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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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Maureen from Freiburg

I'd never heard of Marc Levy until today, so will look forward to hunting down my first volume. Thanks, Kristi!

R T Hobbs

Wonderful set of questions and loved the answers as well! My favorite response was probably about the translation though and Marc's reaction after the Chinese manuscript arrived...we do need to trust those who are "helping" us to care enough about our/their work to do it justice because there is a whole lot of things out there that we just have no control over and we don't need the stress of the worry. But I am also aware of my "control freak" self and wanting everything with my "name on it" to be a good reflection of me!

David Simmons

Marc,
As an American who has written a book in French and then translated it into English, I appreciated everything you had to say about transitioning between languages and countries. The French emphasis on practicality as opposed to psychology was an eye-opener. I hope you'll suggest the right book for me to start with.
Thanks,
David

Sierra Dante

Great interview, look forward to more of them! I never heard of Marc Levy, look forward to his books. Thanks!

Linda R

As an American thinking about living in France part time,peute être dans Paris ,and as well a writer after practicing veterinary medicine for over 30 years,and struggling to learn French, I appreciate the well done interview.
I,myself,started my journey as a New Yorker,migrated to Orlando,Florida and now visit France souvent. I have found the small French villages to be most inspirational as well as the frenetic city of Paris. I always find it encouraging reading about Americans moving to Paris to pursue the next chapter in their life.

Deena S.

I am a born and bred New Yorker. There is no place on earth like it. Having said this, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Marc's comments to questions regarding the differences between New York and Paris/France. I have a true and abiding love for all things French and, like so many Americans, I wish to some day be able to actually carry on a conversation entirely in French! I am thrilled that my youngest son is quite proficient in French and it makes my heart sing when I hear him speak this beautiful language. I had an opportunity to do this to my heart's content when we met in Lyon last year while he was on vacation during his time serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa. Thank you for your views on such cultural differences. This is an education in itself. Best, Deena

Maria

Thank you Marc and Kristin! As a budding writer it is always great to hear about another's journey on the road to becoming a writer.
A big thank you! Maria

Jim Boughter

The only book in French that I have read is Marc Levy's "Ou es tu?" and loved it. I have three more in my library and am now inspired to pick one up and try to get through it with unsatisfactory French.

Bill Facker

Marc et Kristin, Congratulations to both of you on your success, and Thank You for the inspiration. Aloha, Bill

JULES GREER - PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

Kristi Darling & FWAD FRIENDS,

Once again you have opened new doors for my spirit and mind to travel down on this exciting day in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

I AM INSPIRED !!! Thanks to your amazing interview with my newly adopted friend Marc Levy. Ever since I opened your email this morning I have been transported with a NEW ENERGY AND EXCITEMENT about this precious life God has given me - and with you and Marc's help through this benchmark interview I has been flying around my house with a new deterimination (sp?) to rise up and follow that hidden spark. I exited my cozy bed with the wonderful view of the jungle palm trees and danced into my office ( the office my darling husband John had prepared for me many, many years ago for my new life here in Mexico nine years ago on January 14, 2004 when I returned to him after a two year seperation. YES, THIS OFFICE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR ME TO WAKE UP AND CLAIM IT FOR 9 YEARS!

How could I have been so blind and stubborn (sp?) to reject this gift from my precious John all of these years as I pouted in my bedroom and painted on my terrace studio.

OF COURSE I WANT TO WRITE - JUST LIKE YOU KRISTI - to find my way down this path of life - to find that door that will lead me to truthful and pure writing just as you have Kristi.

I have the music playing in the background - my little notebook from Paris that you gave me years ago....I wonder what is in there, I haven't used or looked into it for years.

We were born to communicate - a few minutes ago I got down on my knees (with the help of the desk and chair) and committed to starting my day on my knees before God - next to the desk He arranged for John to give me all those years ago. I am here now Dear God - thank You for sending Kristi into my life to help show me the way to the exciting life you have planned for me all along.

P.S. Kristi Darling could you consider setting up an account for me to have a Kindle so I can start out by reading MARC LEVY'S books. I did a quick search about Marc and have already learned so much about writing just by investigating his books. At this very moment I can't remember the exact title of the book that grabbed at me but the cover was just what would click with me....an angels feather stuck in the interworkings of a clock.....plus the cover had his name in large print just the way I have been nagging you to do over the years. Please remember to enlarge your name on the cover of your next book.

Well, I guess I have been ramble'n along - I love you Kristi - you are the greatest thing that ever happened to me...I am so proud of the way you handled your interview with Marc....your questions were so intelligent and enlighting (sp?) it was so nice to see this super-professional side of you...all grown up and doing an important interview. Wish this had been on video - that would have been really cool. Maybe next time.

I am so happy this morning - thanks for setting the tone with your priceless interview.

XOXO

MOM

Natalie

Thank you Kristin for an extraordinary post! A great introduction.
And thank you to Marc for being so down to earth open.
Up until now the contemporary French literature was limited for me with Anna Gavalda, love her books.
You've ignited my never subsiding Francophile's curiosity. Now I'm heading to Amazon for Levy's downloads.
Thank you very much.

Krista Peterson

What a joy I had reading your interview with Marc Levy. I look forward to locating and reading his books. My husband and I love visiting France and enjoy reading things connecting us to it. You both did a marvelous job with the interview. Keep on writing!

Alyssa Ross Eppich

As others here have said, I had never heard of Marc Levy until I got my French Word-A-Day email this morning; I, too, will try and find his books. Can't wait! Plusiers Merci beaucoup, Kristin! Et, a vous aussi, Msr. Levy!

Alyssa Ross Eppich

Delete the Plusiers above, lol!

lal

that was fab!
is it really true that marc finds it sexy when an american woman speaks french?could that be how all french people feel?where is his wife from?
lal... chicago

Trina, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Glorious interview! Thank you, Kristin, for introducing us (me) to Marc. Marc, your thoughts on NYC had me reminiscing on the five years I lived there. I enjoyed the insight into French/British culture and humor. As somewhat a collector of 'wee bits of widsom,' I appreciated the one-liner advice to your son. And to you both, always inspiring to read stories about those who reinvent their lives and follow their dreams!

Francesca

Bravo, Kristin!
What a stretch in reaching and, actually, GETTING a star!

Bill Facker

JULES .. I swear, your wonderful Spirit could wake the dead and make 'em smile! Aloha, Bill

Adan Lerma

really enjoyed the interview, thanks so much, very interesting about the translations, and about the dubbing with actors ;-)

Cassie Alexandrou in Dallas, TX

Thank you so much for making it possible for us to get to know Marc Levy through your wonderful interview. Not only is he, obviously, very talented but also so very charming. I laughed out loud reading about his translation faux pas and loved his comments about New York (being a native New Yorker, myself). Marc's words of advice to his son are very wise -- and we would all do well to heed them!

Renee

As a middle-aged American woman learning French as a requirement for an English Lit degree (and because I've always loved the language and will be traveling to France soon), I was comforted to hear M. Levy say he finds the accent sexy when an American woman speaks French.

Patti

Bravo! Always looking for new things to read.....LOVE the fact that M Levy has lived in my 3 favourite places and I love the quote that I shall now copy and paste into my email sign-off! Merci!

Jim Steffens

Quelle coincidence! J'ai juste fini le roman, "Le Premier Jour," le premier roman par Marc Levi ce que j'ai lu!

meredith

Hey, he's famous!! Fun interview to read. I've read several of Marc's books (in French).

karen skilling

My first trip to France I was 12 and a baggage man with a dangerous cart shouted "attention" to me and I didn't know the word. Four years later I began to dream in French. I felt assimilated. Thank you for your thoughts in whatever language.

Reese

Thank you so much Marc and Kristen, that was wonderful. I am a native San Franciscan who lived in Paris as a child and who visits there quite often; I only wish all French people found Americans speaking French "sexy". Doesn't matter, I adore France (and London; totally understand your great attraction to that city, Marc) and I always start dreaming of my next French trip before my plane ever pulls away from the gate at de Galle.

Cheers!

Dave Wilson

Thanks for posting your Marc Levi interview. I'll look for his books. Having just taken a curse on translation, I was interested to hear Marc's take on it. I continue to enjoy FWAD and am looking forward to my time in Sablet in April.
Dave Wilson

Ronnie Hess

Thank you for the lovely cigarette-lighting story. Here's one of my gaffes -- I was rushing away from a cafe to teach a class, leaving my husband behind to pay the bill. (He doesn't speak French.) So, I said to the serveuse words to this effect, "Je vous confie mon mari. Il va vous payer." (I entrust my husband to you. He will pay you.)

suzanne dunaway

I was so happy to hear a Frenchman say that one must not fear mistakes and simply DO life. So many of my French friends are hesitant about speaking English because they fear mispronouncing words, making grammatical errors, etc. but if they knew MY mistakes in French (ordering four sailors at the beach instead of mattresses, for example!), they would have no fear at all. And I love that he thinks an American speaking French is sexy....I'll remember that next time I order my sailors....

Ned Harris

Thanks, Kristin & Marc, for a fascinating interview, and encouragement to pursue my dream of becoming a singer in my later years (four score will be visible on the horizon soon !)

Anna

Thank you to Marc and Kristin! I am an expat myself (though not a French one), living in the US, and very interested in Mark's comments on comparison of cultures, languages, and even parenting styles. I look forward to reading Mark's books.

Sue jean

I enjoyed the interview very much.

I read "Et is c'était vrai..." in my French class not long ago and enjoyed it very much as well.

I was born in NYC, live in Yorkshire, but Paris is my favorite city.

Kristin Espinasse

Thanks, Meredith, and everyone for your comments! I was excited for the chance to interview this author (thanks, Marc, if you are reading!) and so endeared by his thoughtful answers.

Mom, what Bill says is true! XOXO

Kristin Espinasse

P.S. Keep the stories of language gaffes coming... And share your dreams, too--it is a delight to read every comment.

Catherine Dallas, TX

I loved the post today. I can't wait to order his book. Thank you.

Scott Miners

I really enjoyed the Marc Levy interview. I especially liked his answer about enjoying someone's accent when trying to speak French, because that is the thing I am most self-conscious about when speaking any French word to a native French speaking person! Now I feel very much more encouraged to just go for it!

Edie Schmidt

Kristin:

I think your last question for him and his response were so meaningful. It is indeed easy to "...avoid any mistake by not doing anything."

Edie from Savannah

Diane Young

Thank you, Marc and Kristi, for a glimpse inside the mind of a writer. I would be devastated to see my work mistranslated after working so hard. Marc, you are to be congratulated for your maturity in handling those situations. Enjoyed comments about restaurants and parenting. We have trouble here finding a restaurant quiet enough for lunch as that's when we want to talk, but it's not so much the music as the crowds. I enjoyed the French response to children trying to gain sympathy. Looking forward to finding your books and reading them.
Kristi, comme toujours, merci!

Ronni Ebbers

What delightful news to know when we return to the States from France we'll be able to get Marc Levy's books in English.

My French remains dreadful, though I use it in a stumbling and humbling manner everyday while in France. Was thrilled to get encouragement for my efforts.

A wonderful interview: bravo Kristin. M. Levy,I eagerly look forward to reading your books.

Ronni

Michelle Flessor

Very interesting interview, and I , like so many others, will be looking for Marc Levy's works. I enjoyed his comments on US restaurants and children and most of all his comment on American women speaking French and sounding so sexy. I will have renewed courage to speak French, even with mistakes. Thank you, Kristen amd Marc.

Lisa A.,Los Angeles, CA

What a wonderful interview! Thanks for making me laugh and smile on question #4: I asked her, “Do you want my fire?” hahaha that was FANTASTIQUE!!! :)

I wish I could have seen the woman's face when she was asked that question. :)
hehehe

I can't wait to read Marc Levy's books! Thanks Kristen and Marc!

dclinnin@gmail.com

purchased - will let you know thoughts.

DC

Tonya in Arkansas

I want to read the book, ordering it today, for me, but also for entering the contest. I have not found the questions... !! EEEGAD. Where are they? Help!
I am already enamoured with Mark Levy..What a cutie, as well! Thank you so much, Kristi, for everything you do for us, stuck over here, (LOL). My gaffe: I complimented a little girl's hair in Chartres. Her mother kindly told me I had told her daughter that she has beautiful horses!
Blessings on you for this website and all it teaches us..with entertainment, as well!
(Speaking of gaffes, I saw in the comments that one fan was taking a translation curse.:)

Francesca

To Tonya in Arkansas:
Funny about "horses-hair"! :-)

Someone I know, once thanked somebody else for "his worm words". Of course, his accent was responsible, nothing else! :-)

leslie

I read Et si s'était Vrai in French. I loved it - so romantic and mysterious - and it was pretty easy for me, an advanced intermediate level student of French. Highly recommend it if you are looking for practice reading French and a lovely novel. But I know it's been translated into English as well.

leslie

I should have said Et si c'etait vrai. Not afraid to make mistakes, I guess. Nice interview, Kristin, and a coup to get it, how did that come about? Will it be published anywhere else? Very interesting and enjoyable to read. Marc Levy is going to become even more successful and famous, I'm sure.

Melinda

Great interview Kristin! Love the format! Marc is personable and his answers to your questions make for a pleasureable read.

Mary Catherine Pace

I loved the interview, Kristin. M. Levy's anecdote about asking the woman in NYC if she would like to use his "fire," was particularly striking. Perhaps it is just my own mental process, but that question would not cause me to bat an eyelash. It seems charming, literal, poetic, and perfectly comprehensible to me. I actually have heard that question posed by people for whom English is not their primary language, and thought nothing of it, except perhaps that it was a nice image to contemplate. Perhaps, that is also why my daughters seemed to bring home every foreign exchange student they encountered at school. We understood them and encouraged them to continue to express themselves in word pictures rather than stressing themselves about perfect idiomatic expressions. People who have tried to learn other languages will be sympathetic and helpful, rather than critical. Goodness, it really hasn't been too long in human history since we literally borrowed fire from others--and an offered lighter does precisely that!

Lis Steeden

ahhh, how this has made me smile and laugh out loud about the 'lighter incident'. Being Danish, and having been brought up by my mum who taught English, German, French and music + a stepfather who was from Belgium (speaking to him is always a good concoction of Danish, English and French which always makes me laugh, I'll correct his Danish and English, and he my French - never boring that's for sure)so lots of comings and going of many intertesting nationalities, and soooo many 'misunderstandings' amoung everybody who visited, but soooo much fun and I learnt so much. Having now lived in London for many moons and spending a fair time in la belle Provence, there are still many funny language obstacles happening and for sure many more to come, but being able to communicate with each other no matter what our mother tongue may be, is just wonderful, as we all learn so much on the way. I'll be reading some more of Marc Levy's wonderful books :)

june furey

Thank you Kristin for your interview with Marc, which has stimulated my desire to write of my life over the last 11 years, beginning my travels to France from NZ and Australia which I began when I was 72. Now 83 and have so many wonderful stories to tell because it has not only been to France but USA, Holland and Spain and UK during this tine and I have always travelled on my own. My life has been enriched and given me the best years of my life. I also wish to read Marc's books and have decided to save for a kindle. I have never achieved anymore than basic skills with French , although can read it quite well but I guess my accent is quite amusing, but I have alwqays been able to make myself understood and always give thaks to the French for being so patient with me. I think being"ancient" as I was once told helps.
Au revoir,June,Gold Coast

DeeDee McDonald

Glad to hear He does not mind a non french person trying to speak with the french accent. I personally feel that the french people appreciate that you try to speak the way the language should be spoken. Hope to get my hands on his book. Great job on the interview Kristi!!

jos

Etant perfectioniste, j'ai aimé la phrase dans la dernière question (9)! Comment un auteur, livre, devient un phénomène mondial? Marc Levy viendrez vous à la journée du livre à Sablet et vous Kristin? je vous souhaite une bonne journée. Jos

Ginny Ross

Thank you, Kristin for introducing your many readers to Mark Levy with your excellent interview. I look forward to reading some of his books soon.
I was especially interested in his comments about translations of his books and thought he might enjoy reading an interview with my son in Atlantic magazine (Oct. 24, 2011) about his method of translating
contemporary Japanese literature.
Thanks, too, Kristin, for sharing your mother's comments, always such a pleasure to read.
Ginny in Tucson. AZ

Kristin Espinasse

Jos, Here is hoping Marc Levy will make it to the Sablet book fair. I would love to participate too, but have never tried to get in.


Ginny, That sounds like a great article about your son and the translation process. 


Answering these out of order, this morning... enjoying every word. Thanks!

Linda Casey

Well, I just have to echo what everyone else has said in their comments. As usual, a delightful piece. As for making mistakes in another language. I could write my OWN book called "Getting Into Dutch, In DUTCH" .. but, alas there would be something lost in translation. The Dutch wouldn't hava a clue what I was talking about.

jos

regarding sablet journée du livre, may be a good idea to meet up with the organisers as soon as possible, would be please to be your go in between if needed? Personnellement, thinking about how many English speaking there are in the région it would be fun! Cordialement. Jos

Sheetal GOEL

Thank you Kristin for sharing this interview with Marc Levy. I am sorry, i didnt know who he is...but i am now keen to find out more.

I am an Indian who is back home (Bombay) after spending 15 months in Brittany, France. When I read Marc Levy's comments on aspects of French cooking like 'The French cook with less of everything: salt, oil, sugar, sauce, etc', i felt that the comparison stands so true to Indian cooking as well which in contrats is so spicy. During my stay of France, i got so accustomed to less spice and less sugar in desserts that it took me some effort to return to my former days.

Again, I not only identified but lived his comment on humour,
"Living in a new place, you come to understand that it is much more difficult to share your sense of humor, but as implied in my answer to your previous question, sometimes you can make people laugh without knowing why"

Finally, having acquired some competencies in french language while in France and now pursuing the language chez Alliance Francaise de Bombay, the expression “La plus grande erreur que tu pourrais faire dans ta vie serait d'avoir évité toute erreur en n'ayant rien fait.” holds great value to me....thank you once again.

Kristin Espinasse

Thank you, Sheetal, and best wishes settling back in, in Bombay, and bon courage with any reverse culture shock.

June, happy to hear that you will write your memoir!

Mary, meant to say that I so enjoyed your remark about fire :-)

Jos, so kind of you. I will keep your offer in mind :-)

Julie Schorr

My students and I enjoyed the post so much. I had not heard of Marc Levy before and am looking forward to checking out his books! I loved your interview, Kristin! It was very interesting for my students and I to read your questions and Marc's thoughtful answers. It definitely gave us some lively discussions in class yesterday. I absolutely loved Marc's quote at the end and many of my students copied it down. Thanks again for the wonderful post yesterday!

Alice Wilson

Thanks for the interview..I just returned from France after living there for 9 years.
I miss it very much...I will get M. Levy's books as I am a avid reader and always look for new authors to read. (although he is not new) I am glad you interviewed him..Merci!!
PS I like his comment "the French cook with less salt, oil, sugar, etc...It is true..I have eaten in many French homes!! and you can taste the flavor of the food with less of everything!! Thanks encore!!

Anne

What an inspiration !! I shall now try to speak French as best I can on my next trip (insread of feeling too embarrased )I am an old bird,and maybe they will take that into cosideration as I can hardly be thought of as "sexy' these days...Thanks Kristi ...and Marc

Patty Austin near Bethesda, MD

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Loved the answer to #4, I laughed out loud, seriously. I needed the laugh, I appreciate the story and the humor : )

Nadine Lomakin

It is interesting to hear Marc's thoughts on translators and the process of translation. Yet, I just read If Only This Were True and the translator was not listed on the book. Is it done by a team?

Judi Boeye Miller, Lake Balboa, CA

Just fascinating! What a marvelous interview, Kristin! I am searching now for which of his books I want to read first!

P.S. My husband's hip replacement surgery went wonderfully well! He has almost no pain and is just trying to be patient and not do too much, so he doesn't 'undo' the fine work the surgeon did. A blessing! Thanks for asking about him! I still plan on sending you the waffle recipe - think I'm going to make some for him as a treat tomorrow!

Kristin Espinasse

Nadine, not sure, and if it was a team of translators I would think that would be even more nerve-racking for an author whoo has painstakingly searches for le mot juste!

Judi, so happy for this update! Thank goodness your husband isnt in pain and the hip surgery went so well. He definitely deserves home-made waffles, and so do you!

Jane Johnson

Thank you for the wonderful interview. I had never heard of Marc Levy before but I can't wait to read his books. Merci Kristine - you are such an inspiration to me. Jane in Tallahassee.

Eileen - Charlottesville, VA

Hi Kristin,
I enjoyed reading the interview with Marc Levy. I had never heard of him before but I look forward to reading his books. I just downloaded "All Those Things We Never Said."

About the "fire" comment...I would have said..."Come on baby, light my fire!" He's quite handsome!

Theresa &Jacques

Hello
Met your "mama"at the Marina Vallarta!
Charming interesting, pleasant,creative,etc., and she left us with a gift.....a bundle of 'ENERGY'.
A very delightful lady.
Theresa& Jacques..........from Quebec.....La Belle Province !!

Kristin Espinasse

Theresa Jacques, so happy to see your note. My dear mom! That is so her! Merci encore, your report has left me with a bundle of energy. Moms light just keeps on shining!

adda dada

Great insight. Though Paris, and many other large cities, are also multicultural and multiethnic. New York is the center of money. A French person turned into a New Yorker, quelle horror! ;)

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Benjamin

Thanks for the interview, it's very interesting to read about someone who lived in different countries.

I don't understand what is ridiculous “Do you want my fire?”. Could someone please explain me?.

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