La Lecture (French books)

La Lecture, October 2012

Well, this was a good month to catch up on some reading. This October, I thoroughly enjoyed several afternoons curled up with “Le Temps des Secrets”, the third book in the series “Souvenirs d’Enfance” by Marcel Pagnol. For intense and thought-provoking reading, I picked “L’Étranger” by Albert Camus from the library at Alliance Française.

Le Château de Ma Mère by Marcel Pagnol

More than a year after reading the first book in the series “Souvenirs d’Enfance” by Marcel Pagnol, I finally managed to borrow the second book “Le Château de Ma Mère” from the library last week. I needed to unwind, relax and just be happy, and this book helped me accomplish that. (Image courtesy www.amazon.com) The author’s childhood memories – the challenges of growing up, the unreasonable demands of school, the complexity of a “simple” friendship, the joy of family vacations, the marvelous adventures with friends, meeting new people, forging new relationships, trust, honesty, loyalty – packed in one marvelous memoir.

Les Petits Enfants du siècle, by Christiane Rochefort

Image courtesy http://www.decitre.fr/ In this book, the author narrates the story of Josyane, as she grows from childhood to adolescence, and then, the brink of adulthood. From an early age, Jo shoulders the responsibility of helping her mother with household chores and caring for her numerous younger siblings. It is heartening that she seeks refuge in her homework at the end of the day. With the passing years, she discovers love, yearns for more meaning in her life and struggles to find her true vocation.

La Gloire de Mon Père by Marcel Pagnol

A delightful narrative about the events that unfold during a summer of the author’s childhood. With beautiful descriptions of the French countryside, hilarious narration of complicated situations that the family finds itself in and an excellent account of the complex emotions in a family, particularly between the father and son, this is a fun-filled book. I love Marcel Pagnol’s writing style in this book. Simple and yet, so wonderfully descriptive, it brings to the fore, lovely childhood memories.