The Little Breton Bistro
Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After forty-one years, she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne l ...more
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The German Marianne Lanz is sixty, lonely, unloved, unvalued, unable to make her own decisions - she's been married for forty-one years to some army dude. When in Paris, she decides to finally take her life into her own hands and do what she wants for once - kill herself by throwing herself into the Seine.
Since she's the main character, obviously, she didn't succeed. She's rescued. She ends up in a hospital. She speaks no French. ...more
Marianne is in her 60's and has been married to her husband, Lothar, since she was 19. Her husband is cont ...more
On a trip to Paris with her husband, she quietly slips out of a dinner party and makes her way down to the river Seine. Carefully removing her few possessions, she jumps into the river hoping to end her life.
Unfortunately for her, she is pulled to the bank by a homeless man, and an ambulance is called, taking her to the local hospital. Once there, her hu ...more
I was looking for something on the lighter side after reading a batch of dark, twisted thrillers and thought this tale of a middle-aged woman rediscovering herself in France would fit the bill. The book description is a bit misleading, omitting that the”dramatic moment” the main character, Marianne, experiences on the Seine is her own suicide attempt. Marianne is very melancholy - she feels she has wasted over 40 ...more
Have you ever been desperate enough to want to escape life? To throw yourself in the Seine and end it all! No? Well Marianne does, life has passed her by, she is deeply unhappy and sees no other way out. However when her effort to bring her sad life to a close is thwarted by a stranger she eventually finds herself on the way to Brittany and possibly ready to listen to herself and her own needs and desires.
The more I read on in this story the more I was captivated by Marianne and the p ...more
This is about a woman who is stuck in a marriage and it opens with her failed suicide attempt. This is actually ...more
1. I'm a sucker for books about books. More so, if the book incorporates a canal barge, and books being used as a means to satiate one's most pressing needs (as identified through the eyes of the bookseller).
2. I have a romantic streak a mile wide. Literally, one mile. I measured it.
3. I read it on the beach in the gloriously tropical heat of the Dominican R ...more
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I had a hard time getting through the Little French Bistro, an unusual occurrence for me. The book was not what I had expected, and the cheery title doesn't match the story. I enjoyed Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop, and I was expecting something similar from this book.
The book started out in a very depressing way, with Marianne running away from her husband to Paris and trying to kill herself. She gets to the Breton region of France rather improbably, and accidentally becomes ...more
Well, that was definitely one lovely journey.
Nina George's books always make me feel two things: 1) that i'm hungry almost every time i pick any of her books up, and 2) that i want to pack a bag and run away somewhere.
Despite the fact that George's books are about adults and the difficulties they face while trying to navigate their lives, i always feel like i'm on an adventure whenever i'm reading a story of hers.
Good move, Barbara. Yes, it was heavy at the opening, as I feared from the synopsis. But once I got into it, I got INTO it.
The Little French Bistro is a love story, not only one of romantic love but ...more
Never having read anything by Nina George and being slightly irritated by the use of the adjective ‘little’ in so many book titles of late I wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading The Little Breton Bistro as I thought it would be another lightweight formulaic read. I was completely wrong. If I’m honest, I didn’t really think that the title did justice to the book.
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The Little French Bistro is a story about a middle-aged woman who is having a mid-life crisis, and understandably so. She is stuck in a loveless marriage with a brute of a husband who gives her no respect, hardly even an acknowledgement of her existence. Marianne needs to break free ...more
The writing was beautiful! A quote that a whole analytical essay could be written on, is: “to expect something greater after life was to forget that life was the greatest thing of all”. What a powerful and beautiful quote!
I found the character Colette intriguing and I wanted more info ...more
this is a very melancholy story which is not really well supported by its plot or characters. i'm not sure if this will make sense to anyone, but it's a novel filled with events yet somehow manages to feel uneventful. the supporting characters w ...more
Born 1973 in Bielefeld, Germany, Nina George is a prize-winning and bestselling author (“Das Lavendelzimmer” – “The Little Paris Bookshop”) and freelance journalist since 1992, who has published 26 books (novels, mysteries and non-fiction) as well as over hundred short stories and more than 600 columns. George has worked as a cop reporter, columnist and mana ...more