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Les grands entretiens de Lire présentés par Pierre Assouline 25 ans…

by Pierre Assouline

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I learned about this book reading the advertisement in Lire, a magazine that reviews books and interviews authors. The book has selections from among all of the interviews conducted in the first 25 years of the existence of the magazine.

http://www.magazine-litteraire.com/

If you are interested in many different authors from France, some of them famous in North America, some less well known in North America, I would recommend this volume in an instant. When I first got it I read it through from cover to cover without ever being tempted by any other books. This is a strong sign of its quality, as with ordinary books, I usually am reading 4 or 5 books at a time. This one shut out all the others.

Previous to laying my hands on this volume, the maximum number of Lire interviews I could read at any one time was one, given that the magazine comes out once a month. Can you imagine hitting the mother-lode by finding all of a sudden a couple of hundred interviews?

(Of course at that time, I was oblivious to the possibilities that all of the interviews and other material from the magazine might simply be on the internet, but that was in 2001. Maybe at the present moment there is a more complete archive on their internet site. I will check this.)

One other notable fact, but maybe nobody else cares about it. This is a book that I was the first person to introduce to LibraryThing, and I wrote the first review. Pat on the back for me. Alright, that is selfish, but I do feel some perhaps justifiable pride.

Most of the reviews that I have read so far on this side are quite elevated in tone, and do not joke around very much. Perhaps I should just try to stick to that plan and not make too many off-the-wall comments. ( )
  libraryhermit | Feb 27, 2010 |
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