FUSAC likes The Collector’s Library, those cute little books that make you want to read !
In the age of e-books and Kindles, The Collector’s Library is designed to restore traditional visual and tactile pleasures to the joy of reading. Beautifully designed for readers’ libraries and all who love classic literature produced at traditional high standards; substantial books bound in real cloth, illustrated throughout, with head and tailbands, ribbon markers, top edge gilt and handsome jackets. The books represent the marriage of great literature to high aesthetic and craft standards, using the technology of the 21st century to produce something classic and at the same time unmistakeably modern. And all at affordable prices.
Their handy size means that they can be slipped into the pocket, handbag or briefcase, and their robust manufacture makes them ideal travelling companions as well as comfortable bedside reads.
They offer a very large range of books – a fantastic opportunity to re-read (or discover !) the classics of literature. The appeal for FUSAC readers who are English speakers is that they have classic French literature translated into English!
The choice of books in the collection is really spot on because they are all must-reads! Anyone in France will know those books and it is important to be aware of them while being in France to fully embrace the culture. Some of them like The Little Prince are perfect for children, teenagers and adults as there are different levels of reading. I am sure you all know The Hunchback of Notre-Dame or The Phantom of the Opera but it’s great to have the opportunity to read them in your own language while in France! Jules Verne is also a wonderful choice. As a French girl, I read Jules Verne throughout all my childhood. It really is part of French culture.
The Collector’s library released :
- Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
- The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
- The Hunchback of Notre-Dame – Victor Hugo
- The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
- The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
- Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
- The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
They all cost around 10-12 euros each so it’s very easy to build a handsome library of classics to read then admire on your bookshelf! You will find them in all English/American bookshops in Paris.
On the other hand, if you are a French speaker you will really enjoy discovering classics in the language of Shakespeare! I highly encourage you to read in English even if you are not fluent. You could try Alice in Wonderland – which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year – as the vocabulary is not too sophisticated and you probably read it in French already so it makes it a lot easier. You will also find books by famous writers such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Find more information on their website.