Author Archives: Patricia Gilbert

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.

Le Montespan

I just finished a book that I procrastinated in so long that it moved with us twice, Le Montespan, by Jean Teulé. It was a fascinating and disturbing story in equal measures. It’s the true story of the Marquis and Marquise … Continue reading

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La Tête Haute

I recently watched La Tête Haute (lah tet ote), on Netflix, starring Catherine Deneuve. Deneuve plays the role of a judge who becomes involved in the life of a young boy whose mother is incapable of properly caring for him. Malony … Continue reading

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L’Est rencontre l’Ouest

We just got back from visiting our daughter in San Francisco. While we were there, we saw a terrific exhibit at the lovely small museum, the Legion of Honor, East meets West: Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani collection. In … Continue reading

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Le Luxe

My latest francophile read is The Hotel on Place Vendôme, by Tilar J. Mazzeo. It’s the historical account of life at the Ritz and the people who lived there before the war, during the occupation, and the liberation of Paris. … Continue reading

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Malgracieux

Lately I’ve been reading a police detective novel written by Georges Simenon, the Belgian writer of the Commissaire Maigret series. I’ve always enjoyed mysteries and they are generally accessible reading for the high intermediate foreign-language reader. Simenon was incredibly prolific … Continue reading

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L’Avenir

  I recently watched L’Avenir (Things to Come), starring Isabelle Huppert, on Netflix. The 2016 French film was the nominee or winner of multiple awards for best foreign film and best actress. In a nutshell, Huppert is a high school … Continue reading

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Un surclassement

Everyone seems to have a gift guide, so it got me thinking about what I would recommend. I thought about things that I had particularly appreciated this year, either in my travels or my day-to-day life. Some are quite expensive, … Continue reading

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