After a long summer retreat at Balbec by the sea, we return to Paris with Proust and are thrown into the heart of Parisian high society. At the centre of it all shines the Duchess of Guermantes, Oriane, supposedly based on the real Countess Elizabeth Greffulhe. Oriane is known for her style and her intellect, manifesting itself in her so-called wit which to a modern reader is nothing more than bullying remarks driven by boredom to keep people talking about her and being slightly scared of whether they will fall victim of her ‘latest’ change of heart or fancy. No one […]
Teenage hormones galore! Be warned! In this second instalment of Marcel Proust’s trip down memory lane, we follow his various endeavours to be with his two loves, first Gilberte Swann and later Albertine Simonet. Not being too proud to avoid being pathetic at times, Proust manages despite Charles Swann’s reluctance to become one of Gilberte’s best friends and a favourite of her mother’s. Through endless tea parties with him as the only boy among girls and women, he pines and yearns for Gilberte to confess her love for him. He builds thousands of imaginary castles in the sky and forgets […]
Life is a strange thing, just when you had big plans it decides to turn the tables, throw the dice, and make what once was important suddenly irrelevant. I had big plans for the blog over the summer, as stated in my last post, but due reasons which I am not yet comfortable sharing online, I had to throw those plans to the wind – or at least delay all my reviews. Things are starting to clear up a tiny bit so I will try to get back on the horse. Therefore, to ease myself into blogging again (btw, I am […]
If you are already sick of the mere mentioning of sport then I have some bad news: this is a momentous sports summer with the EURO16 still going, then Tour de France in July, and then the Olympics. So if you had plans on doing something with friends (if you are not the sporty kind) – drop those and find some alternatives. If you also happen to love reading then I will share which books I am going to pass time with myself when everyone else is glued to the screen.
One of 2015’s most controversial books was undoubtedly Michel Houellebecq’s Submission. The year is 2022 and our protagonist is a middle-aged university professor with little regard for anything besides sex with female students and his work on Huysmans. Nevertheless, from his position as a renowned literature professor in Paris, he is drawn into the events surrounding the presidential election and the political discussions of religion and the consequences an Islamic government could have for France and abroad. This book sparked a hefty debate following its release which coincidently was the same day as the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
I have a reading goal this year and not just a number to reach like at Goodreads, but rather like an accomplishment in refining my world literature knowledge. That is a general goal for me and why I usually gravitate toward classics and philosophical books. This year I am attempting to read all of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Time Lost and I have recently finished the first of seven(!) instalments, Swann’s Way. (Note: I am reading the newly translated version in Danish by publisher Multivers who has also broken up most instalments into two volumes, so here I have […]
I think this will be a nice way of showing you what I am reading at the moment and something which I will make a recurring feature between reviews and other posts. Just to let you know what I am up to! Especially since some books need me musing and chewing on them for a little while before I can make up my mind about them. Of course, if you follow me on Goodreads (@literamour) then you already know and most of the time, they also show up on Instagram as well. Anyways, let me introduce them:
At the beginning of this year, I read Oriental Tales by Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987) who is recognized as the first female member of the French Academy in 1980 and thus a member of ‘les immortels‘. Considering, the Academy was established in 1635 by Richelieu (yes, the evil cardinal from The Three Musketeers), it was about time to recognize the female artists and thinkers of the French language, no? Yourcenar is mainly known for Hadrian’s Memoirs, about the Roman emperor, which was published in 1951.