Book review: The Readers’ Room

The Readers' Room

The Readers’ Room
by Antoine Laurain
Le Service des manuscrits
was first published in Jan 2020.
Translated from the French by
Jane Aitken/Emily Boyce/Polly Mackintosh
Gallic Books
US release date 9/22/2020
176 pages
Literary fiction/Mystery


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With his previous novels, especially The President’s Hat (2013) and Vintage 1954 (2019), Antoine Laurain has created an expectation of great plots and fascinating characters for his fans. They will not be disappointed with The Readers’ Room, with an additional plus of a book on books! Click to continue reading


Review and giveaway: Gustave Flaubert: The Ambiguity of Imagination

Gustave Flaubert:
The Ambiguity of Imagination


Giuseppe Cafiero
Translator: Peter Christie
Clink Street

Release date:
Gli incauti negozi sulla vita e sulle opere
di monsieur Gustave Flaubert, scrittore

was originally published in Italian in 2009
ISBN: 978-1911525387

also available as ebook
officially “historical fiction”


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Writing this review turned out to be just as challenging as reading Gustave Flaubert: The Ambiguity of Imagination. And if you happen to read the synopsis, you will be even more confused: they talk about a certain Harel Bey, but he does not appear in the book until page 63. Before that, I had a hard time understanding what was going on, I even had to restart reading the whole book. There were some very interesting elements however.

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Book review: Suspended Sentences – I love France #153

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Suspended Sentences



Suspended Sentences audio

Suspended Sentences
by Patrick Modiano
Translated by Mark Polizzotti

Narrated by
Bronson Pinchot, Sean Runnette, Arthur Morey

Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins

Release Date: 12/23/14

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.Blackstone Audio

Genre:  literary fiction /novellas

Source: Received from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox

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I was in no way compensated for this post as a reviewer, and the thoughts are my own.

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Rue des boutiques obscures was my first encounter with Patrick Modiano‘s writing, when I was a young teen, and I have enjoyed him ever since. I thought it would be interesting to see what it feels like to read him in English. I know, this sounds weird, but an opportunity came up to actually listen to Suspended Sentences.
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