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Romain Gary

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ISBN10 : 144640286X

Publisher : Random House

Number of Pages : 528

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 764


Book Summary: Airman, war hero, immigrant, law student, diplomat, novelist and celebrity spouse, Romain Gary had several lives thrust upon him by the history of the twentieth century, but he also aspired to lead many more. He wrote more than two dozen books and a score of short stories under several different names in two languages, English and French, neither of which was his mother tongue. Gary had a gift for narrative that endeared him to ordinary readers, but won him little respect among critics far more intellectual than he could ever be. His varied and entertaining writing career tells a different story about the making of modern literary culture from the one we are accustomed to hearing. Born Roman Kacew in Vilna (now Lithuania) in 1914 and raised by only his mother after his father left them, Gary rose to become French Consul General in Los Angeles and the only man ever to win the Goncourt Prize twice. This biography follows the many threads that lead from Gary's wartime adventures and early literary career to his years in Hollywood and his marriage to the actress Jean Seberg. It illuminates his works in all their incarnations, and culminates in the tale of his most brilliant deception: the fabrication of a complex identity for his most successful nom de plume, Émile Ajar. In his new portrait of Gary, David Bellos brings biographical research together with literary and cultural analysis to make sense of the many lives of Romain Gary - a hero fit for our times, as well as his own.

Astrée, la vie devant soi

Author : Bérénice Gaymard

ISBN10 : 2728923914

Publisher : Fleurus

Number of Pages : 240

Category : Juvenile Fiction

Viewed : 1219


Book Summary: Astrée Morel a 19 ans : elle vient de louper son bac et le monde semble s’écrouler autour d’elle. Elle part alors pour l’Égypte aider dans un dispensaire. Astrée découvre un monde auquel elle ne s’attendait pas, rempli de couleurs et de parfums... Pour la première fois, elle comprend qu’elle a les moyens de prendre sa vie en main et de changer celle des autres, en mieux. Une belle leçon d’espérance au féminin.

Fiche de lecture La Vie devant soi (résumé détaillé et analyse littéraire de référence)

Author : Romain Gary

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Publisher : Les Éditions de l\'Ebook malin

Number of Pages : N.A

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Book Summary: La collection « Connaître une œuvre » vous offre la possibilité de tout savoir de La Vie devant soi de Romain Gary grâce à une fiche de lecture aussi complète que détaillée. La rédaction, claire et accessible, a été confiée à un spécialiste universitaire. Notre travail éditorial vous offre un grand confort de lecture, spécialement développé pour la lecture numérique. Cette fiche de lecture répond à une charte qualité mise en place par une équipe d’enseignants. Ce livre numérique contient : - Un sommaire dynamique - La biographie de Romain Gary - La présentation de l’œuvre - Le résumé détaillé (chapitre par chapitre) - Les raisons du succès - Les thèmes principaux - L'étude du mouvement littéraire de l’auteur


Author : Lesley Blanch

ISBN10 : 0993092799

Publisher : BookBlast ePublishing

Number of Pages : 336

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 1974


Book Summary: Ideal reading for anyone looking for adventure and romance in unusual settings. Lesley Blanch writes about four strong women in The Wilder Shores of Love. Turning East, away from 19th Century Europe and conventional living, they found emancipation through escape and adventure. Isabel Burton married the Arabist and explorer Richard Burton; they worked together on his translation of A Thousand and One Nights; Jane Digby el-Mezrab (Lady Ellenborough, the society beauty), had four husbands and numerous lovers, including Honoré de Balzac and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. She ended up living in the Syrian desert with a young Bedouin chieftain; Aimée Dubucq de Rivery was a French convent girl who was captured at sea by pirates and became the consort of Sultan Abdul Hamid I; and Isabelle Eberhardt was a Swiss linguist who went to Algeria where she lived among tribesmen in the Sahara, converted to Islam, and dressed as a man. ANAIS NIN — “I read The Wilder Shores of Love by Lesley Blanch and became completely devoted to her writing. It is a book of great vitality, superb storytelling. She is herself Scheherazade telling about four remarkable women. I was fascinated by the charm and with which she tells biographical facts. The four women became my heroines. I read the book several times. My admiration for her was total. The Wilder Shores of Love would have made colourful and entrancing films.” CARSON McCULLERS — “The Wilder Shores of Love is a book of such radiance and strength.” FREYA STARK — “A book as excellent as its title.” WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD — “Love, wanderlust, faraway places – all that Romance implies – make up this delicious book.” NEW YORKER — “Four seething but most enjoyable studies in headlong nonconformity.” DAILY TELEGRAPH — “Enthralling to read.”

The Last Samurai

Author : Helen DeWitt

ISBN10 : 0811225518

Publisher : New Directions Publishing

Number of Pages : 576

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 922


Book Summary: Called “remarkable” (The Wall Street Journal) and “an ambitious, colossal debut novel” (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at last Helen DeWitt’s 2000 debut, The Last Samurai, was “destined to become a cult classic” (Miramax). The enterprising publisher sold the rights in twenty countries, so “Why not just, ‘destined to become a classic?’” (Garth Risk Hallberg) And why must cultists tell the uninitiated it has nothing to do with Tom Cruise? Sibylla, an American-at-Oxford turned loose on London, finds herself trapped as a single mother after a misguided one-night stand. High-minded principles of child-rearing work disastrously well. J. S. Mill (taught Greek at three) and Yo Yo Ma (Bach at two) claimed the methods would work with any child; when these succeed with the boy Ludo, he causes havoc at school and is home again in a month. (Is he a prodigy, a genius? Readers looking over Ludo’s shoulder find themselves easily reading Greek and more.) Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. But Ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn’t know: his father’s name. At eleven, inspired by his own take on the classic film, he sets out on a secret quest for the father he never knew. He’ll be punched, sliced, and threatened with retribution. He may not live to see twelve. Or he may find a real samurai and save a mother who thinks boredom a fate worse than death.

The Kites

Author : Romain Gary

ISBN10 : 0811226557

Publisher : New Directions Publishing

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1073


Book Summary: Romain Gary’s bittersweet final masterpiece is “epic and empathetic” (BBC) and “one of his best” (The New York Times) The Kites begins with a young boy, Ludo, coming of age on a small farm in Normandy under the care of his eccentric kite-making Uncle Ambrose. Ludo’s life changes the day he meets Lila, a girl from the aristocratic Polish family that owns the estate next door. In a single glance, Ludo falls in love forever; Lila, on the other hand, disappears back into the woods. And so begins Ludo’s adventure of longing, passion, and love for the elusive Lila, who begins to reciprocate his feelings just as Europe descends into World War II. After Germany invades Poland, Lila and her family go missing, and Ludo’s devotion to saving her from the Nazis becomes a journey to save his love, his loved ones, his country, and ultimately himself. Filled with unforgettable characters who fling all they have into the fight to keep their hopes—and themselves—alive, The Kites is Romain Gary’s poetic call for resistance in whatever form it takes. A war hero himself, Gary embraced and fought for humanity in all its nuanced complexities, in the belief that a hero might be anyone who has the courage to love and hope.

Life's Missing Instruction Manual

Author : Joe Vitale

ISBN10 : 1118046382

Publisher : John Wiley & Sons

Number of Pages : 144

Category : Business & Economics

Viewed : 1362


Book Summary: Bestselling author and marketing guru Joe Vitale offers insights and life lessons for achieving success In the simple, straightforward tone of an instructional manual, this little book offers big wisdom and little-known secrets for living a better life. Packed with life lessons most people will wish they'd learned earlier, Life's Missing Instruction Manual uses humor and anecdote to present practical steps readers can use to take control of their lives, overcome any obstacle, and find fulfillment. Each simple lesson is explained and brought into focus with real-life examples and includes practical steps on putting those lessons to work every day. Full of uncommon wisdom and lighthearted humor, this book will help readers develop confidence, create a plan for success, get ahead at work, build rapport with others, develop time-management skills, and find wealth and happiness. Readers will learn how to live life to the fullest when they discover how to: * Take chances that lead to success * Get through the tough times * Be themselves and like it * Find their purpose * Work as a team * Create their own blueprint for success * Believe in themselves * Lead a good and moral life * Accept their mistakes and move on * Define success for themselves Joe Vitale (Wimberley, TX) is President of Hypnotic Marketing, Inc., and author of The Attractor Factor (0-471-70604-3) and The E-Code (0-471-71855-6). He has been called "the Buddha of the Internet" for his combination of spirituality and marketing acumen. His professional clients include the Red Cross, PBS, Hermann Children's Hospital, and many other small and large international businesses.


Author : Tiffany McDaniel

ISBN10 : 0525657088

Publisher : Vintage

Number of Pages : 480

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: One of the Best Books of the Year: The Guardian, Glamour, Goop An Entertainment Weekly Must-Read A stunning, lyrical novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians about a young girl and the family truths that will haunt her for the rest of her life. “A girl comes of age against the knife.” So begins the story of Betty Carpenter. Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a white mother and a Cherokee father, Betty is the sixth of eight siblings. The world they inhabit in the rural town of Breathed, Ohio, is one of poverty and violence—both from outside the family and, devastatingly, from within. But despite the hardships she faces, Betty is resilient. Her curiosity about the natural world, her fierce love for her sisters, and her father’s brilliant stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination, and in the face of all to which she bears witness, Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write. Inspired by generations of her family, Tiffany McDaniel sets out to free the past by delivering this heartbreaking yet magical story—a remarkable novel that establishes her as one of the most important voices in American fiction.

Older Brother

Author : Mahir Guven

ISBN10 : 1609455509

Publisher : Europa Editions

Number of Pages : 222

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1665


Book Summary: Prix Goncourt Winner: A “superb” novel of a Syrian immigrant in France and his two sons (The New York Times Book Review). Older Brother is the poignant story of a Franco-Syrian family whose father and two sons try to integrate themselves into a society that doesn’t offer them many opportunities. The father, an atheist communist who moved from Syria to France for his studies and stayed for love, has worked for decades driving a taxi to support his family. The eldest son is a driver for an app-based car service, which comically puts him at odds with his father, whose very livelihood is threatened by this new generation of disruptors. The younger son, shy and serious, works as a nurse in a French hospital. Jaded by the regular rejections he encounters in French society, he decides to join a Muslim humanitarian organization to help wounded civilians in the war in Syria. But when he stops sending news home, the silence begins to eat away at his father and brother, who wonder what his real motivations were. And when the younger brother returns home, he has changed . . . “A masterpiece of a first novel.” ?The Guardian “A striking debut that reveals the breadth of emotional disconnection that prejudice can stoke within a family.” ?Kirkus Reviews

The List of my Desires

Author : Gregoire Delacourt

ISBN10 : 0297868373

Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Number of Pages : 240

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 991


Book Summary: Money can buy you freedom. But what about happiness? When Jocelyne looks at herself in the mirror, she sees a middle-aged, married woman who runs a dressmaking shop in a small provincial French town and lives a very ordinary existence. But what happened to all those dreams she had when she was 17? Then she wins millions on the lottery and has the chance to change her life for ever. So why does she find herself reluctant to accept the money? To help her decide what to do, she begins to compile a list of her heart's desires, never suspecting for one moment that the decision might be taken out of her hands ...

A Fifty-Year Silence

Author : Miranda Richmond Mouillot

ISBN10 : 0804140650

Publisher : Crown

Number of Pages : 304

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 872


Book Summary: A young woman moves across an ocean to uncover the truth about her grandparents' mysterious estrangement and pieces together the extraordinary story of their wartime experiences In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, Miranda's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever. A Fifty-Year Silence is the deeply involving account of Miranda Richmond Mouillot's journey to find out what happened between her grandmother, a physician, and her grandfather, an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, who refused to utter his wife's name aloud after she left him. To discover the roots of their embittered and entrenched silence, Miranda abandons her plans for the future and moves to their stone house, now a crumbling ruin; immerses herself in letters, archival materials, and secondary sources; and teases stories out of her reticent, and declining, grandparents. As she reconstructs how Anna and Armand braved overwhelming odds and how the knowledge her grandfather acquired at Nuremberg destroyed their relationship, Miranda wrestles with the legacy of trauma, the burden of history, and the complexities of memory. She also finds herself learning how not only to survive but to thrive--making a home in the village and falling in love. With warmth, humor, and rich, evocative details that bring her grandparents' outsize characters and their daily struggles vividly to life, A Fifty-Year Silence is a heartbreaking, uplifting love story spanning two continents and three generations.


Author : Gabriel Chevallier

ISBN10 : 159017741X

Publisher : New York Review of Books

Number of Pages : 328

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1487


Book Summary: An NYRB Classics Original Winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize for Translation 1915: Jean Dartemont heads off to the Great War, an eager conscript. The only thing he fears is missing the action. Soon, however, the vaunted “war to end all wars” seems like a war that will never end: whether mired in the trenches or going over the top, Jean finds himself caught in the midst of an unimaginable, unceasing slaughter. After he is wounded, he returns from the front to discover a world where no one knows or wants to know any of this. Both the public and the authorities go on talking about heroes—and sending more men to their graves. But Jean refuses to keep silent. He will speak the forbidden word. He will tell them about fear. John Berger has called Fear “a book of the utmost urgency and relevance.” A literary masterpiece, it is also an essential and unforgettable reckoning with the terrible war that gave birth to a century of war.

The Girl Who Played Go

Author : Shan Sa

ISBN10 : 0307428672

Publisher : Vintage

Number of Pages : 288

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1704


Book Summary: As the Japanese military invades 1930s Manchuria, a young girl approaches her own sexual coming of age. Drawn into a complex triangle with two boys, she distracts herself from the onslaught of adulthood by playing the game of go with strangers in a public square--and yet the force of desire, like the occupation, proves inevitable. Unbeknownst to the girl who plays go, her most worthy and frequent opponent is a Japanese soldier in disguise. Captivated by her beauty as much as by her bold, unpredictable approach to the strategy game, the soldier finds his loyalties challenged. Is there room on the path to war for that most revolutionary of acts: falling in love?

La vie devant soi de Romain Gary (Fiche de lecture)

Author : Claire Argence,,

ISBN10 : 2511026392

Publisher : Primento

Number of Pages : 24

Category : Study Aids

Viewed : 536


Book Summary: Cette fiche de lecture de La vie devant soi de Romain Gary propose une analyse complète : • un résumé • une analyse des personnages • une analyse des axes de lecture À propos de : propose plus 2500 analyses complètes de livres sur toute la littérature classique et contemporaine : des résumés, des analyses de livres, des questionnaires et des commentaires composés, etc. Nos analyses sont plébiscitées par les lycéens et les enseignants. Toutes nos analyses sont téléchargeables directement en ligne. FichesdeLecture est partenaire du Ministère de l'Education. Plus d'informations sur

Learning from Lying

Author : Julia Luisa Abramson

ISBN10 : 9780874139006

Publisher : University of Delaware Press

Number of Pages : 195

Category : Antiques & Collectibles

Viewed : 931


Book Summary: Writers who mystify operate through paradox: their lies point toward truth, and their obfuscations reveal trickery. This conundrum is the foundation for Learning from Lying, which defines mystification as a literary form that seeks to enlighten by means of deception. Learning from Lying narrates a new literary history as seen through the lens of mystification. Beginning with an examination of mystification's elaboration during the century of Enlightenment, the book accounts for mystification's distinctiveness relative to other deceptive forms, particularly forgery, and provides a timely intervention in current debates about the study of fakes. Readings of works by Denis Diderot, Prosper Merimee, and Wolfgang Hildesheimer follow out the cosmopolitan roots of the genre in the Republic of Letters and show how it theorizes literature through practical experiment. For when textual imitation is revealed, it unveils the necessary collusion between reader and writer that allows literature to exist as such.


Author : Christopher L. Miller

ISBN10 : 022659114X

Publisher : University of Chicago Press

Number of Pages : 272

Category : Literary Criticism

Viewed : 772


Book Summary: Writing a new page in the surprisingly long history of literary deceit, Impostors examines a series of literary hoaxes, deceptions that involved flagrant acts of cultural appropriation. This book looks at authors who posed as people they were not, in order to claim a different ethnic, class, or other identity. These writers were, in other words, literary usurpers and appropriators who trafficked in what Christopher L. Miller terms the “intercultural hoax.” In the United States, such hoaxes are familiar. Forrest Carter’s The Education of Little Tree and JT LeRoy’s Sarah are two infamous examples. Miller’s contribution is to study hoaxes beyond our borders, employing a comparative framework and bringing French and African identity hoaxes into dialogue with some of their better-known American counterparts. In France, multiculturalism is generally eschewed in favor of universalism, and there should thus be no identities (in the American sense) to steal. However, as Miller demonstrates, this too is a ruse: French universalism can only go so far and do so much. There is plenty of otherness to appropriate. This French and Francophone tradition of imposture has never received the study it deserves. Taking a novel approach to this understudied tradition, Impostors examines hoaxes in both countries, finding similar practices of deception and questions of harm.

Encyclopedia of French Film Directors

Author : Philippe Rège

ISBN10 : 081086939X

Publisher : Scarecrow Press

Number of Pages : 1488

Category : Performing Arts

Viewed : 1870


Book Summary: Cinema has been long associated with France, dating back to 1895, when Louis and Auguste Lumi_re screened their works, the first public viewing of films anywhere. Early silent pioneers Georges MZli_s, Alice Guy BlachZ and others followed in the footsteps of the Lumi_re brothers and the tradition of important filmmaking continued throughout the 20th century and beyond. In Encyclopedia of French Film Directors, Philippe Rège identifies every French director who has made at least one feature film since 1895. From undisputed masters to obscure one-timers, nearly 3,000 directors are cited here, including at least 200 filmmakers not mentioned in similar books published in France. Each director's entry contains a brief biographical summary, including dates and places of birth and death; information on the individual's education and professional training; and other pertinent details, such as real names (when the filmmaker uses a pseudonym). The entries also provide complete filmographies, including credits for feature films, shorts, documentaries, and television work. Some of the most important names in the history of film can be found in this encyclopedia, from masters of the Golden Age_Jean Renoir and RenZ Clair_to French New Wave artists such as Fran_ois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

L'Homme que l'on croyait

Author : Paul Pavlowitch

ISBN10 : 2213657963

Publisher : Fayard

Number of Pages : 320

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 1206


Book Summary: Six mois se sont écoulés depuis la mort de Romain Gary. En accord avec sa volonté, je me dois de faire la déclaration suivante : A la fin de l'année 1972, Romain Gary me dit qu'il avait l'intention d'écrire « toute autre chose sous un tout autre nom », parce que, insista-t-il, « je n'ai plus la liberté nécessaire ». Au mois de mars 1973, il finissait le premier jet de Gros-Câlin et l'achevait définitivement au mois de décembre de la même année. Il choisissait alors comme pseudonyme Émile Ajar. Il demanda à un ami de faire parvenir ce texte aux Éditions Gallimard. Pour des raisons d'organisation, le manuscrit fut publié au Mercure de France, au printemps 1974. Au printemps 1975, Romain Gary écrivait de nouveau sous ce même pseudonyme un livre qui sortirait sous le titre de La Vie devant soi. Il me demanda de signer le contrat de publication de ce livre, toujours sous ce même pseudonyme d'Émile Ajar. Le livre fut publié au mois de septembre 1975. A ce moment-là, ni son éditeur, Claude Gallimard, ni celui d'Émile Ajar, Simone Gallimard, ne savait qui écrivait sous ce nom. Ils l'ignoreront jusqu'à sa mort. Pour ce qui me concernait, nul ne connaissait mon identité civile personnelle. Je donnai une interview pour asseoir le personnage. Puis, reconnu, je dus en donner d'autres. Après le prix Goncourt décerné à La Vie devant soi, le romancier écrivit sous ce même pseudonyme deux autres livres : Pseudo, publié en 1976, et l'Angoisse du Roi Salomon, publié en 1979. Le 3 décembre 1980, pour les raisons qu'il a données dans son dernier message, Romain Gary se suicida. Nul n'a su jusqu'à sa mort qu'il était l'auteur dissimulé sous ce pseudonyme. Dès son premier livre signé Ajar, Romain Gary fut déterminé à ne jamais révéler de son vivant qu'il en était l'auteur. Paul Pavlowitch

Le roman ouest-africain de langue française

Author : Gandonou Albert

ISBN10 : 281112120X

Publisher : KARTHALA Editions

Number of Pages : 358

Category : Fiction

Viewed : 558


Book Summary: On pourrait affirmer que la littérature de langue française ayant pour thème l'Afrique et ses hommes, si elle est africaine, l'est autant sous la plume des écrivains blancs que sous celle des écrivains noirs. Mais cette étude de langue et de style paraît démontrer amplement qu'il ne s'agirait , ni plus ni moins que de littérature française. L'ouvrage tente de redéfinir la littérature francophone négro-africaine sur des critères autres que ceux de l'idéologie et de la race. La grammaire, l'étude attentive du lexique et de la syntaxe, permettent de poser un regard plus objectif sur la partie de la littérature française qui concerne l'Afrique.

Écrivains franco-russes

Author : Murielle Lucie Clément

ISBN10 : 9042024267

Publisher : Rodopi

Number of Pages : 236

Category : Literary Criticism

Viewed : 1272


Book Summary: Plusieurs auteurs franco-russes sont déjà considérés par des chercheurs universitaires (Makine, Sarraute, Gary, Nabokov, Troyat). D'autres le sont moins ou pas encore (Gran, Bashkirtseff, Serge, Volkonskaïa).Écrivains franco-russes réunit ces écrivains dans leur spécificité commune et permet ainsi, d'une part, un début de répertoire actualisé et, de l'autre, l'initiation de la recherche sur le sujet en ce sens. Intéressant pour les universitaires et les amateurs avertis, cet ouvrage présente une vingtaine d'auteurs d'origine russe qui ont choisi d'écrire en français.