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Books to read in June: Solange's choice

By Solange de La Page

Every month, Solange from Librairie La Page give us her reading recommendations. Here is her June selection: 

Celle Que Vous Croyez, by Camille Laurens

Celle que vous croyez
Celle que vous croyez

Rediscover Dangerous Liaisons by Laclos and Marivaux but at the time of Internet and Facebook.

Your reading will start with a crazy monologue by a woman who is losing control. In the following chapter, Claire, in her fifties, is conversing with a psychiatrist, in the hospital to which she has been admitted. From that point, you will be going through an episodic novel, in which many narrators will be sharing their points of view. It’s a brilliant novel in which the reader will get lost between fiction and reality. It is also a plot full of suspense, a reflection on the virtual world… Camille Laurens is angry and thanks to her black and scathing humor, she is making a very clear point about the place women are given in society as they get older : « Quel super-pouvoir acquièrent les femmes de cinquante ans ? – Elles deviennent invisibles. »

  • Celle Que Vous Croyez, by Camille Laurens. Gallimard.

Le Chagrin des Vivants, by Anna Hope

Le Chagrin des Vivants
Le Chagrin des Vivants
This first novel, translated from English, takes place in the days before the Unknown Soldier arrives in London on 11 November 1920.

As the city is getting ready to pay tribute to its dead soldiers, the reader discovers three women, all Londoners. Each of them suffered from the war and its consequences. One lost her son who was a soldier and she cannot bear not knowing anything about the circumstances of his death. Another lost the man she loved and the youngest saw her brother coming back being unable to adapt to his former life again. The plot develops around the destinies of these three women while the Unknown Soldier's body is being brought back from French battlefields to Westminster Abbey for burial. History combines with personal, intimate strories. Peace has finally returned but the consequences of the war are still affecting the survivors. Demobilised or mutilated soldiers find it hard to reintegrate into society, especially a society that would like to move on and forget about the war.

This is a moving and fascinating novel, among all the publications related to the commemoration of the Great War.

  • Le Chagrin des Vivants, by Anna Hope. Du Monde Entier, Gallimard.

Find all these books (and many more!) at Librairie La Page in South Kensington. 

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