Posts Tagged ‘France’

The Last Banquet by Jonathan Grimwood

Five words from the blurb: orphan, chef, France, delicacies, obsession The Last Banquet is a vivid book that grabs the reader’s attention from the first page. It begins with disgusting scenes of a boy eating beetles and continues with investigations into a wide range of bizarre food. The child grows up and becomes a member […]

A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cossé

 Translated from the French by Alison Anderson Five words from the blurb: place, books, envy, secret, literary A Novel Bookstore revolves around a secret committee, established to select the finest books for a new shop. This book shop will not sell new releases, but will only stock books specifically selected by the committee because of their importance […]

The Trespass – Rose Tremain

 Long listed for 2010 Booker Prize I enjoyed The Road Home and had heard wonderful things about many of Tremain’s other books, so was looking forward to reading her new one. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations and it left me feeling a little disappointed. Trespass focuses on an isolated French farmhouse. The building belongs to Aramon, […]

The Republic of Trees – Sam Taylor

I loved The Island at the End of the World and so was keen to read some of Sam Taylor’s earlier books. The Republic of Trees is his debut novel, but unfortunately I didn’t love it as much as The Island at the End of the World. The Republic of Trees is set in France […]

Dangerous Liaisons – Choderlos de Laclos

Translated from the French by Helen Constantine Dangerous Liaisons was the latest choice for my book-group and I was very pleased to be forced to read it, as there was no way I’d have picked it up myself! First published in 1782, the book is written entirely in the form of letters between members of the […]

The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery

Translated from the French by Alison Anderson I had seen nothing but praise for this book in the blogging world, so was keen to find out why everyone raves about it.  Unfortunately the book failed to live up to expectations, so I am going explain why I just didn’t get this book at all. The […]