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Le Livre de Perle

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,287 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Tombé dans notre monde une nuit d’orage, un homme emprunte le nom de Joshua Perle et commence une vie d’exilé. Cette nouvelle vie fugitive, déchirée par un chagrin d’amour, est aussi une quête mystérieuse. Au fil du siècle, Perle rassemble un trésor pour défaire le sort qui l’a conduit loin de chez lui. Mais ceux qui l’ont banni et le traquent le laisseront-ils trouver le ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 325 pages
Published 2017 by Gallimard Jeunesse (first published November 2014)
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[Shai] Bibliophage
Without checking out the synopsis, the title and cover of this book piqued my interest. I was really drawn into the story once I've started reading it; from beginning till the end, I highly anticipated the succeeding scenarios in the book.

The narrative of The Book of Pearl is a mix of fantasy and historical fiction that will catch the attention of young adults and even much older readers. Even though the start of the story is a little bit confusing, I was able to comprehend what was happening as I
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☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
This was a FANTASTIC read that is perfect for historical romance and fairy tale lovers! I fell in love with the prose and LOVED all the characters! This book was so awesome and went through a world within a world. I would highly recommend this book to any reader looking for something that will touch their heart.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity and all views expressed are my own.
snowplum
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I began this book (apparently rather popular in its native France and virtually unheard of by Americans) I thought I was going to love it on a level with sophisticated lyrical wonder-filled works from authors like Alessandro Barrico, Erin Morgenstern, and Jane Mendelsohn. The comparison with Barrico would be particularly apt, as I think Sarah Ardizzone has done as sensitive and nuanced a job translating The Book of Pearl as Alister McEwan did with Ocean Sea, making the experience as rewardi ...more
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An English translation of Timothee de Fombelle’s French, Le Livre de Perle, a popular book in his country, brimming with romance and history, mystery and adventure. A boy meets an old man through an odd series of events which haunt him his entire youth. Because of that meeting he plays an important role in two star crossed lovers (Ilian and Olia) story. As he recounts his role, the lovers' stories and reveals who the mysterious Joshua Pearl is, a very rea
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Justine
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
4-4.5

I can understand why people don't like this book; and I nearly missed it because I was not totally in the mood for it. But, the ending was so beautiful, and brought such meaning to the whole book that I nearly completely fell in love with it.

It can be quite confusing: we first follow a fairy who tries to save her loved one; then we follow a young boy crushed by a heartache; and then we focus on another young man. The action is set in two worlds, one of magic, one without. They are both fa
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Fidan Lurin
I received an ARC copy of The Book of Pearl in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley, as well as the translators of this edition, Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon for this advanced copy which is expected to be released on February 06, 2018.

The NetGalley copy I read is actually a translation of Timothee de Fombelle’s original French, Le Livre de Perle, a well known book of fairytale and magic, being published back in 2014 by Gallimard Jeunesse.

The Book of P
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Adele Broadbent
This story is something special.
Part fairy tale, part historical (1930's), and part present, The Book of Pearl isn't just a story.

The book that you hold in your hands as you read is actually part of the character's story.

The structure of the novel is skilfully pieced together, which would be the only thing I would worry about with younger readers. As an adult I found it pleasantly challenging to follow the strands of the three main characters until they had woven together completel
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Rachael
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unraveling mystery, a fairytale kingdom, star-crossed lovers, WW2, marshmallows, old photos and tokens of proof wrapped in tissue paper. Curses, villains, and prisoners of war. A life time of yearning, searching and hoping for a way back to lost loves. Contented sigh. <3
Annie
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I have read this year!!! An intricate story about Joshua Pearl who is trying to piece together his memories to circle back to the one he loves after being thrown from the world of fairytale and into the real world that weaves in historical events such as World War II. The way the story was written was clever - as the reader, I felt just as confused as the main character (Pearl) but each chapter pieces together a puzzle that guided me to the next part of the story which fina ...more
Catherine ♡
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was poetic for sure, but that might've worked against the book actually. It really read like a fairy tale instead of a novel - but I was still a little confused by the sequence of events because the story jumped from character to character, from world to world, and from time to time.
Kalilah
WARNING! SUPER LONG, BLOG-STYLE REVIEW. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The Book of Pearl is a modern fairytale with elements of the classics, filled with strange places, magical laws and intriguing mysteries.
Sounds good, doesn't it? I was certainly drawn to the concept of the fairytale world and "our world" colliding. But upon reading it, I was conflicted. The story see-sawed from being a three and possibly even four-star, to a two-star. Even as I write this review, I recall some brilliant moments of the stor/>The
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Ella
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, 4-stars
It was going to be a 4.5, but I didn't love the ending. :/ It was very rushed and was left quite open which really frustrated me and let the book down a little in my eyes. However, up until that point, THE BOOK OF PEARL told the most loveliest of tales and I felt like I was dreaming a beautiful dream for most of the time I was reading it. :')
Maria
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, french
Remarkable book, not like anything I have read. You can tell that it is not part of the English fantasy tradition. Highly recommended. (Yes, it is translated into English, but I couldn't find it here).
Indy
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely beautiful book. I'll admit it took me a couple of chapters to get into but once I did, I didn't want to put it down.

Timothee de Fombelle's writing style is beautiful and just flows so well.

Definitely something for people who love a bit of fantasy and some history.
Sapotille
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very poetic book ♥
You can see my review in French here :
http://lemondedesapotille.blogspot.fr...
Sophie Zacka
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a good book with an inrtresting story line, I got a little confused at the beginning of the story, you just have to re-read or just keep going
Oni Pînzariu
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It was just... Wow! One of the best books I've ever read. I trully loved it and I want to read more books from this genius author!
Kirsty
Feb 25, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Can't put my fairy hatred aside to enjoy this
Alex  Baugh
I absolutely loved reading Timothée de Fombelle's two historical fiction novels, Vango: Between Earth and Sky and Vango: A Prince Without a Kingdom, so when I saw that he had another new work I couldn't wait to read it, too. And it was, quite simply, wonderful.

de Fombelle has spun a mesmerizing tale that seamlessly weaves together the world of fairy tales and the real world over different time periods. He begins his tale, in this world, with a 14 year old unnamed, unreliable narrator
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Rosanne Hawke
The Book of Pearl was translated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Gordon. I read the English version. This is an intriguing story of a crossover of a fairy and a prince from the Fairytale Kingdoms to our world. A narrator tells the story of two star crossed lovers trapped in our world in his first person point of view. He shows the reader what life was like in The Kingdoms, the danger and evil, and now also in this world. Information is released in measures, over different times and se ...more
Marzie
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-net-galley
3.5 Stars

The Book of Pearl is an intricate story of worlds within worlds by French playwright and prize-winning author Timothée de Fombelle, author of Toby Alone and Toby and the Secrets of the Tree. By intricate, I am not kidding. Three interwoven storylines exist- that of Joshua Pearl, an exiled man who appears suddenly in our world and is taken in by marshmallow confectioners; Prince Ilian, a man who only wanted to be free to love a fairy named Olia; and a fourteen-year-old boy who narrates the/>The
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Beth Cato
I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

As this is a book marketed as literary despite its heady fantasy elements, I was a bit skeptical going in; I see no shame in a full-on fantasy label for a book. Even with the book done, I am left ambivalent. There is a lot to like about this book, and a lot to find frustrating as well.

Foremost is the literary element. The flow of the book is downright confusing at times as it jumps between past and pres
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
De Fombelle, Timothée The Book of Pearl, 355 pages. Candlewick Press, 2018. $13.00
Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

This is an English translation of the French book. Oliå has given up her fairy powers for Ilian, the teenage Prince she loves. Iliån is exiled from his kingdom and forced to come to our world in 1936 France, where he takes up the name Joshua Pearl. Throughout his life in our world, he is on a quest to find his way back to The Kingdoms s
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Read3r’z Re-Vu
This would have to be one of the best books I have read this year!!!

A compelling story of a first love that defines a lifetime which is told with an intricate and beautiful writing style.

The main character who we get to know as the story progresses is Joshua Pearl. He is from a world that our own no longer believes in – a world of Fairytale. Pearl knows that his great love is waiting for him in that distant place but he is trapped in our time. As his memories begin to fad
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Tess (Book_Voyage)
Apr 22, 2018 marked it as couldn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
I DNFed this book at 51%. I was on page 157, Chapter 16, The Train. I tried so hard to give this book a try, but I just couldn't understand the book and what was going on. I normally don't read historical romances, but even halfway through the book, there was no romance. Reading this story truly felt like a chore to me. I'd love to try to revisit this book someday, but I don't think I will. I feel as if with every foreign book I read, that's by a foreign author I hate. I wish this wasn't the cas ...more
Anna
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(That's more of a 2.5/5, but yeah)
This definitely wasn't the poetic fairytale I was expecting — I got the fairytale part, but it was childish and honestly a bit cliché more than romantic and/or poetic. I think I actually liked the real-world part more than the fairytale?
And the narrator... wtf, he disappears for 200 pages so when he comes back you don't even care about him anymore (if you cared in the first place, because honestly I couldn't give one characteristic about him)
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DonutKnow
This novel was so eloquently written.

I will never forget the delicate heartaches and the powerful strength of Joshua's love for Olia. It was like a candle refusing to be put out.

There were a couple of times when I felt like the story was running away from me, the perspectives switching quickly that I'd sometimes get confused as to who was speaking or which character the speaker was referring to.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this novel and I hope to encounter more of Fombelle's work because his writ
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Alyssa
This book is like a wonderful dream! Sweet and sad, this is the story of a beautiful fairy and a young prince who fall in love. But just when they share a kiss that will turn the fairy into a mortal so that they can live out their days together, they are viciously torn apart by a mad king and a scheming genie, the prince banished to a realm with no magic and in the midst of a brutal world war. Through grief and hope, will they ever find their way back to each other? A poetic and romantic read!
Sammm [if you hadn't noticed, yeah, somewhat on hiatus]
A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Elisabeth
I really liked the concept, but I have to say that I found the jumping around and changing narrators very confusing for the first 200 pages or so, which took me out of the story a couple of times.
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Timothee de Fombelle was born in the heart of Paris in 1973, but often accompanied his architect father on his travels to Africa. Each summer his family left for the countryside (the west of France), where the five brothers and sisters lived like wild horses, making huts in the trees, playing in the river and losing themselves in the woods. In the evening they performed plays for the
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