Get Well Soon
A joyful novel full of humanity from the author of Soft in the Head
After falling into the Seine and winding up in hospital, ageing widower Jeanne-Pierre begins writing his memoirs. But if he was hoping for a peaceful convalescence, he's out of luck. A stream of unforeseen acquaintances seem determined to disturb his solitude: the sulky teenage girl who loiters in his roo...more
Jean-Pierre is impatient and agitat ...more
Get Well Soon has been compared to A Man Called Ove or even The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. And although I haven’t actually read these two, I’m inclined to believe th ...more
At five o'clock in the morning, a sixty-seven year old man is fished ...more
You would think that a story that takes place in one hospital room over a period of several months would be a kind of boring story. However, the author has added several quirky characters each with a different exchange with Jean-Pierre.
I loved John-Pierre, his crus ...more
I'm not quite sure what I expected with this one, but I got something different. I think I expected it to be more serious, heavier somehow - maybe it was the word "misanthrope" in the blurb, maybe it was the mention of the Seine (it's Paris, it's bound to be arty-farty, right?) It turns out to be one of those lovely books which have a great deal of depth without ever feeling cumbersome. It drops in perceptive observations and beautifully-worded bits of philosophy while kee ...more
Having absolutely loved Soft in the Head last year, I was delighted to receive a copy of Get Well Soon. As with the previous novel, the quality and wit of the translation was such that it barely felt one at all. Following in the footsteps of The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out A Window And Disappeared and A Man Called Ove, this is another tale of someone growing old disgracefully. Jeanne-Pierre has no memory of how it happened, but som ...more
Jean-Pierre is told that he was on the bridge when a car ran into him, forcing him over and into the river. There was a young man under th ...more
It has the same feel, writing style and ...more
He is a very grumpy old man but as he looks back there is no reason for him to have been. He meets different characters in the hospital, although he can't remember why he was on the bridge so early in the evening. A podgy girl tries to use his laptop. His young saviour visits butFabre judges him as he does everyone in his righteous way ...more
Translated from its original French by Frank Wynne in 2012, Jean-Pierre is a proud, life-long criminal who finds himself in a brief coma after accidentally drowning in the Seine. He frets over the ennui of the passing days, flirts with the nursing staff, takes to the use of social media, occasionally gets lost in nostalgia, and accepts visits from select extended family members - all with a snappy use of analog ...more
*special thanks to netgalley for allowing me to review this book with an advance copy*
DNF – 25% read.
A quarter of the way through and nothing has happened. There's whimsy aplenty, but here it's the unenjoyable kind, and character by the bucket loads, but this author just waffles without even getting close to a plot. Note to self – must remember the turds as well as the glories.