venerdì 2 ottobre 2015 | By: Bianca Rita Cataldi

Les Etrangers: Consigli libreschi dall'estero #1



Cari tutti, buongiorno. Come chi mi segue avrà certamente notato, leggo moltissimo in lingua originale (francese e inglese, STOP) e ho pensato che sarebbe stato carino dedicare alle pubblicazioni estere una piccola rubrica. Les etrangers, per l'appunto. Di seguito, lascerò cover, sinossi e link dei libri stranieri che ho letto in quest'ultimo periodo o che sto leggendo al momento. Chi legge in francese o in inglese non esiti a segnalarmi qualche bel titolo nei commenti!



La villa est magnifique, l'été brûlant, la Méditerranée toute proche. Cécile a dix-sept ans. Elle ne connaît de l'amour que des baisers, des rendez-vous, des lassitudes. Pas pour longtemps. Son père, veuf, est un adepte joyeux des liaisons passagères et sans importance. Ils s'amusent, ils n'ont besoin de personne, ils sont heureux. La visite d'une femme de cœur, intelligente et calme, vient troubler ce délicieux désordre. Comment écarter la menace ? Dans la pinède embrasée, un jeu cruel se prépare. C'était l'été 1954. On entendait pour la première fois la voix sèche et rapide d'un « charmant petit monstre » qui allait faire scandale. la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle commençait. Elle serait à l'image de cette adolescente déchirée entre le remords et le culte du plaisir.










C'était vers 1907. Le petit et rond Jules, étranger à Paris, avait demandé au grand et mince Jim, qu'il connaissait à peine, de le faire entrer au bal des Quat-Z'Arts, et Jim lui avait procuré une carte et l'avait emmené chez le costumier. C'est pendant que Jules fouillait doucement parmi les étoffes et choisissait un simple costume d'esclaves que naquit l'amitié de Jim pour Jules. Elle crût pendant le bal, où Jules fut tranquille, avec des yeux comme des boules, pleins d'humour et de tendresse.












«Madame, je vous jure une fidélité qui ne se déliera que par ma mort. Oh ! prenez ma vie… », écrit Gaston de Nueil à Mme de Beauséant, recluse en Normandie, dans son château de Courcelles, depuis la trahison de son premier amant. Mariée, la vicomtesse sait qu’elle ne peut offrir qu’un amour en dehors de la société, un bonheur en marge. Comment un jeune homme, héritier d’une fortune et d’un nom, pourrait-il s’en contenter ? La promesse sera pourtant tenue, mais à quel prix ! La leçon de Balzac ne varie pas : l’amour est incapable, à lui seul, de triompher des cruelles lois du monde. Avec La Femme abandonnée, Balzac compose une « étude de femme » frémissante et pathétique, dont l’héroïne s’inscrit dans la mémoire des lecteurs comme un rêve, un poème, une légende.










Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character, Tender Is the Night is lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.







The text of Eliot's 1922 masterpiece is accompanied by thorough explanatory annotations as well as by Eliot's own knotty notes, some of which require annotation themselves. For ease of reading, this Norton Critical Edition presents The Waste Land as it first appeared in the American edition (Boni & Liveright), with Eliot's notes at the end. "Contexts" provides readers with invaluable materials on The Waste Land's sources, composition, and publication history. "Criticism" traces the poem's reception with twenty-five reviews and essays, from first reactions through the end of the twentieth century. Included are reviews published in the Times Literary Supplement, along with selections by Virginia Woolf, Gilbert Seldes, Edmund Wilson, Elinor Wylie, Conrad Aiken, Charles Powell, Gorham Munson, Malcolm Cowley, Ralph Ellison, John Crowe Ransom, I. A. Richards, F. R. Leavis, Cleanth Brooks, Delmore Schwartz, Denis Donoghue, Robert Langbaum, Marianne Thormählen, A. D. Moody, Ronald Bush, Maud Ellman, and Tim Armstrong. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.






It wasn't that she didn't love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake--a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father. So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic. Just for a little while. But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work--children who--one by one--must be destroyed....








I had a life anyone would kill for. Then someone did. The worst part of being dead is that there's nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It's enough to kill a girl all over again. But I'm about to get something no one else does--an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet. Now Emma's desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me--to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she's the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, care-free daughter when she hugs my parents goodnight? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move? From Sara Shepard, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars books, comes a riveting new series about secrets, lies, and killer consequences. Let the lying game begin.









12-year-old Mini lives with her parents and older sister Kate. Mini idolises Kate and does everything she can to emulate her. So when Kate runs away and disappears, Mini is devastated, but determined to find out the truth behind her disappearance.

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