Some of my Christmas gifts
Books are essential to me and I love reading ! Mostly fiction, short stories, novels. I enjoy autobiographies or travel or historical stories too. I mostly read in French (I am French speaking) but also in English (so as not to forget my lessons !), sometimes in German. I cannot imagine a day without some reading time. Cannot imagine being anywhere without a book in my bag. And I like sharing my readings with friends or books’ addicts people
The books above are some of those I received as Christmas gifts from family members and friends. All new authors for me whom I really look forward to discover. Two I have already read : “The Outcast” by Sadie Jones and “Ecris-moi Madeleine” by Ilo de Franceschi.
“The Outcast” is a heatbreaking story set in Great Britain’s Fifties. S. Jones’ subtle style affected me very much and I love her desire to see justice done. I could not stop reading it. A very good book received from a dear friend.
“Ecris-moi Madeleine” (I don’t know if it is translated in another language) is a beautiful and touching exchange of letters from a legionnaire posted in Morocco before WWII to a French lady living in Paris. It is a true story too. I. de Franceschi’s writing is elegant and his personality very attaching. I enjoyed every line of his letters and thoughts to Madeleine; they never met but, by a great coincidence (maybe not), they are now both burried in the same cemetery in Paris, only a few meters away…
So now, I look forward to reading the other books and more I received in the meantime ! if only days had more hours…
These books are “Flucht über den Himalaya” (Fleeing over the Himalaya) by Maria Blumencron, Tibetan children on their way to exile.
“Cent vues du Mont Fuji” (Hundred views of the Fuji Mountain” by Dazai Ozamu, short stories translated from the Japanese
“Istanbul” by Orhan Pamuk, Turkey, Nobel Prize for litterature in 2006
“The Measure of a Man” de Sidney Poitier
A nice programme, isn’t it ?