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Out of Sorts

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  6,921 Ratings  ·  692 Reviews
Ferdinand Brun hasn’t always been a grumpy old man. Many years ago, he was a grumpy young man. Now he’d much rather spend time with his canine companion, Daisy, than any of his nosy neighbors. But as his behavior becomes increasingly peculiar, his daughter grows concerned and begins to consider moving him into a retirement home.

In order to maintain his freedom, Ferdinand m
Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published January 1st 2016 by AmazonCrossing (first published July 15th 2014)
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Aida Originally written in French, the translation into English is done very well.
No foul language at all. Good insight into the psychology of the aged.
Pao Mascott Not at all. One is French, the other Swedish. That being said, the topic/main characters are rather similar.

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Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
. . . growing old means seeing others die.

My neighbor works at what we used to call an "old folks' home." Though I believe there are now more enlightened, politically correct names in usage, the words still mean the same thing - a place where the elderly are housed while they wait for death.

The hero of this book, Ferdinand Brun, is a healthy eighty-three-year-old who dreads going to live in such a place. He fears being infantilized and turned into "Old Pappy Marshmallow." He will do whatever
Ivonne Rovira
Eighty-three-year-old Ferdinand Bruns has been a curmudgeon his entire life, and old age and a divorce have not improved his disposition. He and his Great Dane Daisy are loathed by most of the other residents of his apartment house in Paris — especially the domineering concierge, Mrs. Suarez.

The slovenly Bruns is in danger of being shipped to a nursing home if he doesn’t improve. Naturally, this being a light-hearted novel, he’s assisted by two sprightly neighbors, 10-year-old Juliette and 92-y
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not too sure what to think about this one. The plot and main character reminded me of A Man Called Ove, which is one of my favorite books, but Out of Sorts didn't reach the heights that Ove did. The book did get better as it progressed, but the writing was very choppy, and, thus, confusing; the disjointed feel may have been a result of translation, though.

I enjoyed how easy of a read this was, but none of the characters were too believable. Juliette was just far too advanced and mature for
Diane S ☔
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Elderly men seemed to be the choice of many last year and this is another one with 82 yr' old Ferdinand taking star billing. He is a crabby old man whose favorite companion is his dog Daisy. As his strange behavior accelerates his daughter becomes concerned. Will he end up in a place he doesn't' want to live? Luckily for him a young girl and older woman will come to help him out.

A fun easy story, delightful at times, poignant at others. My only complaint is that the tone seemed all the same, som
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really hated the main character - not just a grumpy old man, he came across quite frankly as a sociopath. Narcissistic, petty, mean-tempered, he has thought only of himself for his entire life. His poor wife and daughter, his treatment of both for the last four decades is terrible! Even half way through the book he is thinking of ways to hurt someone he doesn't like - and only discounts murdering her, hurting her husband, and killing her dog, because he doesn't want to go to jail! I didn't fin ...more
Susan Swiderski
I find it interesting that a number of other people who have reviewed this book disliked the main character. Hated him, actually. Not me. Yes, he was undoubtedly a grouchy old curmudgeon, who sometimes goes out of his way to be offensive to other people, but there's something else to him, too. There's plenty of pathos. He's lonely, without even realizing it. He has his dog, and that's all he thinks he needs... until she's gone. Then he isn't even sure if life is worth living.

But he learns other
Nada EL Shabrawi
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, english
Super cute.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Le premier roman d’Aurélie Valognes a été une réussite à mes yeux. C’est typiquement le genre de livre à lire quand le moral n’est pas forcément au rendez-vous afin de retrouver le sourire pendant 250 pages. Ce fut un vrai plaisir de lecture qui m’a accompagnée pendant mes vacances !

Ma chronique :
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
A promising premise let down by poor execution. 2/5 stars.

This review was originally posted on my book blog at:

I saw this on NetGalley and was persuaded by the blurb. I’m greatly in favour of books with older main characters, particularly when they’re vibrant, active protagonists. I enjoyed Muriel Bradbury’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog and Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (extra props for that title!
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il bello di riscoprirsi anziani dentro!
Questo romanzo è ricco e variegato come le tavolozze di colori che si trovano a Montmatre, c'è tutto: ironia ed umorismo, serietà e cinismo, irriverenza e sarcasmo. Non manca nulla al romanzo della Volognes che fa un esordio da urlo (perché bisogna urlare per farsi sentire da certa gente) riecheggiando da libreria a libreria, grazie ad un personaggio fantastico come Monsieur Brun, e alla sua allegra combriccola, un cast di personaggi così ben tratteggiati
Renee Hall
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I feel somewhat guilty giving this one star, since there wasn't anything I out-and-out hated about this book (the way I have other one-star books), but there just wasn't anything about it that I particularly enjoyed, either. Since this was translated from French, I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt that things like the overblown dialogue and choppy pacing are either a fault of the translation or more typical in French literature. All in all, though, this just wasn't the kind of book I was ...more
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful short read! A cranky old man, who isn't as bad as he seems!
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
je ne me suis pas attachée aux personnages même si le roman se lit bien et est divertissant
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1er livre de l'auteur que je lis, donc j'avais décidé de commencer logiquement par sa 1ere parution.
J'ai passé un agréable moment.
Livre court, mignon, avec de l'humour et de petits rebondissements sympathiques.

J'ai mis un peu de temps à entrer réellement dedans car Ferdinand Brun notre personnage principal de 80 ans n'est pas du tout attachant! Et je ne voyais pas vraiment où l'auteur allait le rendre attachant et comment j'allais pouvoir avoir envie de suivre ses "aventures". Il s'ennuie dans
Serisop (Cioccolatoelibri)
Insomma, mi aspettavo qualcosa in più.
L'ho trovato molto una classica lettura da spiaggia - per intenderci, quelle che si leggono sotto l'ombrellone prima di cadere addormentati e di risvegliarsi con un ustione di quarto grado perché il sole si è spostato, di conseguenza anche l'ombra, ed è un casino - ma siamo a febbraio quindi (?)
Quindi l'ho letto nel mio angolino di lettura, sotto il piumone e con poca luce che filtrava dalle finestre.
L'ho trovato scritto molto "alla francese". Ora voi che s
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Utterly charming! Just utterly charming! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found I could not put it down. I was late to an event because I had to finish it...
Ferdinand has never been an agreeable man. He was a contrarian in his youth and has been consistent in this practice through his dotage into his eighties. His habits have ultimately proved himself suspect to banishment for his own "good" to a retirement home by his concerned daughter who lives out of the country. He is at the mercy of M
Diane D White
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Something Lost In Translation

I kept wondering why this book was written in such a stilted, almost artificial tone. Every character's voice was so alike that a little girl's conversation was indistinguishable from old man's. The crotchety protagonist was unbelievable. The precocious child's warm feelings for him were unbelievable. The elderly ladies' attraction to this grumpy old guy was unbelievable. The neglectful crabby old coot's inexplicable fall into love at first sight (through peephole, n
Jennifer Morefield
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a bit weird. After figuring out that it was a translation from French, I figured that was a part of the reason. The book always held my interest in that I wanted to see what would happen next. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was good and different. It was also the first novel published by this author. i also got to read this for free because it was offered through amazon that way. I believe it was
a pre-release. So definitely worth what I paid for it.
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
A good book to read in french by french people. I'm not so sure for the english version...
Il salotto del gatto libraio Graziano
"Madame Claudel è in un mare di guai" è stata una lettura veramente piacevole e divertente anche se secondo me, dietro l'ironia del romanzo, si nasconde anche un velo di drammacità. La storia inizia con la presentazione del suo protagonista principale, Ferdinand Brun, un 83enne bisbetico e antipatico. Con il fatto che sia nato sotto la stella di un venerdì 13, è convinto che la vita per lui riserverà
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une bouffée d'air! Un vrai plaisir de lecture!
Ingrid Fasquelle
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diplômée de l’École Supérieure de Commerce NEOMA Business School (ESC Reims) en 2007, Aurélie Valognes est spécialisée en communication et en marketing, et a exercé au sein de diverses entreprises (Mars, Procter & Gamble) et pays (Italie, Suisse, France, Belgique, Pays-Bas). Mémé dans les orties est son premier roman, publié en juillet 2014. Très rapidement, ce roman plein de vie, qui se lit d'une traite et le sourire aux lèvres, s'impose comme un immense succès qui séduira plus de 200.000 l ...more
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was gifted a 2 year subscription to KindleUnlimited. Thus far haven't come across many contemporary selections within my genre, (with the exception of 'The Man in The High Castle' which I just could not finish due to its lack of writing style and plausibility in accounting of historical fiction.) This one though was recommended by a friend and so I tried it. What a pleasant surprise!
Out of Sorts, a very well translated book from French to English, takes you into the life of a crusty, cantanke
Valérie Carreau
Mon avis: Un roman à dévorer pour passer un excellent moment de lecture et de détente j'ai adoré, un véritable coup de cœur pour moi aussi bien pour l'histoire que pour la plume de l'auteure, une réelle belle découverte.

Du coté de l'histoire: Nous suivons le quotidien de Ferdinand, un vieux bougon que tout le monde aime détester, il est seul après le départ de sa femme qui l'a quitté pour le facteur qui s'est enfui avec lui dans le sud de la France. Entouré simplement de l'amour de sa chienne D
Frédérique Raix- McGirt
Ce livre ressemble en version masculine à "l'élégance du hérisson". Il est toujours agréable de voir les changements apparaitre dans la vie d'un héros ou d'une héroïne. Une histoire fabuleuse avec des personnages rocambolesques et attachants.
Diedre Braverman
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Quick & Heartwarming Pick-Me-Up

Mr. Ferdinand Brun is an unlikable, crusty old curmudgeon who keeps to himself, refuses to answer his door or phone as often as not, and intentionally grunts unpleasantly when greeted by other tenants of his lovely, but unappreciated, apartment building. He is immune to feelings, other than resentment, distrust, regret and a readiness for death. He is alone in the world by choice, having distanced himself from everyone in his life except his dog.

This is the s
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
The main character in this book wasn't the nicest person around. He was just a lonely old man. But, he had done it to himself. It's too bad that it took him that long to figure it out.

It's also too bad the mean things that the apartment manager had done to him as well.

I liked the book. It was a good story and a nice learning experience. The little girl was adorable. I would recommend this book. It was entertaining, somewhat sad, but uplifting at the end.

Thanks Amazon Crossing for approving my re
Larry Bassett
Jan 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio
I was reading this book because it was on cell from and was about an old man alleged to be somewhat crotchety. I am 70 and occasionally aspire to being somewhat crotchety. So I thought I would try it out. So I tried it out for about two thirds of the book. Our hero was extremely crotchety for almost the first half of the book. He then reversed course for reasons that I somehow missed. And the book somehow tried to become humorous which I also somehow missed. And then it occurred to m ...more
Michelle Only Wants to Read
I don't know what to say. This book didn't work for me. I struggled with all the characters. Too far fetched and unbelievable. Some plot lines were absolutely absurd and almost gave me headaches.

But...but...I am known for not being fond of these type of stories. I may have just been the wrong audience for a great book. I found this positive review in case you want a different opinion.
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
At first I thought this might be a book like Elegance of the Hedgehog, but alas! no. A light, entertaining read. Even though the language was a bit stilted, I always wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. Delightful characters. Thoughtful situations, especially for those of us growing older.
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