Post a comment. One special event is mentioned, and is held in the narrator's memory - as we all freeze such memories - at the very time that he or she is performing a particular action. For the narrator, Brel will always be associated with where he or she was at the time: on a motorway, speeding down a charmless valley somewhere between Evreux and Mantes-la-Jolie. Delerm's gift for writing often transforms the experience of the commonplace into something striking - even haunting - by his use of metaphor, such as in his description of the 'alligator jaws' of an escalator, or wet espadrilles represented as 'a complete shipwreck'. Sometimes, these brief pieces remind me of other writers, as in this description: 'Shelling peas is easy.

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I have more trouble with the verbs irregular and otherwise tenses are always my weakness and of course some idiom escapes me entirely. For these I try Google Translate, but the results are usually hilarious. Here it is, with all my howlers: Emma, enlighten me, please! Update: Vishy reviewed the English edition here. A little trick for the bilingual quotes. I use Word. Usually, after typing a sentence or two, the software recognises the language and switches to the right dictionary.

Then you can even have help with the accents. This passage is about the scent of apples and how it brings back the scent of autumn. When Delerm was little, school started on the 1st of October. They produce apples and cider. Apples are kept in cellars similar to wine cellars. It rains at that time of year. Like Liked by 1 person. By: Emma on February 9, at pm. I looked up the Help files in WordPress and they said that importing them from Word caused problems, so I followed a link that they had, and just copied and pasted their table as it was.

Which is why it has those decorative Xs. Your word file has just arrived, will get cracking. LOL I am about to find out about those clay courts! By: Lisa Hill on February 9, at pm. Oh you are so good to revive your French. I could read it moderately well at one time college days , but like you I find that verb tenses have slipped away.

I once saw a humorous piece on speaking French the easy way and it recommended using present tense only and not worrying about whether the noun was masculine or feminine. By: SilverSeason on February 9, at pm. By: Lisa Hill on February 10, at am. I am very impressed. And now I know how Emma gets those lovely columns in her blog.

I will try to find a reason to experiment. Like Like. The automatic spelling and grammar corrector is better with Word. By: Emma on February 14, at am. You were very close anyway. By: Lisa Hill on February 14, at pm. My French teacher from Bordeaux also uses it to mean cakes.

So, I infer from all of that, that the word gateaux can mean more than cakes, and sometimes something quite different and therefore context is all! BTW despite my careful insertions of the circumflex, auto correct has sneakily removed it from some but not all of my uses of the word gateaux! By: Lisa Hill on July 29, at pm. By: Lisa Hill on February 17, at pm. Loved your post, Lisa! That essay is one of my favourites from the book. I also loved the ones on shelling peas, buying croissants and others.

Such a beautiful, delightful book! Thanks to Emma, we got to read it : Thanks for your thoughts, Lisa! Yes, so wonderful! You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Click here! All inquiries should be made to the copyright owner Lisa Hill at anzlitloversatbigponddotcom or as attributed on individual blog posts. Mais non. Il faudrait devenir octobre, terre battue, voussure de la cave, pluie, attente. Immediately, this is what you notice.

The apples are arranged on trays? Purple ink scrawled on plain paper. Rain beating against the window, a long evening ahead. But the scent of the apples is more than the past. We have behind us the tall grass and the damp orchard. The smell of the apples is distressing. On entre dans la cave. We enter the cellar. The apples are arranged on racks made of upside-down crates. The shrivelled fruit has to be delicious, from this would-be method of drying which has infused flavour into each wrinkle. Do we say that it smells good, that the smell is strong?

With purple ink we scratch 1 the paper with downstrokes and upstrokes. We remember of things past 2 because its power and intensity recalls a memory of cellars with mildew, of a dark attic. Ahead, a warm breath of air wafts over us in the shadow. The smell has absorbed all the browns and reds with a just a trace of green acid. Nothing would happen if we crunched into the white pulp. Like this: Like Loading By: Emma on February 9, at pm Reply.

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