Thanks to all those who weighed in on my Make me read it challenge last month, I successfully knocked at least one book off my longstanding TBR pile! I’d love to ask for your help again, this time to decide what book I should read next in French (which will also count for my Summer in other languages project). You do not need to read French yourself, or have read any of the books, to express an opinion — I’ll describe the choices briefly, just let me know which one appeals the most.
- Candide by Voltaire – The Enlightenment classic about a young man whose basic optimism about life and human nature is sorely challenged, leaving him with the conclusion that all one can do is tend one’s own garden.
- L’étranger by Albert Camus – First novel by the Nobel prize winner, a core document of existentialism. I don’t expect it to be pleasurable but it would surely enhance my general educational level.
- Le comte de Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – not the actual very long novel, but an abridged version with exercises for language learners.
- Terre des hommes by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – Wind, Sand, and Stars in English, the French author-aviator’s ode to flying and to the earth. I’m sure it’s beautifully written.
- La Vérité sur l”Affaire Harry Quebert by Joel Dicker – Although I did not like the other book I tried by this popular Swiss author (or even finish it), I’m wiling to give his first, very successful murder mystery novel a try. It’s set in New Hampshire, which makes me curious to see how my former home is portrayed by a foreign author.
- Maigret à New York by Georges Simenon – The well known Maigret series of crime novels, either in French or English. I picked this one up at a Little Free Library, also intrigued by the New York setting.
- La Cerise sur le gateau by Aurélie Valognes – Another book by a very popular contemporary author of the Francophone world, concerning an older couple confronting the challenges of retirement. I suspect this would be the best choice for fluffy summer reading.
All right, I’m in your hands! What should I read next? In this case, I give myself three months (till the end of Summer in Other Languages) to complete the selection. I’m looking forward to finding out what it will be.