Blogue d'un québécois expatrié en Angleterre. Comme toute forme d'autobiographie est constituée d'une large part de fiction, j'ai décidé de nommer le blogue Vraie Fiction.
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Where are the French bookstores?
I have been here for a week now and I cannot find a decent size bookstore. No chain, no independent bookstore with great titles, nothing. I did my degree in French literature, partially because I wasn't good enough in English then to do serious English studies, but I gained an affection for French literature. France boasts itself to have an incredibly rich literature, but it does not look like here from where I am. Is this country really the center of the French speaking literary world? In Québec, even in relatively small town you can find a decent size bookstore with a good variety of titles. Here, I have seen two bookstores, one that was so small it barely had any variety at all and another one, a second-hand bookstore that was closed on Sunday and Monday. I just cannot believe it. I came here hoping to get my hand on some good French books, get back in touch with my mother tongue, so far I have nothing. Everything in these holidays is perfect, but that. Things might get different in Paris. I sure hope so.