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Classics Review | The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Sometimes, a book doesn’t have to be thick and full of complexities to mean something to you. Sometimes, a book can be as simple as just an explanation of what you do each day to be compelling. 475 more words


Don't Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier

Don’t Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5/5 stars.

What an amazing journey through madness, murder and opera, of all things. 381 more words


[830] The Red Notebook - Antoine Laurain

“How many things do we feel obliged to do for the sake of it, or for appearances, or because we are trained to do them, but which weigh us down and don’t in fact achieve anything?” 255 more words


Jean Lorrain in B O D Y

“Amsterdam, it is always water and houses painted black and white, all windows, with sculpted gables and lace curtains; the black, the white splinter in the water. 107 more words


The Son by Michel Rostain

This novel became a best seller in France after it won the “Prix Goncourt du Premier Roman” for it’s author. The novel deals with that most difficult of subjects, the loss of a beloved child and the impact on his family especially, his father. 246 more words

French Rhapsody - Antoine Laurain

I’m going to be honest here – I quite like a bit of Euro-pop. I enjoy watching Eurovision (well, I like the actual songs, but the voting can get a bit annoying), know just about all the Abba songs and used to do the whole dance thing for Whigfield’s Saturday Night. 344 more words


The Black Notebook: Patrick Modiano

Once again Patrick Modiano plays with the themes of time and memory in his book The Black Notebook. In this novel, a writer named Jean looks back on his past–partly by wandering over old familiar Paris turf and partly through thumbing through his black notebook and a report handed to him by a former police inspector. 547 more words