My great thanks to Max u for the Amazon Gift Card that allowed me to read this book
French Dining in The Trinoma Mall in Quezon City
Paris in July # 6. , hosted by Tamarra of Thyme for Tea, a blog I have followed for years,is one of my favorite book blog events. It covers much more than literature and there are lots of wonderful participant posts online.
Paris in July # 6. has motivated me to read some very interesting works.
1. "Baum, Gabriel, 1935" by Mavis Gilbert - A wonderful set in Paris short story
2. "Two Friends" by Guy de Maupassant- Paris in July # 6. Requires reading de Maupassant!
3. "Mildred Larson" by George Moore- What Paris Meant to the Irish
4. "The Parisian Stage" by Henry James - an illuminating essay
5. "The Man Who Could Walk Through Walls" by Marcel Aymé- a new to me writer I will return to
6. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris, 1932 by Francine Prose - interesting
7. Shocking Paris Soutine, Chagall and the Outlaw Art of Montaparrne by Stanley Meisler-a
Well done account of Yiddish emigre artists in Paris
8. Short Stories about Cats by Three Classic French authors
9. Suite Francaise by Iréne Némirovsky- a true masterwork. Paris under the Germans
10. The End of Evil Ways by Honoré de Balzac
11. Mademoiselle Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History by Rhonda K. Garelick- brilliant bio.
12. The Horla by Guy de Maupassant, translated by Sandra Smith
13. "A Peice of Bread" by Francois Coppee
In the spirit of Paris in July # 6. I wrote this post in The French Baker Cafe in Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. The mall is huge on top of huge with I guess 100 dining options. My favorite casual place is The French Baker Cafe. The staff are very nice and the food is decent. It has macaroons and artesian bread but nothing too fancy.. You can get a decent lunch for under $5.00. I also saw a pastry shop with a French name which I have not seen before.
The Wine of Solitude is considered the most autobiographical of the novels of Iréne Némirovsky. It begins in a city in the Ukraine, probably Kiev where Némirovsky was born in 1903 and lived with her parents until the family moved to Paris. Her father was a wealthy banker with close ties to Tsarist powers so it as deemed prudent to leave the country. Most of the novel deals with the female lead character adjusting to changes she does not quite understand and her perpetual difficulties with her mother, a recurring theme in Némirovsky's work. She has a teenage romance but it could be better developed. She blames her mother for the family having to move, they first go to Finland, stay there a year or so then about seventy five percent through the novel the wind up in Paris.
The Wine of Solitude is, as I see it now, a work for Némirovsky lovers, I count myself one now.
I am in possession of four other works by Némirovsky as I hope to read them soon.