Thursday, 13 August 2009

Versailles fait courir l'encre... et la lentille

As a complete and utter bookworm, I cannot help but stop in bookshops. A couple of them store a good selection of books on Versailles which is a continual source of inspiration to writers, painters, photographers, historians. Most books are photographic and/or historical... I am told that the book "l'amour à Versailles" or "love in Versailles", seen here in the middle, is extremely... umm... entertaining, so I might stop next time to purchase it!
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En tant que rat de ma bibliothèque, je ne peux généralement pas résister à un arrêt chez les libraires. Plusieurs d'entre eux proposent une bonne sélection d'ouvrages sur Versailles, essentiellement photographiques et/ou d'histoire pour cette ville source d'inspiration continuelle pour les écrivains, historiens, photographes. J'ai ouï dire que le livre "l'amour à Versailles" est... euh... divertissant mais peut-être un peu racoleur, aussi m'arrêterai-je peut-être une fois prochaine pour l'acquérir et le dévorer quand l'envie m'en prendra !

19 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

Interesting book, I hope to read here a review soon. A bookworm myself, I'd have a look at Les jardins initiatiques, I find this kind of book very funny.

Leif Hagen said...

"L'amour 'a Versailles" book .... give us all the juicy details! As good as the news in "Paris Match?"

James said...

I don't read very much but I like looking at pictures. If this book has pictures they might make me blush. :-)

PERBS said...

I love books too. When I was still working, I headed for the bookstore every payday. Now, I have to be more choosey. I taught my kids to love books too and they do the same thing.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Even i appreciate books..I have my own book shop named"crosswords" ...Great,..Unseen Rajasthan

Dina said...

Vive l'amour, vive l'amour . . . [singing]

Hope they have a section of such books in English too.
Since I moved to the Jerusalem area (in 2006), I now have Jerusalem guide books always in my backpack, stacked near the bed, on the desk, even in the bathroom. So yeah, I know what you mean. Isn't it nice to be in love with your city?!

Olivier said...

"l'amour à Versailles" il doit y avoir de quoi raconter des histoires croustillantes, on attend des extraits ;o)

Bergson said...

Mais je ne vois pas le livre de photo de'une quimperoise

Cezar and Léia said...

I have dreams that I'm visiting there! wow so, let me start with books now!
Léia

Evelyn said...

If I have an addiction, it's books! As juicy as the one on love in Versailles looks, I'd have to wait for the translation, I'm afraid.

JM said...

I was about to say they forgot Lonely Planet and Rough Guide (my travel Bibles), but maybe there are no specific editions on Versailles, or Versailles is included on the Paris guides.

B SQUARED said...

I hope they offer an English translation soon.

BaysideLife said...

A great picture of my favorite things--books and my favorigte palces--book stores.

Halcyon said...

I also love books! I keep a supply of unread books at all times so I always have something good to read. Sometimes my husband doesn't understand this. :)

glasgowdailyphoto said...

Lovely photo. I have an inner bookworm, but it keeps being suppressed by the demands of daily life!
Jackie

tapirgal said...

Yeah, I'll bet it's entertaining!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Bookstores are magical places. It's impossible for me to pass by a bookstore and not take a good look at what's in the window. Soon temptation takes over and before I know it I'm inside the store and a little while later I'm outside again...with a new book or two. Pure magic! I don't know how those new books join me as I walk out the door. ;-)

Bob Crowe said...

So L'Amour a Versailles is not about fondness of the architecture or gardens? Perhaps more like Les Liasons Dangereux.

cieldequimper said...

Lol @ Bob!
@JM: there are a couple of travel guides on Versailles only, one is actually pictured here. But they are in French and I wouldn't be surprised if Versailles were to be included in the Paris guides or Ile de France ones (Ile de France being the region around Paris).