If you feel like life gets boring and you need to start living new impressions, challenges and emotions right now and straight from home: French it up!
French it up! All about French Classics
French literature is full of deep, dramatic, insightful and controversial books that made it to the worlds classics list. With such a wealth of literature, it might be had to know where to start and which book to read. Therefore, I´m sharing with you my experience and hope you will find here in these books something new, unexperienced und unfelt before, something that may even change your views and perceptions, or something you would simply love.
My Top 5 French Books
- “Dangerous Liaisons” by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, french epistolary novel, it means the reader sees the story through letters main heroes send to each other. Once you start reading, it´s hard to stop.
- “Thearte” by Somerset Maugham, simply loved this book and the characters in it.
- “Germinal” by Emil Zola, very controversial book about the dark side of life, which most of us have never experienced. I would not dare to read it twice – too shocking and even hard to read sometimes. But I could´t stop reading either, it was just too interesting to see the moral of the story at the end.
- “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas – great story of love, betrayal and revenge.
- “The Magic Skin” (“La Peau de chagrin”) by Honore de Balzac, the book about the complexity of human nature. Would you fulfill all of your dreams at a cost of your own life? I guess the answer here is different for everyone.
More books: More stories
The books below are also very deep: I guess they just had a smaller impact, particularly on me, rather than the other 5. What we read defines us and the moral of the story might be different for everyone. Moreover, one of these might make it to your own list of Top French Classics – Who knows? Even the same sentence, seen through the prism of different judgements, may mean different things. Age, cultural backgrounds, recent life experiences – it all matters.
- Bel Ami (The History of a Scoundrel) by Guy de Maupassant
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- Sunlight on Cold Water by Françoise Sagan
- The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal
- Carmen by Prosper Mérimée
- Stranger by Albert Camus
- In search of lost time by Marcel Proust
Obviously, I din´t read it all in a month, some books require time and a right moment. But the earlier your start – the more you discover. Books make you think, feel, visualize, reflect and sometimes even take you to different reality and make you to live another life story.
Maybe, you didn’t like reading because you went for the wrong books? Or maybe, you´re about to find your book of a lifetime. If you never try – you´ll never know. Nevertheless, start with “French it up!”.