There is something for everyone here, French and English (I try to alternate between French and English books), some will be translated - some may never be (and in fact should not be...). Like this first one...
|Romain Puertolas, L'extraordinare voyage du Fakir |
qui etait reste coince dans une armoire
I finished this book in 5 days - however this is not a sign of its high quality. I was drawn by the lengthy, weird and wonderful title - 'The extraordinary journey of a Fakir who has stuck in a IKEA wardrobe'. And to be honest, it was a very easy and pleasant read for a bout a third of the book. What a story! An Indian Fakir comes to France on a one-day return journey to buy a new bed of nails. He orders it and has to wait for the next day to get it - but where to sleep? Of course, in one of the IKEA beds. But he finds himself in need of a hiding place, and finds himself stuck in a IKEA wardrobe. The start of an extraordinary journey... or not. So yes, the storyline is bonkers, but I can deal with that, what I really did not like is the author style. He is trying to make (bad) jokes every page about the names of the protagonists and other silly things - totally distracting from the actual story. As you can imagine this is supposed to be a light-hearted book, except that the author decides to go on about his philosophical views on illegal immigration. I agree this is an important issue to discuss, but not when I bought a book because it sounded like a fun story. So, it is probably never going to be translated; if you speak French, I personally wished I bought myself something from IKEA with the money, but I did see some positive reviews, and this is only my personal view.
|Maria Semple, Where'd you go Bernadette.|
|Guillaume Musso, 7 ans apres|
|Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones - Mad about the Boy|
So what do you think my next book should be? What did you really enjoy reading recently? I have Donna Tart's Goldfinch - which is massive to carry around but apparently amazing, I have a Tracy Chevalier as well - always a good read...
I link to the 52 Books Challenge - at this rate I should be on schedule!