Michelle de Villiers's Blog

March 4, 2015


Me tricks imperial"These words [below] must be greatly astonished to find themselves together [with the above picture], for assuredly they had not met before." - apologies to Father Bouheurs (1671);

Ionesco's Rhinocéros made a big impression on me in my teens when I was doing a group conversation course at the Alliance Française. I remember jade-eyed monsieur Leroux, who was not dark-haired like handsome Jean-Jacques (the other instructor). I remember because I made him collapse in a hopeless fit of laughter one day by saying 'Je fais flotter le métro'… so when I came across a reference to the play in The Crooked Timber last night, I had a wish to read it again.

Watch this; it's great:

Did you see the Citroën?!

There's just something about black-and-white videos. Now I want to read Les Chaises.

Could science help the real rhinoceros with the sad astonishment of being in this strange world of weird human hang-ups, and why does the metro keep getting flooded?


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Says le Chat: Off to Penchenat?
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March 3, 2015

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March 1, 2015




The Sunflower That Roared, and many more, discounted for Read An Ebook Week at Smashwords.

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Published on March 01, 2015 18:51
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February 28, 2015

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February 27, 2015


It's life's illusions I recall...
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Published on February 27, 2015 03:47

February 26, 2015


Oof, at the rate I am going at I might only be able to understand the menu(-s?) by the time I'm eighty-four. But I'll have water, at least! 
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Published on February 26, 2015 04:32

February 24, 2015




The chirping carpet-bagging crickets croaked in their steep-sided, molasses-flavoured water bowl. That had, after all, been the goal. Perky Louis the pied African Wagtail will surely enjoy the plump-swollen, subtly-flavoured snackfood! Good.

Meanwhile, we have more frigid conditions and snow...not many crickets though.
We'll have to substitute wine for sunshine. 
By hook or by crook, spring must come.
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Published on February 24, 2015 17:10

Ow, lowbrow. What is it about hair?
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Published on February 24, 2015 04:45