French book club?
Is anyone here who would like to start a French book club?
A club takes some organization and a means of communications. One method that's simple is to post book suggestions in response to your post. Stefano83467 suggested Le petit prince. For me that's still a little advanced. I really like Sylvie Lainé's books which are available on Amazon. I have one in paperback format and most of her books on Kindle. They are for beginners. The stories are simple but not simplistic. She defines harder words. I first got "Le pendentif" a couple of years ago and I can read it more easily now. It's mostly present tense (she has a past tense version, too). She has an MP3 recording of herself reading the book available on the Internet, too. (The link is broken in the English version of the book, but there is an edition for German speakers where the link still worked: tinyurl.com/sylvielaine). I also enjoyed "The Usborne Book of Everyday Words in French" by Jo Litchfield, which is an illustrated book with lots of words. Kind of a kid's book but useful. Another great book that gives a different approach to learning French (and is hard to find since it was published in 1959) is çMadrigal's Magic Key to French" by Margarita Madrigal. There are scans of the book on-line, though you might have to navigate a torrent to find one, and it shows up on eBay at times. At least one library in Ohio has a copy, which I borrowed before I found a copy on eBay. And I do have "Le petit prince!" God bless!
A French teacher named 'Elsa' has recorded lessons of her reading and explaining vocabulary / grammar of 'Le petit prince.' You can access all videos she made on this book and read along:
Her channel is full of informative French videos. Give it a go!
it's not a bad idea but i would only be interested if we read very short books (or even short stories and poems) originally written in french. i think we would also need to go very slowly, twenty pages a week or so. my initial suggestions would be classics like
flaubert 'un coeur simple'
guy de maupassant 'la parure'
prosper mérimée 'la vénus d'ille'
i don't know much about more recent short fiction in french, and i think we should be careful not to read just male writers.
You may enjoy the following sites:
For the young adult reading level, try levels U through Z. There are 104 books available for this level of reading. Click on the level, and the list of books will appear below.
I am able to read them online free with the following procedure:
Right click on the book title and choose "open link in a new tab".
Then by using my touch screen I just enlarge the book, like Tom Cruise in Minority Report.
Now the book is big enough to read online.
To look up words, I arrange the windows for google translate and the book side by side and click the star in google translate to keep a list of the vocabulary I've looked up.
Review the google phrasebook anytime. Notice the speaker button next to each word in the list to listen to the pronunciation.
I might be interested. If I could give some book recommendations, I've read Le Petit Prince and I bought this book called L'étranger. The former is a common children's book, the latter is more intermediate from what I know. Also, if you want more children's stories, Le Petit Nicholas is a good collection of smaller ones (though I have only read a few).
After reading the posts, I think it might be a good idea to have two levels - perhaps "Le Petit Prince" for beginners or those unsure of their French language skills, and another book (I would vote for Albert Camus' L'Etranger) or, we could take a vote among the most popular suggested books like the Italian Book Club does for the higher level book club.
I would love to do this, but can we start off easy? I am only at the second checkpoint.
I would need to know a couple things before we start:
- What books we read
- How to get them
- When and where each meeting would be
I am hoping this is real. I haven't seen you answer anyone's questions in the comments.
L'étranger ou le petit prince semble une bonne idée quand allons nous commencer j aimerais participer bien sur mais en anglais je suis un débutant motivé The stranger or the little prince seems like a good idea when are we going to start I would like to participate of course, but in English I am just a motivated beginner