The President's Hat
Daniel’s thrill at being in such close proximity to the most powerful man in the land persists even after the presidential party has gone, which is when he discovers that Mitterrand’s black felt ha ...more
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It's a quick read - anyone looking for a wonderful way to waste your afternoon, this one's a treat.
The hat continues to be left and each person who becomes its temporary caretaker experiences something new and transfromative in their lives.
Impossible to put down, uplifting and a joy to read, it is wonderful to come across one of those 'turn-to' authors when in need of a literary pick-me-up or just a fun read! ...more
بعد از کتاب "دفترچه یادداشت قرمز" این دومین اثریه که از آنتوان لورین خوندم. ایده ی این کتاب هم بنظرم جالب و خلاقانه بود. بیش از اون اشاره به این نکته رو دوست داشتم که ...more
It’s a play on words, used as an advertising slogan in the UK in the 1940s. It would seem that those words struck a chord, as they remain in the public consciousness to this day. Maybe that’s because they’re true.
They certainly were in Paris, in 1986.
Daniel Mercier was an accountant, with a career that was solid but not spectacular.
One evening, when his wife and child were away, he decided that he would treat himself to a lovely meal and a good bottle of wine ...more
IF.... A mighty little word with mammoth implications.
Daniel Mercier is an average bloke. A vanilla sort of cube-farm guy not likely to get promoted, let alone become company partner or rub elbows ...more
I loved his "Red Notebook", so when I spotted this on Netgalley, I had to request it. Many thanks to the publishers, Gallic Books, for allowing me to read it.
The President's Hat is about the French President, Francois Mitterand's hat. I've grown up hearing about him. He was the French president for a very long time (14 years!).
The story takes place in 1986. Daniel Mercier finds himself in a brasserie, enjoying ...more
In this delightfully quirky story, the lost hat of the President of France seems to change the lives of those who wear it, making them bolder and more confident, and therefore allowing them to make the choices that could change their lives for the better.
It all begins when Danielle finds himself dining in close proximity to the leader of his country, who leaves behind his hat. The temptation is too great for Danielle ...more
Truly! I have never experienced such a satisfying ending. Indeed, it was an experience, not just a novel.
I believe I found this book on a list of short reads, and just was so captivated by the premise that I had to find it. I got it for Christmas last month - and I had to read it! It was so appealing, because I have experienced the horribleness of loosing hats many times. (view spoiler)[Last year, I l ...more
Daniel Mercier is eating alone one night in a restaurant when François Mitterrand, President of France, and some friends settle themselves at the next table. Daniel is thrilled to be so close to the great man, and begins to imagine that he's part of the President's group. When they leave the restaurant, Daniel notices that Mitterrand has accidentally left his signature black hat behind. Succumbing to an overwhelming temptation, Daniel picks it up, crams it on his own h ...more
چطور ممکن است به همین سادگی از زندگی کسی محو شوی؟ شاید، وقتی همه ی کارها را انجام دادی و همه ی چیزها را گفتی، آن وقت به همان سادگی که وارد زندگی اش شدی، از آن بیرون می روی. فقط یک ضربه ی تقدیر و چند کلمه ممکن است آغازگر یک رابطه باشد، و فقط یک ضربه ی تقدیر و چند کلمه ممکن است یک رابطه را پایان دهد. پیش از آن، هیچ، و پس از آن هیچ.
در زبان عامیانه اگر بخواهیم اوج اعتماد به نفس را مثال بزنیم می گوییم اگر من اعتماد به نفس داشتم، الان رئیس جمهور بودم. همه چیز از یک کلاه شروع شد، کلاهی که بر سر هرکس ...more
By Antoine Laurain
A French novel in translation, The President’s Hat is a sweet bit of whimsy. Daniel Mercier, an everyday sort of accountant, inadvertently finds himself seated next to President Francois Mitterand at a brasserie; when Mitterand forgets his hat, Mercier appropriates it as a souvenir of the evening he sat next to the President. But when he dons the black hat, he feels transformed.
He felt as if his brain was bathed in a refreshing dose of sparkling aspirin. Bub...more
Die große Liebe finden, ein meisterhaftes Parfüm kreieren, der Chef des eigenen Chefs werden: Wer träumt nicht davon, seinem Leben eine neue Richtung zu geben? Und sind Träume nicht reine Kopfsache?
Als der Präsident seinen Hut in einer Brasserie vergisst, setzt sein Tischnachbar ihn auf - und schlagartig ändert sich dessen Leben. Doch der Hut wandert weiter von Kopf zu Kopf, um seine ganz besondere Wirkung zu entfalten. Ein Roman voller Charme und Überraschungen, über große Ziele und glückliche
"Now she understood Michel Polac's approach: push it as far as it will go until the whole thing explodes, then sit back and survey the damage. Fanny shivered with fear and excitement. She took a step back, perched on the table and tilted her head to one side, all the while keeping her eyes on Edouard. She was about to leap into the unknown and it was a delicious feeling, more satisfying than any sexual position.
'Yes, the hat was a present,' she said softly."
"What Aslan ...more
This book is easily a 5 star read. I have never read anything quite like it, the story is surreal and completely different to my normal reading style. Antoine Laurain has written a beautiful story that is captivating, filled with humour, anticipation and general feel-good feeling.
Based in 1980's France, the President of the Republic, Francois Mitterand is dining in a brasserie when he accidently leaves his signature black fe ...more
A fun little novel, I tossed up for a good ten minutes or so whether to give it 3.5 or 4 stars and eventually decided to round it up (think of it as a 3.75 if you like). This was a bit of an impulse buy – I went into Waterstones to pick up another book, had a quick browse through their special offer’s tables, marked this down as something that looked interesting, and left, walked halfway down the street, turned round, and went straight back into the shop. My wallet’s not particularly happ ...more
Laurain hat letztes Jahr mit "Liebe mit zwei Unbekannten" für große Begeisterungsstürme in der Leserwelt gesorgt. Ich selber habe das Buch (noch) nicht gelesen, wollte mich aber gerne mit seinem aktuellen Buch von ihm überzeugen. Und mich zu überzeugen hat der Autor eindeutig geschafft!
"Der Hut des Präsidenten" ist nicht unbedingt eine klassische Liebesgeschichte, lässt sich aber dennoch toll le ...more