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From international bestselling author Marc Levy comes a witty and beguiling novel of one woman’s unexpected journey to follow her destiny.

Alice Pendelbury believes everything in her life is pretty much in order—from her good friends to her burgeoning career. But even Alice has to admit it’s been an odd week. Not only has her belligerent neighbor, Mr. Daldry, suddenly becom
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Paperback, 282 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by AmazonCrossing (first published 2011)
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Linh Bún
A scented journey with all of Marc Levy's trademarks, from the plot to the poetic details, and characters. What I like about this book is the way he filled every pages with scents, I can see drops of them in the air, or feel them in my nose, all are very enjoyable imaginations. I even kinda fell in love with Istanbul, a place I've never known before. Humid London or colorful Istanbul, both were shown at an impressive level of vividness and beauty.

However I would not consider this as my favourite
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Mairita (Marii grāmatplaukts)
3,5 zvaigznes. Pārsteigums - man patika! Viegli baudāms romāns bez pārmērībām emocijās un notikumos. Beigas, protams, laimīgas klasiskā veidā.
Pilnā atsauksme https://gramatas.wordpress.com/2017/0...
Elphaba J
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Estranha Viagem do Senhor Daldry é um envolvente romance que nos fala da vontade de amar e do medo, avassalador, de sentir emoção. É um romance sobre duas terras díspares, distantes, repletas de cheiros, repletas de promessas que conduzem a um único destino. É um romance encantatoriamente simples sobre as reviravoltas que perfazem uma vida.

Como se de um filme a preto e branco se tratasse, mergulhamos na cinzenta Londres pós-guerra onde muitos ainda saram as feridas deixadas pela perda e as vid
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Bruno
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este cartucho recente do Marc Levy ultrapassou as minhas expectativas, surpreendendo-me pela positiva! A maturidade da escrita, os pormenores bem delineados e desenvolvidos da história, até o conceito de amizade e do amor transparece em pureza e doçura.

Não é uma história de amor entre um homem e uma mulher, mas sim a construção do amor que nasce da amizade. A originalidade desta história começa, quando uma vidente diz à Alice que, para encontrar um homem da sua vida, ela terá que passar por 6 pe
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Maria Carmo
I loved this interesting, mysterious, aromatic book! The characters, the subtle meanderings of the story, the enchanting travels mirroring the quest for self discovery!!! Incredibly inspiring and beautifully written. Absolutely a Goodread!

Maria Carmo,

Lisboa 18th July 2012.

AMEI este livro, misterioso, aromático, interessante! Os personagens, a subtileza da história, as encantadoras viagens que no fundo equivalem à busca de si mesmo, à descoberta do próprio SER. Inspirador, bem escrito, este livro
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Camille
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited for this one. I've read all of this new books since 'Toutes ces choses qu'on ne s'est pas dites'. In my opinion, that book was far better than this one. Usually I find with Marc Levy's novels is that they take time to pick up. This one I found it was exciting from the start. As I kept reading I started getting bored, I felt it was too predictable. I figured out the ending very quickly. I didn't enjoy the rest of the book. I was actually disappointed. I think this book would ...more
Lala Nguyen
Nhật ký những ngày gần đây của bạn không dùng để ghi những việc xảy ra trong ngày nữa, mà nhường chỗ lại cho những giấc mơ - rời rạc, mơ hồ, bối cảnh nhảm nhí, nhưng cảm xúc... Bạn càng yêu việc đó hơn nữa khi đọc những giấc mơ của Alice, ai biết được những giấc mơ sẽ có thể đưa ta đi xa tới đâu! Hay đi đến bên ai?
"Trên vỉa hè, một người đàn ông nhìn rồi mỉm cười với cô, khuôn mặt nhân từ chan chứa yêu thương. Cô yêu người đàn ông ấy bằng một tình yêu hồn nhiên, không e ngại. Cô vẫn luôn yêu anh
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Beth
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what a read!!! i am a newbie to this author, i really enjoy finding male authors that write for us ladies ... no clue how they do it or why? i am not objecting or anything ... i am just curious how it all get started. that is all. the option from Amazon to read or listen ... love that ... i am a sucker for a great book cover ... totally ... look at that cover!! well done!! must read. will read more from this author soon enough!! well done!!
Nhi Nguyễn
They said this book is one of the best by Marc Levy. Sadly, to me, it's not.

The idea of this book is great, and the premise is kinda appealing. But as the story went on, I just felt like something had been missing, and not quite sure what it is, but the story just couldn't be emotional, heartrendingly beautiful as other genius, golden novel by this author that I really really adore, like "Où-es tu?", "La prochaine fois", "Si c'était vrai"... Maybe I love it more when his novels are set in contem
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Os devaneios da Tim
Inesperado é o sinónimo deste livro. Marc Levy é dos poucos escritores que consegue surpreender o leitor e tenho pena que em Portugal seja pouco conhecido. Todo o mistério sobre o passado de Alice é inacreditável. Quando a vidente lhe fala num homem que irá mudar a sua vida, pensamos de imediato em romance mas mais não conto pois seria dar um valente spoiler! Conhecer Istambul aos olhos de Alice e descobrir novos odores é o que podemos esperar desta pequena obra.

Opinião no blog: http://devaneio
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Simge
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bazen öyle anlar gelir ki sıkışıp kaldığınızı hissedersiniz...İnandığınız değerler ve değer verdikleriniz arasında. İçinde büyüdüğünüz yaşam ve düşünce şekli ile; belki de hiçbir şeyin aslında tesadüf olmadığını gösteren, yaşamınıza sonradan dahil olan birileri arasında. Kendiniz olmakla ödün vermek olarak gördüğünüz şeyler arasında.

Doğrudan kitapla ilgili bir yorum olmadı bu sefer ama bazen bir kitap bir şey anlatır, bu anlatılanlar okuyucuya başka bir şeyleri çağrıştırır.
Dawn Michelle
Book. Hang. Over.
That is what I have right now. Massive. Book. Hang. Over.

Marc Levy is fast becoming one of my new favorite authors and I am so glad that I got to read this book!!

It is difficult to review this book without giving anything away and trust me, you DO NOT want to have any kind of spoiler with this book - this book is best read knowing nothing going in but the title and just diving in and savoring it and falling in love with it and with the characters. Alice and Ethan are just suc
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PeppyKC
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever gasped out loud from a book? Has a revelation in the story ever shook you to your core with a flood of emotions? Saying this book took me by surprise is a sever understatement.

Let me start by saying I’m Armenian. This should be irrelevant for a book about a British woman in London. But it’s not. When in the book they describe a magical, beautiful land of the protagonists ancestors, and say it’s “between the Caspian and the Black seas” you know it literally has to be Armenia. Then
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Melissa Dee
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’d like to thank Mark Levy for the delightful (and unexpected) trip to Istanbul with Alice!
“The Strange Journey” takes us on a search for the man of Alice’s dreams (in both a literal and figurative sense.) By a strange twist, the very British Alice ends up in Istanbul, and discovers far more than she expected about her history.
This novel was just plain fun, with an endearing cast of characters, and an exotic setting.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts an
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Aunbrey
Comme bon nombre de livres de Marc Lévy, L'étrange voyage de Monsieur Daldry fut une lecture fort agréable et rapide. Néanmoins, ce livre-ci fut loin d'être mon préféré et j'en suis même venue à le trouver moins bon que ceux que j'ai déjà eu l'occasion de lire. J'avoue avoir passé un bon moment, cependant je suis restée sur ma faim. Je ne dirais pas que l'histoire de ce roman est inintéressante mais plutôt qu'elle est mal exploitée.

Les descriptions d'Istanbul sont fabuleuses mais elles ne font p
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Lissi
2015 Reading Challenge #44 : Libro originalmente escrito en otro idioma.

SI PRETENDES LEER ESTE LIBRO EN UN FUTURO PRÓXIMO ESTA RESEÑA PUEDE TENER UNO QUE OTRO SPOILER xD

«El hombre más importante de tu vida acaba de pasar por detrás de ti. Para encontrarlo deberás hacer un largo viaje y localizar a las seis personas que te conducirán hasta él… Hay dos vidas en ti, Alice. La que conoces y la que te espera desde hace tiempo.»

La química secreta de los encuentros va más haya del romanticismo cl
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Silvana (Por detrás das Palavras)
A estranha viagem do Senhor Daldry foi o livro escolhido pela Denise para me enviar no âmbito do nosso projeto conjunto.
A Denise sabia que eu já tinha lido outras obras do autor e que tinha gostado, mas como ela partilho comigo que não tinha gostado muito deste foi com poucas expetativas que parti para a leitura.

Como já escrevi em opiniões anteriores, Marc Levy tem uma forma muito própria de escrever e nem sempre as pessoas se sentem cativadas para a leitura. Eu não estranhei nada e posso dizer
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Valentina
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: los-que-poseo
En realidad es un 3.5 :)

Me siento engañada. Súper engañada. Compré este libro en tecni-ciencias imaginándome algo tipo 13-little-blue-envelopes así tipo de viajes buscando algo y terminé con una cosa completamente distinta. Creo que lo que me imaginaba era más entretenido que el libro en realidad.

No me parece. No me parece que hagan una portada y le pongan un título a un libro y que ninguno de estos dos tenga aunque sea alguito que ver con el libro. Es como un Nokia disfrazado de iPhone. Así de
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Sub_zero
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2014
Nadie, nunca, bajo ninguna circunstancia, me encontrará diciendo que soy fan de Marc Levy (a quien me gusta calificar de forma cariñosa como el Federico Moccia francés). Sí, había leído otras tres novelas del autor antes que esta y sin que ninguna pasara con pena ni gloria por mi vida, por lo que estaba muy dispuesto a que La química secreta de los encuentros fuese mi despedida definitiva de la empachosa pluma de Levy. Sin embargo, he de reconocer que lo he pasado bien -más de lo que me gustaría ...more
Carla
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
3,5

Ains ains ains, ese final. AINS. Si bien no ha sido la mejor lectura que he tenido en el año, ha sido muy entretenida y diferente a lo que he leído hasta ahora, me gustó mucho el plot y los personajes considero que a pesar de no tener gran profundidad, estuvieron bien elaborados. Lo mejor de este libro sin duda alguna es el final, las últimas 50 páginas son increíbles, llenas de tensión y drama y sorpresa dado que ocurren cosas que no se esperaban y cuando pensabas que ya la sorpresa había pa
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Dulce María
Este es el 3° libro que leo de Marc Levy y aunque ya estoy acostumbrada a su forma de escribir, (ya que sus libros siempre empiezan un poco lentos, pero mejoran dramáticamente) tengo que admitir que este libro me costo un poco más que los demás, y aunque tiene una temática super interesante y un contexto histórico del que yo no sabía casi nada, no termino de atraparme nunca.
Me encanto la forma en que me presentaron el libro ¿que pasaría si el amor de tu vida acaba de pasar justo detrás de ti? cr
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Daniel Rojas
Con una intriga como la presentada al comienzo, se pasan las páginas con emoción para descubrir cada detalle, pero a medida en que pasaba, se volvía plano. Los personajes en primera instancia no me parecieron muy humanos, también los sentía planos y fueron necesarias varias páginas para tenerles cierto cariño. La historia se vuelve un vaivén, no se le ve final, la historia toma otro sentido. Hacia el final se vuelve tedioso el intercambio de información mediante cartas, le da al libro una aceler ...more
Daniela Maciel
Confesso que me custou um pouco a adaptar à escrita do autor que, embora tenha bastante humor nos diálogos entre as personagens, apresenta também algumas partes mais maçudas.

Opinião completa: http://quandoseabreumlivro.blogspot.p...
Cadao
Jul 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Như mọi khi, Marc viết về tất cả mọi thứ tình trên đời đều hay, trừ tình yêu nam nữ. Và ngoài ra, ông tả cảnh rất đẹp, rất sống động và lung linh, như mọi khi
Ghali Ouazzani
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Un voyage vers où ?
- Vers là d'où tu viens, ma chérie, vers ton histoire.
~ Extrait du dialogue d'Alice avec la voyante ~

Résumons :
Alice Pendelbury est une créatrice de parfums heureuse et épanouie, croquant la vie à pleines dents avec ses amis.
Ethan Daldry est un artiste peintre solitaire, menant une existence correcte et autonome.
Partie à la fête foraine se défouler avec ses amis, Alice y fera la connaissance d'une mystérieuse voyante qui lui révèlera un étonnant secret sur son histoire. Ell
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Lisa Schneider
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Marc Levy is a brilliant writer, but I feel that this book missed the mark. The beginning of the book started out fantastic and I was like "More, more, more!" But as it went on it just got predictable and, honestly, boring.

2 stars for the writing, because Marc Levy can make any scene come to life.

*I received a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Phat Duong
Phần sau của quyển này, mình có cảm giác tình tiết bị đẩy quá nhanh nhỉ?

Một sự tình cờ thú vị là trong khi mình đang đọc những chương đầu của sách - một chuyến hành trình kỳ lạ được nhen nhóm sau những lời tiên đoán của bà thầy bói - thì mình cũng có dịp được trải nghiệm lần đầu đi xem bói một cách nghiêm túc trong một sự kiện được tổ chức ở trường tiếng Anh đang theo học. :)
Dusica
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Ovo je prva knjiga Marka Levija koju sam procitala, ali sigurno nece biti poslednja bez obzira na ovu nezahvalnu ocenu.
Zanimljiv naslov, neobicna prica i predivni opisi Istanbula. Prica je neobicna ali malo " vec vidjena " ,od pocetka sam znala ko je taj covek i tokom cele knjige, po meni, nije imao konkurenciju.
U sustini jedna fina i laka knjizica, idealna za odmor.
Jeanette
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the first time that i have read a book by Marc Levy. It is totally different to what i would usually read, but i do enjoy reading something different now and again. It was good, but that is far as it goes.

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers for my copy. This is my honest review, in which opinions are my own.
Mo
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel had a VERY promising beginning. However, it got bogged down in the middle, and then offered up one of the most unsatisfying endings I have ever read.
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Marc Levy was born in France. When he turned eighteen, he joined the Red Cross, where he spent the next six years. In 1983, he created a computer graphics company based in France and the United States. Six years later, he co-founded an interior design and planning company with two friends; the company soon became one of the leading architecture firms in France.

At thirty-seven, Marc Levy wrote a st
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