Friday, July 18, 2008
Petite Anglaise - Catherine Sanderson
(A book that may be of particular interest to bloggers…)
“If I’d walked past him on the street one day, without the crescendo of emails, the electronic foreplay, would I have even given him a second glance? To what extent had I let myself get carried away by how inherently romantic it was to fall for a reader who had worshipped Petite Anglaise from afar before he’d ever seen my face?” (excerpt p.176)
Petite Anglaise is an intriguing, delightful read. Catherine Sanderson has written a personal memoir based upon the changes in her life brought about by “a click of a mouse.” An Englishwoman living in Paris with her partner and their young daughter, Sanderson starts an anonymous blog out of boredom and frustration. Writing about her emotional traumas is a form of release – soothing to her soul and bolstering to her ego.
Petite Anglaise (her nom de plume or nom de blog) soon becomes an extremely popular blog – her large audience fascinated with her openness and willingness to reveal so much of her private life.
And then Catherine falls in love with one of her regular commentors. The feeling is reciprocated. Since I don’t want to spoil the story, I’ll stop here as to what ensues.
With this engaging, well-written memoir, Sanderson tackles the issue of the blog personae vs. the “real” self and the conflict that arises when these “two worlds collide.”
We all put our best foot forward in our blogs, even when lamenting our woes or completing a list/meme of our “Ten Worst Traits.” (Why would we do otherwise?) And an anonymous blog grants great latitude but when this anonymity no longer exists (i.e. when we actually meet fellow bloggers) we are then forced to deal with how we have presented ourselves on our blogs, the perceptions others have of us, who we truly are and how these different “selves” must be reconciled.
Are you brave or foolhardy to allow the virtual creation of yourself to lead you to unknown paths and adventures? Interesting question because in essence, both the virtual and “real” selves are you.
Petite Anglaise provides a captivating glimpse into the life of a blogger who has most definitely ventured beyond any barriers I have set for myself (intentionally or unwittingly) in the blogging world.
I’m not sure whether to applaud this author/blogger or shake my head in amazement at her willingness to be so open – to bare her soul in such a manner. Either way, her story is an enjoyable read.
As an added bonus, once you’ve finished the book you can continue to follow her adventures by reading her blog at Petite Anglaise.
(And with every review this book gets, Catherine Sanderson’s stats are going to sky rocket!!)