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Books have always been part of my life; my parents are huge book lovers and they gave me and my brother this passion for books even though we all like different genres: my parents love historical stories, my brother enjoys reading thriller and horror and I find my pleasure in ya, strange universes and non-human characters. I could probably read for hours and hours and lose myself in the story and then look at the clock and realize I've missed 2 meals and it's 3am. Don't judge. You're probably secretly thinking that it has already happened to you, too. Admit it. English is not my mothertongue (it's French, if you're wondering) but I prefer reading books in English (well, in the original language), because when a book is translated, it doesn't convey the same message and the voice of the author is lost (in my opinion).

Currently reading

Le Horla
Guy de Maupassant
Contes pour les enfants et la maison
Wilhelm Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Natacha Rimasson-Fertin
"" [...] la liberté est une responsabilité qui se mérite, pas un droit à l'irresponsabilité et à l'anarchie.""
Partials - Dan Wells

Partials by Dan Wells

""Une pensée une fois conçue, on ne peut ni l'abolir ni la rattraper.""
Die Physiker - Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Die Physiker by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

""Tout ce qui est pensable sera pensé tôt ou tard.""
Die Physiker - Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Die Physiker by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

The Longest Memory : Review

The Longest Memory - 'Fred D'Aguiar'

This book has taken my breath away. it actually is the book I am currently studying for my English class and I honestly thought it was another boring book (who has never thought that?) But I was oh so wrong! The story may not shine by its originality (or lack of thereof) but the way it is written transorms it into a pure beauty! The writing style of Fred D'Aguiar is absolutely stunning! And the way the more you read the more pick up pieces of information about what lead to the main event (the whipping) does not allow you to leave your book. Though, I have to admit that, at the beginning of the book, I was very confused, because the narrator just takes us right in the middle of the story and talks about his feelings on what happened without telling us what actually happened! (You can understand why I was puzzled.) The fact that the author changes the narrator every chapter adds to the confusion but helps us understand more and more about the events and makes us discovers new characters that personally made me cry, smile or just feel so angry that I had to stop reading for a few hours before being able to resume reading without feeling sullen.

From a historical point of view, this story is also very interesting because it happens right when the abolitionist movement begins to take action and the book shows really well the difference of opinions between white people of course, but also between slaves.

But I will say no more and let you discover this work of art!

""Too much has happened to put right. I would need another life. No, several lives. Another hundred years. No, more, to unravel this knotted mess. Too tired even to begin. Wouldn't know where or how. Maybe what's done is done. It cannot be undone, only understood. [...] I must sit down. No, lie down. Rest these eyes, tired of trying not to see. Rest this mouth. Stop tasting the sourness there. Forget. Memory is pain trying to resurrect itself.""
The Longest Memory - 'Fred D'Aguiar'

The Longest Memory by Fred D'Aguiar, Forgetting

""The first lash ripped a hole in my head and I screamed for my son, who fell as silent as the grass and trees. My two remaining daughters cried with their children and grandchildren and begged Mr Sanders for leniency. They begged and cried. The night was torn to ribbons by their grief.""
The Longest Memory - 'Fred D'Aguiar'

The Longest Memory by Fred D'Aguiar, Chapter 1: Whitechapel

""Must stop noticing the cook when she crosses room. She must notice me noticing her. Although I haven't noticed her noticing me noticing her.""
The Longest Memory - 'Fred D'Aguiar'

The Longest Memory by Fred D'Aguiar, Chapter 3: Sanders Senior

""The future is just more of the past waiting to happen.""
The Longest Memory - 'Fred D'Aguiar'

The Longest Memory by Fred D'Aguiar, Remembering