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review 2017-06-24 03:09
[REVIEW] Simple Passion by Annie Ernaux
Simple Passion - Annie Ernaux,Tanya Leslie
"From September last year, I did nothing else but wait for a man: for him to call me and come round to my place."

This book surprised me. It wasn't what I expected and to be exposed to the raw emotion and sincerity of the narrator touched me deeply. The opening of the novel gripped me and never let go until I finished it in one sitting.

I appreciated the singular focus of it: the woman and her affair with the madness of love itself. It is a bare, tender and crude retelling of her torrid love affair with the married man, A. The way she described him made you fall for him too. Her words are filled with emotion, urgency, and a certain distance as if she isn't completely sure she didn't conjure A to respond to a longing that plagued her. She wrote it all down as a way to preserve her memories as best as she could.

"The partly erased frescoes in Santa Croce moved me because of my story, which would come to resemble them one day--fading fragments in his memory and in mine."

Contrary to the heroines of the early French literature who fought fiercely against the whims of their passions, this unnamed narrator surrendered to the infatuation that shaped her reality and her emotional state without reserve. She lives in perpetual pause waiting for her lover. She loves in secret but even so, her writing and her love are both savage, compelling and absorbing. Truly, this book blurs the line between romantic and depressing but even so, I can't stop myself from loving it.

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review 2017-06-24 03:01
[REVIEW] The Princess of Cleves by Madame de La Fayette
The Princess of Cleves - Madame de La Fayette

God, what a heartbreaking novel. Even while I suspected where it would go, I held on to the hope that maybe it wouldn't go there. Ultimately it did and my poor heart could not take it. Move over Romeo and Juliet, the Duke of Nemours and the Princess of Clèves are the patron saints of star-crossed lovers.


The beginning is a chore to get through. The name dropping of the everyone in the French Court is supposed to give you a sense of place along with a cast of characters but it just ended up confusing me even more. Nonetheless, I kept reading.


The Princess of Clèves and the Duke of Nemours are a delight to read about it, mostly because we get to see their character evolution. Their story is nothing short of gut-wrenching; their love so true and genuine. But, by all means, this novel isn't perfect. It suffers a lot from frequent visits of the Goddess of Exposition™ which I believe take away from the main story. Sure I want some backstory on the situation but not pages upon pages upon pages of it.

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review 2017-06-24 02:42
[REVIEW] The Cid by Pierre Corneille
The Cid - Pierre Corneille,John R. Pierce,John R. Pierce,Joseph Rutter
Our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; always some cares, [even] in the [successful] events, mar the serenity of our satisfaction. In the midst of happiness my soul feels their pang: I float in joy, and I tremble with fear.
[Don Diego, Act III, Scene V]

It was really striking to read this play. First, I was expecting to be bored (I don't have the best track record with classics). Second, I was expecting a really difficult read. I'm happy to report that it is neither. I like that Corneille presented real and flawed characters, all of them having to deal with the act of sacrificing something dear to them because it was the right thing to do. I found myself wondering several times how on earth could the central problem be solved. In a way it was but it wasn't? Because it ended so abruptly, one can only hope that Chimène was able to forgive Rodrigo though I have no idea how she ever could forgive him. Same way I have no idea how she could stop herself from loving him.

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text 2017-05-24 18:28
The Various Things That Make Group Ski Holidays France Based Remarkable


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Regardless of the ski package holidays France based that you'd choose, know that you could also make the most of your time even when inside your lodging. There are many delicious meals, bar drinks and snacks for you to appreciate. For a fully relaxing time, you can also utilise various facilities like indoor swimming pool, sauna and many others.


Chance to Develop Your Skills In Skiing


Ski package holidays France based is notjust for people who are familiar with skiing or snowboarding. So if it is your first time to do such activity, there is no need to worry because you can take up skiing classes from a reliable ski school during your trip.


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text 2017-05-14 04:26
Public Library ebook finds ... pasta!
The Glorious Pasta of Italy - Domenica Marchetti,France Ruffenach
Tuesday Night Is Pasta Night - Woman's Day Magazine,Woman's Day Magazine
101 More Things To Do With Ramen Noodles (101 Things to do With) - Toni Patrick
The 50 Best Pasta Recipes: Tasty, Fresh, and Easy to Make! - Editors Of Adams Media

Just keeping my booklikes wishlists updated while managing my library one.  Mine uses overdrive for ebook loans if anyone else funds these of interest.

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