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L'élégance du hérisson
This is another moment when I wonder what is wrong with me... Everyone in France recommends this book! The premise is original enough that I was hopin ...more
Dec 2007
Dec 04, 2007
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
I have just browsed through a bunch of reviews that are literally glowing with praise, so I feel rather embarrassed that I cannot be more enthused abo ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 21, 2013
It has been a very long time since I read something that original... The premise of the book is so unusually incisive, so creative in itself... Coetze ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 04, 2010
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
A very fine collection of five short stories, all revolving around music and, as in all of Kazuo Ishiguro's books, loneliness. As always, he is a mast ...more
Mar 2011
Mar 19, 2011
The Children's Book
I am an A.S. Byatt fan, have been for a very long time... As usual, the book is full of knowledge on a period of English History I love, the late Vict ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 19, 2010
The Debt to Pleasure
I read about this book on the web as I was googling Iain Pears; what a lucky coincidence! This is an incrediby original and engrossing book; a monolog ...more
Sep 2005
Sep 30, 2007
The Red Book: Liber Novus
Opening this book is like entering a magical world of wonders. It is an adventure in and of itself.
I am so glad the public can finally see this notebo
not set
Nov 05, 2010
Fort comme la mort
Reading Maupassant is always a treat.
I cannot think of any writer whose style is quite as impeccable, whose understanding of and compassion for human
Jun 2010
Jun 05, 2010
The Northern Clemency
I should have loved this book; it has everything that makes a novel I cannot put down... loads of character, great settings, multi-generational plot s ...more
May 2010
May 22, 2010
Nineteen Seventy Four (Red Riding, #1)
I actually read all four books in the series, thinking that at one point, I would change my mind and join David Peace's ever-growing fan club.
No such
Aug 2010
Sep 03, 2010
Norwegian Wood
I am decidedly ambivalent about “Norwegian Wood”: while I was very much engrossed in the book while I was reading it, I notice that only a few days la ...more
Jun 2013
Jun 26, 2013
The Flea Palace
This is a very cinematic book with the narrator acting like a camera, each chapter taking place in a different apartment inside this decrepit Instanbu ...more
Nov 2007
Nov 09, 2007
The River Swimmer: Novellas
As always, reading a sentence, any sentence written by Jim Harrison is a treat... so, reading two full novellas is a tremendous pleasure.
Both are equa
Jan 2013
Jan 12, 2013
Sweet Tooth
Of course, this is probably not the best McEwan novel ever, but I literally flew through "Sweet Tooth" as I simply had to know what would happen next. ...more
Jan 2013
Oct 05, 2013
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet, #1)
This is the first volume of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, in which we get acquainted with a group of people living in Alexandria, Egypt, at the very g ...more
Sep 2011
Sep 18, 2011
Coco Chanel
Fact: Coco Chanel's life reads just like fiction.
A real Cinderella story, from rags to riches, with a lot of drama, a lot of action, a scandalous love
Sep 2009
Oct 01, 2009
The Last of the Just
The legend says that there are 36 just men who take on the world suffering onto their own shoulders, a kind of pact with God whereby He allows the wor ...more
Jan 2000
Jun 23, 2008
Lady Chatterley's Lover
I started to re-read "Lady Chatterley's Lover" simply because I needed something to read while I was traveling, and it was there, available...
I had re
May 2011
May 22, 2011
I am a hard core Modiano fan, have been since his very first novel "Place de l'Etoile". Once again, "l'horizon" takes the reader in Modiano's universe ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 17, 2010
Villa triste
This is still to date the most beautiful book Modiano has written. It is a dirge to young love, doomed to be sure but so intense that you know you wil ...more
Jan 1983
Sep 02, 2007
Eat the Document
A quick two-day read; predictable yet well done. Nothing was wrong with the book: decent characters, an interesting premise (60's political activists ...more
Sep 2007
Sep 20, 2007
The Cornish Trilogy
Of the Davies trilogies, this is my favorite. Each book is a masterpiece: the"Rebel Angels" is a fascinating novel with a powerful intrigue where alch ...more
Jan 2003
Sep 02, 2007
L'Herbe des nuits
It is a Modiano novel, and with that come a few truths: it is painfully nostalgic, superb in its simplicity and haunting like an inescapable memory.
Feb 2013
Mar 02, 2013
The Quincunx
Why read "the Quincunx" when you can read or re-read Dickens??? I cannot for the life of me find a good answer to that one...
Jan 2009
Jun 16, 2010
L'Art français de la guerre
As soon as I finished this book, I went online to find out if it had already been translated into English... No yet! Too bad! I would like everyone I ...more
Mar 2012
Mar 22, 2012
Death Comes to Pemberley
When I heard PD James's interview about her mystery sequel to "Pride and Prejudice", I got so excited that I immediately ordered 3 copies of the book, ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 24, 2012
The First Man
I studied Camus in school, like all French schoolchildren. Apart from chosen excerpts that always pepper young readers' school anthologies, you tackle ...more
not set
Feb 06, 2011
Foucault's Pendulum
Foucault's pendulum definitely makes my top 50 books of all times!
It has everything I could possibly dream of in a book: some suspense, great eruditio
not set
Aug 15, 2010
Mountolive (The Alexandria Quartet, #3)
Mountolive is the third installment of the Alexandria Quartet, and it was by far my favorite of the four novels. I believe I liked the change of pace, ...more
Oct 2011
Dec 12, 2011
Against Nature (A Rebours)
Of course, I read this book in French, the original text. This has been one of the crucial books of my life, an incredibly strong influence on me (I a ...more
May 1977
Mar 23, 2008
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