Week 3: (Nov. 12 to 16) – Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Julie @ JulzReads): Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
This year I’ve been reading Les Miserables by Victor Hugo one chapter at a time with Nick and his band of merry followers. The whole chapter a day thing hasn’t always gone to plan – Les Mis in fits and starts would be a better description of my reading year!
I find myself constantly fascinated by this period of history – the various stages of the French Revolution, the wars with England and Spain, the art and writers from this time. I was one of the few readalong participants who enjoyed Hugo’s two week diversion back in time to ‘witness’ Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo!
In the past I’ve read two of the four Max Gallo Napoleon books (but ran out of steam).
I have The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables by David Bellos by my bed to start very soon (I’ve waited until this close to the end in case there were any spoilers in it, which I believe there are!) so I’m hoping it will flesh out some of the history for me.
Have you read any really good (non-fiction or fiction) about the French Revolution through to the Third Republic era?
Help me become a French Revolution/Republic expert in the future.
2017 Be the Expert – Man’s inhumanity to man/Holocaust literature.