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This Must Be How Napoleon Felt (Before Elba)

April 22, 2009

Victory, my friends.
Pure, unadulterated, glorious VICTORY.

After almost a year, I have finally finished Albert Camus’ L’Étranger (The Stranger in English).

This was the first book in French that I have timidly tackled since college, and being several years out of practice, I was not sure that I would come out on the other end with any idea of what the heck the book was even about (the existentialists are vague enough in my mother tongue). I am proud to say that I fully understood, on average, 87.6% of the book, and while I still cannot figure out who Celeste is, or whose avocat (lawyer) was whose, I do know the basics. And for this, I am immensely fière de moi-même (proud of myself).

So now I am celebrating with a cup of Earl Grey and a bowl of oatmeal, with about a pound of cinnamon in it (delicious and good for you; proven to lower cholestorol and prevent yeast infections, neither of which I struggle with, but I won’t now, thanks to cinnamon). I suppose it would be more French to drink a bottle of red wine and drunkenly sing “La Marseillaise,” but it’s 8:30 in the morning and I don’t know the words.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dave permalink
    April 22, 2009 10:58 am

    Today I will celebrate with you by eating a croissant.

  2. Kim permalink
    April 22, 2009 5:18 pm

    Come now Caroline. Wine is good for you too. 🙂 And I’m sure there are plenty of Frenchies who don’t know la marseillaise either (especially after having some of the wine). Congrats on getting through the book with a good understanding of it. I had a hard enough time of it while I was still at uni, so bravo.

    By the way, this is Kim. Hi. 🙂

  3. Caroline permalink*
    April 23, 2009 9:25 am

    Thanks for the encouragement, Kimmy. 🙂

    And trust me, I love wine just as much as the next person. Maybe more. But probably not more than the French — between their cheese and wine, it’s an all-consuming love that we puny Américaines cannot understand. 🙂

  4. Glo permalink
    April 23, 2009 10:16 pm

    Cinnamon also helps control blood sugar 🙂

  5. Caroline permalink*
    April 24, 2009 11:19 pm

    Oooo, good to know!

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