Café-livre du 11/10/2018


Ce café-livre a réuni cette fois 4 participants passionnés. Il s’est déroulé en anglais, so let’s say it in English!

On the menu, 3 books and 1 movie :



L’hibiscus pourpre, by Chimananda Ngozie Adichie (available at the library)

It’s the story of a 15 years old girl who lives in Nigeria. Her father is a very well known man in the city and he’s trying to educated his children very like the church would like to. He seems very severe with his children and in the meantime he works for a journal where he criticizes the gouvernment. The girl discovers she had a grandfather she never heard of before. Her dad thinks his own dad would have a bad influence on her because he is not catholic and still invokes old gods. He sends  his 2 children to her sister who lost her husband and who has two others children. They discover they can learn and laugh, they change their point of view, they embrace freedom. Anne appreciated in this book to have the point of view of the children, it’d be on politics, worklife or beginning of love. Also she loved the courageous woman personified by the sister character.



Journal d’un observateur, by Alain Duhamel

Nathalie is reading this essay by Alain Duhamel. “I like him. When he speaks I understand politics! He’s very clever.” He’s a french journalist and essayist. He is now 78 years old. He knew a lots of people. His parents wanted him to be a doctor, not a journalist. This book is nota biography but rather a retrospective on his profession. It is easy to read, and it is interesting because he tells how things were before. Politically speaking, she thinks he is centralized, in his explanations she finds him rather objective. He tries to be neutral. He narrates his past investigatons as a serie of intrigues.



La cité de la peur, by Alain Berberian

Aditya, Indian student, really enjoyed this french movie. He was stressed all week long for  studying matters. Then, on Sunday, he watched this movie  with the HEC cinema club. He really laughed and started the next week more relaxed and  with a positive energy.

This is the story of a scene director who made a movie “Red is dead” and who is going to present it to Cannes Festival. The movie is really bad and don’t get attention until the projectionnists all die, one after another, in strange circunstances. The news get in the newspapers, more people get intrigued and want to watch the movie…



Ces arbres qui nous veulent du bien, by Laurence Monce

This book invites us to a walk into the forrest. It compares the trees to human beings: explain how close we are from them, how they can help us to regenerate. Breath, energy circulation, plant bath… Many topics are developped to show how naturally we are not separated from the trees but how we form a “all” with them and how everyone can revitalize him(her)self. This topic reminds Aditya a story in Indian history. In the 18th century, people from 84 villages of Rajhastan refused the destruction of  trees on their land. So, to protect their forrest, the inhabitants, lead by the indian woman Amrita Devi,  decided to stay in turns by the trees, day after day.  Around 300 people were killed but  the villages eventually won: the Maharadjah who initially sent soldiers to cut the trees banned the destruction of the forrest.

The Bishnoi community was pioneer in ecology and the forrest protection carried on in 1970’s with the Chipko movement, also lead by a woman : Vandana Shiva.