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The Reader on the 6.27

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  9,171 ratings  ·  1,420 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 each ...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Pan Macmillan Australia (first published 2014)
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Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“ 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”

‘The Reader on the 6.27’by Jean-Paul Didier Laurent!

Guylain Vignolles catches the 6.27am train every day to a job he detests.He works at a book pulping factory,destroying books the one thing he holds dear in his life.
At the end of each day, he rescues pages of books from the pulping machine he refe
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.
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
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.
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 on my radar for ye
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

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 m
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
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
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.
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 fello
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
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 woul
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 accide
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 ju
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.
Amusing, quirky little story
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-audible-own
3.5 stars. This is a strange little story about loneliness and misery, but it is also heart-warmimg and beautifully written.
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 commute
(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 Giuseppe ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm sorry but I did not like this book at all. The plot was really dull and I could not connect to the characters. Bu the time I read half of the book, I had skimmed through the rest because I couldn't stand it. I actually started reading this months ago but put it down because I couldn't finish it.
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...
Brittany (UnderTheRadarBooks)
Totally charming! 3.5 stars
Gisela Hafezparast
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Utterly charming little book, about kind people, but those which most people would overlook.
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: May 12th 2016
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"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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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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Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By immersing myself in The Reader on the 6.27 I found a little corner of the world where words, either spoken or written, bridge the gap between loneliness and hope. For the briefest moment it can be the most rewarding experience there is.

Every morning during his commute, Monsieur Guylain Vignolles voluntarily reads aloud from the collection of single pages of books that have been orphaned from its parent. A random yet captive audience of strangers listens intently waiting for the next
Ruby Boyer
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
A short but brilliant book, if you love romance this is such a great read. I highly recommend this book to everyone, especially book lovers but brace yourself his job will break your heart!
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A little gem for book lovers. 3.5/5 stars

This review was originally posted on my book blog.

The Reader on the 6.27 is a short novel which is thoroughly charming, and that’s not damning with faint praise. There are several things which lift the book from 3 to 3.5 stars. The characters, particularly the secondary characters, are drawn just on the right side of the line between quirky and caricature. And, in such a short story, this is an asset because the author doesn’t have a lot of time to/>The
Jo Bennie
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: d
Thirty-six-year-old Guylain is a grey man living a life of quiet desperation. Every morning he boards the train to commute to a job he hates and despises, returning at night exhausted to his tiny flat and only companion, a goldfish named Rouget de Lisle. Weekends are bleak, Sundays ruined by the thought of the week ahead. But Guylian does something extraordinary to survive, every morning on the train he reads random fragments of books out to the other passengers. And then one day he finds a lost ...more
Donnah Brown
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Another new author for me Jean-Paul Didierlaurent, and this is an extraordinary novel. A very different type of story from my usual choice of genre. The author has made it almost poetic in his narrative, I felt a close connection not just with Guylain and Julie, but with Giuseppe, the sisters and the passengers on the 6.27. All the characters are on a quest searching for something, with a simple love story woven into the text. Doesn't everyone count things when walking alone, or waiting for some ...more
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Os seus contos já ganharam por duas vezes o Prémio Hemingway.
O leitor do trem das 6h27 é seu primeiro romance, cujo direito de publicação foi adquirido em 25 países
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