A Year in Books/Day 38: Bedside Book of Famous French Stories

  • Title: Bedside Book of Famous French Stories
  • Edited By: Belle Decker and Robert N. Linscott
  • Year Published: 1945 (Random House)
  • Year Purchased: 1991
  • Source: Columbus Public Library, library sale
  • About: A compilation of French short stories by such heavyweights as Honore de Balzac, Prosper Merimee, George Sand, Anatole France, Emile Zola and Jean-Paul Sartre.
  • Motivation: Even as a teenager, I had an affinity for short stories. I think I knew that, as a writer, it would be my most natural (fiction) medium. This book was my introduction to the work of those listed above. Prior to that, they were just enticing but empty names. I also really love old books. I picked up an 80-year-old copy of Zola’s ‘Nana’ at the same sale. It was a good day.
  • Times Read: 1
  • Random Excerpt/Page 23: “The old lady meanwhile, passive as a child and almost dazed, sat down on her chair again. But the honest pastry-cook came back directly. A countenance red enough to begin with, and further flushed by the bake-house fire, was suddenly blanched; such terror perturbed him that he reeled as he walked, and stared about him like a drunken man.”
  • Happiness Scale: 7 1/2
    English: Emile Zola, French writer, at the beg...

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