The French Connection

08 Nov

There were these four French guys in a bookstore…


…so I bought them all.

Not exactly poetry, although depending on your interpretation of that word in could be, it may also be a visual type of poetry too.  The definition of poetry is not something I will be tackling this week as I attempt to post for the seven days straight on a theme of verse.  Today though I shall start you with something developed from poetry which is also topical and go back far enough in politics and you’ll find the French connection there too (does contain swearing, if that sort of thing bothers you).


Posted by on 08/11/2016 in Poetry, Politics


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25 responses to “The French Connection

  1. shadowoperator

    08/11/2016 at 22:14

    I voted early, not really being happy to avoid the crowds, as I wanted to be part of the excitement, but my mom and I usually go to vote together, and she persuaded me that we didn’t want to get caught in long lines and take all day to get out. I’m glad I did vote early, because a neighbor who voted today in mid-morning told me that by that time, they’d already had 4000 voters at our rather small town voting place! Anyway, I hope you enjoy your “four French guys”!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      09/11/2016 at 18:00

      Those four French guys will at least allow me to disappear for a time, from a world gone mad.


  2. Liz

    08/11/2016 at 22:35

    Love that quartet – what fun you’re are going to have!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      09/11/2016 at 17:10

      I lack taste in a lot of things but books isn’t one of them!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

    09/11/2016 at 00:09

    I’ve a kind of great admiration (I really struggled with them) for the above three. I find Hugo much simpler and interesting.

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    • Ste J

      09/11/2016 at 17:13

      I found Hugo’s style in The Hunchback of Notre Dame quite challenging to begin with whilst Zola and Camus were a lot welcoming. I hear the Foucault is challenging and I can’t wait to get stuck into all of them.

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      • Maniparna Sengupta Majumder

        09/11/2016 at 21:45

        Honestly, Ste, I have seen very few people as fond of reading and knowledgeable as you are… 🙂 Happy that we met through blogging, honoured…


        • Ste J

          10/11/2016 at 17:03

          I crave more knowledge and will continue to read as much as I can. It is wonderful to connect over the distances and share thoughts, books and friendship. The honour is all mine my friend!

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  4. Sheila

    09/11/2016 at 00:47

    Hahahah – I just returned from voting so that video was funny to see. I hope you enjoy those French guys!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      09/11/2016 at 16:42

      It is a wealth of good wordage for my brain, I look forward to indulging when I get a moment.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sheila

        09/11/2016 at 19:29

        It was funny back when I thought there’s no way we’ll ever elect that idiot anyway. 🙂


  5. Letizia

    09/11/2016 at 13:08

    Enjoy the French book, SteJ! (We’re still reeling from the US elections…. Returning to Paris is feeling more and more tempting…..)

    Liked by 2 people

    • Ste J

      09/11/2016 at 17:03

      It wasn’t what I expected but then again the world is nuts! Looking forward to hiding from it all in the books though.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Lucy

    09/11/2016 at 18:32

    I want that Penguin Zola. In the gap between reading this and commenting on it I went away to eBay and ordered it, as it made more economic sense than travelling to burgle you 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      09/11/2016 at 18:34

      Well you would have left mine with shedloads of other books…or you would just sit somewhere distractedly and read to which I would understand and make you a cuppa. It is a nice copy but it does retain the fingermarks on the cover with surprising clarity.

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      • Lucy

        09/11/2016 at 18:46

        I like the offer of tea, especially as the mention of fingerprints (not to mention making my plans public here) makes me think I may not get away with my crime. I’m not cut out for prison life.


        • Ste J

          09/11/2016 at 18:49

          I can see you in the orange jumpsuit with a ball and chain, very fetching.

          Liked by 1 person

  7. Resa

    09/11/2016 at 18:42

    I started to watch…. very well done, but seeing as Trump has won the American presidency, I haven’t the heart to finish watching it. I guess it’s America’s Brexit.
    I’m happy to live in Canada.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      09/11/2016 at 18:44

      Brexit for all the bad press did have some arguments for it, Trump as president has nothing to recommend it. I am glad you are out of that too, maybe you guys will build a wall too!


  8. Gitanjali Singh Cherian

    11/11/2016 at 04:10

    Hahaha, I loved the introduction to your post 🙂 I haven’t read any of these Frenchmen…in fact, I hadn’t even heard of Foucault! I am hoping to get around to Les Miserables at some point though and The Fall by Camus does intrigue me.


    • Ste J

      11/11/2016 at 19:34

      I enjoyed The Fall and have yet to get to Les Miserables as well. Having said that I need to add in some more Zola and Sartre, actually the list goes on a long way. There really is too much to read.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Andrea Stephenson

    13/11/2016 at 13:28

    Loved the rap battle even though it’s all over, think you better immerse yourself in those French guys pronto!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      13/11/2016 at 14:42

      Retreating to the books as often as possible is how I live my life, so much easier that way. When I’m down in the nuclear bunker, I will happily wait it out with all my books.

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  10. The Book Haven

    17/11/2016 at 18:27

    I have The Myth of Sisyphus and The Beast Within. Both are outstanding works. As a student of Absurdism and Nihilism, I just can’t get enough of Camus’ essay. I have lost count how many times I have quoted the following:

    “The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labor.”

    Thank you for reminding about Toilers of the Sea. I definitely need to check that out.

    By the way, the video was too good.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Ste J

      18/11/2016 at 15:45

      Shame that the election result wasn’t as good, well less bad should I say.

      I am glad my choices meet with your approval, looking forward to reading them all.

      Liked by 1 person


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