Book review: Vintage 1954

Vintage 1954

Vintage 1954
by  Antoine Laurain
Translated from the French by
Jane Aitken/Emily Boyce
Gallic Books
06/20/2019
Millésime 1954
was published in 2018
Fiction/ Time Travel
208 pages

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I usually associate Antoine Laurain with quirkiness. But he can do so much more. His latest novel Vintage 1954 is here to prove it. His best so far, keep reading to know why.

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BOOK RECEIVED THIS PAST WEEK

Vintage 1954

Vintage 1954:
US release date June 18
The great folks at Gallic Books sent this upcoming release by Antoine Laurain. I have read three books so far by this French author, and have especially enjoyed The President’s Hat.
Vintage 1954 promises to be fun, a kind of variation of the movie Midnight in Paris, though the characters end up in the 50s, not the 20s.
“When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties. The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris”.
And look at this cool cover!

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Book review: Smoking Kills

Smoking Kills

Smoking Kills

Author:
Antoine Laurain
Translator:
Louise Rogers-Lalaurie
Publisher:
Gallic Books

US Release date: Aug 7, 2018
Fume et tue
was first released in French in 2008
Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-1910477540
also available as ebook
Genre:  literary fiction

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Do you like quirky and dark? Then French writers are the right thing for you, especially contemporary ones. The Suicide Shop, by Jean Teulé, that I reviewed here a couple of years ago, fits the bill. And the book I’m presenting today does very well too. Smoking Kills is the latest book by Antoine Laurain available in English. The President’s Hat was certainly quirky enough. But now, Laurain has decided to add dark humor to his narrating skills. And it works, even for me, who usually don’t really like reading funny books.
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