4th Saturday of each month
             2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

             La Madeleine French Café
             9828 Great Hills Trail,
             Austin, TX 78759   MAP       

AFA Club de Lecture Partner

AFA Club de Lecture Partner

AFA club de lecture

Alliance Française d’Austin’s Club de Lecture is a French book club for reading enthusiasts who wish to read French and participate in discussions of French literature.  All discussions will be conducted in French.  Club de Lecture participation is for current AFA members.  If you'd like to take part in Austin's French book club, join Alliance Française d'Austin today!

Club de Lecture meetings will be held the fourth Saturday of the month from 2:00-3:30pm in the conference room at La Madeleine French Café Arboretum located on Great Hills Trail. Club de Lecture does not meet in July, August, or December.

All discussion will be conducted in French.  It is therefore recommended that Club de Lecture members have at least an intermediate level of French proficiency to join book discussion.  AFA members with lower levels of French are always welcome to attend and listen.  Club de Lecture is reserved for current up-to-date AFA members.  Members’ names must appear on the AFA member roster. Not yet a member?    

Participants must supply their own books (paper or electronic). The most convenient book sources are Amazon or Schoenhof's foreign books. Other sources are available (Barnes & Noble, Austin Public Library, etc.) but selection is often very limited. Be aware that even for Amazon, delivery can take from 3 to 5 weeks.


AFA Club de Lecture is glad to announce the book selection for the coming months. At the meeting dates, we will discuss in French about the book selected, you are welcome to attend even if you have not read the book completely!


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- JANUARY 27th 2018: Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan
Endearing, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old Cécile is the very essence of untroubled amorality. Freed from the stifling constraints of boarding school, she joins her father—a handsome, still-young widower with a wandering eye—for a carefree, two-month summer vacation in a beautiful villa outside of Paris with his latest mistress, Elsa. Cécile cherishes the free-spirited moments she and her father share, while plotting her own sexual adventures with a "tall and almost beautiful" law student. But the arrival of her late mother's best friend, Anne, intrudes upon a young girl's pleasures. And when a relationship begins to develop between the adults, Cécile and her lover set in motion a plan to keep them apart...with tragic, unexpected consequences.
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- FEBRUARY 24th 2018: La tête en friche by Marie-Sabine Roger
Margueritte is a 95-year-old woman whose greatest joy in life is a good book. The residents of her rural French village are stunned when she strikes up a conversation with a sweet man named Germain who is illiterate.  As their odd friendship blossoms Margueritte shares her passion with Germain, teaching him as she reads aloud. When Margueritte's eyes begin to fail, Germain returns the favor by reading with and for her.
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- MARCH 24th 2018L’élégance du hérisson by Muriel Barbery
The book follows events in the life of a concierge, Renée Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse. Paloma is the daughter of an upper-class family living in the upscale Parisian apartment building where Renée works.
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 - APRIL 28th 2018Voyage à Rodrigues by J.M.G. Le Clézio
A travel diary about the author's journey to Rodrigues Island taken in the footsteps of the author's grandfather and the legend his grandfather left behind him. 
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- MAY 19th 2018: Quatre Lettres de mon Moulin by Marcel Pagnol
Adapted for the cinema by Marcel Pagnol, these Letters of Mon Moulin by Alphonse Daudet are an original work. Marcel Pagnol has rewritten four tales by obviously favoring dialogue for film and television and for publication in books, he added some passages of narration.
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- JUNE 23th: Le Petit Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
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- SEPTEMBER 22nd: Les naufragés de l'île tromelin, by Irène Frain                                                                                                     This book tells the tragic journey of the French ship "L'Utile", a 800 grt carrying a cargo of illegal Malagasy slaves destined for the Ile de France, Mauritius today. The boat ran aground in 1761 on a tiny coral block lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean, devastated by storms : Tromelin Island. Of 160 slaves abandoned on this island deserted by the white crew, 8 survivors were only discovered, 15 years after the shipwreck, by corvette “La Dauphine” commanded by Ensign De Tromelin (whose name was given to the island).    Find this book on Amazon.



- OCTOBER 27th 2018: L’identité, by Milan Kondera                                                                                                                           

In his second novel written in French (after Slowness), Czech-born novelist Kundera employs spare prose in the service of a meditation on the precarious nature of the human sense of self. Kundera has long explored themes of impermanence and fluctuating identity--often to memorable effect, particularly in The Unbearable Lightness of Being and even in the more recent Immortality.             Find this book on Amazon.



-NOVEMBER 24th 2018: La Joueuse d'Échecs - by Bertina Henrichs                                                                                                  Eleni is a chambermaid in a tourist hotel on the island of Naxos. Having reached her forties, her dreary life revolves almost solely around her work, the car mechanic husband she married at eighteen, her two adolescent children and a childhood friend. She finds her only place of freedom in the rooms she cleans every morning and in the objects she sees there through which she dreams of another life... One day by accident she knocks over a chess piece of a match in progress. And unexpectedly her life is turned upside down.  Find this book on Amazon.