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La délicatesse

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  3,959 ratings  ·  526 reviews
Charles Delamain dirige une entreprise dont le siège est en Suède. Il est amoureux de sa collègue Nathalie, jeune et jolie cadre, qui vient de perdre François, son mari, accidentellement. Mais Nathalie ne veut pas de lui. Un employé suédois de la firme, Markus, aura plus de chance.
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Published August 2009 by Gallimard (first published 2009)
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Manny
Jul 03, 2013 Manny rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for superior French chick-lit
He had managed to navigate his way to the French language section of the bookshop; now he had no idea what to do. Some of the titles were at least recognizable. Madame Bovary... but surely she would have read it? And the same went for Du côté de chez Swann. Maybe this was not such a good idea after all.

"Can I help you?"

The assistant - a lapel badge said her name was Sophie - looked like she was in her late twenties. Short dark hair, earnest expression, French accent. He cleared his throat.

"I'm l
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Corinne Kevorkian
J'ai adoré ce livre. La Délicatesse est un petit joyau. Une ode à l'amour, à la vie - rempli de perles fines et d'objets rares. Les phrases surprennent et enchantent. Les personnages ravissent, même dans leur faiblesse et laideur, mais surtout dans leur vérite et leur fragilité. Je suis tombée sur ce livre et cet auteur par hasard. Un peu comme Nathalie sur François ou Markus. Quel cadeau divin! Je suis maintenant une convertie. David Foenkinos est un maître de la langue française - un language ...more
Mafi
o livro é muito simples, mas isso é o que o torna tão especial. A historia é muito básica, Nathalie e François são casados mas inesperadamente François morre. A partir daí conta a história de Nathalie e do seu novo amor, Markus. Pronto e é só isto, e ficam vocês, que história mais sem sal mas o livro tem outra particularidade, faz várias referências a livros, filmes, peças de teatro que fazem todo o sentido para quêm está a ler o livro. A escrita é sem grandes floreados mas é única, sensível, de ...more
Ciara
wow. i can't believe how terrible this book is. it's a french novel that was apparently nominated for or won all five top french literary prizes. really, france? this book is honestly nothing but an ode to the shameless disregard for sexual harassment law. but i guess france is the same country that gave us dominique struss-kahn. maybe i shouldn't be surprised.

i put this on hold at the library based on a review that said it was about how a woman recovers after the sudden death of her young husb
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Jessica Gaskin
This was an unexpected pleasure. I came across it on the Amazon kindle daily deal and decided to give it a try. There is something quite abstract and mythical about this novel that pulls it out of the 'chic lit' category and makes for a much more interesting read.

The main character is almost as much of a mystery to the reader as she is to the three men who become enchanted with her. And yet as a reader you share their enchantment and want to know more about her. Markus is also a character whom w
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Lucy
If ever I chose the right book to read at the right time, this book was it. I’ve been muddling through books for what seems like years, liking some well enough and recognizing some that deserve to be categorized as amazing (i.e. Unbroken) but, it’s been a long while since I’ve picked up a book that I didn’t want to put down. It seems even longer than that when the book also qualifies as great.

Even so, I’m nervous giving this an “amazing” rating but...I’m going to! Because, I loved it. It’s easy
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Marie
J'avais espéré un roman plus nuancé sur l'amour naissant après la perte mais au lieu de cela on patauge dans les stéréotypes et dans le sentimentalisme. L'écriture est correcte mais comme les personnages et les situations sont soit fades ou mélodramatiques, il est difficile de rester intéressée. Markus, cet homme qui fait preuve de la délicatesse du titre, est juste un gars attentif, sincère et amoureux. Une espèce en voie de disparition en France? Je crois que c'est parce que je suis Américaine ...more
Sam Quixote
Francois meets Natalie. They fall in love and get married. Francois dies in an accident. Natalie is devastated. One day, years after Francois' death, she kisses one of her colleagues, Markus, on a whim. Could Markus be Natalie's lifeline back to love?

If I'd read that synopsis I would have said that no way would this be a novel I'd enjoy nor think it could possibly work, but having read the novel I can say "Delicacy" is a discovery for me - it's a really good novel. But it's more than a romance n
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Lidija

Glavna junakinja ove tople i nadasve osjećajne priče je Nathalie, žena kojoj se u jednom trenutku život okrene naopačke zbog nesreće koja joj se desi. Muž kojeg ona toliko cijeni i voli strada u automobilskoj nesreći i gotovo preko noći ostaje bez svog glavnog oslonca i ljubavi.
Sve što u tom trenutku ona može napraviti je da čeka da bol koja joj razara srce prođe.Naravno, to nije tako lako.
Svi smo mi na ovaj ili onaj način izgubili nama drage osobe i pri tome smo se morali suočiti sa okrutnošću
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Eliza
Grosse déception pour moi que la lecture de ce roman, best-seller de l'été ! J'avais été séduite par le charme décalé de la photo de couverture et l'extrait en quatrième, qui semblaient annoncer un texte drôle, pertinent et inventif. Mais j'ai eu vraiment du mal à finir... L'histoire m'a paru improbable, les personnages inconsistants (malgré le personnage de Nathalie, très touchant au début du roman), la fin convenue. le roman est émaillé de petites listes qui, bien que tendres au début, m'ont l ...more
Winna
Another holiday read. I find this one charming, and very delicate. I like the author's writing style, quite unique with bits of random things that relate a bit to the story, enchanting characters that are flawed, quirky but real. I like Natalie, I find myself wanting to know more about her and how her relationship with the people around her evolve.

More excited to find that a movie starring Audrey Taoutou is to be released soon, based on this book. I imagine her when I read, and what a perfect ca
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Miguel
Muito original; escrita criativa; leitura cativante.
Jenne
I think this book thinks it's charming, but it just left me feeling gross. The main character is this woman who is barely even a person, just a beautiful face with vaguely strange habits. Of course, everyone loves her for no special reason. It just seemed like the author really wanted to fuck Audrey Tautou and decided to write a book about what he would like her personality to be, but he didn't even care that much and just put in a bunch of random crap to make it sort of like Amelie.
Also, don't
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راضي الشمري
رواية لذيذة، أحببتها.
Rowena
Loved this book and the two wonderful main characters!!
Vivek Tejuja
Once in a while, you chance upon a book, that you just have lying on your shelf and intend reading someday. However, that someday takes a while and when you do read it; you begin to realize that you wasted a lot of time, waiting for that someday. “Delicacy” by David Foenkinos had that impact on me. I kept wondering, why had I missed out on this when I first bought it? Why did I wait for two years to read this book? And all it took me was a six hour bus ride to finish it and come out of the rever ...more
Agnes Fontana
Non alors là !!! Ce livre est d'une vacuité totale. Une gentille fille, un peu nunuche, rencontre un gentil garçon, ils se marient mais pas chance il meurt. Elle est bien triste alors son patron balourd et sûr de lui mais pas si antipathique commence à lui faire la cour avec ses gros sabots. Elle décline, mais faut croire que ça a réveillé quelque chose chez elle parce qu'aussi sec elle embrasse le garçon du service, timide et délicat à force de ne pas plaire aux filles, et puis ben ils se mette ...more
Epanorthose
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Steve
I started this book in much the same way as the main character - hopeful. It seemed so full of promise. Unfortunately, I very quickly found myself becoming irritated by the writing style, which reads like a cross between a movie script and a Twitter feed. Is it really necessary for a 250 page book to have 115 chapters? - Especially when some of them are made up of only three or four words. I should have been forewarned by the footnote on the first page, where after saying "But she never ever fel ...more
Jennie
Someone at work left this on my desk with a note saying she thought I would like it. We shall see.

Update.... blah. Quirky, Frenchy chick lit. The first part is well written in spite of its inherent melodramatic quality. The second half....well. The boss/villain is ridiculously overdone, behaving in ways no sentient being ever would in any dimension. Meanwhile the hero/love interest appears to be suffering from Aspergers. I would have given it 2 stars but then I got to this part: "She understood
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Huy
Tôi nghĩ mọi thứ xảy ra đều có thời điểm của nó, ngay cả việc ta đọc một cuốn sách cũng vậy. Và "Mối tình Paris" cũng đơn giản là một cuốn sách đến đúng thời điểm, cũng như một câu trong cuốn sách: "Có những người tuyệt vời mà ta gặp không đúng lúc. Và có những người trở nên tuyệt vời vì ta gặp họ đúng lúc.”, dường như "Mối tình Paris" trở nên tuyệt vời hơn đơn giản vì nó đến với tôi đúng lúc.
Câu chuyện tình yêu không hề có chút ủy mị này có lẽ là thứ mà tất cả mọi người đều cần, để vượt qua nỗi
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Deny
Много се колебаех как да оценя "Деликатност", защото на пръв прочит тази книга може да мине и просто за един сантиментален роман. Не можех да реша 3 или 4 звезди, но накрая дадох повече, защото прочетох историята на един дъх - просто не ми се излизаше от нея, не ми се напускаше тази топла и толкова по френски романтична история, която в никакъв случай не е лепкава и розова. Това е една любовна история, но моля ви, изхвърлете всяка асоциация, която имате в следствие на необратимите травми, които ...more
Sissi
Joli livre, poétique et léger, plein de nostalgie et de tendresse, une pointe d'ironie qui fait sourire.

L'histoire : une jeune femme solitaire et malheureuse depuis la mort de son mari quelques années plus tôt, embrasse sous le coup d'une impulsion irréfléchie un de ses collègue de travail.

L'histoire n'est pas très originale, mais le traitement et le style le sont. Lu très vite et avec grand plaisir.
Mira
Съзирайки поруменялата корица с красиво изписано заглавие, за миг се колебаеш дали не си надмогнал възрастта на сантименталните романи. Не си, повярвай. Това е деликатност. Прекрасна дума, дискретна, крехка, естетична, ненатрапваща се, но омайваща като „парфюм“. Приютила вселените на думите „финес“, „изящност“ и „интуитивно колебание“.

Защото думата деликатност не е достатъчна, за да се разбере „деликатността“. Един Larousse не стига. Няколко изкуства също.

Тя е някакъв сецесион като „Целувката“ н
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زياد
هذه الرواية استحوذت على كل إحساس فيني،
Emmajulia
Je me suis laissée prendre par ce livre en parcourant Amazon à la recherche de nouvelles idées de lecture. David Foenkinos a un style d'écriture facile à lire, un peu le genre de livre qu'on trouverait dans les boutiques Relay d'une gare un jour gris avant de prendre le train...cependant, ce livre facile et rapide à lire nous raconte bel et bien une histoire, entre émotion, faits et humour décalés : la vie de Nathalie, de sa rencontre avec celui qui deviendra son mari, jusqu'à sa chute le jour o ...more
Benito Cuchillo
Un joli roman de reconstruction amoureuse.

voici un livre à découvrir que j'ai lu sur un malentendu, sa jaquette, où il est écrit que lors de sa première rencontre avec Nathalie, François en offrant à boire à cette inconnue, se dit que si elle choisit un jus d'abricot, il l'épouse. J'ai donc cru qu'il s'agissait d'un récit aussi léger et amusant qu'avait pu l'être son précédent roman : "le potentiel érotique de ma femme", que je résume à un sourire fugace.

Il y a dans cette dernière de couverture,
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Kats
Oct 31, 2012 Kats rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of quirky French literature
3.5 stars if I could.

Clearly I was going to like a book that starts with the sentence Natalie was rather private (a kind of Swiss femininity). It doesn't happen very often that the Swiss or their country get a mention in this sort of context, so obviously I was keen to read more. The second thing that very much appealed to me as a reader was the fact that not only is the book short and therefore manageable, but it is split into 115 chapters. Yes, you read that right; one hundred and fifteen! So
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Georgette
What a great quick read and a warm-hearted and abashedly lovely book. Natalie Portman(the character, not the actress)loses her husband Francois after he is hit by a car several years into their marriage. She pours herself into her job(more than usual, which is truly saying something!)and tries to forget how to live, except at work. Her boss has an-almost stalker-ish crush on her(to no avail), and she finds herself intrigued by, and eventually falling for, the oddball of the office. He's a comple ...more
Leah
I won this book in a giveaway. It's a French novel originally published under the title La délicatesse and translated into the English by Bruce Benderson.

I'm not sure if it's me, or that I'm not French, or not reading it in French, but I just didn't get the book. The story is about Natalie. She meets Franḉois, they fall in love, and they get married. Eight years later he gets killed while out running. I'm not spoiling anything. This happens very early in the story. It takes Natalie a while to ge
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David Foenkinos (born 28 October 1974) is a French author and screenwriter. He studied literature and music in Paris. His novel La délicatesse is a bestseller in France.A film based on the book was released in December 2011, with Audrey Tautou as the main character.
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