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La première gorgée de bière et autres plaisirs minuscules

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  782 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
On dit que la vie n'est pas simple et que le bonheur est rare. Pour Philippe Delerm, il tient en trente-quatre "plaisirs minuscules". Il évoque ici tour à tour, sous forme de petites séquences, la satisfaction immense qu'il tire tantôt de petits gestes insignifiants, tantôt d'une bienheureuse absence de gestes. Toutes les saisons sont évoquées dans ce petit ouvrage délicie ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published February 4th 1997 by Gallimard (first published 1997)
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Apr 28, 2008 Sudeshna rated it liked it
I read this book a few years ago. It is one of the most feel-good books. The book is so beautifully mesmerizing, and a perfect read on a hot Indian summer afternoon with a cold glass of lemonade, nimbu-paani.
Un libricino tanto francese! Una parte di me vorrebbe dargli mezza stella in più dato che dopotutto mi ha regalato un'oretta di svago e mi ha lasciato un certo senso di freschezza, come se avessi letto una tisana rilassante. Un'altra parte di me, ed è la più grande, mi ricorda che se comincio ad usare vezzeggiativi e parole come "oretta" in una recensione, c'è qualcosa che non torna.
Mentre leggevo pensavo: potrebbe essere un blog, e forse anche un blog di successo nel sottobosco new age-autoaiu
Jan 24, 2016 Fil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzi_brevi
Libricino composto solo da immagini e sensazioni. Penso sia simile a "Momenti di trascurabile felicità".

Mi ero dimenticato di averlo letto: mi è tornato in mente per puro caso trovandomi in una situazione simile a quelle descritte.

Mi ricordo che avevo riflettuto parecchio su come leggerlo. Meglio tutto di un fiato (e godersi oltre mezz'ora di ricordi felici) o diluirlo, concedendosi qualche immagine piacevole per giornata?

Mi ricordo la mia immagine preferita. Anche se, ad essere sinceri, non s
Romain X.
Oct 23, 2015 Romain X. rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog
Des petits moments de bonheur, pas plus de trois pages. Avoir un couteau dans sa poche, écosser des petits poids, rester manger chez des amis alors que ce n'est pas prévu, sortir au petit matin à pas de loup acheter des croissants et bien sûr, la première gorgée de bière. Quelle géniale idée de raconter ces choses banales mais tellement précieuses. Dans une langue absolument enthousiasmante, Philippe Delerm nous régale. Je vous conseille, pour procurer l'un de ces moments à vos invités, de dispo ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Balente1978 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un librino piccino, da leggere quando ci si concede il lusso di una pausa scacciapensieri.
Le pagine scorrono veloci, eppure ha un enorme punto di forza: ci insegna a riosservare con meraviglia tutti i dettagli dell'ambiente che ci circonda, e a trattenere le sensazioni piacevoli per ricordarle in futuro, quasi fossero delle piccole maddalenine.
Mar 21, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly the best book I've ever read. A collection of short essays on the fleeting pleasures of life, this book makes me slow down and enjoy... and it makes me want to write. So I say again, this is quite possibly the best book I've ever read.
Dec 29, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short book is Delerm's tribute to small pleasures. Some of them (helping shell peas) I've experienced; many I have not. Some seem now to be pleasures of times past (calling from a public phone booth), while others seem like they must be very French (riding on "an old train"). Some of his pleasures seem to be more pain than pleasure (getting your espadrilles wet), but Delerm finds a sweet spot in even those awful moments. Read this to discover the sensual pleasures in everyday moments -- whe ...more
Paula Dembeck
This is a charming little book written by a French author and translated into English. It is made up of a number of short pieces about the everyday delights life has to offer.

In each chapter, the author contemplates the seemingly ordinary experiences that add joy to life, whether it be the first sip of beer, the snowstorm inside a paperweight or the smell of apples. Some of the entries relate specifically to French culture, but the content is easily translatable to other individual cultural spe
Jun 13, 2014 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, 2014, novels
Жанр малой прозы сам по себе открывает большой простор для творчества. Вот тебе возможность коротко изложить свою идею, не вдаваясь в подробные сюжетные дебри. А можно поступить как Филипп Делерм в данном случае, и собрать в сборник большое количество своих односложных заметок, собранных по ходу жизни. Тоже неплохо, чё. Я и сама в свое время писала такие вот коротенькие заметочки, когда еще умела складно собирать фразы и подбирать красочные эпитеты. Начинала читать "первый глоток пива" с огромны ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: french-edition
La Première Gorgée de Biere, translated variously as The Small Pleasures of Life or We Could Almost Eat Outside, actually means ‘the first sip of beer’ and it was the choice of Emma from Book Around the Corner for my 2013 Humbook. It consists of récits, brief meditations on the simple pleasures of life. And although I could have bought it in English for my Kindle, I chose to buy the French edition so that I could resurrect my school French in preparation for my next trip, oh! hopefully in 2015. ...more
May 11, 2015 Irma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lang-fr, recs
This book consists of mini chapters, each describing "life's tiny pleasures". Out of 34 things presented, my personal choice would have been - three? But still, it was interesting to see what the author thought the things that counted in life were. A lot of them were cultural (watching Tour de France, playing the petanque, getting Turkish delight at the Arab corner store) but some of them were just plain weird. If you think riding old trains is enjoyable, you've obviously never ridden Croatian R ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Ron rated it it was amazing

An excellent read! Thanks to my dear friend Sonya for lending me her Advance Reader's Edition. This is one of those "yes, I know it's very late and I know I need to go to bed but I can't stop reading" type books. Even though all educated people know the outcome, the writer's style keeps one's interest engaged the entire time. The NYT review mentioned something about a slight dragging in the m
Mar 11, 2015 Suni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un breve elenco di situazioni e oggetti che evocano immediatamente sensazioni piacevoli, spesso legati all'infanzia e sul genere delle madeleine, ma non solo.
Alcuni, ad esempio sgranare i piselli o raccogliere le more, fanno anche un po' Amélie Poulain, che è venuta dopo ma guarda caso pure lei è francese.
Altri ancora in questi vent'anni (il libro è del '97) sono diventati incredibilmente datati (la cabina telefonica!).
Tuttavia è una lettura gradevole e capace di evocare i piccoli piaceri che de
Gailė Ne
Jan 10, 2015 Gailė Ne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Philippe Delerm – Pirmas gurkšnis alaus ir kiti maži malonumai

Ką aš galiu pasakyti? Gerai, kad ji trumpa, todėl nieko nepraradau. Knyga absoliučiai manęs nesužavėjo. Jau nebepamenu, kodėl ja susidomėjau – beskaitydama pamiršau. Berods, kažkas paminėjo, kad čia knyga – literatūrinis eksperimentas, o juk pasidomėti eksperimentais visada į naudą. O gal man tiesiog buvo smalsu, kuo gi taip susižavėjo tie prancūzai, mat anotacijoje parašyta, kad "Maži malonumai" Prancūzijoje išleisti 23 kartus 110 00
I think this was supposed to be a collection of very short stories, celebrating small pleasures of life. And it is, to some extent. But I felt these emotions have not been distilled enough and got lost in the language at times, which was just too elaborate for my liking. Maybe it was the translation, or maybe I lack the passion for life in general (as one of my friends has suggested before) to appreciate it, but this just does not measure up to e.g. Forgetting by Devashish Makhija in the intensi ...more
Noemie Kinebanyan
Feb 17, 2016 Noemie Kinebanyan rated it it was amazing
This book moved me more than I expected. Cut into very small chapters regrouping the tiny pleasures in life, this book made me cry and laugh at the same time. Increadibly well written, reading this book will be a touching and moving leap into your childhood, or into any of your memories of a time when you weren't so preoccupated about life, and when you knew how to take your time and how to enjoy the "minuscule pleasures".
Procyon Lotor
Apprezzabile raccolta personale di "buonezze" non necessariamente irraggiungibili non obbligatoriamente pirotecniche, nolimitz, dorate, famose, belle e dannate. Apprezzabile l'assenza di Gurismi, in borghese o in divisa. Apprezzabile che lo stile inviti in fondo a scrivercelo da noi. Tre apprezzamenti, tre stelle. (e aveva anche un prezzo modico pur mancando della Signorina Felcita) ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Iida rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jjjaaa, voisin sanoa, etten ollut oikeassa mielentilassa tämän kirjan lukemiseen, tai sitten voisin sanoa, että se ei toiminut ollenkaan. Itsekin nautin elämän pienistä iloista, mutta tämän kirjan kieli oli mielestäni aivan liian monimutkaista yksinkertaisten asioiden ihannointiin.
Laroy Viviane
Mar 01, 2015 Laroy Viviane rated it liked it
Sympathique petit recueil d'histoires courtes qui ont pour vocation de vous laisser un sourire sur les lèvres. Parfois cela fonctionne, parfois pas. Comme quoi le bonheur reste d'abord une expérience individuelle.
Sara Caramaschi
Jul 20, 2015 Sara Caramaschi rated it it was amazing
I have not already finished it but I know it is one of my best readings! This author knows how to share feelings with other people and make them enter in those few pages. Thank you!!
Nov 06, 2014 Laurent rated it it was ok
Un concentré de nostalgie de l'époque où la nostalgie n'était pas encore à la mode. Des pastilles inégales qui nous rappellent que l'eau ça mouille et que mmmhhh, c'est bon un banana split!
Samantha Viva
Sep 09, 2016 Samantha Viva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Facile, veloce e pieno di immagini care alla mia memoria. Uno stile molto francese è un passatempo per giornate sottotono.
Dec 18, 2011 Fabien rated it really liked it
Un petit plaisir que ce receuil de petits plaisirs dont fait partie la première gorgée de bière. Toutefois à l'instar de la gorgée de bière, c'est la première goulée qui sera la meilleure et pour apprécier pleinement cette collection de ressentis, il est plus agréable de fragmenter la lecture du livre. Et puis en plus comme cela on fait durer le plaisir de la petite centaine de pages.

Philippe Delerm nous invite à partager une série d'expériences lui procurant des petits plaisirs et nous dissèque
Jul 17, 2012 aBeiLLe rated it liked it
La première gorgée de bière n’est pas un roman mais un recueil de petits textes, de petits plaisirs minuscules de la vie de tous les jours. Chacune des 34 petites joies quotidiennes n’est pas plus longue que deux ou trois pages, mais elles sont à mon avis assez inégales. Certaines m’ont beaucoup plu d’autres m’ont laissée totalement indifférente. Mes préférées; Le croissant du trottoir, On pourrait presque manger dehors, Aller aux mûres, Invité par surprise, Lire sur la plage, Les boules en verr ...more
Ahmad Issaoui
Oct 28, 2013 Ahmad Issaoui rated it really liked it
Pas moins de 34 petits plaisirs de la vie quotidienne qui nous renvoient à notre enfance ou notre adolescence. Des petits plaisirs qui restaient enfouis au fond de nous et qui ressortent un à un au fil des pages... Ecosser les petits pois chez Mamie, l'odeur des pommes sucrées dans la cave, l'ambiance d'un après-midi de printemps, s'amuser à marcher sur le trottoir en évitant les bords, l'arôme tant attendu du petit croissant tout chaud, les dimanches soirs au coin de la cheminée à grignoter le ...more
Sep 25, 2015 Timothee rated it liked it
Easy to read, it has a magical feel and makes me feel like I traveled back in time and space :)
Aug 17, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it
Pequeños grandes placeres. Lindo libro. Da ganas de vivir.
Yannick Thoraval
Nov 14, 2014 Yannick Thoraval rated it liked it
Little meditations on living well.
Feb 25, 2015 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fr
Un petit livre plein de petites histoires sur des moments simples de la vie. Emouvant sans trop savoir pourquoi, j'ai pris mon temps pour le lire - une histoire ici et là le soir, ça a pris presqu'un an. Je pense que pour les expatriés ce livre a une saveur tout à fait différente et parfois percutante - des morceaux de culture oubliés soudain remémorés, des souvenirs qui reviennent et la réalisation que même au loin, même ailleurs, une part de notre identité est partagée et appartiendra toujours ...more
Jul 22, 2007 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in French life
This author describes in a page or two some situations that may be universal, at least to the french. Some things that seemed more typically french, than American, were the contrasting opinions about bicycles and the "velo" and the experience of buying and carrying pastries home from the pastry shop by holding the box by the little ribbon they tie it up with at the store. On the other hand, I readily related to his discription of the first sip of beer, and I enjoyed his description of looking in ...more
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Philippe Delerm est né le 27 novembre 1950 à Auvers-sur-Oise. Ses parents étant instituteurs, il passe son enfance dans des «maisons d’école» : à Auvers, Louveciennes, Saint-Germain. Études de Lettres à la faculté de Nanterre, puis nommé professeur de lettres en Normandie. Il vit donc depuis 1975 à Beaumont-le-Roger (Eure), avec Martine, sa femme, également professeur de lettres et illustrateur-au ...more
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