Tag Archives: Persephone Books

Operation Heartbreak by Duff Cooper

Today is the final day of Persephone Readathon, so I thought I would pick a slim book which I’ll be able to read in a day. The book I chose is Operation Heartbreak which only has 167 pages, and right off the bat before I get into the story I must urge you not to […]

The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Shuttle, which I think will most likely end up among my top reads of this year, is a book set in the early 1900s at a time when it was fashionable for American heiresses to marry British aristocrats. These American heiresses were then called “Dollar Princesses.” By marrying into British families they gained titles […]

William – an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton

William – an Englishman by Cicely Hamilton is the first book Persephone Books published. So to kick off the Persephone Readathon, I decided I’d read it. It is the story of William Tully, a “mild-mannered, pale-faced, and under-sized” young clerk. He comes to a small fortune when his mother passes away, but having spent his […]

Persephone Readathon

Last year while I was England I had the chance to pop by the lovely Persephone Bookstore. I have been a fan of their books for a while, so this trip was a memorable one for me (I wouldn’t mind if I could teleport there right now!), and it left me wanting to read more […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: L’inconnu (The Unknown Soldier)

The Unknown Soldier is another favorite of mine in Dimanche and Other Stories. Set during WWII following the German invasion of Belgium, the story takes place at a railway station in France, where two French soldiers, Claude and Francois who had come home for their sister’s wedding are waiting to return to the front. While […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: La confidente (The Devoted Friend)

In The Devoted Friend, we have Roger Dange, a recent widow, and an esteemed singer visiting his late wife’s friend. We learn while Roger Dange was away performing in Mexico, his wife Florence met with an accident and succumbed to the injuries. Florence at the time had been staying with her childhood friend, Camille Cousin. At […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irene Nemirovsky: Monsieur Rose

Just like Hugo Grayer in The Onlooker, Monsieur Rose is an aloof, self-involved man. Sensing the impending war, Monsieur Rose had saved his wealth in time without suffering losses. However, unfortunately he had stayed in Paris until it’s too late to escape the city safely. So Monsieur Rose is about Rose’s exodus along with other […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Le Spectateur (The Onlooker)

The Onlooker is the story of a prosperous gentleman fleeing Paris in advance of the German soldiers during WWII. The gentleman in question is Hugo Grayer. Hugo was born in the United States to a Scandinavian father and an Italian mother. But Hugo had become a citizen of Uruguay where he possessed a considerable fortune. […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Le sortilège (The Spell)

Now this is a story I did not understand! In The Spell, we are presented with a first-person narrative, and according to Persephone’s suggestion, the story is based on a Ukranian family Némirovsky used to visit when she was eight. The family Némirovsky visited with her aunt and nursemaid was a very hospitable one. Day […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: La femme de don Juan (Wife to Don Juan)

Another winner from the collection Dimanche and Other Stories! I usually enjoy epistolary works and Wife to Don Juan which takes the form of one lengthy letter written by Clémence on her deathbed is to be sent to “Mademoiselle” Monique. Clémence was once a chambermaid to Monique’s parents, but it has been years since Clémence left […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Fraternité (Brotherhood)

In Fraternité, the main protagonist, Christian Rabinovitch is an old Jewish man. Although wealthy, he is a reserved man, and his wife’s death ten years ago has affected him profoundly. His marriage had brought him a “feeling of stability and peace in and around him,” and now without his wife as his anchor, he feels […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Liens Du Sang (Flesh and Blood)

In Flesh and Blood, the Demestres have a weekly family dinner every Sunday. These dinners are held at the widowed matriarch’s house, and attended by her three grown sons; Albert, Augustin, and Alain, their spouses; Sabine, Claire, and Alix, and her divorced daughter, Mariette. For their mother, Anna, these family dinners are a way to […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Les Rivages Heureux (Those Happy Shores)

It’s new year’s eve, and Christiane, an elegant, radiant woman of twenty-two is out at a ball with her mother, Madame Boehmer. Christiane has a good time at the ball, for she is a woman “who views the world as a mirror in which she sees only her own image, made lovelier by the interest […]

Dimanche and Other Stories by Irène Némirovsky: Dimanche (Sunday)

Dimanche and Other Stories is a book that I have been looking forward to reading as a part of my Irène Némirovsky Year-Long project. During her lifetime Némirovsky wrote over thirty short stories, and ten of her stories are included in Persephone Book #87. Dimanche, the title story, juxtaposes a mother and a daughter’s experiences […]

The Persephone Book of Short Stories: A Few Problems in the Day Case Unit by Georgina Hammick

Today I read the final short story in The Persephone Book of Short Stories. It has been quite a journey with this book. I was introduced to new authors, had the opportunity to see life from different viewpoints, and live vicariously through some characters! (Sigh!) I am going to miss reading this book! Georgina Hammick’s […]