Tag Archives: France

15-16 December 2017 – pages 83 – 151 of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Prone Gunman

Saturday morning, I finished Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Prone Gunman. While I enjoyed reading it, I’m ambivalent. This one just didn’t grab me. I give it 6.5 out of 10. The Prone Gunman is an attempt at an “arty” mystery novel. Author … Continue reading

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 – pages 1-82 of Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Prone Gunman

Yesterday, none of the books on my shelf looked good to me. There’s nothing particularly unusual about that. It happens from time to time. So, I suggested to my leggy wife that we walk down the hill to library and … Continue reading

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Book Review – Dad by William Wharton

Dad by William Wharton Publisher – Avon Copyright 1981 421 pages Rating – 9/10 Summary – An American artist has chosen to live in France, in large part to escape his parents. However, he must return to southern California to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shrapnel by William Wharton

Shrapnel by William Wharton Publisher – The Friday Project Copyright 2012 (in English; 1999 for the Polish original) 249 pages Rating – 7.5/10 Summary – “War for me, though brief, had been a soul-shaking trauma. I was scared, miserable and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Rider on the Rain by Sebastien Japrisot

Rider on the Rain By Sebastien Japrisot Copyright 1992 (in French; 1999 for English translation) The Harvill Press 151 pages Rating – 6/10 Summary – Rider in the Rain has many things in common with Japrisot’s best work – vivid … Continue reading

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Book Review: Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris by Sarah Turnbull Copyright 2004 Gotham Books 304 pages Rating: 9/10 Summary: Australian Sarah Turnbull met a handsome Frenchman named Frederic. Throwing caution to the wind, she moved in with him … Continue reading

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Review of Sebastien Japrisot’s Goodbye, Friend – Criminals as Buddies

Rating – 6/10 185 pages Simon & Schuster Copyright 1968 Summary – This obscure, 1968 crime novel is a decent effort from Japrisot, but it’s not  his best work. Review – Ever since I found a dog-eared copy of Sebastien … Continue reading

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