The Rest of Their Lives
Filled with all the larger-than-life characters and enchanting storytelling that made readers fall for The Reader on the 6.27, Jean-Paul Didierlaurent’s follow-up novel, The Rest of Their Lives, is set to charm the world.
It’s difficult to find love in a profession like Ambroise’s – even his father despises what he does . . .
And while Manelle, a home-help for the elderl...more
Once again, so many terrific personalities are captured and the nature of their unusual endeavours provides a surprisingly entertaining distraction: an unforgettable journey exploring the familiar facts of life – love, loneliness, heartbreak, and the inescapable fate that awaits us all.
Fortuitous eve ...more
I wouldn't really call this a love story. Love played a minor act – barely even 3 pages – in the overall plot. So if that's what you're looking for, then I'll suggest you look elsewhere.
The premise of the story was quite interesting and the author gives a different perspective on age, sickness and death. In that case, the book would be a 4 star. I found Ambroise's job really interesting and the portrayal of death and how elders and their families approach the subject really insightful an ...more
Secondly, I read a lot of book reviews. It really is my porn.
I found this book in a bookshop, and I had no idea about it.
It had a nice cover, I read the back page blurb and thought, hmmm ok I will read the first sentence.
I inhaled this book.
Every once and a while I like a "Cosy Book" something out of my normal genres, slightly twee, hallmarky with a happy ending. A book to read snuggled up on the sofa with a drink that makes you like ...more
English by Roz Schwartz captures the humour, the dry wit and odd mix of confidence and humility so common to the French. The characters are lovably flawed and the story explosively positive. This ...more
Gorgeous, spare little tale of a handsome embalmer Ambroise whose profession has killed his love life, his Julie Andrews patissier grandma, handsome old Samuel Dinsky, ready to face death with pride square on, and his cheerful, but emotionally scarred home help Manelle.
As worlds collide and grave decisions are made, humour, care and affection abound giving us a rare look at the embalmer’s art and the profound gift that are life’s second chances.
A lovely, thoughtf ...more
I really liked the characters, especially Beth and Samuel! They were so entertaining and endearing.
I loved the plot overall, and thought the ending was great.
However, some of the details about Ambroise’s profession did make me uncomfortable initially, but I think this was the author’s intention as it links quite closely to his character storyline.
I love his work, it’s quirky and well written. Each character is one you care about and when you finish the book you have a satisfied smile in your face. I first read Jean-Paul’s book ‘The Reader’ and have since given it to several friends ......if you love to read you have to read this book! I only wish more of his work would be translated into English!
Loved this book, it was an easy read and took you on an interesting journey with the interesting and quirky characters.
Another new author to explore.
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