Saturday, 21 November 2015

It's good to read more than one book

                    vive la france
in Paris 
George Sand, 
F Scott Fitzgerald, 
Georges Simenon, 
Marquis de Sade, 
James Joyce, 
Samuel Beckett, 
Ezra Pound, 
Charles Baudelaire, 
Simone de Beauvoir,  
Ernest Hemingway,  
Charles Dickens, Henry James, Honore´ de Balzac, 
Victor Hugo, Oscar Wilde, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Jean Genet, 
Joseph Roth, Jean Cocteau, Gustave Flaubert, Friederich Nietzche, Denis Diderot, Marcel Proust, George Orwell, Albert Camus, Andre Gide, Lawrence Sterne, Tristan Tzara, Voltaire, Langston Hughes, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gustav Strinberg, Jean-Paul Sartre, Guillaume Apollinaire, Katherine Ann Porter, Ford Madox Ford, Ivan Turgenev, Moliere, Guy de Maupassant, Henry Miller, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Gaston Leroux, Gertrude Stein, Stendhal, Katherine Mansfield, Jacques Casanova, Edmund White, Allen Ginsberg, Heinrich Heine, Alexandre Dumas, Gerard de Nerval, James Thurber, William Burroughs, and Emile Zola to name but a few. Note the use of an Oxford comma. Merci. 


  1. It is such a good list. I would like to add Roland Barthes, you must read something of Barthes, Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian French, feminist but diverse, and Guy Debord, Situationist and drunk.

    1. Thanks Rachel. The last one on your list sounds fascinating. I bought a 1973 paperback The Existential Imagination - from Sade to Sartre - Picador at a book sale earlier today. No less than 18 writers in the nearly 240 pages. They include many new names to me. So many new ideas and inspirations no doubt.

    2. Of the three, Barthes is very readable and very diverse in his subject matter.

  2. Why now?
    I would have noted the use of the Oxford comma even if you had not mentioned it because despite the arguments for and against it does not look right to me.
    Yes, agree with Rachel, a good list.

    1. Why now? I suppose it's my way of showing solidarity with the people of Paris, a city where I had one of the most wonderful weeks of my life courtesy of Woolies. The Oxford comma mention was merely a joke to fill up a line of text, but I'm all for them.

  3. At one time in the 1980s I knew the streets of Paris better than I knew the streets of London. It is something I cannot describe but it is a city that takes hold of you like no other I have ever known.

    1. It's true. A great many of the above writers say virtually the same thing. A Moveable Feast as Hemingway said. Amazing how many ended up in Paris at one time or another. And wasn't Lady Chatterley's Lover published there when it was banned by the stiff old foggies in the UK?

  4. Great list! I would like to add "Colette", she is a person who absolutely did what she thought right (which might surprise those who only know her 'Claudine'-novels)

    1. Thanks Brigitta. I've now got a new link, and to your delightful blog by the way.

  5. I did note the Oxford comma - am sometimes tempted to use it but have always resisted - might not do so in the future. I agree about adding Colette by the way.


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