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"This work doesn't contain a single boring entry; each one presents useful insights. Entries include a brief summary and commentary and run no more than two pages. A wide spectrum of literary genres, styles, and formats are covered." —Library Journal
"One hundred tasty, satisfying hors d'oeuvres to prepare the reader’s palate for the main course—the actual reading of these great French books." —Bob Mitchell, author, Match Made in Heaven
"Elegant, evocative, and always to the point, this collection unerringly points the reader in the right direction, toward enjoying some of the greatest of the world's literature." —Lynn Hunt, professor, modern European history, UCLA
"This witty and learned presentation of 'One Hundred Great French Books' is a delight. It offers a pithy overview of French and francophone literature . . . and will whet the appetite of newcomers and seasoned readers of French alike." —Cathy Yandell, French professor, Carleton College
"Deft and illuminating . . . an enjoyably subjective trawl through different literary genres, from novels and poetry to plays and short stories—and a great deal more . . . Mr. Donaldson-Evans is expert at detecting the wider cultural effects that certain French books have had." —Wall Street Journal
"Readers will appreciate this concise and vibrantly written invitation to survey the best and brightest authors of one of the great literatures on the planet . . . Enjoy!" —François Rigolot, professor, French literature, Princeton University
One hundred tasty, satisfying hors d'oeuvres to prepare the reader's palate for the main course—the actual reading of these great French books. (Bob Mitchell, author, Match Made in Heaven )
Posted February 25, 2010
This is a terrific introduction to French literature from the Middle Ages to modern times. Each entry is summed up briefly with a commentary so that no more than two pages are provided on those included. Starting with the classic Song of Roland and including well known works by renowned authors like Sartre, de Troyes, Pascal, Moliere, Racine, Hugo and others; One Hundred Great French Books is a great introduction to some of the best works ever. However, what makes this so complete is genres normally ignored by English literature anthologies, but not by Lance Donaldson-Evans. For instance the editor also includes the comic book Asterix by Goscinny and Uderzo. With a wide gamut of genres, formats and centuries including twenty-fist century works like W, or Memory of Childhood by Perec, readers will relish this fine easy to use guide that says oui oui Francais.
Posted February 23, 2010
If you are into Literature, specifically French Literature you will not want to miss out on this book.
College professors will be using this in class, and their students will be using it as a study guide. Those that want a taste of french literature, will be able to read a two page summary of the most important french books and know which they want to read in more detail.
I really enjoyed this book, but I must warn, it's more of a niche book. I can see this being applied to every Literature class in colleges everywhere.