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Lettres de mon moulin

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According to Wikipedia, "Alphonse Daudet (13 May 1840 - 16 December 1897) was a French novelist... In 1866, Daudet's Lettres de mon moulin, written in Clamart, near Paris, and alluding to a windmill in Fontvieille, Provence, won the attention of many readers. The first of his longer books, Le petit chose (1868), did not, however, produce popular sensation. It is, in the ma ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Distribooks (first published 1869)
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Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont

There are places I like to revisit. There are books I like to revisit also, rich with the memory of past places. I first read the wholly delightful Letters from my Windmill by Alphonse Daudet when I was on holiday with my parents in Provence, in Avignon, to be exact. It was from there, the city of the popes, that we explored the surrounding countryside; from there we discovered the charm and magic of this special part of La France profonde – deep France.

I’ve also managed to recapture the time an
Aug 05, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am given to understand that Alphonse Daudet's novels established him as the most successful writer in France by the end of the 19th century, and yet I must confess that I hadn't heard of him until a few weeks ago, when I spotted this book.

I loved the title, and the premise intrigued me.

The book began with an extract from a bill of sale:

"To Mr Alphonse Daudet, poet, living in Paris, here present and accepting it:

A windmill and flourmill, located in the Rhône valley, in the heart of Provence, o

Apr 23, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19th-century-lit
Letters from My Windmill is a bit of a misnomer, as letters are not involved. What Daudet gives us, instead, is a series of short sketches mostly set in Provence around Arles, though there are a couple set in Algeria. Some of the sketches are obviously contemporary, while others are set in the Middle Ages or the 17th century.

It is interesting to see Daudet refer to characters from novels by his contemporaries. One essay addresses Pierre Gringoire, the poet from Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris
Aug 09, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Reading this book is like taking a little vacation in southern France in the mid 1800's. Not a bad place or time to be. Daudet had the ability to make the countryside come alive in his pages. His descriptions of the environment and his surroundings were beautifully rendered. This is a book of observations, folk tales, daily comings and goings as told from his windmill.

If you have ever passed the night in the open under the stars, you will know that while we are sleeping a mysterious world awaken
Whimsical stories and legends set in Provence, supposedly related by the denizen of a windmill no longer used to grind wheat; in fact one of the stories is about how the coming of the steam-driven mill drove the windmills out of business and left the village in a pitiful state. The French and English are en-face, in fact it is one of a series intended for long-ago students of French to brush up their skills, which is perfect as I am Paris-bound next month.

So I read it in French, with the transla
Jan 20, 2015 Kathy added it
J'adore: "Le Chevre de M Seguin" . . .
Oct 26, 2011 Arcadius rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-classics

Once among France's leading literary lights, Daudet is largely forgotten today. This collection of stories and sketches, almost all set in Provence or neighbouring territories, contains nothing very earth-shattering, but it is an easy read, big on charm and local colour, and the illustrations by Edward Ardizzone in this edition make a nice bonus. The distinctive culture of Languedoc (as opposed to France) was still just alive at the time Daudet was writing, as we can glimpse from time in stories
Jul 07, 2015 Taha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitapta bahsedilen değirmenin bulunduğu, yazarın övüp durduğu Fransa'daki Provence isimli yeri araştırdım. Lavantalarıyla ünlü bir yer olan Provence gerçekten de yazarın anlattığı kadar güzele benziyor:
Kitap gerçekten değirmende yaşayan bir tanıdığınız size mektuplar yazıyormuş, gezdikleri yerleri ya da anılarını anlatıyormuş hissi veriyor. Sıcak ve samimi bir kitap. Ama beni belli bir yerden sonra sıkmaya başladı. Yazarın yazdıklarında bir düzen ve kurgu aramaya başladım. Ama bulamadım:(
Jan 16, 2016 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
Daudet, known as "the Dickens of France," was on par with Flaubert in his time, but has since fallen off the radar outside France. My interest in his writing stems from Zola and James, both of whom claimed him as a favorite writer. This collection of melancholy, pastoral tales of the Provence region of France has a promising concept: our narrator takes up residence in a small, dilapidated windmill, from which he writes tales, responds to letters, and relates local legends, always making a stark ...more
Feb 14, 2010 Alik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goodness may be extremely irritating in a book. In this book the effect is somehow minimized. Read it in Russian.
Aug 15, 2010 Sophiebird rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of the peace and tranquility rarely found today
I read this as a download from prusing Gutenberg, not sure why exactly. The letters as it seems are pretty much letters to the reader of memorable happenings,mostly short musings of bits of daily life in Provence, no major drama or such, but so refreshing to pick up for a quick de-stressor and be transported to another time and another mentality. The descriptions of the countryside completely place you there without a lot of wordy fluff - no bejeweled carpet, or such.

"Come January, thousands of
May 04, 2014 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, fiction
De tous les jolis dictons, proverbes ou adages, dont nos paysans de Provence passementent leurs discours, je n'en sais pas un plus pittoresque ni plus singulier que celui-ci. A quinze lieues autour de mon moulin, quand on parle d'un homme rancunier, vindicatif, on dit "Cet homme-là! méfiez-vous!... il est comme la mule du Pape, qui garde sept ans son coup de pied."
فاروق الفرشيشي
Feb 22, 2015 فاروق الفرشيشي rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped, own
J'ai lu ça en arabe quand j'étais tout petit. J'ai voulu le revoir en français peut qu'il contient plus d'histoires et de détails que je croyais. Effectivement, y a bien plus de nouvelles que dans la version arabe, mais j'ai trouvé ça à limite débile! Il s'agit peut être de la littérature de le province. Ok c'est beau, mais vraiment pas plus. J'ai été choqué par la chèvre de M Seguin dont la version arabe était nettement meilleure à mon avis. J'ai jugé inutile de terminer le bouquin.
Janith Pathirage
Jul 04, 2015 Janith Pathirage rated it really liked it
It's not one of the greatest books I've read, the story is very modest and simple but reading few pages of it can bring you back in the mood no matter how bad the day is. I felt it in every single page.. and I would give anything to live in that mill !. Surrounded by pine woods, fresh air , bird songs ... what more can someone wish for !. (Just got an idea what I should ask from Santa for this Christmas :D ). Alphonse Daudet's writing style is quite unique, it reminds me of 'The Decameron' a lit ...more
Dec 16, 2010 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ces nouvelles hautes en couleurs, sont toutes plus divertissantes les unes que les autres. Drôles, touchantes, aux couleurs de ma Provence natale. La plus connue est bien sur la Chèvre de Mr Seguin, mais les autres méritent tout autant l'attention du lecteur.
Nino Frewat
Nov 10, 2011 Nino Frewat rated it really liked it
Shelves: french-fiction
I'm ambivalent when it comes to reading volumes of short stories, but this one, I will always be coming back to it
Feb 05, 2014 Frumenty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little at a loss to explain why anyone bothers to read this book any more. Maybe there are cultural factors at work that I'm not aware of. Daudet appears to have written this book in much the same way I sometimes read the less engaging books that I embark on. He begins with flourish, then quickly runs out of enthusiasm (and ideas); from the fact that he sets off on a quite different tack I infer that he has picked it up after a longish hiatus; then another hiatus is apparent since he gets ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Marijan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Zbirka emotivno nabijenih pripovijedaka iz Provanse.
Oct 08, 2015 Kitty rated it it was amazing
Ah... chaque fois que je vais en Provence, j'ai envie de le re-lire! Cher Bruno, merci de nous avoir donné ce livre -- surement, on en avait parlé, mais j'oublie le contexte.

So, dear English-speaking francophiles... do learn enough French to enjoy this in the original. You will smell the lavender, rosemary, taste the cheese the goats make-- except for Blanquette, listen to the old windmills at the foots of the Alpilles singing the old proverbs.

Re-read for the occasion of returning to Provence:
Des petites nouvelles qui font sourire.
Sep 02, 2007 Ellen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dull, Biligual People
Boring as hell.
Nov 06, 2013 Harperac rated it liked it
Shelves: victorian, france
This was a cute but not entirely substantial book I picked up somewhere. In the dollar bin of my local bookstore, not knowing anything about the book, I liked the Van Gogh on the cover...

Daudet is an excellent prose-poet. His descriptions of settings form the best parts of the book, and some of the chapters like "oranges" or "at Camargue" are devoted almost completely to this. He's luxurious, piling adjective upon adjective, detail on detail. Unfortunately, when he ventures towards narrative, he
Rihab Benrhouma
Nov 11, 2014 Rihab Benrhouma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avec chaque chapitre, une nouvelle histoire. Avec chaque chapitre, une autre morale. Et avec chapitre, on est impatient de lire le reste. Lettre de mon moulin est un livre que je recommande à toutes les personnes qui se lassent des histoires trop longues et cherchent à apprendre des leçons de vies des livres qu'ils lisent.
Mar 29, 2010 Jeslyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daudet's collection of short stories depicting Provencal life is enthralling (I can't figure out how to add the correct "c" for "Provencal" - my apologies!) - this is one of the first times I've really been struck by the art of translation, and it is gorgeously done here. Though each story is quite short, they truly transport the reader to Daudet's world, whether salty sea spray, orange groves, brandied cherries, or windswept fields, these stories are a sensory delight. The Christmas dinner prep ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Ulises rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Páginas y páginas de costumbrismos. Todo el libro está integrado por cuadros minuciosamente descritos.

En principio, y hasta poco más de la mitad del libro, me fue muy agradable la lectura. Destaco lo titulado "La Mula del Papa", "La Langosta" y "Nostalgia del Cuartel".

Pero a la misma escrupulosidad le debo que el sabor se haya diluído poco a poco hasta tornarse en casi un suplicio, como cuando la lengua se acostumbra a un sabor y da igual seguir con el bocado que aventarlo: imperiosa la necesida
Oct 20, 2015 Tijana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uzmem da se podsetim dela o pomorandžama i mic po mic ode pola knjige, ne samo ono o letu i Provansi nego i stvari poput "Koze gospodina Segena". I još prevod Josipa Tabaka, najbolji Dodeov prevod EVR.
Jan 13, 2015 Filiz rated it liked it
Pastoral, sıcak, yalın bir kitap...Gripten yatakta geçirdiğim zamanımı şenlendirdi:))Özellikle Corneille Usta ve Papaz'ın iksiri hikayeleri mesajını büyük bir incelikle veriyor. İlki dokunaklı, diğeri gülünç...Ben de bir değirmenim olsun isterdim:(
Czarny Pies
Aug 30, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Provence
Recommended to Czarny by: Peter Mayle
Shelves: french-lit
My French side of me adores this delightful little collection of tales. However, it is not easy to explain its charms to the Anglophone world. Alphonse Daudet and his father Lucien were both fast friends of Marcel Proust so the work provides the reader with a taste of the conversation at the salons of Mme. Guermantes. Catholic readers are sure to love the story 'Three Low Masses' which is also my favorite.

The collection also contains L'Arlesienne that inspired the orchestral suite by Bizet and t
May 10, 2014 Sylvie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-50-books
J'avais lu ce livre plus jeune. Qui n'a pas lu la chèvre de M. Séguin? Mais j'ai vraiment apprécié sa poésie qu'aujourd'hui, maintenant que j'en savoure la prose et le style. Délicieux!
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Alphonse Daudet (13 May 1840 – 16 December 1897) was a French novelist. He was the father of Léon Daudet and Lucien Daudet.

Aphonse Daudet was born in Nîmes, France. His family, on both sides, belonged to the bourgeoisie. The father, Vincent Daudet, was a silk manufacturer — a man dogged through life by misfortune and failure. Alphonse, amid much truancy, had a depressing boyhood. In 1856 he left L
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“Et comme j’essayais de lui expliquer ce que c’était que ces mariages, je sentis quelque chose de frais et de fin peser légèrement sur mon épaule. C’était sa tête alourdie de sommeil qui s’appuyait contre moi avec un joli froissement de rubans, de dentelles et de cheveux ondés. Elle resta ainsi sans bouger jusqu’au moment où les astres du ciel pâlirent, effacés par le jour qui montait. Moi, je la regardais dormir, un peu troublé au fond de mon être, mais saintement protégé par cette claire nuit qui ne m’a jamais donné que de belles pensées. Autour de nous, les étoiles continuaient leur marche silencieuse, dociles comme un grand troupeau ; et par moments je me figurais qu’une de ces étoiles, la plus fine, la plus brillante ayant perdu sa route, était venue se poser sur mon épaule pour dormir..” 5 likes
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