30 October, 2007

Insight Guides: France



Location: San Po Kang Public Library
Library No.: 914.4 FRA
Borrowed from: Sep-Oct 2007

Well, I've always been relying on the Insight Guides Series for my European 'Free-walking' trips (i.e. backpacking).

As usual, this one contains a map of each major cities or towns which is vital for survival upon arrival: just do all you can to find the green dot representing the tourist information centre before six o'clock in the evening and you'll be fine.

However, the writing of this particular guidebook is a little bit more sensational than practical, for example, "As for St Malo and Dinard, together they form an attractive holiday centre on the Cote d'Emeraude. Dinard is modern, with the usual paraphernalia of palm-trees and a casino and beach huts; St Malo is august, historic, dignified. Perhaps they are both a little too all-or-nothing; St Malo can be a calmly austere shrine because it can unload its workaday life and its frivolities o to Dinard, and Dinard can have a cheerful spa vulgarity because St Malo, just over the river, will take care of the refined matters of historicity and beauty." (p 209) I skipped both. I guess the author must have done her travel by car, which no doubt is the most pleasant way to explore this country. But for backpackers, the practical information about trains and buses is lacking. One has to look elswhere for survival tips.

Still, in my 2007 trip, this book saw me through the following route: Amiens, Rouen, Le Mont Saint-Michel, Avranches, Qimper, Pointe du Raz, Locmariaquer, (through the Loire Valley on wheels, no time for exploring the castles or the last home of Da Vinci, but the autumn view along the river is charming enough, reading about the places afterwards is just as enriching), Laon.

Extended Reading:
Honore de Balzac. The Lily of the Valley.
Charles Perrault. Sleeping Beauty of the Woods. (inspired by Chateau d'Usse)

Further Reading (p 398)

Arts & Architecture
Art and Architecture in Medieval France, Whitney Stoddard. 1972.
France: A History in Art, by Bradley Smith. 1984.
History & Social Commentary
A Holiday History of France, by Ronald Hamilton. 1985.
A Traveller's History of France, by Robert Cole.
A Woman's Life in the Court of the Sun King, by Duchesse d'Orleans. (translated by: Elborg Forster.) 1984.
France Today, by John Ardagh.
France Today, J.E. Flower (ed). 1983.
The French, by Theodore Zeldin. 1983.
The Identity of France, by Fernand Braudel.

Belles Letters
A Little Tour in France, by Henry James (1st pub: 1885.) 1983.
A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway. 1964.
Satori in Paris, by Jack Kerouac. 1966.
Two Towns in Provence, by M.F.K. Fisher. 1983.

French Literature
The Oxford Companion to French Literature, by Sir Paul Harvey & J.E. Heseltine. 1959.

Classics by Date
La Chanson de Roland, c. 1100.
Rabelais, Gargantua & Pantagruel, 1532-64
Moliere, Tartuffe, 1669.
Racine, Phedre, 1677.
Voltaire, Candide, 1759.
Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831.
Balzac, Eugenie Grandet, 1833.
Flaubert, Madame Bovary, 1857.
Zola, Germinal, 1885.
Proust, Du cote de chez Swann, 1913.
Camus, La Peste, 1957.

《墨蹟》曾子墨


2007年9月跟媽媽去深圳地下鐵半日遊時在新書城買的。



因為她是爸爸最欣賞的女主播,再加上大陸版的圖書價格實在太合理了,很自然地就想到要買給爸爸看;其實在書店翻閱了其中「子墨」這個名字的由來,便巳經對作者的父母親肅然起敬,好不容易等到爸爸媽媽都把書看完了之後,終於花了一個晚上一口氣看了一遍。曾姑娘以平易的文字,把她那不平凡的經歷娓娓道來,竟然讓我這平凡的讀者有追閱武俠小說之快意,希望作者能順利跨過人生大小關卡,當中隨着作者過關斬將,也真叫我開了眼界,長了知識;再對比另一本 《我是你兒子》所描寫的樸實生活,不禁感到人生各自多精彩,各有前因莫羨人。繽紛背後,大家所渴望的,都是一片淨土。


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《我是你兒子》孫叡


2007年9月跟媽媽去深圳地下鐵半日遊時在書城買的。

書名挺好玩,翻開一看更是笑個人仰馬翻,為免干犯「公共場所擾亂秩序行為」,馬上乖乖把書買走。

這是一本可以讓你一邊看、一邊笑、一邊哭的書,還是躲在家裡看比較台適。寫的就是我這一代人的生活,也正好讓我體會一下,如果一直在北京長大的話,生活大概也就是這樣走過來,還行。字裡行間滲著的陣陣京味,也夠親切的,一字記之:爽!


http://book.sina.com.cn/nzt/novel/lit/wsnierzi/



作者訪談,有趣:
http://book.sina.com.cn/author/a/2007-09-05/1558220757.shtml

28 October, 2007

無涯 Someday...

The End of Ignorance: Multiplying Our Human Potentential by John Mighton

辜鴻銘: 中國人精神 (Original in Eng, with Chi translation)

Duke of Hazard: The Wit and Wisdom of Prince Philip

Tom Jones