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The Thursday Night Men

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  67 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Every Thursday night at 7 o’clock a group of three men meet in Paris. Each man’s life, his story, his situation, is as different from the others’ as can be. What unites them is heartache. Trouble, that is, with women. The meetings are held in a spirit of openness and tolerance. In an almost religious silence each man confesses while the others listen. Philippe is a philoso ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Europa Editions (first published March 14th 2012)
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Elaine
Nov 14, 2015 Elaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Added a few hours later: Merde. I didn't know what was happening even as I wrote this review. And now I almost want to give this book 5 stars just because of its Parisian atmosphere. Une tristesse infinie ce soir.

So we've all heard of chick lit. This, however, is dick lit. It's a soapy story with lots of coupling (though none of it particularly sexy) that follows 3 men on their emotional and erotic journeys as they quest for true love, or recoil from the hurts that women inflict on them.

I foun
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Mmars
Oct 24, 2012 Mmars rated it liked it
While reading this book I bought a compilation of one-act plays at the library booksale. I decided to read one called "If Men Played Cards as Women Do"by George S. Kaufman. It's a spoof on what the conversation would be if the men talked like the women would. It was fairly dated, but interesting to think about. But it was a spoof!

This book was kind of like that - but minus the spoofiness. What if a man wrote a book about men in the vein of "chick-lit". Ummmm. Well. It'd be a mixed bag, and I'm n
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Amber
Aug 20, 2012 Amber marked it as to-read
Shelves: firstreads-swag
I won a copy of this through FirstReads!
Don Hackett
Jul 15, 2014 Don Hackett rated it really liked it
Or 4 1/2, and the category is literate fiction. Not Great Literature, but intelligent and touching, a warm view of where (hetero)men are in relationship to women, now. Not lol funny, but often bringing a smile to my face. The setup is a secret weekly meeting of about 100 men at rotating locations in Paris. There are a few rules: confidentiality; only one opportunity to speak; no interruptions or comments; and no leaving while someone is speaking. the subject is women and heartbreak. Three men ge ...more
Ira Therebel
I really thought that I will be disappointed after reading the first few chapters. When we were introduced to the characters and their relationship problems it seemed like the usual, average romance novel only with men as main characters.

Luckily I was wrong. After we got to know the situations of the characters, the book took a turn. It became more interesting and unique. We see the three men dealing with their problems while being in pretty unusual situations. All their situations represent to
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Roberta
Sono indecisa se dargli 3 o 4 stelle. Raramente desidero che GR permetta la mezza stella, ma questo è uno di quei casi.
La storia parte da un'idea semplice: ogni giovedì un gruppo di uomini si raduna per parlare dei propri problemi con le donne. Una via di mezzo tra una seduta di psicanalisi e un raduno di alcolisti anonimi. La regola principale è tacere: a turno uno dei partecipanti prende il posto del narratore, dice quello che lo preoccupa e poi torna a sedersi tra gli astanti. Nessun commento
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Brittany
Nov 01, 2012 Brittany rated it really liked it
I won this book for free from the Goodread's First Reads giveaway.

"The Thursday Night Men" is a book about men's perspectives on their relationship failures with women. It is set in Paris and the men have weekly sessions to meet and discuss these complications in their lives.
The first few chapters were a little slow moving but I still found them to be very interesting. Near the middle of the book I had a hard time putting it down, especially when I reached the last 2 chapters.
The three main ch
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Micah McCarty
Oct 30, 2012 Micah McCarty rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up on a whim from Book People in Austin a few weeks ago. I was intrigued by the title. I'm so glad that I did. It is written by a Frenchman and is translated beautifully into English. It focuses on three men, each who have their own story of their woundedness from women. They meet at a Thursday night group story telling session. At these meetings (of approximately 100 people) various men will stand and tell their stories. Each have been heartbroken or been the heartbreaker. Th ...more
Josephine
Sep 10, 2012 Josephine rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The Thursday Night Men sheds a different light on man-women relationship from men's perspective. The characters are unique and the story unfolds with nice surprises. I found it was a slow-pace read in the first few chapters but then, I got caught in the story and picked up the book whenever I could... The last third of the story is particularly interesting and original. I'm glad I won this ARC from GoodReads Giveaways and I look forward to read something else from Tonino Benacquista.
I might eve
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Kerry
Sep 12, 2012 Kerry rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through a First Reads Giveaway.

I loved this book! I liked how the characters' motives continue to elude me even though their actions were believable. I felt a connection to the characters, but not in the usual way. I could not relate to them, but I felt as if they were outrageous friends whose next move never failed to entertain me...the friends whose stories you tell again and again. It was refreshing to read a romance novel that lacked the typical sentimentality a
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Sarah Milton-lomax
Mar 29, 2013 Sarah Milton-lomax rated it really liked it
I picked up the book in the library last week. I was suspicious but found it to be a really good read. I enjoyed the evolution of the main characters. To admit I loathe a character (Phillipe!) has to tell you that the author is capable of character development.

As a woman who has been in a long term relationship (with a man, no less) for 16 years, it was interesting to find out how the male mind works - my partner had better watch out. I think I know how his mind ticks now.

If I have one tiny, ins
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Denise
Oct 03, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults
It's Thursday night in Paris and once again a large group of men meet secretly in Paris to discuss their common ailment- heartache. One after the other, the three protagonists get up enough courage to tell their tales. We met Yves, whose wife came home drunk one day and confessed to having an affair, Dennis who is impotent and a virgin and Phillipe, who is a lonely scholar. Each attempt to solve their love problems in a unique way. Do they succeed or do they fail? Are all women the antagonists? ...more
Dorothy
May 15, 2014 Dorothy rated it it was ok
I received this through a goodreads giveaway. I was really excited to read this book, it sounded like a great concept, and it was interesting and quite entertaining but it has taken me one or two years to get this far in the book (am on chapter 8) and honestly I have no desire to continue reading on. I will give this another go in a month or so, and hopefully will give a more positive review. For now, I am having a hard time connecting with the characters, and the dialogues are a bit strange.... ...more
Denise Power
Apr 21, 2016 Denise Power rated it it was ok
Got to page 121. Enjoyed it mostly until page 80 when I realised it wasn't going anywhere. Abandoning it now. Too much good stuff out there to waste any more time on this
Margherita
Aug 22, 2015 Margherita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ironico e divertente, tre storie parallele di tre uomini e delle loro pene d'amore ed esistenziali
Janice
Sep 06, 2012 Janice rated it really liked it
Elegant writing, charming and intelligent, with a bit of melancholy. I won't summarize the plot, you can read about it under the synopsis :)

An interesting look at modern relationships and romance, from men's perspective. The pace at the beginning was a bit slow, but then again it's not meant to be a fast read. Three main male characters you feel like you could care about.

I haven't read other books by the author but I think if you enjoyed Elegance of the Hedgehog (same translator), you should g
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Susan
Jan 21, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
I found it a bit slow to get into, but it started to pick up 1/3 of the way through. I really liked this book because it was about male/female relationships from a male's perspective, and not just one male, but a few with different circumstances.
I also felt this book was well written, lovely prose. I will read this again, as I picked it up and put it down quite a bit over a long period of time. If I read it over a shorter span of time, I will enjoy it even
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Lisa
Jun 16, 2016 Lisa rated it did not like it
Perhaps I missed the point. But I don't think there is one.
Holly
Jan 18, 2014 Holly added it
Shelves: 2013-reads
I can't remember why I wanted to read this novel. C'était un roman très français. I liked how the scenarios were presented (a sort of a revolving close-third person POV of many characters). But would I read a book with a similar set-up, entitled "The Thursday Night Women"? Mais non. It wasn't misogynistic, thank god, but I still wanted to argue on behalf of the female characters. And why were there so many whores?
Kelly
Oct 24, 2012 Kelly rated it did not like it
I got this book as a Goodreads giveaway - my very first!

I loved the concept, relationship stories from a male perspective centered on a Thursday night secret club where troubled men tell each other their stories. I just didn't love the execution. It wasn't until the very end that I connected with any other the three main characters at all, and by that time it just wasn't enough.
Rose
Sep 14, 2012 Rose rated it liked it
Shelves: own
This book is beautifully written. But I found it to be slow paced at first. I was very disappointed in the first few chapters. However once all the main characters were introduced I was intrigued by their unique troubles with woman.

I do have to say that I did love the ending. There was a twist in the plot that I did not see coming at all.
Vicki
Jan 07, 2013 Vicki rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I thought it would be an complete misogynistic romp, based on the book description and title, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's how three very different men meet and learn how to cope with their respective failed love lives.
Jackie Jacobsen-Côté
Loving this. The language....is amazing. I feel like I'm reading it so slowly just to relish how he conveys a thought, but the book is going by so quickly.

Very, very good. I recommend.
Susan R
Dec 22, 2012 Susan R rated it did not like it
Shelves: yuck
Did not finish the book (rare for me). Was well written, but not my cup of tea. Possibly a little too graphic?
Emmi
Dec 30, 2015 Emmi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars.
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