I have finished reading “Le Chamanisme” by Eliade, all 440 pages of it, and it has helped to extend my vocabulary in a slightly strange way. It is probably only the second full work in French that I have read. The previous one was a play “Le Roi Pêcheur” by Julien Gracq. I bought this in a bookshop in Perros Guirec in 2007.When I showed this to our Sorbonne trained French teacher she nearly fell of her chair. It is at her suggestion that I have moved on to Albert Camus. I bought this in a bookshop in Perros Guirec in 2007.
I have read quite a few science papers and parts of theses in French.
Here is my favourite quotation attributed to Camus:
Le seul moyen d’affronter un monde sans liberté est de devenir si absolument libre qu’on fasse de sa propre existence un acte de révolte.
The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.