Newport / Casnewydd South-East Wales

French Literature

Convenor: Barbara Phillips
Meeting: Every Friday during Term time 09.45 - 11.15

We run the group as a co-operative and generally like to start with an item from '7 jours sur la planète' - a daily journal of topical information that we can watch on a short video and then read and translate. This is created specifically for the more advanced student so vocabulary and grammar can be challenging. There have been a huge range of topics.

Our aim is to look at "Classic" French Literature, rather than books in English that have been translated and we are always on the lookout for suggestions for our next read.

We are currently reading 'Un Sac de Billes' with some riveting reading still to come.
Our next book will be 'Le Petit Prince'. A novella first published in April 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. One of my favourite quotes translates as "If I want butterflies, I have to live with caterpillars".

If you think you might relish the challenge, come along and sit in. Give us a try. We don't progress very swiftly as there are frequent pauses to look up a word or three, discuss a particular grammatical point and ensure we all understand what we are reading. We never get bored!

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