About the Novels:
- Bonjour Tristesse by Marcel Pagnol has, as of recent, been the first novel I give to my French students. I usually start a French student to reading only once they are comfortable in reading more advanced level textbook work and have confidently master all the French spoken tenses, this is because most French novels are written in the literary tense, quite different from the spoken language.
- La Glore de Mon Père will also involve the literary tense, but like most Marcel Pagnol novels, is not too difficult to pick up and understand!
- Camus' novel L'étranger is one of the most famous French novels ever written and is surprisingly easy to understand despite it's classic status. In do believe that many older French novels are easier to comprehend, as modern literature in France has the tendency to feature extensive techniques, moods, and complicated sentence structure which the earlier novels may not!
- Le Petit Prince is by far the simplest book of the four, but not the last choice! As it is geared towards a younger audience, true beginners will find it easier to understand and grasp.