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Fiction is much more enlightening about a country and its people than are statistics, and if we want to find out and understand what a nation is really like, we must read its literature. In French Tales, Helen Constantine offers a panoramic view of French society and culture as seen through its short fiction, ranging through all twenty-two regions of France and featuring ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jim Fonseca
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A collection of twenty-two French short stories, one for each department (province) of France. "Frenchness" is the only common denominator for a collection of stories that are old and modern and written in varying styles. Some stories offer psychological depth, some are fantasy. Some offer geographic insight into the region they depict; many do not, leaving one to wonder why they were chosen for a work that is supposed to portray local color. There are a few gems that offer both a good story and ...more
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A bit disappointing. I usually enjoy all things French but some of these stories were just plain odd.
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Helen Constantine read French and Latin at Oxford. She was Head of Languages at Bartholomew School, Eynsham, until 2000, when she gave up teaching and became a full-time translator. She has published volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales, and French Tales and edits a series of City Tales for Oxford University Press. Paris Metro Tales will be published in March 2011. She has translated Mademoi ...more
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