Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Adèle” as Want to Read:
Adèle
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Adèle

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,250 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Adèle appears to have a perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored by her job and her marriage–and consumed by an insatiable need to have sex. Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, she organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arr ...more
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Penguin Books (first published August 28th 2014)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Adèle, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Adèle

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Ilse
'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
Felicia
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Michelle
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Agnieszka

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
...more
Warwick
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
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
...more
Blair
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
Yann
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
...more
Tammie
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”.
Adèle i
...more
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
...more
cypt
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
...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
...more
Jamie
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
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
...more
Sandra
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!
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
Krista
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
...more
Laura
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un premier roman saisissant, qui se lit d'une traite. Il devient obsédant dès les premiers mots. Adèle m'a fascinée : cette anti-héroïne parait cassée, elle a conscience de la chance qu'elle a et des pulsions qu'elle ressent, mais elle ne réalise pas le pouvoir qu'elle a sur les hommes ni le regard haineux que portent les femmes sur elle. J'ai observé Adèle, je n'ai pas essayé de la comprendre, ni de la juger, je me suis juste laissée happer par ce roman, qui n'est ni prétentieux ni érotique, ni ...more
Rita
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Jardim do Ogre não é uma história feliz. Seguimos a história de Adèle, uma mulher que não estando contente com a sua vida tenta procurar libertação através do sexo.
É certo que a narrativa em sim não é nada extraordinária mas Slimani marca pela escrita, fui agarrada desde a primeira página pelas descrições cruas e viscerais de um desejo que fascina.
Sendo assim, gostei muito e espero ler o outro título publicado da autora.
Louise
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, woman-writer
Dans une écriture clinique et déliée, Leila Slimani dépeint les errances glauques d'Adèle, atteinte de nymphomanie, que personne ne tarit ni n'atténue les angoisses. C'est profondément dérangeant, on en ressort sale et abruti par la dépression sourde qui imprègne chaque page. Est-ce que l'amour obtus que lui porte son mari va la sauver ? On quitte le roman accablé par toute cette détresse.
Denisa Ballová
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adèle mala všetko, čo potrebovala – dobrého muža, zdravého syna, parížsky byt a prácu novinárky. Napriek tomu ju hnala túžba zničiť seba aj múry svojho života. Potrebovala trpieť, cítiť bolesť a striedať mužov, aby sa zbavila hnusu z vlastného tela a duše. Pocit sebadeštrukcie ju ťahá na úplný okraj, k priepasti, odkiaľ sa nedá vrátiť späť.

„Láska není nic než trpělivost. Horlivá, nábožná, tyranská trpělivost. Trpělivost nerozumně optimistická.“

Leïla Slimani napísala krátky román o žene, ktorá s
...more
Ugnė
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marokas, prancūzija
Daug kas jau buvo pažįstama iš Lopšinės: iliuzijos, nesaugumas, nesirūpinimas vaikais, ne visai normalūs (ar tikrai?) potraukiai ir pan. Tad kažin, ar skaityčiau ir trečią šios autorės knygą, nes greičiausiai tikėčiausi kažko panašaus/to paties, o kažko panašaus/to paties jau nebesinori. Tokios knygos kuria vaizdą, kad aplinkui visi tik apsimeta, kad jie normalūs, gražūs, sąžiningi ir pan., o iš tikrųjų tokie nėra. Ir jau vien dėl to jos man atrodo nepatikimos.
Tittirossa
May 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 01_ebook, insonnia
Lettura da insonnia all'alba. Un po' disturbante, in effetti. Anche perché non è ben chiaro dove ci voglia portare con la storia di Adèle. Giovane donna insoddisfatta della vita che cerca sollievo alla pressione del vivere (sposata con un chirurgo più per caso che per scelta, con un figlio che accudisce nello stesso modo, con un lavoro che gestisce ugualmente) in incontri erotici ad alto tasso di occasionalità e furore. Da cui si "risveglia" con un senso di disgusto e malessere che ha più a che ...more
Seyma Sengul
Kitabın arka kapağı okuyucuyu kandırıyor bence, Adele’in hiperseksüel bozukluğunun ve dolaylı olarak mazoşistliğe varan isteklerinin Milan Kundera’dan daha başka sebeplere dayandığını düşünüyorum.
Sónia
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, own
Mal soube que iria ser lançado um novo livro de Leila Slimani, a autora do inesquecível "Canção Doce", não tardei a adquiri-lo. A quem ainda não o leu permitam-me que o recomende com carácter (quase) obrigatório.

Esta obra é um registo totalmente diferente. Debruça-se sobre a relação dual entre frustração e o enorme apetite sexual de uma mulher que vive uma vida apenas para manter aparências. E para "fugir" à vida que lhe estava predestinada. Fala, também, das tentativas sucessivas de redenção e
...more
Rae
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, arc, bt-e-book, fiction
Adèle by Leila Slimani is about a sex-addicted woman in Paris who also dons the titles of "mother" and "wife."

This book was a whirlwind! There were parts of it I really enjoyed, and but other parts were just so "meh." The writing and pacing were fine, but the story execution floundered. 

Adèle is not a sympathetic character. I never felt attached to her, because her redeeming qualities were so few and far between. Yes, sex addiction is a real thing and should be treated seriously, but she was a b
...more
Sofia
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando li a sinopse lembrei-me desde logo do filme de Lars von Trier "Ninfomaníaca" e esperava algo dentro do género.
Contudo, embora a escrita seja belíssima, a autora não me conseguiu transmitir a mesma tensão do filme. É um dos pecados a apontar ao livro. Um vício como o do sexo, em particular se a doente for uma mulher, implica doses de risco e de sofrimento que o livro não transmite.
Por outro lado, o marido de Adéle é uma personagem que merece alguma consideração em termos literários, ao d
...more
Karel-Willem Delrue
Vluggertje

"Zin hebben is al toegeven"

Dit is ongetwijfeld een omstreden boek. Leïla Slimani, de Franse journaliste van Marokkaanse afkomst, verdiepte zich in haar debuutroman schaamteloos in de vrouwelijke seksualiteit. We moeten daar niet flauw over doen. Met graagte begonnen we te lezen.

Slimani valt met de deur in huis. Al op de eerste bladzijde wordt de titel verklaard ("Ze wil een speelpop zijn, in de tuin van een beest.") en stappen we als lezer met hoofdpersonage Adèle mee onder de douche w
...more
Christophe Jung
C'est brillant, bien écrit, ça se lit très facilement, avec un côté étrangement fascinant. Mais c'est triste, sans aucune trace d'humour. On sort de ce roman légèrement déçu par le côté finalement statique d'Adèle, l'héroïne. Elle ne devient pas meilleure à la fin du roman, et nous, lecteurs, on ne se sent pas mieux après avoir terminé le roman.
Karine
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"L'amour ça n'est que de la patience. Une patience dévote, forcenée, tyrannique. Une patience déraisonnablement optimiste"
La force de l'amour face à l'une des addictions les plus honteusement cachées. Pourtant il s'agit bien là de maladie, au même titre que l'alcoolisme ou l'anorexie. A méditer. A partager.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
841 followers
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
...more
“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
More quotes…