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CollectionsYour library (250), To read (33), Currently reading (2), Favorites (27), Available for trade (6), Given (2), Second-hand (51), Folio Society (99), Leatherbound (34), Facsimile (4), Limited edition (19), Dedicated (9), Praz-de-Lys (31), Signed (7), Neufchâteau (1), Loaned (2), All collections (285)

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About meFrench, b.1952. Geophysicist. I like l'humour anglais, especially the Monty Python's—sorry for those who hate them.
Picture credit: John Hayls painted my portrait in 1666, long before the computer era. I have allowed The National Portrait Gallery, London to display it in their room 7.

About my libraryThanks to my subscription to The Folio Society from 2003 onward, I discovered classics I had never heard of before: like Elizabeth in Alan Bennett's novella, I am an opsimath. I almost never read books twice. (So why do I keep them?) There are so many works to discover, & I am such a slow reader that I am doomed to die facing a mountain of books I would have liked to read. (This last sentence influenced by my reading of The Anatomy of Melancholy. ;-) However, I do not buy too many books in advance.
My main interest lies in diaries & biographies, sometimes—but not always—linked to scientific discoveries or explorations.
We (my wife & I) own an indeterminate number of books in French (she is a much quicker reader than I, but our books are two disjoint sets). I also own some books in German.

My rating
Some books are left unrated. The reason is that either I read them too many years ago, or I haven't read them yet. I don't see the point in rating all books with 4 or 5 stars. The following guidelines allow me to keep the average rating close to 2.75:

= I have re-read this book
= I must re-read this book
= You must read this book
= I recommend this book
= It has been rewarding to read this book
= Some rare passages were uninteresting
= Some passages were interesting
= Some rare passages were interesting
= Boring
= I couldn't finish this book
For reference books:
= Daily use
= Once a week
= Once a month
= Once every 4 months
= Once a year


GroupsAnnus mirabilis, Folio Society devotees, Language, Oulipo's Virtual Headquarters, Pedants' corner, The Turk's Head

Favorite authorsJames Boswell, Italo Calvino, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens, Gustave Flaubert, Anatole France, Edward Gibbon, Graham Greene, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Pierre Loti, W. Somerset Maugham, Guy de Maupassant, Samuel Pepys, Georges Perec, Robert Pinget, Jules Romains, Jacques Roubaud, Stefan Zweig (Shared favorites)


Real nameFrançois

LocationGrenoble, France

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceDec 5, 2006

Currently readingLatin Crosswords by Peter Jones
Histoire de Charles Ier by François Guizot

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