Paul and Virginia, Mauritius island.

3 books worth reading to discover Mauritius

If you want to discover the mauritian culture, we recommand  the 3 followings books. You can read them before your trip to Mauritius or, on the contrary, enjoy the books during your holiday on the island… Just imagine yourself, lying on a deckchair in the hotel or in your house, and flipping the pages…

Paul and Virginia by Bernardin de Saint Pierre (1787): exciting novel that tells the story of two children living on the “Ile de France” (the former name of Mauritius). Even if they are from two different families, Paul and Virginia are raised as brother and sister. But finally fall in love during the  adolescence …

The prospector by JMG Le Clézio (1985): the story begins in 1892 and is also held on the “Ile de France”. Alexis, 8 years old, grows up happily with his older sister Laura and his creole friend  Denis. The family is not rich, and his father tries to install a power generator to overcome its financial difficulties. Unfortunately, shortly after a cyclone ravages the island, the family house and the generator. Family is ruined and must move to Forest Side, located in the highlands of the island …

Le silence des Chagos  by Shenaz Patel (2005) is third novel of a talented Mauritian writter and tells the story of Charlesia and Desire, originating Diego Garcia, an island that is part of the Chagos Archipelago, neighbor Mauritius. Life is peaceful and gentle in Diego Garcia until the inhabitants are coerced to leave Diego Garcia, in dramatic circumstances, to be deported to Mauritius …

This book may not be availbale in english yet.

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