So Part 2 is you guessed it on books and what resides on a “Parisienne” bookshelf.
This section made me laugh so much, it’s called rather obviously “On a Parisienne’s bookshelf”. Reading it and especially now as I recently started packing my many books, made it even more true and real.
And it is scarily true, I had to share it and along with what’s left on my bookshelf as everything else is going into storage…(currently four boxes full)
“There are many books on a Parisienne’s bookshelf:
The books you so often claim you’ve read that you actually believe you have. La poetique de La Reverie G. Bachelard still half read it
The books you read in school from which you remember only the main character’s name. David Copperfield C. Dickens my mom would read at the breakfast table in English! on the weekend along with some croissant bien sure!
The art books your parents give you each Christmas so you can get some “culture.” that Braque book was Birthday present from my dad actually
The art books that you bought yourself and which you really love. David Hockney A Yorkshire Sketchbook bought it for my self and love to look at it from time to time…
The books that you’ve been promising yourself you’ll read next summer…for the past ten years. Delacroix Journal, I have this book forever and still haven’t got round in reading it yet! My art teacher recommended this book and so I bough it, that was when I was still in school!
And then there are the books you have read, loved and which are part of your identity:
The Stranger, Albert Camus, read it during my gap year
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, read on holiday while in Normandie
Foam of Daze, Boris Vian, read the first chapter and gave up…
The Flowers of Evil, Charles Baudelaire, read it at school and have my french oral on the Albatross, still had that copy from school until I borrowed to my friend and never got it back! so upset need to get a new copy..
Journey to the End of the Night, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, took to read during my gap year, but never got round to read it. Read it a while later and stopped a few time before finishing it, but did read it!
How to be parisian wherever you are Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas, Ebury Press (2014)