Archive for the ‘Setting: France’ Category

16. “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” David Sedaris

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I remember this being funnier.

Page count: 272
Page total: 4,380


30. “The Book of Salt,” Monique Truong

May 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Really beautiful, but incredibly dense. It took me forever to get through.

This is the first-person account of Binh, GertrudeStein and Alice B. Toklas’ Paris cook.

Page count: 261
Page total: 7,534

2. “The Diving-bell and the Butterfly,” Jean-Dominic Bauby

November 12, 2009 1 comment

It was good!

This is the memoir of Jean-Dominic Bauby, the editor of the French fashion magazine Elle. It recounts his experiences with Locked-In Syndrome, which he experienced following a stroke. It is written in a series of short chapter’s. Bauby’s writing is lyrical. Each of the chapters feels almost like a stand-alone story– a function of Bauby memorizing each chapter in the early mornings before his transcriber came. She then would say the letters of the French alphabet in descending order of frequency and he would blink when she hit the appropriate letter. An entire book written this way! According to Wikipedia, the book took about 200,000 blinks to write and an average word took approximately two minutes.

Page count: 144
Page total: 218