Four weeks ago, I began reading L’Archipel d’une autre vie, along with Emma at Words And Peace. We invited others to join us and set a goal to have half of the book read by May 3. When we were a quarter of the way through, I sent some questions to Emma about the book, which are posted here along with her replies and some interesting comments.
This time it was Emma’s turn to send me the questions. Her questions and my answers are posted here on Words And Peace.
You are always welcome to join us. The book is relatively short and we are proceeding at a relaxed pace. You can learn about the book here. It is available in both French and English.
At this point, I thought it would be worth tracking down a few images of the Russian Taiga, where the story unfolds. Below are some of the photos from Wikimedia Commons that illustrate the remoteness, beauty, and inhospitable nature of the book’s setting. Click on an image to enlarge.
In Two Weeks…
Our next milestone is May 17, when we plan to have read to the middle of chapter V. In the French version, the words that mark the stopping point are “loin de mon passé, du monde des autres où je n’avais plus de rôle à jouer.” I don’t have the exact translation in the English version but my approximation is “far from my past, from the rest of the world where I no longer had a role to play.”
In the meantime, I look forward to learning your impressions so far. Happy reading!
You’ll find questions and answers for Part III of IV here.