French Book Group
We meet every Wednesday afternoon, unless we decide otherwise, 2.30 to 4.00pm in the Leader's Home. We close down for the summer between May and September.
Members order their own book copies via Internet. There are usually 8-12 members present. We agree on how many pages to read before the next meeting, then discuss them and read on a little way, which usually leads to further discussions - in French, but we’re not averse to dropping into English if we can’t find the words!
We have Dickens but the French have Balzac, admittedly a little earlier in the 19th century. To begin with, ‘Le Père Goriot’ went slowly, but we soon got into the swing with his vivid characters and their consuming passions of power, money and love. Our book for the new year is ‘La Femme de Gilles’ by Madeleine Bourdouxhe (1937). This is regarded by some as a feminist classic, but in any case has been praised for its clear and sensitive style.
We appreciate any book that enlarges our picture of the French experience, especially while we are sitting around the fire in cosy armchairs.
We read books in French, therefore a certain level of fluency is obviously required, but if you would like to join us, please get in touch with the Group leader as given in the Newsletter or via the Contact page on this website. Numbers are limited only by the number of armchairs in the sitting room (not unlike the Académie Française…) However, although we are getting more ambitious, none of us is anywhere near those heights! If you would like to join us on Wednesday afternoons, do get in touch