Books Read 2016

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2016

December

A Woman on the Edge of Time, Jeremy Gavron (England)

November

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Jeanette Winterson (England)

Uncharted, Colette Baron Reid (Canada)

October

Ocean Echoes, Sheila Hirst

How To Be Brave, Louise Beech

One Hundred Shadows, Hwang Jungeun (Korea), Jung Yewon (translator)

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Making Life Easy, A Simple Guide to a Divinely Inspired Life, Christiane Northrup

The Humans, Matt Haig

The Ballroom, Anna Hope

September

What if this is Heaven? How Our Cultural Myths Prevent Us From Experiencing Heaven on Earth, Anita Moorjani

Voyage in the Dark, Jean Rhys

August

An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine (Lebanon)

The Fox Was Ever the Hunter, Herta Müller (Romania), Philip Boehm(German) – DNF

Woman at Point Zero, Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt), Sherif Hetata (translator)

The Days of Abandonment, Elena Ferrante (Italy), Ann Goldstein (translator)

Affections, Rodrigo Hasbun (Bolivia), tr. Sophie Hughes (Spanish)

Bonjour Tristesse, Françoise Sagan (France), Irene Ash (translator)

Where the River Parts, Radhika Swarup (India)

Masks, Fumiko Enchi (Japan), Juliet Winters Carpenter (translator)

A Season in Rihata, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), Richard Philcox (translated from French)

A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (Jamaica)

The Bridge of Beyond, Simone Schwarz-(Guadeloupe), Barbara Bray (translated from French)

The Looking-Glass Sisters,  Gøhril Gabrielsen, (Norway) John Irons (translator)

The Blue Satin Nightgown by Karin Crilly

The Door, Magda Szabó (Hungary), tr. Len Rix (translator)

The Bright Edge of the World, Eowyn Ivey (Alaska)

The Vegetarian, Han Kang (South Korea) tr. Deborah Smith (translator)

The Rabbit House, Laura Alcoba (Argentina) tr. Polly McLean (translated from French)

July

The Bones of Grace, Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)

The Good Muslim, Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)

A Golden Age, Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh)

A Whole Life, Robert Seethaler (Austria) tr. Charlotte Collins (German)

June

Fever at Dawn, Péter Gárdos (Hungary), tr. Elizabeth Szász (Hungarian)

The Man Who Snapped His Fingers, Fariba Hachtroudi (Iran), tr. Alison Andersen (French)

Barkskins, Annie Proulx

May

April

The Infinite Air, Fiona Kidman (New Zealand)

A Drop in the Ocean, Jenni Ogden (New Zealand)

March

Paint Your Wife, Lloyd Jones (New Zealand)

The Buddha in the Attic, Julie Otsuka (US)

ARTE by Kei Ohkubo (Japan)

February

Human Acts, Han Kang (Korea), Deborah Smith (translator)

Into the Magic Shop, A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, James R. Doty (US)

Georgia, A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dawn Tripp (US)

What Lies Between Us, Nayomi Munaweera (Sri Lanka)

January

Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life, Sylvia Boorstein

Two Serious Ladies, Jane Bowles (US)

February, Lisa Moore (Canada)

Big Magic, Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert (US)

Brother, I’m Dying, Edwidge Danticat (Haiti)

The Gift of Stones, Jim Crace (UK)

The Whispering Muse, Sjón (Iceland), Victoria Cribb (translator)

2015

December

Charming Billy, Alison McDermott (US)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot (US)

The Poisoning Angel, Jean Teulé, (France) Melanie Florence (translator)

Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff (US)

The Secret Chord, Geraldine Brooks (Australia) set in Palestine

The Colour, Rose Tremain (UK) set in NZ

November

God Help the Child, Toni Morrison (America)

The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, Tracy Farr (Australia)

All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu (Ethiopia)

Human Chain, Seamus Heaney (Poetry) Foster, Claire Keegan (Ireland)

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, Katarina Bivald (Sweden), Alice Menzies (translator)

The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng (Malaysia)

October

The Pollen Room, by Zoë Jenny (Switzerland), Elizabeth Gaffney (translator) German

Miss Emily, Nuala O’Connor (Ireland)

Under the Udala Trees,  Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria)

Segu, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), tr.Barbara Bray (French)

September

The Story of the Lost Child, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (translator) Italian

August

Agaat, Marlene van Niekerk (South Africa), Michiel Heyns (translator) Afrikaans

Purge, Sofi Oksanen (Estonia), Lola Rogers (translator) Finnish

Dreaming in Cuban, Cristina García

July

2666, Roberto Bolano (Chile) tr. Natasha Wimmer (Spanish)

A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua)

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (Haiti)

Victoire: My Mother’s Mother, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), tr.Richard Philcox (French)

To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface, Olivia Laing (UK)

Under the Sea-Wind, Rachel Carson (US)

From Caucasia, With Love, Danzy Senna (US)

Lotusland, David Joiner (set in Vietnam)

June

The Wall, Marlen Haushofer (Austria), tr. Shaun Whiteside (German)

The Writing Life, Annie Dillard (US)

Ru, Kim Thuy (Vietnamese-Canadian) (Read in French)

Mayumi and the Sea of Happiness, Jennifer Tseng (US)

Enchanted August, Brenda Bowen (US)

The President’s Hat, Antoine Laurain (France), tr. Jane Aitken, Emily Boyce, Louise Lalaurie (French)

Tales From The Heart, True Stories From My Childhood, Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), tr. Richard Philcox (French)

The Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim (set in Italy)

May

Reader for Hire, Raymond Jean, tr. Adriana Hunter (French)

Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

The Gracekeepers, Kirsty Logan

Moloka’i, Alan Brennert

The Waves, Virginia Woolf

April

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, Rachel Joyce

March

The Autobiography of My Mother, Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua)

Ladder of Years, Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler

February

The Universe Versus Alex Woods, Gavin Extence

White Hunger, Aki Ollikainen, Emily Jeremiah, Fleur Jeremiah (translators) Finnish

The African Equation, Yasmina Khadra (Algeria), Howard Curtis (translator) French

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, The Life of Rosa Parks, Douglas Brinkley

Unbowed, One Woman’s Story, Wangari Maathai (Kenya)

The Tusk That Did The Damage, Tania James

The Red Notebook, Antoine Laurain, Emily Boyce, Jane Aitken (transators) French

Our Endless Numbered Days, Claire Fuller

Cider With Rosie, Laurie Lee

January

Wolf Winter, Cecilia Ekbäck

The Poet Slave of Cuba, A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, Margarita Engle

The Yellow Rain, Julio Llamazares, Margaret Jull Costa (translator) Spanish

Kamchatka, Marcelo Figueras, Frank Wynne (translator) Argentina, Spanish

Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, Friedrich Christian Delius, Jamie Bulloch (translator) German Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal, Laura McGloughlin, Paul Mitchell (translators) Catalan

Beside the Sea, Véronique Olmi, Adriana Hunter (translator) French

Wake by Elizabeth Knox

2014

December

Savage Girl, Jean Zimmerman

Under the Tripoli Sky, Kamal Ben Hameda, Adriana Hunter (translator) French

The Dead Lake, Hamid Ismailov, Andrew Bromfield (translator) Russian

Sidewalks, Valeria Luiselli, Christina MacSweeney (translator) Spanish

The Closet of Savage Mementos, Nuala Ní Chonchúir The Waves, Virginia Woolf

Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

Migrating Voids, David Walker

November

The Bees, Laline Paull

Ignoring Gravity, Sandra Danby

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque, A.W.Wheen (translator) German

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (translator) Italian

The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan

October

The Vatican Cellars, Andre Gidé, Julian Evans (translator) French

The Story of a New Name, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (translator) Italian

Nora Webster, Colm Tóibín

H is For Hawk, Helen McDonald

September

My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein (translator) Italian

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, Simone De Beauvoir, James Kirkup (translator) French

August

Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain

July

Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom

Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood

Family Heirlooms, Tavares, Zulmira Ribeiro,Daniel Hahn (translator) Portugese (Brazil)

Good Morning, Mr Mandela, Zelda la Grange

Sula, Toni Morrison

The Italian Chapel, Philip Paris

June

Art in Nature, Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal (translator) Swedish

May

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair,  Joël Dicker, Sam Taylor (translator) French

Carrots and Jaffas, Howard Goldenberg

The Blue Room,  Hanne Ørstavik, Deborah Dawkin (translator) Norwegian

Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson

The Toga and The Rose, Sheighle Birdthistle

Prayers for the Stolen, Jennifer Clement

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Celebrating the Joys of Letter Writing,  Nina Sankovitch

The Expedition to the Baobab Tree, Wilma Stockenström, J.M Coetzee (translator) Afrikaans

April

The True Deceiver, Tove Jansson, Thomas Teal (translator) Swedish

Nada, Carmen Laforet, Edith Grossman (translator) Spanish

The Rooms Are Filled, Jessica Null Vealitzek

Nagasaki, Eric Faye, Emily Boyce (translator) French

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

March

All the Birds, Singing, Evie Wyld

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, Fatima Bhutto

We That Are Left, Juliet Greenwood

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, Ann Patchett

February

The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Alice Hoffman

The Missing One, Lucy Atkins

The Foundling Boy, Michel Deon, Julian Evans (translator) French

The Crane Wife, Patrick Ness

Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez

The People in the Book (Eux sur la photo), Hélène Gestern, Emily Boyce, Ros Schwartz (translators) French

January

I Always Loved You: A  Novel, Robin Oliveira

Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes, Per Petterson, Don Bartlett (translator)  Norwegian

Eugene Onegin, Alexander Pushkin, James E. Falen (translator) Russian

Chapters 1 & 2

Chapters 3 & 4

Chapters 5 & 6

Chapters 7 & 8

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, Anne Fadiman

2013

December

The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

The Lost Domain (Les Grandes Meaulnes), Alain Fournier

Just Like Tomorrow (Kiffe Kiffe Demain), Faïza Guène

Brodeck’s Report, Phillipe Claudel

Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline

The Hidden Lamp, Florence Caplow

November

Excellent Women, Barbara Pym

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, Sun-mi Hwang

The First Rule of Swimming, Courtney Angela Brkic

The Hired Man, Aminatta Forna

The Sea Close By, Albert Camus (2 essays)

Unsettled, Neelima Vinod

October

Helium, Jaspreet Singh

Aimless Love, Billy Collins

The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo, F. G. Haghenbeck

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

Mr Darwin’s Gardener, Kristina Carlson

A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, Therese Anne Fowler

September

Death in the Vines, M.L.Longworth

A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

The Summer Book, Tove Jansson

The Drowning of Arthur Braxton, Caroline Smailes

August

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Cleaner of Chartres, Salley Vickers

A Hundred Thousand White Stones: An Ordinary Tibetan’s Extraordinary Journey, Kunsung Dolma

Look Again, Lisa Scottoline

We Need New Names, NoViolet Bulawayo

Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

July

The Spinning Heart, Donal Ryan

The Mussel Feast, Birgit Vanderbeke

Stet, An Editor’s Life, Diana Athill

The Son, Philipp Meyer (DNF)

Manolo Blahnik Drawings

Shoes Hair Nails, by Deborah Batterman

The Honey Thief, Najaf Mazari

The Rain Before it Falls, Jonathan Coe

Transatlantic, Colum McCann

June

The Examined Life, Stephen Grosz

Magda, Meike Ziervogel

The Exiles Return, Elisabeth De Waal

The Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit

She Left Me the Gun, Emma Brockes

Portrait of a Turkish Family, Irfan Orga

May

The Dervish, Frances Kazan

Patasana, Ahmet Ümit

Istanbul: Memories of a City, Orhan Pamuk

Tender is the Night, F.Scott Fitzgerald (DNF)

The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout

April

Me Before You, Jojo Moyes

Shadows & Wings, Niki Tulk

Flight Behaviour, Barbara Kingsolver

The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzgerald

Lost Cat, Caroline Paul

Mom & Me & Mom, Maya Angelou

Ignorance, Michéle Roberts

NW, Zadie Smith

March

Howard’s End is on the Landing, Susan Hill

Canada, Richard Ford

The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance, Edmund De Waal

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

The Romantics: A Novel, Pankaj Mishra

February

Elizabeth and her German Garden, Elizabeth von Armin

A Winter Book, Selected Stories by Tove Jansson

There Once Lived A Girl Who Seduced Her Sister’s Husband, And He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

Life after Life, Kate Atkinson

Revenge, Eleven Dark Tales by Yoko Ogawa

January

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, Susannah Cahalan

Honour, Elif Shafak

The Happiness of Blond People: A Personal Meditation on the Dangers of Identity, Elif Shafak

Findings, Kathleen Jamie

Le Testament Français, Andreï Makine (DNF)

The Zenith, Dương Thu Hương

The Industry of Souls, Martin Booth

2012

A Month in the Country, J.L. Carr

The Bridge Club, Patricia Sands

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

The Light Between Oceans, M.L.Stedman

Book 3, 1Q84, Haruki Murakami

A Place of Greater Safety, Hilary Mantel (DNF)

Rebecca, Daphne de Maurier

La Petite Fille de Monsieur Linh, Philippe Claudel

The Gift of Rain, Tan Twan Eng

The Black Count – Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Reiss

The White Forest, Adam McOmber

Swimming Home, Deborah Levy

When Women Were Birds – 54 Variations on Voice, Terry Tempest Williams

The Lifeboat, Charlotte Rogan

Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace, Kate Summerscale

1Q84, Haruki Murakami

In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner

The Memory of Love, Aminatta Forna

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

Thomas Jefferson – Lessons from a Secret Buddha, Suneel Dhand

The Coward’s Tale, Vanessa Gebbie

A Lady Cyclists Guide to Kashgar, Suzanne Joinson

Lucretia and the Kroons, Victor Lavalle

Red Dust Road, Jackie Kay

Wild, Cheryl Strayed

And the Band Played On, Christopher Ward

A Night to Remember, Walter Lord

Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy

The Pearl, John Steinbeck

The Smile, Ray Bradbury

The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller

If This is a Man : The Truce, Primo Levi

Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

Death at Château Bremont, M.L. Longworth

Sister, Rosamund Lupton

The Maid and the Queen – The Secret History of Joan of Arc, Nancy Goldstone

State of Wonder, Ann Patchett

In the Springtime of the Year, Susan Hill

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Jamie Ford

Summer, Edith Wharton

Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts

Third Culture Kids, David Pollock & Ruth Van Reken

Second Person Singular, Sayed Kashua

Eden’s Garden, Juliet Greenwood

Lives other than my own, Emmanuel Carrère

The Book of Lost Fragrances, M.J.Rose

The Château, William Maxwell

The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey ***Top Read***

The Wild Book, Margarita Engle

A Week in December, Sebastian Faulks

The Woman in Black, Susan Hill

That Deadman Dance, Kim Scott

All Our Worldly Goods, Irène Némirovsky

Fire in the Blood, Irène Némirovsky

Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton

Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks

La Seduction – How the French play the game of life, Elaine Sciolino

The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht

Ragnörak, A.S. Byatt

Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese

2011

‘Perfect Hostage’ Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma and the Generals, Justin Wintle

The Housekeeper + The Professor,  Yoko Ogawa

A Visit from the Goon Squad , Jennifer Egan

If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller, Italo Calvino

The Pyschopath Test, Jonathan Ronson

Island Beneath the Sea, Isabelle Allende

The Forest for the Trees, Betsy Lerner

The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa

The Paris Wife, Paula McLain

In Her Wake, Nancy Rappaport

The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver

Seven Days to Tell You, Ruby Soames

These is My Words +Sarah’s Quilt + A Star Garden, Nancy E Turner

The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B, Sandra Gulland

Tales of Passion- Tales of Woe, Sandra Gulland

The Last Great Dance on Earth,  Sandra Gulland

Sun-mi Hwang

24 thoughts on “Books Read 2016

    • I’m reading a book in french given to me by one of my students, but it’s by an Austrian author Stefan Zweig and another ‘Le Montespan’ by Jean Teule. Have plenty of french authors on the TBR shelf, Jean Giono ‘Second Harvest’ (have read 2 already ‘The Man Who Planted Trees’ is excellent and ‘The Horseman on the Roof’ ), Flaubert (read ‘Madame Bovary’ and have ‘Salammbo’ to read alongside the correspondence of Flaubert & George Sand – their letters started after she gave a great review of this work, have read a lot of this already and seen a great film about her), I have read Amelie Nothomb (Belgian writer) ‘Fear & Trembling’, contemporary and very funny, about her year in Japan and another of hers in french. But the next on my list is Emmanuel Carrère which I am really looking forward to. Thanks for asking. And you?

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  1. Oh, I love the books you’ve been reading this year- I think our tastes may be very similar.
    My sister just gave me Caleb’s Crossing and Deadman’s Dance and Tigers Wife have been on my to read list for a while…just need to find the time!

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    • Hard to recommend without knowing what you like, but so far this year, ‘The Snow Child’ is a real stand out book for me and I am also really enjoying Susan Hill’s novellas for their lyrical prose.

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  2. True, I like realistic fiction the best, for example one year I read some of Maeve Binchy books because I could relate to her characters and it was fun to see the same characters and settings in other books. Thank you! And I need more time to read!

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  3. i have not read a book this year. Ha! it used to be one of my greatest pleasures: sitting at an outdoor table of a cafe, drinking a beer, reading. Now I just write. Kind of sad. I would never have started writing if i didn’t read a bunch, and now, i can’t read if i want to write a bunch. last one was The Dice Man. Worth a go if you haven’t read it.

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  4. I look at this list and went “oh, ah, yes I read this, I want to read this too!” kind of expression. Here’s my reaction:

    Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri – Love it, love it, love it!
    Sister, Rosamund Lupton – I think this is great!
    State of Wonder, Ann Patchett – I am reading it now…
    Shantaram, Gregory David Roberts – read this in 2009, love it!
    A Week in December, Sebastian Faulks – oooh, I got this on my shelf.
    All Our Worldly Goods, Irène Némirovsky – not this book but planning to read Suite Francaise
    Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks – oooh, I got this on my shelf.
    The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht – read it, didn’t like it.
    Ragnörak, A.S. Byatt – ah, I wanted to read this.
    Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese – oooh, I got this on my shelf.

    We got a lot in common! This is just for this year’s list, can you imagine what the rest of the year is going to be like?🙂

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    • I love that feeling, arriving on a blog where I relate so much to the list, it’s a great year for reading and I am really enjoying the recommendations and seeing what like minded bloggers and followers are reading too – more obsessed than ever and pleased to have discovered your reviews🙂

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  5. I am so impressed by your exhaustive list and…. a bit jealous! wish I had the time to read as frequently🙂
    Great french books: “Rien ne s’oppose a la nuit” from Delphine de Vigan and “24 heures de la vie d’une femme” from Stephan Zweig. very different but both well-written.
    Thanks for sharing your reads.

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    • Looking at someone else’s list always makes me think that exact same thought, because no two lists are ever the same. One book a week is my challenge and its not an easy one for me since I rarely read during the day, but a little every day for sure.

      Thank you for the recommendations, I will look out for them.

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  7. Claire,

    I’m currently reading The Power And The Glory by Graham Greene. I’ve been wanting to read this novel for years and have finally started. Have you ever read Graham Greene?

    Marion

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  8. Oooh, looking at these lists of books is making my mouth water! So many good options here. Thank you for inspiring me to fit in more reading in my life. And thanks for visiting my site, by the way. Cheers, Anjali (PS: Les idées de livres en français sont aussi les bienvenues!)

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    • I am looking forward to your book too Anjali, I love the cover and the blurb sounds wonderful.

      Souvent je demande mes amies et mes etudiants qu’est ce qu’ils lisent en francais, il y a tellement une grande variété d’autre pays et cultures. C’est ca que j’aime.

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