Jump to content
Complete France Forum

La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh


Frecossais

Recommended Posts

I read this short novella on the recommendation of a French friend recently. It's written by Philippe Claudel, who is also a Film Director, (he directed the film Sarah's Key). It is a deceptively simple book, because its themes are deeply thought provoking yet they are expressed in the purest and most easily read French.

It could be sentimental but somehow isn't. A truly exceptional book.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I agree. I read it last year, and recommended it to a friend who teaches French in England for his keenest students.

Delicate, tender, moving, and exquisite  yet limpid French.

He also wrote Les Ames Grises which has also been turned into a film, which I mentioned in the French Cinema thread,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIdRZWdRQDQ

 and wrote the screenplay for the wonderful

Il y a longtemps que je t'aime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAJO_4xd_q0

I like his later books less well and couldn't finish L'Enquête because it was just too uncomfortable, and I found his recent attempt at comedy a bit lightweight although I enjoyed it very much all the same

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qGH07aA1EA

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...