently translated into other languages enabling any member to read in their language of choice. Discussions on the books are often in English, but in French if you prefer. We also enjoy hearing of books read and enjoyed by members of the group. The list of books we read and discussed in 2017 is given below. New members will always be welcomed and also any suggestions happily received.Diane Collins 0546065982

Nous sommes un petit groupe d’amateurs de livres et nous nous retrouvons chaque deuxième mercredi du mois au Château de Saujon dans la salle Aramis…Les livres que nous choisissons sont toujours écrits dans les deux langues, français et anglais, et sont souvent traduits dans d’autres langues ce qui permet à chacun de lire dans la langue de son choix. Les discussions sur les livres sont souvent en anglais ou en français pour ceux qui préfèrent. Nous sommes toujours contents de savoir quels livres ont été lus et appréciés par les autres et la liste des livres discutés cette année est donnée ci-dessus. Nous seront toujours ravis d’accueillir de nouveaux membres et toute nouvelle idée.

Diane Collins 0546065982

We started the year by reading….Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov, proceeded by Readng Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi “Lire Lolita a Teheran”

“My Brilliant Friend, L’amie prodigieuse, Eleanor Ferante,

The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler “Le Tabac Tresneik”

The Narrow Road to the Deep South” by Richard Flanagan
La route étroite vers le nord lointain

A Street Cat Named Bob James Bowen

Mothering Sunday, Le dimanche des meres by Grahame Swift

Plague & Cholera, Pest & Cholera by Patrick Deville

Travels with Charley in Search of America, Voyage Avec Charley, John Steinbeck

All the Light we Cannot See, Toute-lumiere-nous-pouvons-voir, Anthony Doer

Things Fall Apart, Tout s’effondre by Chinua Achebe

For next years reading please follow the Apres-midi blog, which, hopefully, will be kept up to date.

List of book to December 2017

Novels Posted on Thu, July 13, 2017 16:24

List of forthcoming books for Apres-midi des Lecteurs

August 9th Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie

Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise

September 13th Plague & Cholera Patrick Deville

Pest & Cholera

October 11th Travels with Charley in Search of America John Steinbeck
Voyage avec Charley

November 8th All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doer


December 13th Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

Tout s’effondre

June’s book for discussion plus July and August’s

Novels Posted on Fri, June 02, 2017 21:16

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Le dimanche des meres

and now for the next two books to read:

July 12th Un Chat des Rue nomme Bob
A Street Cat Named Bob
the author is James Bowen (our summer reading!!!!)

August Balzac et la Petit Tailleuse Chinoise
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
the author is Dai Sijie

Next meeting and books to read

Novels Posted on Thu, April 20, 2017 19:42

Here is the latest news from Apres-midi des lecteurs, a change of date and venue for May’s meeting, and a new book for June.

May’s meeting which was on the 10th May has been moved to Wednesday 24th May, 2.30 and will be at the home of one of our group members, Carine who lives in Saujon. Please ring me on 0546065982 or email if you have any queries.

The Book for May is:
 “The Narrow Road to the Deep South” by Richard Flanagan
                                “La route étroite vers le nord lointain”

and for the 14th June at the Chateau in Saujon, salle Aramis, 2.30
we will read: Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift
Le dimanche des meres

(it is a very short novel!!!)

Amities Diane

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