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Giving French playwright Molière his due | Paris Update
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Review of Paris-Briançon, by Philippe Besson | Paris Update
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Marcel Proust: A Parisian Novel, Musée Carnavalet | Paris Update
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Review of Premier Sang, by Amélie Nothomb | Paris Update
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Le Roman Bourgeois, by Antoine Furetière | Paris Update
Le Roman Bourgeois, by Antoine Furetière | Paris Update
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Review of Le Dernier Enfant by Philippe Besson | Paris Update
LE DERNIER ENFANTLurching Toward MelodramaJanuary 13, 2021By Nick HammondBooksThe prolific Philippe Besson’s latest novel, Le Dernier Enfant.Philippe Besson’s new novel, Le Dernier Enfant, his 20th, bears many of the hallmarks of his most successful previous works. A few examples:His prose is concise and focuses on the inner thoughts of a few central characters.He chooses a subject – here the feelings of loss experienced by a mother after her last child leaves home – with which many read
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A roundup of recent books on Marcel Proust | Paris Update
A roundup of recent books on Marcel Proust | Paris Update
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Giving French playwright Molière his due | Paris Update
MOLIÈRETo Laugh or To Cry?November 18, 2020By Nick HammondBooksThe bronze statue of Molière by Bernard-Gabriel Seurre on the fountain at the corner of Rue Richelieu and Rue Molière in Paris. Wikimedia CommonsNote to readers: You may choose to read this commentary on the work of Molière here or listen to it on the audio file at the end of the article.Those of you who know Paris will be familiar with the sight of the statue and fountain that stand at the junction of Rue Richelieu and Rue Mol
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Good reasons to read Pascal's Pensées | Paris Update
PENSÉESTo Read or Not To Read Pascal: Countering ObjectionsJune 17, 2020By Nick HammondBooksBlaise Pascal (1623 – 1662).Note to readers: You may choose to read this analysis of Blaise Pascal‘s Pensées here or listen to it on the audio file at the end of the article.At first glance, there are many reasons why modern readers might decide not to read Blaise Pascal’s Pensées, the work he left unfinished at the time of his death at the age of 39 in 1662. Instead of simply listing the book’s vir
Analysis of Émile Zola's novel Germinal | Paris Update Emile Zola, Gustave Flaubert, Describing Characters, Famous Novels, Thomas Hardy, Karl Marx, He Is Able, Belle Epoque
Analysis of Émile Zola's novel Germinal | Paris Update
Analysis of Émile Zola's novel Germinal | Paris Update
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Review of Philippe Besson's Arrête avec Tes Mensonges | Paris Update
A review of Philippe Besson's novel Arrête avec Tes Mensonges (Lie with Me), a piece of auto-fiction with a setup similar to Sally Rooney's Normal People.
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An appreciation of the letters of Madame de Sévigné | Paris Update
An appreciation of Madame de Sévigné, whose letters sparkle with wit and joie de vivre, and provide an invaluable eyewitness account of 17th-century Paris.
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Analysis of Samuel Beckett's play Happy Days | Paris Update
An analysis of Samuel Beckett\s play Happy Days (Oh les Beaux Jours), a tragicomedy written by the author in both French and English versions.
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The French origins of Planet of the Apes | Paris Update
It turns out that the ever-so-American fillm Planet of the Apes was based on a sci-fi novel – a masterpiece of the genre – by a French spy-turned-author,
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Analysis of Guillaume Apollinaire's poem Le Pont Mirabeau | Paris Update
An analysis of Guillaume Apollinaire's "Le Pont Mirabeau," a seemingly old-school poem in a groundbreaking modern collection.