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Sic_Corneille

Sic_Corneille

Joined January 2018

I mostly read classic novels, and I'm trying to discover more about other countries litterature. I also drink way too much tea in the process. 🇨🇭
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Color Purple | Alice Walker
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At first, I had trouble getting into the story because of its hardness. It seemed so real, I was suffering with the characters.
But then it's so beautiful.
It makes us feel like we can do whatever we want, and succeed.

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Into the Forest | Jean Hegland
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This books tells the story of two sisters, Nell and Eva, who were forced to embark on an initiatory journey into a world in pieces.
I was puzzled by a few passages, but I came to understand their usefulness.
I really enjoyed it.

Libby1 Lovely cover! 🌷 3w
Sic_Corneille @Libby1 it is ! I like it a lot too ! 3w
Zelma This is one of my absolute favorites! 6d
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Où passe l'aiguille | Véronique Mougin
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There's not much to say avout this novel. It was fine, but I really disliked some parts of it. The author can't make us feel the emotions, and I found that the writing is far from exceptional.
Not really worth it.

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End of Eddy | Edouard Louis
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Eddy Bellegueule is a child born to below-the-poverty line parents in rural northern France in 1992.
He is too effeminate, a trait seen as a disease by his family. In consequence, he is verbally and physically abused.
It was a difficult read, because of the violence in some passages.

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What did I just read? ??

The novel itself is as absurd as the firebombing of Dresden, or WWII in it's all, or war "tout court".
The writing is exceptional.

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Magnus | Sylvie Germain
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It's a book that can be read very quickly (in one sitting for me).
I really enjoyed it. The story is really good but also very frustrating. The writing is fluid, it takes the reader away without giving him a break.

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If this is a Man | Primo Levi
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I finished reading this book a month ago, and I still can't get over it (will I ever be able to?).
I'd heard about it, but reading it still shook me up.
If you have never read it, find yourself a copy.

"Meditate that this came about :
I commend these words to you." - Primo Levi

whatshesreadingnow On my tbr 💔 2mo
rachaich Such an amazing book. Stark but fitting. 1mo
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Maryam, an Iranian little girl, lives the first hours of the Iranian revolution in her mother's belly. Six years later, her parents make her give her toys to other children. Then the exile in France begin.

I reaaally liked this award-winning autobiographical novel. It puts different styles together, from the poem to the fairy tale.
The story is also extremely touching.

(P.S. I don't think it has been translated into english yet.)

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Hawkweed Legacy | Irena Brignull
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Poppy and Ember couldn't lead more different lives. One is a troubled teenager, the other a really bad witch. They both feel out of place, and for a very good reason: they were switched at birth.
I liked the writing and the idea, and I want to read the rest of the story. But I would have liked the author to develop her story and her characters more.

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HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Prague, 1942, operation "Anthropoid". Two czech parachutist attempt to kill SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the butcher of Prague.
It was an interesting reading. The author tells the story of these two men while explaining the difficulties he met in the process of writing. The two stories blend harmoniously together, and it is really well writen.
The only downside: that kind of writing is less emotional than a direct narrative.

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De profundis | Emmanuelle Pirotte
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Roxanne and her daughter are surviving in a post-apocalyptic world, in Belgium. Ebola 3 is deciming Europe and fanaticism explodes. They decide to leave the city for the country.
I've read a lot of dystopic novels, and this was a rather poor one. I can give it that it was realistic, but the author kept making literary references that felt out of place. It was just annoying. There was some good things, but the writing spoiled it for me.

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The bloody hand | Blaise Cendrars
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A book written by Blaise Cendrars, native of Switzerland. It's an autobiography of his years in the french army during the WWI. It was quite interesting but I didn't like the writing that much.
The author tells the story of the soldiers of his company, what happened to them during and after the war. It gives a good look of the everyday life during the conflict.

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Suicide Shop | Jean Teule
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Oh God this one. It made me laugh so hard!
It's cynical, sarcastical, dark humor at its finest. ?
It's about a family that owns a suicide shop, where you can find everything you need to commit a successful suicide. And when you leave the shop, they great you with a funest "we hope we don't see you again".
Worth the read!! Jump in and have a good laugh!

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Renaudot Prize of 2017, the book is about the exil of Josef Mengele, aka "The death's angel". He was a SS officer in WW2, "doctor" at Auschwitz. Like many other Nazis, he escaped the justice and fled to Argentina.
The book show well his sick mind. It was also interesting to know how these criminals were able to escape justice and live in opulence for the rest of their life.

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It was my first book by the author, and hopefully I will read more!
The book is widely autobiographical. There is some romanced stuff, but in general the author stick to the reality of her life.
It is really well written, with short sentences that go straight to the point. We can feel the emotions and the fear of this little girl.

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Grimm's Fairy Tales | Brothers Grimm
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How not to LOVE those? You can dream all day long after reading fairy tales. And the princess is not always the one to be saved. In fact, a lot of them has to go ahead and win back her prince that has been enchanted.
You go girl!

tournevis And so many people die! 13mo
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I read those when I was 14 years old. I really liked them. This year there was a big fuss around Tobie Lolness and I decided to read it again.
At 14, I didn't realised all the meanings. There are references about the WW2, as well as being a criticism of our society, and the slow destroying processus of the earth.
It's also really well written, and the story is heartbreaking/warming.

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Swiss author's time!
This is a book by Anne Cuneo, a Swiss journalist, screenwriter and novelist, among other things.
It's about Francis Tregian, a musician and catholic under the reign of Elisabeth, in the 16th century.
Really well written, I liked it a lot. And the best part: it's available in English!

RachelO Sounds interesting! 1y
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This YA series is so good. And the heroine is just right for today. No love triangle, juste a young girl who don't let others get in her way.
Ophelia lives in the arch of Anima, a little piece of the world that survived after it's destruction. She can read the story of objects by touching them and travel across mirrors. She is promised to Thorne, a despicable young man of an other arch. But the marriage seems to be part of something bigger.

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Planet of the Apes | Pierre Boulle
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This was read in a couple of hours. I've never seen the movies, and I was really curious about them. So, I read the book. It was good but really disturbing. I liked how the author used the apes as a mimic of ourselves. Don't be lazy people!

C.Perone I grew up watching the movies; never knew there was a book! 1y
Sic_Corneille @C.Perone I have no clue if the first one is similar to the book, but the sequels are all made up, apparently. I'll watch them one day! 1y
TNbookworm Did not know there was a book either! Love all The Planet of the Apes movies☺ 1y
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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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The first two weeks of the semester were tough, but I finally managed to finish a book!
It was a really good book. In the beginning, you don't really understand what is happening (I was thinking of an orphanage), and then, it's horrible. I didn't understand why nobody was rebellious. I guess they juste accept it? How can you then?

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Getting ready for the second book!
I love the absurdity and the comical of this series.
I'm happy to meet again with my favorite character! That's right: not Sanchez.

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Mhudi | Sol T Plaatje
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Fifth book of my #journeyaroundtheworld
It's rather hard to read. It's an oral tale written, which means there is a lot of repetitions, as it helps to remember an oral tale.
The story is about Mudhi, a young woman, and Ra-Thaga, her husband. Through them, Plaatje tells the story of his people, and the arrival of the Trekkers in South Africa.
I kind of liked it, it was just a bit slow for me.

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Little Princess | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Hello childhood!
Actually I never read this book as a child. I had a cartoon of it, but I didn't know it was a book. I didn't know either for most of English/American (or other countries) children books until I was a teen. And it makes me wonder how many other I've missed. There is a lot of French children books to discover too, if there is people in my case!

Alfoster Love this! I‘m currently reading this to one of my granddaughters!😍 1y
Sic_Corneille @Alfoster I hope she's enjoying it! What a lucky girl 😊 1y
Christine11 I loved the film version of this when I was young ! @Alfoster I hope your granddaughter loves it 😊 1y
Alfoster @Christine11 She is loving it! And I‘m loving the experience of reading it again with her!❤️ 1y
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Brave New World | Aldous Huxley
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I read a lot of dystopia this past summer, and this was by far my favorite! (Note: I make a difference between books like 1984, Farhenheit 451, this one, and others like Divergent or The Hunger Games, as they aren't the same type of dystopia. There's good in both type though.)
It's so absurd most of the time, I laughed so much. And I like that there's still a little hope, not as in 1984. It's also very well written.

Alfoster Gotta say, Huxley was a genius!😍 1y
CarolineNotCoraline Yes!! I love dystopian novels too and I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of different types. What are your other faves? 1y
Sic_Corneille @CarolineNotCoraline I really liked Fahrenheit 451, it's like reading a poem. And not long ago, I read the Handmaid's tale, but I was a bit disappointed by the lack of details. What ar yours? 1y
CarolineNotCoraline @Sic_Corneille It‘s so hard to pick favorites!! Maybe Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler...I love everything by her! 1y
Sic_Corneille @CarolineNotCoraline Aaand it has been translated in French! I will definitely read it! 1y
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Cyrano de Bergerac | Edmond Rostand
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I had to talk about one of the greatest love story of all time. It's well written, funny and sad ... I won't say too much. Cyrano is one of the most likeable characters I've met (and I've met a lot of them). A #frenchclassic that is worth the reading!

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Le capitaine Fracasse | Theophile Gautier
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This book is properly amazing. All the characters of the "Comedia dell Arte" are reunited in this novel. And the result is ... Hilarious, touching, brilliant! The novel is classified as a 《Roman de cape et d'épée》(literally: novel of cape and sword). And indeed, there is a lot of duels!
I'll be honest, some descriptions are too long, but once you are in the story, you can't stop reading.
#frenchclassic

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Illusion Comique | Pierre Corneille
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I tagged the book to explain my name, but I can't leave it in the shadow!
It's a play by Pierre Corneille, and to describe it in his own words, it is 《Un étrange monstre》( a strange monster). If you like theater and want to read a french classic, go for it. It's really funny and the plot is amazing.
P.S. The title in english is " The Illusion"... It miss the comical part and the pun!

therealdealbeall I have a copy of Le Cid in French, but I haven't heard of this one. I'll have to see if I can find it. This year I'm trying to challenge myself to read more in French so I don't completely lose the language now that I'm not taking classes. 1y
Sic_Corneille @therealdealbeall I don't know your level of French, but Le Cid won't be a piece of cake. There is words in old French as well as in Spanish, and a lot of figure of speech (not sure of the translation here). The Illusion is far more accessible :) 1y
therealdealbeall @Sic_Corneille Thanks for the tip! I read Le Cid in English in college, so I'm familiar with the story. My degree is in Medieval Studies, so I've actually collected a few things that are written in old French, with the optimistic thought that I'll one day read them. 🤓 1y
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Illusion Comique | Pierre Corneille
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I like to read all these explanations! I join in :)
I chose my name in reference of Pierre Corneille, the french playwright. He's one of the author that made me laugh the most despite his classical style. I added "Sic" because I liked how it sounded. It's also quite bookish, uh? :)
#litsyhandle

Literary_Lisa I chose my name on here because I liked the alliteration and with being a book nerd it works. 1y
Chelleo 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 1y
Jillybeane I‘m so lame, this is my standard username for everything 🤭 1y
merlady I just like mermaids. 👌 1y
iines I've chosen Iines because it is the Finnish translation of my real name (in Polish) - Agnieszka:) at least I've read it somewhere :) why Finnish? Because I was fascinated with this country for a long Time and it's just simpler for foreigners to read :) 13mo
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Comme un Roman | Daniel Pennac
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Daniel Penac
The Unchangeable Rights of the reader

1. The right not to read
2. The right to skip
3. The right not to finish a book
4. The right to read it again
5. The right to read anything
6. The right to wish your book was real (textually transmitted disease)
7. The right to read anywhere
8. The right to dip in
9. The right to read out loud
10. The right to be quiet

MystGalaxyBooks Tres bien! 1y
CoffeeK8 I love these! 1y
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Dream Story | Arthur Schnitzler
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Arthur Schnitzler's Dream Story is the forth book of my #journeyaroundtheworld !
To be honest, when I finished it, my first impression was "... What?". BUT, it is a dream (kind of) so it's the normal reaction, I guess.
If I am not really enthusiast about this book, it still left me all dreamy. It maybe requires a second reading?

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Third book of my #journeyaroundtheworld !
It's not in the alphabetical order actually, but since I was going to Vienna, I had to make an exception. So, the second country is Austria!
It isn't my first Zweig, I read "Schachnovelle" in school, and in German. But it's always a pleasure to read this author. If you haven't yet, jump in!

JazzFeathers I was just thinking l'd like to try a 1920s German author (researching Weimar Germany for a fiction project). What do you suggest me about him? 😊 l also have Alexander Platz and Freulein Else on my TBR. Have you read thise? 1y
Sic_Corneille @JazzFeathers I haven't read those, but I will definitely do some research! You need an author who writes in German or who is German? For Stefan Zweig, definitely this one! And if you need more German authors, maybe look for Hermann Hess (Siddhartha) or Thomas Mann (Der Zauberberg)! Hope it helped :) 1y
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Le pianiste afghan: LE | Chabname ZARIAB
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Second book of my #journeyaroundtheworld . It's also the second book for Afghanistan. The story happens during the war, from the point of view of a little girl who has to flee her country. I really liked the writing.
I have done some research, and it seems that it hasn't been yet translated in English, unfortunately.

whatshesreadingnow Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 1y
whatshesreadingnow Your welcome! 😊 1y
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Sic_Corneille @BookwormAHN Thank you :) 1y
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Syngué Sabour is the first book of a long #journeyaroundtheworld. I have decided with my boyfriend to read two books from every country in the world, one country per month. We started on november 2017, and it will take us... more than 16 years (197 countries) to complete this wonderful adventure!
First stop: Afghanistan 😍
A poignant book, by the way. Worth reading.
(Note: I read in French, but the title is the same in English)

RaimeyGallant Nice plan! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it.
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Sic_Corneille @RaimeyGallant Thank you for the comment and for the link. It's really useful! 1y
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Librarybelle Welcome to Litsy! 1y
Soubhiville What a neat idea! And I love this book cover. 1y
Sic_Corneille @Soubhiville I like it too. It's a pic from the movie, also directed by Atiq Rahimi. 1y
mhillis Great project! 1y
saresmoore Very cool! Where in Switzerland do you live? I have some dear family friends who reside near Sion in Valais. 1y
tpixie Welcome! Also check out @LitsyHappenings ! 1y
Sic_Corneille @mhillis thank you very much! 1y
Sic_Corneille @saresmoore Neat! I live in Fribourg, which is not far away from Sion. But to be honest, I only go in Valais to go skiing, walking or get apricots :) 1y
Sic_Corneille @tpixie Already checked out, but thank you! 1y
tpixie Good!! Happy Reading 📖 1y
ghosthost Welcome to Litsy! That sounds like a fun project. 1y
Ericalambbrown What a cool reading goal! 1y
RaimeyGallant Happy it helped. :) 1y
tpixie you may want to follow “reading books from every country“ on Facebook to get ideas of which books to read from which countries! 1y
Sic_Corneille @ghosthost It is! We made it even funnier by cooking a meal from the country too :) 1y
Sic_Corneille @Ericalambbrown It's great for discoveries too :) 1y
Sic_Corneille @tpixie Oooh thank you! In fact, choosing the books is the most difficult part when you don't know the litterature of a country. And I've had trouble finding some books too (they are no more edited). 1y
Louise A number of us on Litsy are doing the #ReadingAroundTheWorld challenge. You can find our book reviews with that hashtag. Also, there is a Goodreads group called Around The World in 80 Books. Welcome to Litsy! 1y
Sic_Corneille @Louise This hashtag will be really useful for me :) thanks for the tip! 1y
readinginthedark I‘m doing this, too, kind of! I‘ve included territories and some places that are trying to claim independence, so there are 237 on my list! But I‘m also not doing two for each place or designating one month per place, so I hope it won‘t take 16 years. 🙈What a commitment! So far I‘ve done Ireland, Iceland, and Canada. Let me know if you want to swap ideas for places! 1y
readinginthedark Oh also, I think the title in English is The Patience Stone. I‘ve heard a lot about this one! 1y
Sic_Corneille @readinginthedark My list is based on the UN recognised countries, but I have included some territories that claim independance too! 1y
Sic_Corneille @readinginthedark thank you! I'll let you know if I need help! Please do ask if you need too! (And for the title, Syngue Sabour in arabic means patience stone, but in french there is two title too) 1y
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