Posts Tagged ‘French’

Alma Books Giveaway – The Little Prince

Posted in Children's Books, Giveaway on July 18th, 2015 by admin – 31 Comments

The Little Prince

Giveaway now closed et voici les résultats!  Douze points pour Rhi P and Angi Holden.  Félicitations!  Alma Books will send the books directly to you within the next few weeks…at which stage I will hopefully be gazing over the rooftops of Paris.

This year Alma Books has branched out by venturing into the realm of Children’s and YA Fiction.  Soon you will have the “pleasure”  of reading my review of  Madame Tussaud’s Apprentice, one of the frontrunners in the YA stable but, to keep you going in the meantime, I am delighted to give my UK readers the opportunity to win a copy of a new translation of The Little Prince.  Targeted at ages 7-11, this edition will appeal to dreamers of all ages…if I could I would enter!

So allons-y with le nitty gritty ( I can actually speak French, as some of you know..)

 

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Having crash-landed in the Sahara desert, a pilot comes across a young boy who introduces himself as the “Little Prince” and tells him the story of how he grew up on a tiny asteroid before travelling across the galaxies and coming to Earth. His encounters and discoveries, seen through childlike, innocent eyes, give rise to candid reflections on life and human nature.First published in 1943 and featuring the author’s own watercolour illustrations, The Little Prince has since become a classic philosophical fable for young and old, as well as a global publishing phenomenon, selling tens of millions of copies worldwide and being translated into dozens of languages.

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“A saint in short, true to his name, flying up here at the right hand of God… And he was not the only one. He was merely the one who put it into words most beautifully and anointed himself before the altar of the right stuff.” Tom Wolfe

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–44) was a French writer and aviator, who disappeared on a reconnaissance mission during the Second World War. The author of several memoirs about flying, he is best remembered today for the novella The Little Prince.

 

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Review – Bord De Mer (Beside the Sea) by Veronique Olmi

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Transated Fiction on June 22nd, 2010 by admin – 6 Comments

It’s been so long since I’ve read anything modern in French Literature but having seen Jackie from Farmlane Books’ wonderful review of the English translation of this from Peirene Press, I decided to give it a go.  Admittedly, one can lose a lot in translation, in my case not due to bad translation but rustiness in the language, but this prose is so simple yet so powerful and stark it did not matter that it wasn’t in my mother tongue.

Midweek, during term time, a single mother decides to take her two young boys, Kevin and Stanley, on a trip to the seaside.  Surely, this, their first vacation, should be a time of excitement, of joy….but something isn’t right – they leave in the middle of the night, anxious that noone should see their departure, the weather is dismal as is their hotel room with one bed hardly large enough to hold them all, it’s hard to distinguish night from day in this dreary seaside town whose inhabitants aren’t particularly welcoming to their visitors.  Even the sea is in foul, threatening form in this muddy resort much to the children’s dismay.  Their budget is limited to the contents of a tea caddy,  saved up loose change which seems to irritate the already hostile locals.  An excursion like this isn’t going to make the Show and Tell session at Primary school on Monday, oh no, it is evident that disaster is imminent and it is a certain sign of the author’s skill that such foreknowledge doesn’t reduce the poignancy and sheer emotional power of this desperate tale.

This is a short but potent read (121 pages) - it’s dramatic but restrained, one which will stay with me for a very long time.  We can only guess what dreadful circumstances have influenced the actions of this unnamed mother, perhaps depression, perhaps an abusive relationship but she is in desperate need of help while being desperately in love with her sons.  A must read…

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