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La Gloire De Mon Pere (French) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Dec 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Editions Flammarion (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2877060500
  • ISBN-13: 978-2877060509
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is the reason why i carried on with my French A-Level! Its is the enchanting story of the childhood of Marcel Pagnol. It is written in such a way that you feel you are Marcel and his family are yours. Reading this book on a hot summers day takes you right back to the turn of the last century when Marcel was an inquisitive 8-year-old. He tells the story through the wide eyes of a small boy leaving the town for the first time and discovering a wonderland in the countryside of Provence.
Even if you've never been to Provence, let alone France the descriptions are so vivid that you can almost see the olive trees, feel the hot sun on your skin, hear the cicadas and smell the lavender as you brush against it. Even though this is the story of Marcel Pagnols' boyhood holidays you are unable to put this book down and wish it will never end, but sadly it does. It would be impossible to read one or the other books, they must both be read as one and you are left wondering how two such wonderful stories could end that way. No matter how many times you read these books, you will find yourself hoping that the ending will change this time. The only reason that i haven't given five stars is because this book is so much better in French! I have read both the original and the translation into English and there is definately something lost in the translation. This is such a shame for people who are learning French as some of the colloquialisms can be hard to understand. Nevertheless this book is worthwhile perservering with (but keep a tissue handy for the end).
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Woodward on 27 Mar 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is written as an autobiography - the main theme running through it is that of the author's infancy, and his maturing in both age and thoughts. This is a good read, although I would recommend reading the book also in english if not a native french speaker as some of the language is difficult to understand / written in dialect of provence, so to speak. A charming story with use of subtle humour in places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "boydjoelle" on 15 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
One of my all time favourite books, takes you right back to your childhood, I will learn French one day just to read the French version.
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I bought this to replace my original copy which I read several years ago. I can still remember chortling with laughter at some of the scenes whilst waiting in a fish and chip shop!
The French is simple but beautiful.
And Pagnol's description of the scenes of the Provence of his childhood in the 20s and 30s are wonderfully evocative....
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The book was received promptly and at a good price -1p! The condition of the book was good - clearly it has been on the shelf for a long time and the paper had changed colour along the edges, but at that price it was OK. Fortunately the book was in good condition - no creases or loose pages. A good purchase for the price!
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