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Weird side effect of reading _The Black Opera_ - Input Junkie
May 8th, 2014
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Weird side effect of reading _The Black Opera_
I'm wondering about major fiction (major either by respect or popularity) written in English that's set in France? Offhand, the only thing I can think of is A Tale of Two Cities.

The Black Opera is by Mary Gentle, and I'm liking it pretty well, and if you like plots with heightened emotion and sudden revelations, not to mention opera and fear of volcanoes, you might like it, too. Among other things, it's an alternate history where Napoleon didn't lose at Waterloo, which got me to thinking about France and English language literature.

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From:sartorias
Date:May 8th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Pelham, the first real silver fork novel, was mostly set in Paris. There are a lot of them, mostly forgettable. As far as I know, many fewer French-written novels set in England.

Shadow of the Normans, maybe? England always seems to look to France for superior culture.
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From:rysmiel
Date:May 8th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
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As far as I know, many fewer French-written novels set in England.

A goodly chunk of Twenty Years After is set in England, and there's Phileas Fogg, but that's about all I can think of.

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From:sartorias
Date:May 8th, 2014 09:57 pm (UTC)
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Yes, those are about all I can think of as well.
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 9th, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I suppose that whether romance novels count as genre depends on context. I was wondering whether might be a bunch of romance novels because they tend towards exotic settings, and France is romantic.

It's funny that romance writers (and possibly readers) show more mental flexibility in this regard than sf writers.

Most of the set-in-France fiction seems to be not especially recent. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if there similar setting blank spots matching other cultural divides.
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