If You’re Learning French, Read These 3 Books

When my daughter’s French teacher recently asked for donations of new or gently used French-language books to add to her classroom’s library, these three books immediately came to mind: Ourika by Claire de Duras Mes parents by Hervé Guibert Paroles by Jacques Prévert I had to read these books for my French classes and I recommend them to anyone who’s learning French. Ourika by Claire de Duras Published in 1823, this novella tells the story of a young woman from Senegal named Ourika. When she was a young girl, she was sent to live with a Parisian family, with whom … Continue reading If You’re Learning French, Read These 3 Books

Visiting les Bouquinistes and Shakespeare and Company in Paris

I’m writing this while sitting on a stool near a typewriter on the second floor of Shakespeare and Company (in the poetry section). I want to remember the cat. I feel an immediate kinship with it. It’s a gray tabby, like my first cat, Amiee.* It turns out they call the cat, Aggie.** I must say, it is quieter here than at Notre Dame. The church bells are ringing. It’s noon and it’s calling all of us to come to mass. Amid the melodic whispers in various languages are the sounds of footsteps of curious fellow visitors going up and down the worn … Continue reading Visiting les Bouquinistes and Shakespeare and Company in Paris