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Old 08-17-2006, 02:03 PM
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and

Jean d'Alembert

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you have a thing for French authors...

Although you left off Victor Hugo and Gaston Leroux.
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Old 08-17-2006, 02:46 PM
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I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you have a thing for French authors...

Although you left off Victor Hugo and Gaston Leroux.

Hugo is more associated with the 19th century and while I am a fan of his "Les Misérables" I believe his efforts to champion republicanism went unherald when compared to other writers/thinkers of his time, despite being hailed the greatest French poet. I left him off the list because he is a mirror image of François-René de Chateaubriand and I find countless flaws in the idea of a Republic.

I left Leroux off the list because, aside from writing The Phantom of the Opera, he did little to nothing to change (or influence) free thinking.


You are right. They were both great french authors.


Why did you pick those two out in particular?

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Old 08-17-2006, 03:02 PM
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Why did you pick those two out in particular?

Because I'm a Theatre Geek.

Although I did like the story line of Leroux's book more the storyline of ALW's version. But I LOVE ALW's music.

I've made it partway through Les Mis. I think I'd do better with the abridged version though. Although I must say that I enjoy reading it more in the original French then I do in English.
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Old 08-17-2006, 03:06 PM
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Was not a fan of the book The Phantom of the Opera. Expected more from it. It was kind of dry.
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Old 08-17-2006, 03:15 PM
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Because I'm a Theatre Geek.


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Although I did like the story line of Leroux's book more the storyline of ALW's version. But I LOVE ALW's music.

I've made it partway through Les Mis. I think I'd do better with the abridged version though. Although I must say that I enjoy reading it more in the original French then I do in English.

Serait-cela parfait si je supposais que vous avez parlé français? Si vous parlez français: quel étaient les problèmes de langue que vous avez rencontrés en lisant Les Misérables dans le français prévu?
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Old 08-17-2006, 03:21 PM
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Serait-cela parfait si je supposais que vous avez parlé français? Si vous parlez français: quel étaient les problèmes de langue que vous avez rencontrés en lisant Les Misérables dans le français prévu?

I can read and understand French, but since meeting my husband and learning Spanish, I can no longer speak/spell in French.

My problem with reading Les Mis was mostly just time constraints. It's lengthy, and in a book like that, I can't read as fast as I would with a regular novel. Plus, the entire section about the Priest is sort of dry.
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