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The Book of Pearl

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,069 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
A compelling story of a first love that defines a lifetime; perfect for fans of David Levithan, told with the intricate and beautiful writing style of bestselling author Timothee de Fombelle.

Joshua Pearl is from a world that our own no longer believes in - a world of fairytale. He knows that his great love is waiting for him in that distant place, but he is trapped in our
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 2nd 2016 by Walker Books (first published November 2014)
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☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
This was a FANTASTIC read that is perfect for historical romance and fairy tale lovers! I fell in love with the prose and LOVED all the characters! This book was so awesome and went through a world within a world. I would highly recommend this book to any reader looking for something that will touch their heart.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Le livre de Perle, je l’ai vécu comme un poème, je l’ai lu très lentement en essayant de le faire durer pour ne jamais qu’il se termine. Il m’a ému, et transporté dans des mondes enchantés pleins de fées, de rois fous, d’histoires magiques.
La première partie du livre m’a d’abord laissé septique, mais en lisant la suite je me suis rendue compte de la cohérence de ce récit, et des liens de la première partie avec la deuxième et la troisième partie.
Joshua Perle m’a touché, son histoire m’a fait cr
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I began this book (apparently rather popular in its native France and virtually unheard of by Americans) I thought I was going to love it on a level with sophisticated lyrical wonder-filled works from authors like Alessandro Barrico, Erin Morgenstern, and Jane Mendelsohn. The comparison with Barrico would be particularly apt, as I think Sarah Ardizzone has done as sensitive and nuanced a job translating The Book of Pearl as Alister McEwan did with Ocean Sea, making the experience as rewardi ...more
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An English translation of Timothee de Fombelle’s French, Le Livre de Perle, a popular book in his country, brimming with romance and history, mystery and adventure. A boy meets an old man through an odd series of events which haunt him his entire youth. Because of that meeting he plays an important role in two star crossed lovers (Ilian and Olia) story. As he recounts his role, the lovers' stories and reveals who the mysterious Joshua Pearl is,
Fidan Lurin
I received an ARC copy of The Book of Pearl in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley, as well as the translators of this edition, Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon for this advanced copy which is expected to be released on February 06, 2018.

The NetGalley copy I read is actually a translation of Timothee de Fombelle’s original French, Le Livre de Perle, a well known book of fairytale and magic, being published back in 2014 by Gallimard Jeunesse.

The Book of Pearl is exactly as the t
Adele Broadbent
This story is something special.
Part fairy tale, part historical (1930's), and part present, The Book of Pearl isn't just a story.

The book that you hold in your hands as you read is actually part of the character's story.

The structure of the novel is skilfully pieced together, which would be the only thing I would worry about with younger readers. As an adult I found it pleasantly challenging to follow the strands of the three main characters until they had woven together completely at the end
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unraveling mystery, a fairytale kingdom, star-crossed lovers, WW2, marshmallows, old photos and tokens of proof wrapped in tissue paper. Curses, villains, and prisoners of war. A life time of yearning, searching and hoping for a way back to lost loves. Contented sigh. <3
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dễ thương, quyến rũ đúng kiểu Pháp, có cái tiệm kẹo siêu lung linh mà muốn lọt vô 1 lần :'(
Bài đầy đủ của mình:
Nhi Nguyễn
Mới đầu đọc cuốn này mình không thích lắm đâu, nhất là mấy chương đầu ấy, cảm thấy nó cứ thiếu thiếu cái gì đó. Ấy vậy mà càng đọc, càng đắm mình vào câu chuyện, đặc biệt là câu chuyện của hoàng tử Ilian ở xứ sở thần tiên của chàng và tình yêu mà chàng và nàng tiên Olia dành cho nhau, mình lại càng thấy yêu cuốn tiểu thuyết này cực.

"Cuốn sách của Perle" không phải là dạng truyện cổ tích bình thường, mà thực sự nó cũng chẳng phải đơn thuần là một câu chuyện cổ tích. Cuốn sách là tổng hòa của một
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 j'ai passé un bon moment mais je n'ai pas eu l'explosion d'émotions attendues.

Auf dem Weg zur Arbeit las ich die letzten Seiten, arbeitete mich bis zu den letzten Sätzen vor und befand mich, als ich aus der Bahn ausstieg, in einem Taumel der Gefühle. Ich wollte weinen, ich musste lächeln, ich träumte und dachte nach. Mit „Die wundersamen Koffer des Monsieur Perle“ hat Timothée de Fombelle eine Geschichte geschrieben, die viel mehr ist, als der Klappentext vermuten lässt. Es ist Märchen, Jugendbuch,
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read this year!!! An intricate story about Joshua Pearl who is trying to piece together his memories to circle back to the one he loves after being thrown from the world of fairytale and into the real world that weaves in historical events such as World War II. The way the story was written was clever - as the reader, I felt just as confused as the main character (Pearl) but each chapter pieces together a puzzle that guided me to the next part of the story which fina ...more
Mai Anh
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Hình như lâu rồi ko đọc truyện, mà truyện cổ tích lại càng không. Đọc xong cuốn này mới nhớ ra ngày còn nhỏ rất hay mơ mộng, thích truyện thần tiên, thích cái kết mà hoàng tử và công chúa lấy nhau sống trăm năm hạnh phúc như truyện Lọ lem hay Nàng bạch tuyết và bảy chú lùn... Suốt nhiều năm dài sau đó mình vẫn tin vào những câu chuyện như thế, và nó ảnh hưởng tới cách sống và cách suy nghĩ của mình sau này. Cho tới khi trải qua những thứ gọi là "sự thật trần trùi". Như cô giáo dạy văn từng nói r ...more
Catherine ♡
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was poetic for sure, but that might've worked against the book actually. It really read like a fairy tale instead of a novel - but I was still a little confused by the sequence of events because the story jumped from character to character, from world to world, and from time to time.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was ok

The Book of Pearl is a modern fairytale with elements of the classics, filled with strange places, magical laws and intriguing mysteries.
Sounds good, doesn't it? I was certainly drawn to the concept of the fairytale world and "our world" colliding. But upon reading it, I was conflicted. The story see-sawed from being a three and possibly even four-star, to a two-star. Even as I write this review, I recall some brilliant moments of th
Yazarın okuduğum ilk kitabı ancak tarzını sevdim. Sıcak ve ahenkli bir anlatımı var. Masal diyarıyla günümüzü harmanlayan kurgusu merak duygusunu üst seviyede tutuyor. Nazik bir hikaye güzel vakit geçirmelik, kafa dinlemelik bir kitap. **3,5
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
D'une richesse ! ... ♥♥♥♥♥
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 4-stars
It was going to be a 4.5, but I didn't love the ending. :/ It was very rushed and was left quite open which really frustrated me and let the book down a little in my eyes. However, up until that point, THE BOOK OF PEARL told the most loveliest of tales and I felt like I was dreaming a beautiful dream for most of the time I was reading it. :')
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Krása! Nádherná pohádka pro dospělé. Skoro nelze vypsat slovy, jak moc mě sebrala. Tak ráda bych vylíčila půvab téhle knihy, ale bojím se, že by to nikdy nevyznělo tak, jak bych ráda. Ale nevadí, Timothée de Fombelle to vlastně už udělal za mě, svým příběhem, svým nadáním, svou fantazií. Škoda mých slov, díky za ta jeho. Připomněl mi, jak moc mám ráda pohádky. I ty smutné.
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful book. I'll admit it took me a couple of chapters to get into but once I did, I didn't want to put it down.

Timothee de Fombelle's writing style is beautiful and just flows so well.

Definitely something for people who love a bit of fantasy and some history.
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, french
Remarkable book, not like anything I have read. You can tell that it is not part of the English fantasy tradition. Highly recommended. (Yes, it is translated into English, but I couldn't find it here).
Oni Pînzariu
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was just... Wow! One of the best books I've ever read. I trully loved it and I want to read more books from this genius author!
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Can't put my fairy hatred aside to enjoy this
Sophie Zacka
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a good book with an inrtresting story line, I got a little confused at the beginning of the story, you just have to re-read or just keep going
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very poetic book ♥
You can see my review in French here :
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
I absolutely loved reading Timothée de Fombelle's two historical fiction novels, Vango: Between Earth and Sky and Vango: A Prince Without a Kingdom, so when I saw that he had another new work I couldn't wait to read it, too. And it was, quite simply, wonderful.

de Fombelle has spun a mesmerizing tale that seamlessly weaves together the world of fairy tales and the real world over different time periods. He begins his tale, in this world, with a 14 year old unnamed, unreliable narrator, who heart
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tu ne peux peux pas me taxer de non-éclectisme...
Alors oui, je sais , j'arrive bien après la guerre ( si tu as lu le livre, tu devrais voir le veux de mot 😬)
Mais ça valait le coup, c'était le bon moment. Ce livre fais du bien comme une pluie fine après une chaude journée d'été à la campagne.
Je ne vais pas te faire de résumé, tu en trouveras partout, et puis surtout je n'aurais pas les mots.
Mais bref, si en ce moment, tu as besoin de douceur tu peux t'échapper dans ce livre là...
Alexandra Lucia
Am terminat-o aseara, dar atat de putin mi-a pasat ca nici n-am avut chef sa fac un update.
Singurele motive pentru care i-am dat doua stelute sunt coperta si elementele ce tin de Al Doilea Razboi Mondial. In rest, mi s-a parut cam pointless.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timothée de Fombelle a une de ces plumes qui nous marque à jamais. Une plume qu’on souhaite retrouver de nombreuses fois au cours de sa vie. Une plume qui nous transporte. Une plume poétique… d’une justesse émouvante.
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