good afternnon,So you are English - reading the boks and the way characters & places were described, I wondered...Well done for the way you seem to see your life - les auto-proclamées martyres sont un peu irritantes, non ?you do speak french, don't you ?As usual when impressed and pleased by a book, I will keep on reading yours.Wether in France or in Belgium, I hope you will enjoy the journey and the people. Best regards,Arielle
Well actually, I don't speak French. Only a very little. I understand what you said - 'self-proclaimed martyrs are a little irritating', right? I couldn't agree with you more! I think the worst type of book is this terrible 'look how bad my life has been' kind of thing that seems to be everywhere at the moment, at least in England. And thank you for your good wishes for Belgium and France. This will be my fifth trip to France this year, and I enjoy it a great deal.
Good aftennon,First,thank you for your answers.Up here we too have the "now look what they've done to me" syndrom, and it seems to sell well.They are no books to me-But then they make them into movie, just in case you would have missed the book!Damned!England is great too. Been to Dartmoor years ago.Wonderful. (gosh,I miss it !) .Great people ( a bit surprised a french person stayed so long-thougt I was lost !!). Felt like a foreigner for a while after coming back here.And I am not complaining, right?! life is great even when it is not so , that a fact.Bye now.
Arielle,I am very heartened to hear someone say that the English are great people! I thought we had something of a bad reputation abroad...like we are all a bit cold and unfriendly!
Hello,...and french people are like Italian people in a bad mood !About the book : why do englishspoken readers have the right to get that extra thrill on the last page , on the newspaper lines, when it read he wrote a book called " A quiet believe in anger" -but in the french version, whose tiltle is " un long silence", the english title has not been translated- so the french readers can not go for a last " hoooo I see"...
It's not 'A Quiet Belief in Anger', it's 'A Quiet Belief In Angels'. Anyway, I have absolutely no idea why the French publisher changed the title. Often a title gets changed because it doesn't translate well, but I think this title would have been just fine translated into French. I have no answer for you, I'm sorry!
Titles are often choosen by the publisher (and not the translater) for commercial reasons, so that the book will "sell well". As a matter of fact, they usually prefer short titles because they look better on the bookcover.But sometimes, the title has already been taken for another book.The French Title actually is Seul, le silence which does sound tentative in my opinion...
..." anges " in a french tiltle would certainly not attract as many readers, that is right.Anyway, that doesn't really impact the book. It was only one of those little " but why"...Sorry for the tiltle spelled wrong, but daus start very early so at some stage I type with my forehead !
I love that expression - 'typing with your forehead'. I have days like that too!
Hello,Thank you for the "dédicace", most appreciated.About the book : the dog said" not that writer again, what about our walk", the cat said " leave her alone, she 'll read and i"ll sleep on her shoulders", and me " you two, silence , someone here has a book to read " . Well, like for " seul le silence": no wonder the top 1 in so many country - Have only read a dozen of pages yet, but it feels great !How was it in Normandy?All the best for your travelling north, south, east & west .
Normandy? Did I go to Normandy? That sounds terrible! I remember Lille and Brussels and Rouen, and today I am going to Nantes. I love the way you talk to your cat and your dog. I have long conversations with both my cats. They think I am mad, but I know they just say that so I get confused and feed them twice.Speak soon!Roger.
So I am the one to break the news: yes, Rouen is in Normandy- was it nice ?My dog is a dog (is a dog is a dog), sweet as pie, but the cat...we have a deal : I feed him & let him sleep 10 hours a day (in a row), and he let me believe I am his favorite pet owner ever. He goes like" what do you mean, I snore? I actually purr in my stleep".The book is great- how long have been working on it ? I can't imagine- everything is so precise, still natural . But even if I read only one page a day , it would be over way too soon.All the best,in Normandy or even Britany.
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