Madeleine project
Elle s'appelait Madeleine, elle aurait eu 100 ans en 2015. Je m'appelle Clara, j'ai 31 ans. Nous ne nous sommes jamais connues pourtant nous partageons le même appartement, ou du moins l'avons-nous partagé à différentes époques. Madeleine y avait vécu vingt ans. Elle est morte un an avant que je ne m'y installe, l'appartement avait été entre-temps refait à neuf. Interstice préservé de l'oubli, la cave avait été abandonnée en l'état. J'y ai découvert, après en avoir scié le verrou, rangée, empaquetée dans des cartons, la vie de Madeleine, objets, photographies, lettres. Je m'y suis plongée. En novembre dernier, pendant plusieurs jours, depuis la cave n°16, sur Twitter, j'ai décidé d'en faire l'inventaire, de me perdre dans ce fascinant puzzle de souvenirs, de voyager de petites boîtes en valises emplies de documents, de confondre un temps ma vie et la sienne. A la recherche (non du temps perdu) mais d'un peu de temps vécu, de fragments d'une mémoire traversée par l'Histoire. S'agissait-il de se lancer dans une bataille contre l'oubli ? Pourquoi désormais imprimer tous ces tweets, coucher sur papier l'immatériel ? Pour garder la mémoire de ta mémoire Madeleine ? Pour garder une trace ? Mais que restera-t-il de nous deux ? Voilà plus de deux ans que je veux raconter cette histoire. Alors je vais tenter de le faire ici.#Madeleineproject, hashtag devenu le temps d'une folle course contre le temps, contre la mort et l'oubli, une formule magique qui convoque la vie comme un coquillage le bruit de l'océan. Clara Beaudoux dresse le portrait d'une anonyme pas à pas, tweet par tweet, un récit suivi par des milliers d'internautes captivés par ce reportage d'un genre nouveau, nommé "feuilleton 2.0" ou "tweet-documentaire". Ce livre réunit l'ensemble des tweets de la saison 1 et 2 du Madeleine Project en un recueil-reportage, comme ces "Petites Madeleines" de Marcel Proust "moulées dans la valse rainurée d'une coquille de Saint-Jacques".

Madeleine project Details

TitleMadeleine project
Author
LanguageFrench
ReleaseMay 26th, 2016
PublisherÉditions du sous-sol
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Cultural, France, Biography, Biography Memoir, History, Mystery

Madeleine project Review

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    January 1, 1970
    This unique title comes from New Vessel Press, one of the publishers doing good work in translated fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. I received a copy of this through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. (And thanks to the publisher for helping with a technical issue!)The Madeleine Project is something that started in Twitter, when Clara started documenting the unpacking and unboxing of a storage cellar below her new apartment. The life of the woman named Madeleine, who had lived in the This unique title comes from New Vessel Press, one of the publishers doing good work in translated fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. I received a copy of this through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. (And thanks to the publisher for helping with a technical issue!)The Madeleine Project is something that started in Twitter, when Clara started documenting the unpacking and unboxing of a storage cellar below her new apartment. The life of the woman named Madeleine, who had lived in the apartment before her, is revealed piece by piece and detail by detail.The majority of the book is a translated capture of what happened in Twitter, as it happened. The center of the book has some longer narrative about the background and context of the Paris attacks and the unintended impact they had on the project.I'm a person who reads ephemera, so I noticed at the end of the book where Clara thanks all of these Twitter followers who provided more information, tried out Madeleine's recipes, or even knew the person whose life she was revealing. She also mentions that she originally planned to include their contributions in the book, but it ended up being too overwhelming. I couldn't help but wish we had gotten to see at least a little of that. I would have loved the recipe interactions, or to learn more about the details that Clara didn't know, identifying tiny objects and their uses. I felt like I was only seeing one side of a very rich conversation at times. I immediately sent this book to my colleague who runs our university's Special Collections and Archives, wondering if anyone in the archival world had ever documented a new donation this way. I would love it. I'm the kind of person to follow Twitter John Adams' journal and other such accounts. It's interesting if you follow every day, but if you want to keep and collect that form, it needs to be pulled into something else as this book attempts to do. I think the one thing missing are the other voices and eyes that clearly made the project as rich as it was for the original author.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not ready for this book to be over. I want more!! Was that picture of LouLou? She lived 90 plus years, there must be more to learn of her!This was a quick read. Only negative was I want more. I hope she continues with this. I need to get only social media so I can follow amazing stories like this!Premise: woman moves into an apartment in Paris that belonged to a little old lady. The apartment was cleared out, but not her basement storage room, which had a lifetime of things in it. New owner I'm not ready for this book to be over. I want more!! Was that picture of LouLou? She lived 90 plus years, there must be more to learn of her!This was a quick read. Only negative was I want more. I hope she continues with this. I need to get only social media so I can follow amazing stories like this!Premise: woman moves into an apartment in Paris that belonged to a little old lady. The apartment was cleared out, but not her basement storage room, which had a lifetime of things in it. New owner goes through bin and Tweets what she finds. The little old lady, Madeleine, lives again in the Twitter-verse and now I'm this book. This book is so humanizing. The life of one woman, who lived through so much, WWI, WWII, losing loved ones, working, traveling, making friends and learning, never staying stagnant. Everyone has a story to tell. This book drives that home. If anything, it should make us all rush out to talked with our older loved ones, learn from them, learn OF them, before it's too late. This book was amazing. I can't do it justice in this review. I highly recommend it. 5, get to know those around you before it's too late, stars.I received this as an eARC from the publisher. This does not color my review in any way. This book is a worthy read. I wish I could have read it on Twitter in French, and the responses too! Really lovely book.
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  • Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
    January 1, 1970
    This by far is my favorite book of the year!! The format is Twitter messages that flow from one to the other. There are also some small sections where the author goes into more details about the entire project. (I had to go deeper and read everything on Twitter once I was done I wanted more.)I love that we get to see the author's thought pattern as she is going through Madeleine's stuff in her apartment. We get to learn a lot about Madeleine through this thought process, but also the author. I l This by far is my favorite book of the year!! The format is Twitter messages that flow from one to the other. There are also some small sections where the author goes into more details about the entire project. (I had to go deeper and read everything on Twitter once I was done I wanted more.)I love that we get to see the author's thought pattern as she is going through Madeleine's stuff in her apartment. We get to learn a lot about Madeleine through this thought process, but also the author. I love the small tidbits we get from the author's life and how she is constantly questioning what would Madeleine think of what she is doing. You can tell the author is trying to be respectful as possible during this process. I enjoyed everything about this book. The photos the author included really helped me to feel like I am part of Madeleine's life. Also, sometimes I just wasn't 100% sure what she was describing so the photos really helped out. I love the entire concept of discovering a person's life through their belongings. I find that today people do hold onto a lot of stuff and that stuff must have been important at one point in time. The author does an amazing job exploring the items as well as trying to piece together Madeleine's life. This is a hard review for me to write, I don't want to give to much away, but everyone should read this book!! I would suggest reading this book everyday! It is a the perfect book to take your mind off the day! I have already read it twice!! I received a copy of this book from France Book Tours to provide an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    The blurb for this book fascinated me, as I've always wanted to be the fortunate one to discover a treasure trove of personal items from a time past. (So far, I haven't had much luck!) The book covers the first two "seasons" where Clara finds and begins to dig through Madeleine's effects, left in the cellar in suitcases and boxes. Each little bit of the past intrigued me, and though I enjoyed the book, it was also frustrating. The format is such that the pages are filled with the author's Twitte The blurb for this book fascinated me, as I've always wanted to be the fortunate one to discover a treasure trove of personal items from a time past. (So far, I haven't had much luck!) The book covers the first two "seasons" where Clara finds and begins to dig through Madeleine's effects, left in the cellar in suitcases and boxes. Each little bit of the past intrigued me, and though I enjoyed the book, it was also frustrating. The format is such that the pages are filled with the author's Twitter posts. Nothing wrong with that overall, but you can't enlarge any of the photographs she's placed in the tweets. For me, liking detail, it defeats the purpose of the book altogether.I did, however, go find the author's website and read through all four seasons, clicking happily to enlarge photos or to watch video. It was far more satisfying. (go here: http://madeleineproject.fr/ -- Google can translate a lot of it for you if you don't speak French, though Chrome doesn't seem to like translating the storify'd pages of tweets.) I expect this book would be better in its print format than on ebook (I was provided a copy of the PDF via Edelweiss, which I found limiting), as a record of Clara's experiences.Don't let the formatting put you off; the material itself was fantastic and fascinating.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    The blurb for this book fascinated me, as I’ve always wanted to be the fortunate one to discover a treasure trove of personal items from a time past. (So far, I haven’t had much luck!) The book covers the first two “seasons” where Clara finds and begins to dig through Madeleine’s effects, left in the cellar in suitcases and boxes. Each little bit of the past intrigued me, and though I enjoyed the book, it was also frustrating. The format is such that the pages are filled with the author’s Twitte The blurb for this book fascinated me, as I’ve always wanted to be the fortunate one to discover a treasure trove of personal items from a time past. (So far, I haven’t had much luck!) The book covers the first two “seasons” where Clara finds and begins to dig through Madeleine’s effects, left in the cellar in suitcases and boxes. Each little bit of the past intrigued me, and though I enjoyed the book, it was also frustrating. The format is such that the pages are filled with the author’s Twitter posts. Nothing wrong with that overall, but you can’t enlarge any of the photographs she’s placed in the tweets. For me, liking detail, it defeats the purpose of the book altogether.I did, however, go find the author’s website and read through all four seasons, clicking happily to enlarge photos or to watch video. It was far more satisfying. (go here: http://madeleineproject.fr/ — Google can translate a lot of it for you if you don’t speak French, though Chrome doesn’t seem to like translating the storify’d pages of tweets.) I expect this book would be better in its print format than on ebook (I was provided a copy of the PDF via Edelweiss, which I found limiting), as a record of Clara’s experiences.Don’t let the formatting put you off; the material itself was fantastic and fascinating.
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  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't resist joining in this France Book Tour for The Madeleine Project. It is filled with many things I love: Paris...photos...and mystery.What is The Madeleine Project? It's a project Clara Beaudoux began when she discovered the belongings in the basement that a former tenant of her apartment had left after the tenant's death. Beaudoux started sorting through all of the photos and letters and artifacts of the tenant, who Beaudoux learned was named Madeleine, and slowly she began to post p I couldn't resist joining in this France Book Tour for The Madeleine Project. It is filled with many things I love: Paris...photos...and mystery.What is The Madeleine Project? It's a project Clara Beaudoux began when she discovered the belongings in the basement that a former tenant of her apartment had left after the tenant's death. Beaudoux started sorting through all of the photos and letters and artifacts of the tenant, who Beaudoux learned was named Madeleine, and slowly she began to post pictures and commentary of her findings on Twitter. From this Twitter feed, a book formed.What sorts of things did Beaudoux find? Photos. Letters. Postcards. Travel brochures. All the wonderful and mysterious things that make up a long human life. It's an absolutely fascinating book about a regular yet quite intriguing person. I was completely drawn deeper and deeper into the story of this woman as Beaudoux found and shared and speculated upon all the comedies and dramas of Madeleine's life. I think you might be, too.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful hymn to life and to literature as community building. In a unique format and great respect, Madeleine’s story is revealed to you. Very moving.my full review is here:https://wordsandpeace.com/2017/07/18/...
  • Danette
    January 1, 1970
    As someone who just decluttered and moved (and needs to continue decluttering), this was an interesting book to read! Imagine finding a storage room filled with someone else’s belongings from a different era… and then imagine tweeting about it! It is an interesting way to glimpse into the life of Madeleine. At times, I found myself frustrated that I couldn’t “click” to enlarge a photo or “click” on a link that was provided (etsy, youtube!), so I did end up going online and finding the songs she As someone who just decluttered and moved (and needs to continue decluttering), this was an interesting book to read! Imagine finding a storage room filled with someone else’s belongings from a different era… and then imagine tweeting about it! It is an interesting way to glimpse into the life of Madeleine. At times, I found myself frustrated that I couldn’t “click” to enlarge a photo or “click” on a link that was provided (etsy, youtube!), so I did end up going online and finding the songs she linked to (here's one: https://youtu.be/47P4E627NB0).I didn’t look for the audio of her interviews with those who knew her, as I don’t speak French, but I am glad that the author went in search of those who knew and remembered Madeleine, as I loved their thoughts about her. The common thread seemed to be “I wish I had asked her more questions, got to know her better,” which led to, “I wish I knew my own parents/aunts/uncles/grandparents better, had asked them more questions.” And that made me grateful that in my family we bought both of my parents a Story Worth subscription** so they are receiving weekly emails with questions about their lives which will be compiled into a book at the end of a year.Ultimately, this book was not fully satisfying to me. I love Twitter, so I am now following #Madeleineproject and the author (@clarabdx) and will check in occasionally. This book takes you through Seasons 1 and 2 and currently the author is working on Season 4, so I have some catching up to do. I would have loved more of the interaction with other Twitter followers to more fully develop the story of Madeleine and Paris. Unfortunately I don’t read or understand French, and the Storify links don’t translate, so I probably will not delve too much further into the life of Madeleine.But maybe with all my decluttering, I will create a time capsule of life in the early 2000s that can be discovered by grandchildren in their adulthood. And I will be more purposeful in asking questions and learning about all the people in my life.**I really should work for Story Worth, because I love it so and recommend it to everyone I know! Go to www.StoryWorth.com for more information!I received a copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Giveaway at my blog!
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  • Paulita Kincer
    January 1, 1970
    The Madeleine Project by Clara Beaudoux explores the life of Madeleine through the belongings she left behind in her Paris storage unit. The author moves into the apartment and when she finds that the cellar is padlocked and full of belongings, she contacts the previous owner's godson. He has no interest in the items, so the author saws through the padlock and begins itemizing on Twitter the boxes and suitcases full of memories. I'm at an interesting point to read this book, since I myself am go The Madeleine Project by Clara Beaudoux explores the life of Madeleine through the belongings she left behind in her Paris storage unit. The author moves into the apartment and when she finds that the cellar is padlocked and full of belongings, she contacts the previous owner's godson. He has no interest in the items, so the author saws through the padlock and begins itemizing on Twitter the boxes and suitcases full of memories. I'm at an interesting point to read this book, since I myself am going through a "cellar" full of things, letters and awards and treasures, to decide what to keep and what to discard. I wonder what a stranger would piece together about my life if she happened upon the things I've deemed worthy of keeping. Since the book is mostly a series of tweets, it's a very quick read, with time to pause and peruse the pictures a little closer. As a person who loves France and who loves a good historical mystery, I enjoyed peeking into the life of this French woman who would have turned 100 in 2015 if she had lived that long. Madeleine never married but she traveled and had a fiance who died in 1943, according to the author's findings. I might have found all of this paraphernalia left behind just mildly interesting, if not for the author's own notes in the middle of the book. In the midst of documenting Madeleine's life from 70 years before, the terrorist attacks in Paris occurred, killing 130 people. The author decided to continue documenting Madeleine's life to share the beauty that she found. I think what she actually shared was the connection between all people, no matter the hurdles. When you imagine Madeleine living in Paris throughout World War II and then you picture the author living in Madeleine's apartment through another series of attacks, you can see the strand, like metal, that connects them and all of us. The author turned toward Madeleine's treasures, the mundane things in life that make it wonderful and also give us the stamina to continue in the face of evil -- one sweetly-worded letter or a hard-earned diploma or a family picture. This book, translated from French, is more of a graphic novel than a traditional novel, but it still runs the gamut of emotion. The book will not be released until September, so put it on your list for some fall reading.
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  • Audrey Martel
    January 1, 1970
    « En même temps, j’ai été très touchée que de si petites choses puissent tant intéresser des internautes de tous âges. Ces petits détails infimes, ces microsouvenirs, ces pétales séchés, ces crayons vieillis… Toute cette beauté du quotidien, qu’on oublie souvent de regarder, pouvait se révéler. Le fait que l’infime puisse ainsi toucher tant de personnes, m’a redonné un peu confiance en ce que nous sommes, en ce que nous pouvons aimer. Je me suis accrochée à cette idée. » p.134Un reportage toucha « En même temps, j’ai été très touchée que de si petites choses puissent tant intéresser des internautes de tous âges. Ces petits détails infimes, ces microsouvenirs, ces pétales séchés, ces crayons vieillis… Toute cette beauté du quotidien, qu’on oublie souvent de regarder, pouvait se révéler. Le fait que l’infime puisse ainsi toucher tant de personnes, m’a redonné un peu confiance en ce que nous sommes, en ce que nous pouvons aimer. Je me suis accrochée à cette idée. » p.134Un reportage touchant, d'abord publié sur Twitter.
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  • prettybooks
    January 1, 1970
    17/20Une initiative étonnante pour redonner vie à une femme et découvrir ce qu’elle a laissé derrière elle. On suit avec beaucoup d’attention l’évolution des recherches menées par Clara Beaudoux, on s’attache à la femme qu’a été Madeleine, on touche un peu l’Histoire, celle qui ne nous est pas familière, qui dépasse notre époque. Chaque vie est extraordinaire, ce projet en est la preuve.Ma chronique : https://myprettybooks.wordpress.com/2...
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  • Agathe
    January 1, 1970
    Belle découverte pour moi ! Tant sur le fond : Clara Beaudoux explore les affaires de Madeleine retrouvées dans la cave de son appartement, que sur la forme de docu Twitter. On accroche, on dévore ce livre !
  • Elinor
    January 1, 1970
    4,5Une très très bonne lecture, émouvante, pleine de poésie et de tendresse...
  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    The synopsis of this book instantly piqued my interest. The romance of a forgotten life stored away in a basement, tinged with sadness because seemingly no one who knew Madeleine was interested in the memories it contained. As Clara begins to open each box and suitcase, she shares the contents on Twitter, and like discovering buried treasure, the anticipation and excitement about what else she might find soon builds up.I originally thought this was going to be a book based on her Twitter story, The synopsis of this book instantly piqued my interest. The romance of a forgotten life stored away in a basement, tinged with sadness because seemingly no one who knew Madeleine was interested in the memories it contained. As Clara begins to open each box and suitcase, she shares the contents on Twitter, and like discovering buried treasure, the anticipation and excitement about what else she might find soon builds up.I originally thought this was going to be a book based on her Twitter story, however with the addition of some of her thoughts, it is actually a direct replication of her Twitter feed. This is unusual and at first it didn’t feel much like I was reading a book, more scrolling through my Twitter feed, however I soon began to appreciate the benefit – the photos. Clara’s way sharing of Madeleine’s life is a very visual one and the images of the boxes, envelopes and other personal effects are cleverly composed. It felt like I was there each step of the way and I found it difficult to stop scrolling through, intrigued to see what came next. Alongside the pictures, Clara talks to Madeleine, asking her questions about her life and the possessions she chose to keep hold of and I enjoyed her one-way dialogue. Like Clara, I felt a lot of affection for Madeleine and I learned a lot through her life and memories. I also began to wonder how many more ‘Madeleines’ there are, hidden away in lofts and basements, forgotten for now, but awaiting the right person to discover them.This is a fascinating social history project and I’d like to thank Clara for sharing her discovery with the world and doing so with respect and compassion.
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  • Aurora
    January 1, 1970
    The book is similar to becoming an archaeologist, using objects and place to build a forgotten life. While archaeology requires a degree and a substantial knowledge of history, this book only requires two things: being human and familiarity with France because this is a story that is close to our hearts and close to our time; a time we still remember from stories. I am unhappy that the story tended to be short because I feel as if the book only scratched at the surface of Madeleine instead of go The book is similar to becoming an archaeologist, using objects and place to build a forgotten life. While archaeology requires a degree and a substantial knowledge of history, this book only requires two things: being human and familiarity with France because this is a story that is close to our hearts and close to our time; a time we still remember from stories. I am unhappy that the story tended to be short because I feel as if the book only scratched at the surface of Madeleine instead of going full depth, and I do hope that future twits will be translated to English so I can learn more about Madeleine. By the way, I am planning on sharing this book with my little boy as soon as he becomes far older than just 15 months.
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  • Rhonda Lomazow
    January 1, 1970
    A treat of a book .When Clara moves into her apartment she discovers a locked cellar when she opens it she discovers Madeleine the woman who had lived in this apartment till she passed away.Her life in memories diplomas postcard.&on &on.Clara shares with us this unique find in a lovely way a modern way posting pictures of her discoveries on twitter,.A lovely book she honors Madeleine &her life with this unique book.
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  • Lacy
    January 1, 1970
    This book is magical! The author discovers a cellar full of items belonging to the previous tenant (Madeliene) when she moves into her new apartment. Over the course of a couple of seasons, Beaudoux documents her discoveries on Twitter. I wish the story were longer! I would have loved to know more details on the content of the letters.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Suggerimento di lettura da parte di un'amica (del tutto inaspettato). Storia coinvolgente e testimone di come, se ben utilizzati, i social in fondo sono intriganti.Grazie I.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Une jolie et touchante histoire qu'on découvre avec plaisir. On est emportés dans un autre temps malgré les "tweets" qui nous rappellent l'influence de la technologie sur nos vies. J'ai hâte de connaitre la suite de l'histoire de Madeleine.
  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book on a bridge in Pittsburgh left by a book fairy (#ibelieveinbookfairies).I opened it and I was transported to a Parisian apartment storage locker. A journalist moved into an apartment where about a year previously a woman in her 90s died after living in the apartment for about 20 years. She found this woman's memories, pictures, and knickknacks and then tweets about her journey into this woman's life.It's a quick read and hits all the feels. I'm now trying to decide where I'll l I found this book on a bridge in Pittsburgh left by a book fairy (#ibelieveinbookfairies).I opened it and I was transported to a Parisian apartment storage locker. A journalist moved into an apartment where about a year previously a woman in her 90s died after living in the apartment for about 20 years. She found this woman's memories, pictures, and knickknacks and then tweets about her journey into this woman's life.It's a quick read and hits all the feels. I'm now trying to decide where I'll leave it in the city for the next person to find!
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