Meet to discuss “Désert” by J.M.G. Le Clézio with our French teacher Martine in Bristol. Everyone with an interest in French literature is welcome:

Choose your preferred option:

Thursday 19th May 2022 at 1pm Online SPACES AVAILABLE
Thursday 19th May 2022 at 7pm Online FULL
Thursday 26th May 2022 at 1pm Lansdown Pub in Clifton SPACES AVAILABLE
Thursday 26th May 2022 at 7pm Lansdown Pub in Clifton SPACES AVAILABLE
Thank you to Dan and Lara for hosting us at The Lansdown on 26th May. Lunches and evening meals will be available from April. 

Please contact us below to reserve a space.

“La toute jeune Lalla a pour ancêtres les ” hommes bleus ” , guerriers du désert de Rio de Oro, chassés et traqués du Sud au Nord par les conquérants français puis impitoyablement massacrés.
Mais le sang des hommes bleus a survécu en Lalla. La vie de la petite Maure dans un bidonville d’une grande cité proche de la mer, est constamment doublée, dominée par l’épopée chantante, obstinée, orgueilleuse que la race les maîtres d’autrefois avaient cru vaincre.”  writes Babelio
L’Express au moment de la sortie du livre en 1980:
Classé par Lire en deuxième position des vingt meilleurs livres de l’année, le roman exerce un étrange pouvoir. Bernard Pivot,( critique et amoureux des livres), l’avoue dans son éditorial: «A peine avais-je fini la lecture de Désert que j’eus la certitude qu’avant peu je serais dans l’obligation de le relire

To order the book from an independent bookshop:

Comments from our previous book clubs:

“This was the fourth time I took part in the experience of notre club de lecture.
I have loved it every time. it is a great opportunity, first to read a good book in French and then to spend some time discussing the book.
I must even say that our last club I even changed my original approach to the book. From initially finding it a bit too bizarre, to appreciate a depth that I had not noticed.
I am already looking forward to our next meeting” Paco R

“This is an excellent book club. I have been to all the meetings since Martine started it and have enjoyed them all. The books choices have been varied and the meetings are very well run by Martine who clearly does a lot of preparation. All this prompts lively discussions which have been interesting as they have prompted different reactions and views from the participants. It’s an excellent opportunity not only to practise your French but also to listen to French as there are usually several French nationals who attend. Highly recommended 😊” Rebecca C