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I can certainly relate to the American in Paris syndrome as well as the dull, invisible character of Isabel Walker.
What I cannot stand, and in this book particularly, is that the plot is so dull, the plot points seem almost arbitrarily thrown in, and that the climax and resolution to the story are so tepid as to be almost non-existent.
These insights however were the highlight of the book - the plot was unbelievable and the American characters were one-dimensional stereotypes.
It's easy to see why this book was turned into a Hollywood movie. It has a melodramatically faltering marriage, infidelity, a hot affair involving lots of strangely significant... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne-Marie
This is a fun, frothy read if you want to escape to France. Isabel goes to help her pregnant sister, Roxeanne, who has been abandoned by her French husband. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. M. Keefer
The style is not great but it's the way ms Johnson writes her characters that brings this novel down. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paula de la Cruz
I tried. I really tried. The constant use of French phrases throughout got tedious and pretentious. I do know some basic French, but hey, not that much. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pat Gallagher
I HIGHLY recommend NOT SPENDING hard earned leisure time or money on this novel. Pleasure reading should be a pleasure! Sadly, there was no pleasure to be found in "Le Divorce". Read morePublished 12 months ago by KimPossible
This book is an incisive study of Franco/American cultural differences, expertly conceived and realized as a modern-day comedy of manners. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Janet Hulstrand
Recommended. The French have a complicated relationship with foreigners of all stripes, but especially Americans. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Pearce
I read that this book was a national bestseller and national book award finalist and figured I couldn't go wrong. Unfortunately, I did. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by booklvr28
This is a novel with a lot of virtues: a lively, witty, often insightful narrative, and a large cast of characters, from two continents. Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Tacitus