Having published 600 posts, now, once in a while I start wondering if perhaps the readers of today’s blog post may have missed something from the past that I think they might like. So I’m going to do a little reviewing from time to time. Starting with 5 things I learned about 5 different parts of France.
Occupied France: Suite Francaise
“Némirovsky is able to stand apart and describe not just the people who rise to the situation, but those who petulantly insist on retaining their privileges, or find ways to cheat and steal from others for their own benefit.”
Provence: The Grocer’s Son
“The director, interviewed in the film’s press kit, claims that he removed the most beautiful scenes because they would have distracted from the story. Imagine that. Provençe is even more beautiful than portrayed.”
Normandy: Madame Bovary
Cévennes: Travels With a Donkey by Robert Louis Stevenson
“..this area was wracked by wars between the dominant Catholics and the Protestants in the late 18th century.”
I must admit that my favorite of my jottings about France did not appear here, instead I talked about a dinner conversation in Normandy over a Your Life Is a Trip. This article stirred up quite a bit of comment and controversy in the comment section, so if you go, read that, too.
“When I travel, I prefer to observe and learn, not proclaim political beliefs. Above all, I don’t want to be the know-it-all American, assuming the right to lecture.”
Do any of these articles appeal to you? Which one would you choose to pass on to friends?