Books set in France (42)


La petite bijou by Patrick Modiano FR

0 Ratings
Country: Europe / France flag France
" " Quand j'avais sept ans, on m'appelait la Petite Bijou. " Il a souri. Il trouvait certainement cela charmant et tendre pour une petite fille. Lui aussi, j'en étais sûre, sa maman lui avait donné un surnom qu'elle lui murmurait à l'oreille, le soir, avant de l'embrasser. Patoche. Pinky. Poulou. " Ce n'est pas ce que vous croyez, lui ai-je dit. Moi, c'était mon nom d'artiste. " "
Recommended: 04 Sep 2022

Les Miserables

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo EN

Rating: 4.8     4 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
A thrilling tale of narrow escapes, romance in the midst of a revolution, and heroism at Waterloo, this classic forms a parable of a morally empty state that values retribution rather than justice.
Recommended: 03 Dec 2022


Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert EN

Rating: 3     4 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Emma dreams of sophistication, wealth, and romance, but what she gets is a marriage to Charles Bovary, a provincial, middle-class doctor who is a devoted but boring husband. She tries her hardest to be a loyal and loving wife, even as she grows to resent him more and more for his insufferable dullness. Soon, though, she is seduced by the dashing Rodolphe and gives into her desires. In their affair, Emma believes she has finally found true, passionate love. She borrows money to lavish Rodolphe with expensive gifts, and the neighbors begin to gossip about her indiscretion. When the moneylender c... continue
Recommended: 21 May 2022

Maigret and the Man on the Bench

Maigret and the Man on the Bench by Georges Simenon EN

Rating: 4     6 Votes
Country: Europe / Belgium flag Belgium
“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequaled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories.” —The Guardian Inspector Maigret must untangle the web of lies left behind by a murdered man whose family didn’t know him as well as they thought When a man is found stabbed to death in an alley off Boulevard Saint-Martin, his identity card shows a workplace that had gone out of business three years earlier. As far as his wife knew, he still worked there, and she insists that the shoes and a tie h... continue
Recommended: 03 Dec 2022


No Exit and Three Other Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre EN

Rating: 4     13 Votes
Country: Asia / France flag France
Four seminal plays by one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. An existential portrayal of Hell in Sartre's best-known play, as well as three other brilliant, thought-provoking works: the reworking of the Electra-Orestes story, the conflict of a young intellectual torn between theory and conflict, and an arresting attack on American racism.
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

Om utregning av romfang

Om utregning av romfang by Solvej Balle NO

0 Ratings
Country: Europe / Denmark flag Denmark
Recommended: 03 Mar 2023


Perfume : The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind EN

Rating: 4     5 Votes
Country: Europe / Germany flag Germany
'Born in sweaty, fetid eighteenth-century Paris, Genouille is distinctive even in infancy. He has "the finest nose in Paris and no personal odour". With wit, a Gothic imagination and considerable originality, Suskind has developed this simple idea into a fantastic tale of murder and twisted eroticism controlled by a disgusted loathing of humanity . . . Clever, stylish, absorbing and well worth reading' Literary Review
Recommended: 11 Sep 2022


Shame (La honte) by Annie Ernaux FR

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Country: Europe / France flag France
J'ai toujours eu envie d'écrire des livres dont il me soit ensuite impossible de parler, qui rendent le regard d'autrui insoutenable. Mais quelle honte pourrait m'apporter l'écriture d'un livre qui soit à la hauteur de ce que j'ai éprouvé dans ma douzième année.
Recommended: 19 May 2022

The Black Sheep

The Black Sheep by Honore de Balzac, Honore Balzac EN

Rating: 3.5     5 Votes
Country: Europe / France flag France
Philippe and Joseph Bridau are two extremely different brothers. The elder, Philippe, is a superficially heroic soldier and adored by their mother Agathe. He is nonetheless a bitter figure, secretly gambling away her savings after a brief but glorious career in Napoleon’s army. His younger brother Joseph, meanwhile, is fundamentally virtuous - but their mother is blinded to his kindness by her disapproval of his life as an artist. Foolish and prejudiced, Agathe lives on unaware that she is being cynically manipulated by her own favourite child, but will she ever discover which of her sons is t... continue
Recommended: 02 Dec 2022

The Bronze Eagle

The Bronze Eagle by Emmuska Orczy EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Hungary flag Hungary
The perfect calm of an early spring dawn lies over headland and sea—hardly a ripple stirs the blue cheek of the bay. The softness of departing night lies upon the bosom of the Mediterranean like the dew upon the heart of a flower.A silent dawn.Veils of transparent greys and purples and mauves still conceal the distant horizon. Breathless calm rests upon the water and that awed hush which at times descends upon Nature herself when the finger of Destiny marks an eventful hour.But now the grey and the purple veils beyond the headland are lifted one by one; the midst of dawn rises upwards like the... continue
Recommended: 17 Feb 2023

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