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Get Well Soon

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  244 ratings  ·  46 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published June 29th 2017 by Pushkin Press (first published 2012)
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Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Childless widower Jean-Pierre Fabre, 67 years old, just awoke from a coma. He was informed that he had been fished out of the Seine by a young hustler named Camille. He was confused and agitated. How did he end up in the Seine at 5 AM? Did he attempt suicide? Was he drunk and fell in? Inspector Maxime conducts the investigation visiting Jean-Pierre in the hospital, and also the site of the incident. Jean-Pierre, in room #28, is swaddled in plaster and bandages.

Jean-Pierre is impatient and agitat
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
May 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not really anyone
This was my introduction to Edelweiss as a platform - the only Read-Now book which you don’t have to request. Needless to say, I got it in exchange for a review. And although I don’t like labeling free books as worth less than ones you have to pay or ask for - alas, this one was but 2.5 stars.

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
A few years ago I read a little novel called "Soft in the head". It left such a positive impression that I just HAD to read another work by this talented author.  Once again, she has left me wanting more. She has created another character that is memorable and a story that will be appreciated by many. In particular, I think anyone who likes books like "The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen" or "A man called Ove" will love this one.

At five o'clock in the morning, a sixty-seven year old man is fished
Michelle Keill
A wry and engaging story that will resonate with anyone who has ever spent an extended period of time in hospital. You get no rest! People keep coming in and disturbing you! This book explored what happens when you become a patient, how you lose your autonomy, your privacy, and your dignity. But it also explores what happens when you have time to reflect on your life - the things you've done, not done, and the things that have happened to you - and when you come close to death. There are some wo ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hörbuch. Fantastisch gesprochen von Armin Hauser. Ich bin immer noch ganz hin und weg.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At my library, they had a shelf of books, all covered in brown paper, with a tag on it to give you a hint about what the book was about. Then you read it and filled out a review and got entered into a contest for a prize. Didn't win the prize but ended up reading a book I would never have written and I enjoyed it so much, will be reading the author's other book, called Soft in the Head. My hint said...story of a cranky bed bound patient looking back at his life seeks reader to share pleasant sur ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the character of Jean-Pierre Fabre. A 67 year old somewhat curmudgeon type of man, at least he tries to be, who has just woke from a coma in the hospital. He has no idea how he got there and why he was recovered from the Seine.

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
4* leaning towards 4.5.

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
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Good book, just not great. I usually love a book with a crotchey old man and how he reflects on his life and the characters he comes into contact with. This story has the man (not so old though...) in a hospital after an "accidental" fall from a bridge. An OK read.
Girl with her Head in a Book
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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
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Imagine waking up in the hospital in pain, not knowing how you got there or even what your name is. That is what happens to sixty-something Jean-Pierre Fabre (although it takes a week or so for anyone to figure out his name) after he gets fished out of the Seine. As weeks go by and he slowly gets better, he starts to remember who he is and where he came from. 

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
Heather Nixon
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Soft In The Head by Marie-Sabine Rogers last year and I loved it for being so unique, endearing and oddly familiar. So I was excited to read her latest book! It follows Jean-Pierre, middle aged man after an accident that has left him in hospital where he has time to muse on his situation and his life which hasn't gone quite as he'd hoped. It has a little mystery to the story, as you want to find out what happened on the night he was severely injured.

It has the same feel, writing style and
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasant enough translation, it's short so some book clubs might like to try it to discuss Monsieur Fabre's look back over his life when stuck in a hospital bed.
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
Get Well Soon by Marie-Sabine Roger is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late May.

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
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. My only complaint is that I wish the book was longer. The characters are great; I always like reading about curmudgeons and the other characters are quirky. I think the author did a great job portraying the atmosphere of a hospital and how patients feel about their treatment by the staff. It was interesting to see how a near-death experience and long hospitalization forced Jean-Pierre to evaluate his life and relationships. I highly recommend this book.
Good potential but falls short. A man finds himself in a hospital bed for weeks after an accident. What ensues is him reflecting on his life however his life has been pretty uneventful. I felt that what follows is the character continuing to complain about everyone around him and the hospital food. The story never develops and then the book ends.

*special thanks to netgalley for allowing me to review this book with an advance copy*
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
(Downloaded via netgalley without realising I'd found her last book and its hero execrable.)

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.
Clare Walker
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this. Beautiful writing style.
Jessica Miller
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
4.5. I really liked this one.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
If you loved her book Soft in the Head, you'll enjoy this book as well.

Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dull, inauthentic, and did not capture my attention in the least. Unfortunate, as the novel sounded great.
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emeline Regnier
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Léger a lire, sans se prendre la tête
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The content of the book was a big Meh. But, the clever turn of phrase this author has was worth reading it to the end.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
For those who liked "A Man Called Ove."
Jun 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oh-simple-thing
I quite liked this, though it was a bit of a slow start. Light, whimsical, with emotional moments, it was a unique book.
M. Sarki
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Gave it a go, hung around for a good while, and then just had to let it be. Not for me. And not very good. Or believable.
Kathleen Gray
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
How much you enjoy this will depend on how much you like books in which crotchety men (in this case a criminal) reflect on their lives. This is nicely written and translated (seemed seamless to me) but it is also, by it's nature, a self indulgence for the character of Jean-Pierre. I'd note that 67 is not really old, especially these days. Roger does a nice job of bringing in others from his past and weaving in the back story but this just wasn't my cup of tea. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Th ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost didn’t finish, but I’m glad I stuck with it. At times the narrator is insufferable and the translation a bit clunky. The story picks up around halfway and I really enjoyed the ending.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nach einem nächtlichen Bad in der Seine erwacht Jean-Pierre im Krankenhaus. Zur Ruhe gezwungen muss er sich mehr oder weniger damit begnügen, die Bekanntschaften, die da so in sein Krankenzimmer schneien auszuhalten. Jean-Pierre ist ein Einzelgänger und mit seinen 67 kann er nicht viele Freundschaften vorweisen. Seine Familie nervt ihn und generell und überhaupt, ist alles ein bisschen schwierig. Einziges Fenster zur Außenwelt ist sein Computer. Aber gerade der weckt Begehrlichkeiten bei einem j ...more
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