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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  2,917 ratings  ·  421 reviews
Adèle appears to have the perfect life. She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a chic apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But beneath the veneer of 'having it all', she is bored - and consumed by an insatiable need for sex, whatever the cost. Struggling to contain the twin forces of compulsion and desire, she begins to orchestrate her life ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published February 7th 2019 by Faber & Faber (first published August 28th 2014)
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'Female sexuality is more often associated with lasciviousness and motherhood than with perversion. This is unexplored territory.' Explaining why she chose female sexual addiction as a subject for her debut novel, Leïla Slimani, the French-Moroccan author of the Prix Goncourt winning novel Chanson douce (translated into English as The Perfect Nanny/Lullaby) asserted it was the DSK affair and her bewilderment on how such a strong sexual drive can manage to bring someone down, that inspired her to ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since a book has left me bereft of words. For reasons unknown to me, I was immediately drawn to this book from the moment I read the synopsis and as soon as I downloaded it I abandoned the book I was previously reading, hell, I abandoned my life, and found myself immersed in this book, finishing it in one sitting.

Adèle is, seemingly, the contented wife of a surgeon, raising a son that she adores while excelling at her job as a journalist. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could
Elyse Walters
Feb 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Drab...dreary...formulaic writing!
I kept reading hoping for something to grab me emotionally or intellectually....
I was ‘surprised’ - really surprised - that a potentially intriguing topic could possibly be so down right dull and boring!

Maybe that’s the point of empty meaningless sex...

Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, france, paris
Slimani claims she wrote this novel after being inspired by the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal, wanting, she said, to look at the phenomenon of sex addiction through a female perspective. I'm not sure I believe her. And even if I did, I'm not sure that would be a useful lens through which to examine this book: for one thing, I doubt whether Strauss-Kahn was really a sex addict, rather than just a sleazy politician comfortable with abusing his power; and for another thing, I think in the DSK case ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Oh me, oh my! What did I just read???

This is a story about a young Parisian woman married to her surgeon husband with whom she has a young son. She is a successful journalist and her life appears to be perfect to anyone that may cast a glance her way, however, there is something stirring within Adele that she is unable to resist.

Adele suffers from sex addiction which she keeps hidden away from everyone except her very best friend, Lauren, who is growing weary with covering up for Adele's infide

Strangely disturbing read. It deals with sex but it’s not a porn though it’s no use to seek erotic tension either. The main protagonist, Adele, is a young woman. Rather unfulfilled journalist, mother of little Lucien and devoted wife to her husband, Richard. This is her face she shows to the world. Adele is addicted to sex. Hotel rooms, stairwells, back alleys, restrooms. The dirtier and uglier places the better to get what her body wants. The young, the old, handsome or revolting, stranger or n
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- Disjointedness. -1 star
- Background / insights lacking: the what, the why, the how, the what for? - 1 star
- Seriously? No one ever noticed anything? Ouch. And she never got any illnesses? Not even some mild gonorrhea case? -1 star
- While this is an interesting vignette of a nymphomaniac being her sex addicted self, it's not engaging or giving enough background or even an interconnected plot. We got a male parade, which is a chore to read, which is probably the way it was intended to be
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is about a doctor’s wife who is a mother to a young son. She appears so happy with all the trappings of financial success and a career as a journalist. She appreciates her role in life for the social status it affords her and, most importantly, for the useful cover it provides for her secret lifestyle.

As in The Perfect Nanny, Leila Slimani dives way below the surface to expose the nakedness, the self that controls our desires, obsessions, and motivations. THE PERFECT NANNY was a
I liked this better than Slimani's Lullaby, I think, but I had the same problem with both books: a feeling of emptiness at the core. Adèle reminded me of Jill Alexander Essbaum's Hausfrau even more than Lullaby did, in both its cold, utilitarian prose and its depiction of an unhappily married woman who exists in a state of passive numbness. It might also fit into a very specific category alongside Delphine de Vigan's Loyalties (short French novels, due to be published in translation in 2019, ...more
Barry Pierce
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
When Adèle was first published in France in 2014 it boasted the incredibly strange title of Dans le jardin de l’ogre or, In The Ogre’s Garden. Now freshly translated and ready for Anglophone audiences, Leïla Slimani’s follow-up to Lullaby (which was actually published after this novel) follows Adèle, a wife and mother with an insatiable addiction to sex. The novel has been called ‘an erotic and daring story’ and it genuinely is both of those things. However, when you finish Adèle you end up feel ...more
Umut Reviews
I think there are things I loved about the book, and then there are parts I couldn't care less. Therefore I settled for a 3.
First of all, Slimani's talent for personification is super. Adele was very real to me. I felt sympathy, anger, pity for her at times. She was a very realistic portrayal of a woman, that's not so common to see.
Adele is a sex addict and it affects everything she does in her life. She also a wife and mother, and it definitely shows there’s not one type of person, woman or mo
Roman Clodia
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
She wants to be a doll in an ogre's garden

An enigmatic book that seems to be re-writing Madame Bovary with an eye on the paradoxes and conundrums of a modern woman. Where Emma Bovary wants life to be as sweepingly lush as the romance novels she's devoured, Adele desires something far more complex, something that she - and we - are hard pressed to identify and delineate.

Bored of her bourgeois lifestyle, burdened by a doctor husband she doesn't love, a son who demands things of her she finds di
Good thing it’s a short book. It started off interesting and then I got bored.
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, france, enfer

Dans le jardin de l'ogre est le premier roman de Leïla Slimani, une journaliste franco-marocaine. Dans cette fiction, elle fait le portrait d'une journaliste parisienne , Adèle, qui trompe son mari le plus souvent possible dès que l'occasion se présente. Les circonstances sont favorables car il est fort occupé par son emploi de médecin est n'est pas du genre soupçonneux ou jaloux. Elle, de son côté, effectue son métier d'une manière bien peu scrupuleuse, se contentant de vaguement compiler des i
Linda Strong
Adele seems to have a great life. She is married to a surgeon; they have a healthy young son. She's a successful journalist. She has everything she ever wanted. But she's grown bored with her job and distant from her husband. She loves her son, but hates that he is keeping her tied to a life she no longer wants.

She seems to spiral out of control .. what she wants, what she needs is to have intimate relationships. She lies to her husband, she lies to her boss, she lies to her friends about where
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-lit
Adèle, a contemporary novel, was a solid 3.5 stars. The book centers around Adèle, a journalist living in Paris who happens to have a beautiful young son and a successful surgeon husband. While she seems to have a perfect life, Adèle suffers from sex addiction that overtakes every aspect of her life. Adèle is a slave to her addiction and though she seems to care about her family, she simply can’t be bothered with them-she goes through her daily routine only thinking about her next “fix”.
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Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
What happens when a woman with an uncontrollable sex addiction tries to lead a family life? Adele tells the story of this situation where a wife and mother is leading a double life in order to fulfill her addiction. This book is extremely unique and is interesting to read from Adele’s point of view - there are many times I wanted to reach out and shake her and say WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! but, that’s exactly what feeds this story. So short it almost reads as a novella, it’s definitely worth the read ...more
Eric Anderson
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of last year’s biggest literary breakouts was Leila Slimani’s Prix Goncourt winning novel “Lullaby” (known in the US as “The Perfect Nanny”). Her novel “Adele” was published in France before “Lullaby”, but it’s only now been translated and published in English. The heroine of this novel’s title is a journalist and mother with a steady husband. She appears normal and content, but running parallel to this stable life she has a secret existence filled with unruly passion and illicit affairs. Sh ...more
Bez obzira na kraj koji je opet zbrzan, ostatak me toliko ostavio oduševljenim da prosto ne mogu da dam nisku ocenu. Živa, pulsirajuća proza koja bez mane dočarava otuđenost, utisak lične praznine i približava priču čitaocu, čini je urgentnom. Odlično prepoznavanje nekih skrivenih ljudskih nagona, i to kod oba pola. Jedva čekam da vidim šta će Lejla još napisati u budućnosti - ako je suditi po prva dva romana, biće to blistava karijera.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arc
She wishes she was just an object in the midst of a horde. She wants to be devoured, sucked, swallowed whole. She wants fingers pinching her breasts, teeth digging into her belly. She wants to be a doll in an ogre's garden.

I chose the above quote to open with for two reasons: The original French title for Adèle is “Dans le jardin de l’ogre” (which is much more intriguing in my opinion), and also because it's from page one of this book – the reader knows right from the start that there's somet
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
gera knyga, nu bet visiškai ne mano skonio. kažkas tarp - ar gal greičiau PO - kareninos, bovari, nu ir žinoma kunderos, ir visi šitie yra nu totaliai ne mano.

apie moterį, kuri gali pasijusti gyva, esanti, jaučianti tik tada, kai mylisi su absoliučiai atsitiktiniais vyrais, o dar geriau kai biški roughly (yra ir jau tokių beveik smurtinių scenų). primena Buožytės "Kolekcionierę"? nu jo. primena Tereškino "Vasarą"? nu jo. primena 50x mistinių moterų personažių? nu jo.

bet visgi - nežinau, ar tai d
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Rita Moura de Oliveira
Depois de ter gostado tanto de Canção doce (Prémio Goncourt 2016), não poderia deixar de trazer da feira este No jardim do ogre, de Leila Slimani. Este foi o primeiro livro da franco-marroquina, e é bastante diferente do outro. Enquanto Canção doce tem laivos de thriller, No jardim do ogre apresenta-nos Adéle, uma mulher aparentemente banal mas que não consegue viver sem sexo compulsivo.

Casada e com um filho, Adéle só se sente completa nas relações de ocasião que tem, algumas mesmo violentas, ma
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Privileged psycho she-beast in a shitty marriage sleeps with half of Paris but the sex is weird and boring and then her husband finds out and then the marriage becomes even shittier, but they stay together anyway and so what?
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars. In fact, 1.5 rounded up to 2.
Unfortunately, this book turned out to be a flop.
I expected some interesting, provoking, insightful writing.
I got flat boring patchy passages, with inconsistent content.
The writing is weak, bleak and for the most part feels like a rushed patchwork covering holes.
This book does not give you some thought provoking insightful into sexuality, addiction, psychological impact of living with a sick woman. It offers a quick glance with nothing intriguing or intere
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, owned, morocco
I deeply enjoyed this reading.
Difficult topic but written with style and elegance.
It’s official: Ms Slimani, you have a new fan!
Ova knjiga me je oduševila. Bila je to ljubav na prvu rečenicu. Kako sam otvorio knjigu nisam mogao da je ispustim iz ruke. Pročitao sam je u toku jedne večeri. Nije bilo šanse da je ostavim nepročitanu. Verujem da ću joj se ponovo vraćati. Sjajna je. Pisana je pitkim stilom, lako se čita, dinamična je, smešna je, cinična do bola (i bolna, potresna), gotovo u svakom poglavlju se nalazi nekoliko rečenica vrednih citiranja, podvlačenja ili beleženja u malu sveščicu sa citatima. Mislim da još od kn ...more
Célia | Estante de Livros
Adèle é ninfomaníaca. É também esposa, mãe e jornalista, mas todo o retrato feito por Leïla Slimani em No Jardim do Ogre gira em torno da compulsão de Adèle, desta doença semelhante a uma droga, a que jura uma e outra vez não regressar, mas à qual acaba invariavelmente por ceder.

Depois de ter lido, e gostado muito, de Canção Doce, com o qual a autora franco-marroquina venceu o famoso prémio literário Goncourt, foi com natural curiosidade que encarei a publicação no nosso país daquele que foi o s
Doug Bradshaw
I have to admit that I enjoyed reading this book even though in the end, it wasn't what I hoped it would be. As a typical male, I find it tempting to read about beautiful female sex addicts, LOL. And perhaps the author knew this and decided to give it a shot, a lot of us would want to read it and her sales would be good.

And yet, even though it was provocative, there were so many missing ingredients that I ended up disappointed and unfulfilled. First and foremost, I wanted to find some kind of s
Lucie Fvz
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Véritable gifle que ce jardin de l'ogre. Comment décrire l'atmosphère austère du roman en lui rendant hommage correctement ?! Tout y est sordide, décadent, à l'image d'Adèle, l'héroïne qui, lorsque j'ai refermé le livre, était juste à mes côtés, chétive et abîmée. À maintes reprises, mon coeur s'est soulevé, j'ai même eu l'impression de perdre toute sensation de vie dans mes jambes. Leila Slimani est incroyable, parfaite, ma révélation de l'année. Elle parvient à créer un décor plus vrai que nat ...more
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Leïla Slimani is a French writer and journalist of Moroccan ancestry. In 2016 she was awarded the Prix Goncourt for her novel Chanson douce.

Slimani was born in Rabat, Morocco and studied later political science and media studies in Paris. After that she temporarily considered a career as an actress and began to work as a journalist for the magazine Jeune Afrique. In 2014 she published her first no
“Si elle avait dit oui à voix haute, si elle avait accepté de participer de plein gré à la scène d'amour, l'excitation serait retombée. Car ce qui excitait l'âme, c'était justement d'être trahie par le corps qui agissait contre sa volonté, et d'assister à cette trahison (p.125)” 2 likes
“Adèle a fait un enfant pour la même raison qu'elle s'est mariée. Pour appartenir au monde et se protéger de toute différence avec les autres. En devenant épouse et mère, elle s'est nimbée d'une aura de respectabilité que personne ne peut lui enlever. Elle s'est constuit un refuge pour les soirs d'angoisse et un repli confortable pour les jours de débauche (p.35)” 1 likes
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