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Jacqueline (aleajac) | 115 comments Mod
Antoine Leiris Antoine Leiris
My French Life™ - Ma Vie Française® BOOK CLUB
IT'S TIME TO BUY BOOK #3
***' You Will Not Have My Hate' by Antoine Leiris ***

- This book was not my first choice. I changed my mind after interviewing Sam Taylor, the translator of both Leïla Slimani and Antoine Leiris, who confessed: 'The biggest emotional reaction I’ve had to a translation was with Antoine Leiris’s ‘You Will Not Have My Hate’, which made me cry several times.'
-It's the poignant testimony of the days that followed the 13 November 2015 Paris terrorist attack where the author lost his wife and mother of their 17-month old toddler. It's a 129-page novella you may read in the span of 2 hours.
- In addition, My French Life - Ma Vie Francaise also published a 2018 Summer reading shortlist of recent English books set in France and I invite you to discuss them at the same time. ( https://www.myfrenchlife.org/2018/06/13/french-summer-reading-top-books-france/)
- Book club meeting #3 is likely to take place 2nd half of September.


Jacqueline (aleajac) | 115 comments Mod
Anne Beckinsale I have just purchased the ebook and I look forward to the Book club meeting in September.
Deanie Houghtaling I recently watched the documentary on Netflix so I'm looking forward to reading this. Jacqueline Dubois It will be interesting to discuss both the book and the documentary (and since it was made by the husband of a member of MyFrenchLife Community, I suppose we'll be able to ask her questions if we need to)
Carolyne Lee I've started reading the French edition. The prose style is exquisite, the subject matter heartbreaking. I think it is a type of oxymoron, although not so incongruous in this literary context as oxymorons usually are, since there are many works telling of the death of people close to the author yet written so beautifully, so we don't feel it is incongruous so much, although we still reel from the emotional weight of it. Joan Didion's book about the death of her husband and daughter does this too, although in a diffferent way to this author. There is also an Australian author who wrote about the loss of his family many years ago in his book 'Year One', of which this French book reminds me somewhat.
Jacqueline Dubois I have not read it yet but since I saw author in 'La Grande Librairie', I know that most recent novel by Daniel Pennac 'Mon Frère' (April 2018) also deals beautifully and poetically with the loss of a loved one. We can't envisage comparing pains, however, in our Western world, where last war was waged 70 years ago, terrorist attacks and killings are a totally brutal, incomprehensible way to cope with mourning. In that sense , I believe this book is among a few only.


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