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The Reader on the 6.27

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  11,894 ratings  ·  1,762 reviews
An irresistible French sensation - Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore meets Amelie - The Reader on the 6.27 explores the power of books through the lives of the people they save. It is sure to capture the hearts of book lovers everywhere. Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life ...Sitting on the 6.27 train e ...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Pan Macmillan Australia (first published May 5th 2014)
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Kate (infinitelynovel)
Such a charming, quirky little book! I read this from cover to cover in the space of an afternoon, and it has left me feeling so warm and fuzzy inside. I love it when books demonstrate a real passion for literature, and this novel does it in spades. The Reader on the 6.27 really grasped the heart of this bookseller.
Lena
May 28, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Felt like a compilation of various pieces than a whole novel. Very brief which is only proves that the story is underwritten. + A lot of disgusting description of public toilets.
Fiona MacDonald
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great feeling it is sometimes to discover a lovely, unknown book that you have picked just for it's pretty cover alone that is also a fantastic book. A cardinal sin I know, but sometimes it pays off.
Guylain Vignolles lives an empty, lonely life with a job he hates - working in a factory that pulps books. His only pleasure is saving random pages that have been spared the pulping machine and reading them out loud to the passengers on the 6:27am train he takes every week day to work. Here h
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Carmen
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book I thought I was going to love it. A commuter who reads a different passage of a book outloud while in the train. Somebody who saves the others from their real boring journey to work and even from their lives. The description of somebody who is not happy with his lifestyle and finds salvation in literature. A monster that destroys books... I thought it couldn't get much better. But I was wrong. Somehow I thought it was trying to be a kind of Fahrenheit 451... and it got w ...more
Andrea
3.5★

Guylain Vignolles is a an avid reader who, ironically, spends his 7-5 workday pulping books with the machine he loathes so much he can't bring himself to call it by its real name. Instead he calls it The Thing. Guylain leads a quiet life, with few friends and just a goldfish at home to confide in. He calls his mother every Thursday evening and cringingly continues the pretence to her that he works in publishing.

The highlight of his days is the 20 minute commute each morning on the 6.27 train
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Becky
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A lovely story that seemed to combine aspects of The Red Notebook with Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Book-store. This is very much a book written entirely for book lovers, and is also quite deliciously French in it's style and scope. Guylain Vignolles is a reader, one who works in a hellish book pulping factory. This job is soul destroying, and he lives for the moment at the end of the day when he can crawl into the belly of the monstrous pulping machine, in order to clean it out. He takes advantage of ...more
Acordul Fin
“For all those fellow commuters, he was the reader, the bizarre character who each weekday would read out, in a loud, clear voice, from the handful of pages he extracted from his briefcase.”
I hated this book the first time I tried to read it, I dnf-ed it after 50 pages or so because I couldn't get into it at all, the writing and the main character felt unbearable. But I kept postponing giving it away and this week I felt the urge to give it another shot, probably because it had been
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Dianna
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
On his daily commute to work, Guylain Vignolles reads from book pages that have survived the paper-recycling machine he tends. Guylain dislikes his co-worker and boss and hates the machine to which he daily feeds books to be pulped.

I am all for finding a way to be slightly anarchist about your job in a sort of positive and creative way that doesn’t prevent actual work productivity or make you tiresome to your colleagues and somehow helps you become a better person. I’m still looking for a way to
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Chris
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Reader on the 6.27 is a story of loneliness and regret while at the same time finding itself to be a love story in which our characters long for that wonderful and painful thing that makes their hearts beat a little faster and their eyes widen a little more each day. I really enjoyed the mixture of poetic tone and relatable humour in the book and thought it was a really easy and quick read. I recommend it.
Tanja Berg
This is one of my airport picks. On this occasion, bought because of the title. Read now because of how nice and short it was. Essentially, it was a lot more predictable than I thought it would be, but it certainly had its original aspects.

Guylain Vignolles makes a living destroying books. He has one friend, Giuseppe, who lost his legs in an accident at work. Guylain's only company, really, is a goldfish, Rouget V. Every day, to dispel some misery, Gulain reads something to his fellow passengers
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Susan
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guylain must spend his days feeding thousands of unwanted books into a hideous, monstrous machine that destroys them, turning them into a pulp that will, one day, be used to make more books.
He hates his job, hates destroying so much literature, and tries to compensate by rescuing a few pages every day, and reading them out to his fellow passengers each morning, as they share his train journey to work.
Then one day he finds the diary of Julie, who's job in a public lavatory brings her into contact
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Ammar
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
It's a weird short novel
I enjoyed reading it. The premise of it shows how books and words and writing can change the life of a person. I wish some scenes were more detailed and more depth in them.
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Britta Böhler
A wonderous little gem. Who knew that a story about a man operating a paper pulping machine and a women working as a lavatory attendant could be such a delight. Must be a French thing...
Alice (Married To Books)
A classic French bestseller in which I picked up a translated copy of last summer while on holiday. When it comes to reading translated books for me, I really would like the writing to flow well. It's never easy to take one story written in one language and then publish in a different language. This version was a little choppy for my liking. We follow a man called Guylain, who works for a book-pulping factory and to get there, he has to take the same train at the same time (6.27) and during his ...more
Olga Godim
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mainstream
4.5 stars
A charming short novel, a little pathetic, a lot poignant, and utterly European. A translation from its native French, it tells a story of Guylain Vignolles, a lonely man who works for a book-pulping factory and hates his job with a passion. Every evening, when he cleans up his machine after a day of devouring books, he finds and rescues a few disparate pages, usually from different books, that found their way into a dysfunctional corner of the apparatus. The next morning, on his commut
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Heather W
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was part of my local library's book group reads. I will start with the good things and then I will go on a little bit of a rant. I loved the old people's home aspect of the story and I thought Yvon was awesome. Now before I do rant, I'd like to say that it is obvious that the author took a great deal of pride and effort in this book, and I don't mind people who like or even love it but this book was most definitely not for me and here's why


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1. Him - Ok Ok so let me get
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Karen Mace
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbacks
Absolutely adored this little gem of a book! A really simple plot can go a long way if it is well written and this is a great example of that!

Guylain Vignolles is invisible in the majority of his life. He lives alone with his beloved goldfish. But he has taken to reading random pages aloud on the 6.27 commuter train every morning, and his fellow passengers are enthralled! You soon find out what he does for a living and his actions become even more poignant and seeing how much joy just a simple
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Becky
That wasn't what I was expecting as such, but it was a brilliant read. It was poetic, interesting and grabbed my attention right from the off. I loved the addition of the pages that were read out and eventually the diary entries - they added so much depth and I loved reading them. It's all so poetic and wonderful to read; I really enjoyed moving through a section of this man's life with him!

I loved the ending, also, my heart was particularly mushy whilst I finished this novel!

I would recommend
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Booklover
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-audible-us-own
3.5 stars. This is a strange little story about loneliness and misery, but it is also heart-warmimg and beautifully written.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tracey Allen by: Andrea
What a funny little book! The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent is translated from French and is a short book that packs a punch. Our main character Guylain Vignolles works in a book pulping factory despite loving books. He retrieves a few pages from the machine every day and reads them aloud to commuters each morning on the 6.27am train.

That's the concept, but this quirky little book is really about Guylain's life and two people in it. A friend who lost his legs in an accident at th
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Archana
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Books change lives. I am an ardent lover of the books-about-books genre, but this one was a whole different approach to the subject. A lovely, sweet different.

Guylain, a lonely Parisian, a lover of books, a man who reads out a few pages everyday to his co-passengers on the 6.27, is also, ironically, stuck in a terribly deadbeat job of operating a machine that mulches and destroys books (and by that, also, souls, it would seem.)

Things take an interesting turn when he finds a USB containing the w
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AdiTurbo
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A heartwarming little book about misfits and lovers of books. The characters are original and quirky (in a good, believable way), and the novel is full of deep appreciation of literature and the way it can transform your life. There is also a kind of a romance, a kind friendship, and funny observations about working life, which may kill your soul if you're not very careful. Sweet and smart. ...more
Brittany (UnderTheRadarBooks)
Totally charming! 3.5 stars
Mandy
Amusing, quirky little story
Rebecca
(3.5) Guylain Vignolles works in a paper pulping plant. Rather than an enemy of books, however, he’s really a champion of the written word and its power to improve people’s lives. Every day when he descends into the belly of “The Thing” to clean it, he rescues the stray pages that escaped destruction and reads them aloud the following morning on his twenty-minute train commute, or to the residents of an old-folks home, no matter what their subject. He also helps his disabled former colleague Giu ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Guylain works at a job he hates, at a job any self-respecting reader worthy of the name would hate: Guylain destroys books. His one joy in life is reading aloud each day on the 6.27 train. And then he discovers a diary on the train, and he feels compelled to find the author of the diary.

A lovely little adventure containing all my favorite ingredients including books and France.
Junie Rönnqvist
I listened to the audiobook for this and I wasn’t very invested in the story:/
Jae
So good I didn't want it to end. ...more
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
brthereaderonthe6.27
Finished reading: May 12th 2016
Rating 4qqq

"For all those fellow commuters, he was the reader, the bizarre character who each weekday would read out, in a loud, clear voice, from the handful of pages he extracted from his briefcase."

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Gisela Hafezparast
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Utterly charming little book, about kind people, but those which most people would overlook.
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Jean-Paul Didierlaurent vit dans les Vosges. Nouvelliste lauréat de nombreux concours de nouvelles, deux fois lauréat du Prix Hemingway, son premier roman, Le Liseur du 6h27, connaît un immenses succès au Diable vauvert puis chez Folio (370.000 ex vendus), reçoit les prix du Roman d’Entreprise et du Travail, Michel Tournier, du Festival du Premier Roman de Chambéry, du CEZAM Inter CE, du Livre Pou ...more

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