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Au Bon Roman by Laurence Cossé
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Feb 22, 12

bookshelves: french, fiction
Read from February 18 to 24, 2012

I'm getting ahead of myself but already know how I feel about this novel. Interesting at first, but over long. Focused on the wrong characters. A bit pretentious. Tediously plotted. Infinitely redundant. Au Bon Roman refers to a literary bookshop opened in Paris by a couple of passionate readers (with complicated love lives, of course). The book list is chosen by a secret group of novelists. The book store comes under vicious attack by way of all types of media, even to the point of bringing bodily & psychological harm to several members of the selection committee. All of which reads as highly implausible, at least to this American reader.
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