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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,272 ratings  ·  898 reviews
De Indiase Smita is een vrouw die behoort tot de kastelozen, de onaanraakbaren, gedoemd een mensonwaardig bestaan te leiden. Haar grootste wens is dat haar dochtertje dit lot bespaard blijft en doet ze er alles aan om haar naar school te laten gaan. Tegelijkertijd werkt op Sicilië de twintiger Giulia in het pruikenatelier van haar vader. Wanneer ze onverwacht het atelier m ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 2018 by Ambo|Anthos (first published May 10th 2017)
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Diane S ☔
Just finished under the wire for my women in translation book. Three women, three very different countries and life circumstances.

Smita, in India is of the lowest caste, the untouchables, women who make their living by cleaning, with their hands, the excrement of others. Guilia, in Italy, the oldest daughter of a man who takes the hair of others and fashions them into hairpieces and wigs. Sara, the only female partner in her law firm, has already divorced twice, and us the parent of three child
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Ellinor
The stories of three women are beautifully interwoven in this novel. They are told separately and only losely touch each other at the very end, just like in a real plait. The book is a quick and easy read and left me satisfied somehow. But it is just a little too trivial for my liking and also a bit overhyped: the author is a movie director and so it is no suprise that the film rights are sold already.
Isidora
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: svenska, e-books
Maybe this is a good screenplay (the author is screenwriter after all, which you can guess by her style), but as a novel it isn't impressive. On the other hand, it kept me turning the pages, so it can't be completely bad.
Esil
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.49 stars

I feel like I could write two very different reviews of The Braid.

Version 1: The Braid is a very readable short novel that had me fully engaged from beginning to end. There are three strands to the story which appear to be completely separate but come together in the end – like a braid, of course. The first strand focuses on Samsi who lives in India, and is part of the “untouchable” cast; Samsi desperately wants to give her daughter a better life. The second str
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Charlotte Nobbs
Goodness, what a dreadful book ! The kind of novel where you know exactly what is going to happen in the next pages. It is a prectictable story with absolutely no subtlety and a huge amount of good feelings! The 3 main caracters are pure stereotypes of themselves.
I do not understand the success of La Tresse.
Carolyn
Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for an advance copy of this book which has been an international bestseller. It fits into the classification of Women's literature.

It explores the lives and situations of three very different women, widely separated by social class, work, traditions, culture and geography.

Smita is a young Dalit (untouchable), wife and mother. Her fate was to be born into the often despised lowest caste in India. The Dalit caste performs the most repugn
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Claire McAlpine
Three women living completely different lives in three different countries, each facing a monumental change, each determined to confront that change in their own way, once they overcome the obstacle that stands in their way, and the discrimination that exists in their society, that causes some not to support their efforts.

It's written in simple language and has the air of a story being told, almost one I can imagine listening to, or watching on film, rather than being lived in the mo
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Susan Stuber
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A rather strange book really. The three women involved all have predicaments they need to get out of, and each of these could have been developed into an interesting story. As it is, it is the predicaments themselves that do the carrying here and which have the most interest. The solutions seem to arrive from the heavens like a flash of lightening: wow, so easy, who would have thought of that? Then to tie it all up neatly, it turns out that the three women, who live so far apart and are from suc ...more
Renard Books
Jul 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure, I just finished it because it only had a few pages and I had to practice my French.
This book was horrible. It took me a month to finish it although it only has 230 pages. It is tremendously boring and flat. The three women protagonists had no importance for me, I did not feel any empathy because I never felt that the characters existed, it is one of those books in which the author does not stop being in your mind throughout the reading.
The style was overwhelming, Col
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Melanie
Jul 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Abysmally cliché writing; caricatures for characters; and the cheesiest trio of stories I may have ever read. I picked up this book at a train station after finishing the very good "La vie devant soi" (Romain Gary) - what a mistake.
Dreadymorticia
Lazy writing though the premise was interesting
Paul Pessolano
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Braid” by Laetitia Colombani, published by Atria Paperback.

Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – September 24, 2019.

The reader will get a real treat, in fact several treats, when they read this book. First and most important it is an excellent read, it will keep the reader enthralled throughout the book, and it can be read it just a couple of days.

The book tells the story of three women from completely different cultures that have no knowledge
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Onceinabluemoon
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was hard start to my day, the caste system is truly appalling... interesting story of three women who strive to succeed.
Camille
— 3.5 stars —

India, Sicily, Canada.
Smita, Giulia, Sarah.
Three very different women coming from different background, social class, work, traditions, culture and geography.
Three women following three different paths, each facing some hardships, each taking a life changing decision, each trying to overcome the obstacles that stands in their way.
Three women having little to nothing in common except their perseverance, their tenacity.

Three sections of hair slow
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
3.5 STARS - I was drawn to this book by its stunning cover art and its premise. This is a story that weaves brief moments in the lives of three women as they confront obstacles, discrimination and restrictions despite their differences in social class, socio-economic status, culture and country.

The story focuses on three women who each show strength as they attempt to rise above what life has thrown at them: Smita, an 'untouchable' in India's lowest caste, Giulia a wig maker in Sicil
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Diana van der Woodsen
This book is just amazing.
Ann-Marie
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Braid" is the kind of book that leaves me feeling satisfied and able to see the world as it truly is, an interconnected, organic whole.
Three women, one a well-to-do Canadian, one a working class Sicilian, and the third an unclean lowest caste woman in India are all facing crises in their lives. Each one calls on internal reserves of strengths she didn't know she had, and without ever meeting or even hearing of each other touch each other's lives in a single gift that propels all of t
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Nadzeya
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice quick read about three women from completely different parts of the world, their struggles and battles, the choices they make and how their choices eventually connect them together, however small that connection was. This book is a great tribute to all strong women of this world who do not give up, no matter what life throws at them. It touches you on personal level, with stories of these women so similar to many others. Writing flows nicely, which, in part is due to a great tran ...more
Janet
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader.

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

In this unforgettable international bestseller, three women from very different cir
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Krutika Puranik
The Braid.

I picked up this book on a whim. I did not read the blurb or reviews but simply chose it amidst many other books sitting on a bookshelf. The Braid is written by Laetitia who is a screenwriter and director. Perhaps this is why one can actually picture this book being made into a movie. The narration is simple which makes it easier for a beginner to enjoy it. It's feminine, fragile and makes you wish that it was a bit lengthy. The Braid is the story of victory be it small or
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suze joyce
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderfully woven world Laetitia has written. Three women who may never meet are entwined together in the end. Although difficult to stomach such a world we still live in, The Braid sets these women free. A 2019 must read. I would love The Braid to be added to high school students English curriculum. What an eye opener.
Thank you for the privilege of this ARC.
Sarah Husain
Not what I was expecting in terms of a book that linked the stories of three women but their experiences showed a range of hardships women endure, no matter what walk of life you come from. However it was not the best writing and felt like it got too much praise for what it was. Also it was a bit long and could’ve accomplished the same goal in less pages.
Flying Bulgarian
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good debut book - my only complaint is that it was not very well translated into English. The author needs to work on describing rather than telling the reader what a person is/does. And I felt like the story ended abruptly - but other than that it was a very enjoyable read.
Dani
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why so short, Laetitia?? That was the only flaw, that there should have been 200 pages more... Please please more like this!
Vicki
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading a woman in translation book and I wasn't disappointed. I found the interwoven tales of the 3 women very powerful and at times emotionally draining. I cried a lot!
Dorian
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Assigned reading for my Swedish class and actually enjoyed it 👍
Sam
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really nice book
easy to read :)
Isabella Platonoff
Must read! This book is so beautiful, it is easy to get lost in its pages. Personally loved it!
Alyona
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Jiaqi
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
my boyfriend's mom gifted me this for xmas and said it was her favorite book so monique if you ever read this review..... i am so sorry. my dislike of this book does not in any way reflect my judgement of your taste, even though you recommended we see the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society and that was also a bad movie

soppy melodramatic kitsch, like someone read khaled hosseini in a fever dream and decided to do their own version to ride on his coattails even though A Thou
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Laetitia Colombani est une réalisatrice, actrice, scénariste et écrivaine française.

Après deux années de classe préparatoire Cinésup à Nantes, elle entre à l’École Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière. Elle obtient son diplôme en 1998.

Elle écrit et réalise des courts-métrages, puis deux longs-métrages : "À la folie... pas du tout (2002) avec Audrey Tautou, Samuel le Bihan et Isabelle Ca
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“Elle ne sera plus jamais invincible, plus jamais une super-héroïne. Elle sera elle, Sarah, une femme que la vie a malmenée, entamée, mais elle sera là, avec ses cicatrices, ses failles et ses blessures. Elle ne cherchera plus à les cacher. Sa vie d’avant était un mensonge, celle-ci sera la vraie.” 1 likes
“Ne laisse personne te détourner de ton chemin, lui répond-il. Tu dois garder la foi. Ta volonté est grande. Je crois en ta force, en tes capacités. Tu dois persévérer. La vie a prévu de grandes choses pour toi.” 0 likes
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