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May 4, 2020


#French L’Été

by NancyElin

  1. Author: A. Camus
  2. Title: L’Été    (essay)
  3. Published 1939



  1. I must channel my thoughts into a French book.
  2. It is the only way I can stay focused during Corona lockdown.
  3. Reading a third language (…Dutch is my second)
  4. will make reading interactive
  5. …the words on the page vs the words I have to look up!
  6. The book wasn’t difficult but I should have read an
  7. ..ol’ fashioned crime fiction to kick-start my French reading.
  8. Oran Algeria is nice….but I wouldn’t want to live there.
  9. My last French book was in July 2019
  10. …so my vocabulary was a little rusty.
  11. #NeverGiveUp


L’Été   by Albert Camus

  1. Albert Camus compares Oran Algeria to a labyrinth in this essay.
  2. It is a closed space in which people go around in circles.
  3. Their lives are filled with boredom and futility.
  4. All beauty (man-made or natural) has been eliminated.
  5. Oran is a a place “sans âme et sans recours”. (no soul, no refuge…just stone)
  6. The Minotaur in this labyrinth is boredom,
  7. “Le Miontaur dévoure les Oranais: c’est l’ennui.”



  1. Oran: the streets – descriptions of the men/women of Oran
  2. …having shoes shined, flirting and their nicknames Clarques (men) -Marlènes (women)
  3. Clark Gable-Marilyn Monroe….les voluptés (sensual pleasures)
  4. Oran: the desert of Oran..…compares Oran to Florence, Athene and other cities.
  5. Oran: the games – description favorite sport in Oran….boxing.
  6. BEST CHAPTER: This boxing section was wonderful
  7. …no deep philosophical thoughts…just a great sportscast!
  8. Oran: the monuments….about Maison de Colon municipal building opened in Oran 1930
  9. Oran: the monuments….about Hôtel de Ville with 2 bronze lions by Auguste Cain in 1889
  10. Oran: Ariane’s stone (mythology)
  11. …Oran is made of stone and Camus uses a stone in his essay
  12. … instead of the string. Ariane used a string to help her
  13. …lover retrace his way out of the labyrinth of the Minotaur.
  14. Camus will use a stone …to show the people that
  15. …they too can escape boredom (Minotaur) in Oran.
  16. If the Oranais find a balance between
  17. …their suffering and what nature can give them
  18. …they will be spared a life of futility.
  19. Il faut dire “ oui” au Minotaur.”
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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 4 2020

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Camus clearly in vogue at the moment! Thanks for this!

    • May 4 2020

      Thank you for the reblog! Trying to get back to reading in French….many classics are so much better in the original language.


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