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October 15, 2014 issue. This file presents an archive copy of the issue of the FYI France ejournal, ISSN 1071-5916, which was distributed via email on October 15, 2014.

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Bretagne, some fair-weather & foul-weather & sea-faring libraries


T his furthest-ouest part of France: think of a brave winter-tour tucked into a snug & reliable Mini -- cold-blowing storms, tiny roads, minuscule villages, hot soup, a warm fireside, a book... Hornblower... -- and, as always, if you can recommend any other Bretagne libraries please let me know --


And a Note:

I've read through the Hornblower series 4 times -- twice with my eldest son when he was about age 7 and age 10 or perhaps a little later -- our benjamin preferred Br'er Rabbit, with all the accents read-in, many-times-through for that -- then later, for Hornblower, twice more on-my-own, long after both the cadet and his brother had reached their mature and preoccupied adulthoods...

So I know Ushant / Ouessant well, and all the tides and the many winds thereto-pertaining: to have sailed, for or against Napoléon, has been the dream of many a boy, even later-on & a bit more-grown & viewing the seas of Cabo Trafalgar from the comparative safety of the Andalucian shore -- the Taraf al-Gharb, from the Costa de la Luz -- or braving the enormous Pacific swells on the route to Ensenada, day-dreaming of sea-battles.

Brittany, and the Bay of Biscay, figure closely in that 19th and 18th c. sea-faring life: Aubry-Maturin and Robert Louis Stevenson, The Scarlet Pimpernel, my mother's generation trying to figure Continental landing-sites for invasion, and their Continental competitors figuring same for reinforcement and résistance... Many a modern navy commodore first enlisted because his father read him Hornblower.

In our digitized and internetworked world the sea may be our last reserve of a "wildness" which preceded and still may underlie all this precise modern mega-organization -- "In wildness is the preservation of the world," warned Thoreau... And the oceans exhibit their own precision of organization, albeit wild, which defies our imaginations: big as they are -- enormous, like their Great Blue Whales -- no matter what levels of complexity in them we reach, the oceans always entice us further, deeper, smaller, the still-wild animals in their deeps alone defy all our knowledge and understanding so far.

Appreciating all this might best be done along a stormy coast, like that of Brittany -- Bretagne -- on a cold and wet winter day, from a tiny village, assisted by hot soup, a warm fireside, and some little local library and a good book or three.


Jack Kessler,



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