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The Matchmaker of Perigord: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 5, 2008
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“A warm, funny novel about life and love in rural France...Stuart’s zesty narrative style is tailor-made for farce...Stuart injects her own brand of va-va-voom into this classic formula.” (The Independent Extra (London))
“Debut novelist Stuart infects Amour-sur-Belle’s byzantine lore with whimsy…and sensual detail.” (Publishers Weekly)
“This frothy debut, as enchanting as Joanne Harris’s Chocolat, follows Guillaume Ladoucette, a barber in southwestern France.” (More Magazine)
“Filled with enchanting settings and a brilliant attention to detail, Stuart’s first novel is an enjoyable trip through the sweetness, sadness, and hilarity that love-and life-often brings.” (Library Journal)
“Following these gentle folks on their blind dates and awkward reentries into the field of romance is a sweet and simple pleasure. Stuart…does manage to richly evoke the fecund sights and smells of rural France…[A] delightful, excursion to a kinder, gentler place.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Though the book is clearly contemporary, with references to a mini-tornado in 1999 and prices in euros, Stuart has given the village and its residents timeless appeal. Every person is referred to in every instance by both first and last names, and many physical descriptions and important events are described using the exact same phrasing, and these echo comfortably throughout the book, like an epic told from memory by a master storyteller. The repetition is both lyrical and practical--it helps the reader keep the numerous characters, their pasts, and their relationships with each other straight.Read more ›
The story takes place in what must be one of France's ugliest villages, Amour-sur-Belle, where the main character, the village barber, living with his senile mother, who, as the author puts it 'has gone cuckoo', and the custody of the family's ancient cassoulet, realises that the declining hairline of his customers and their tendency to adopt terrible modern haircats from a younger stylist in a nearby town, oblidge him to shut down and decide to change his career direction towards bringing back love to the remaining 33 (32 but no one agrees on paying the paint to change the number at the entrance sign of the village) middle-aged (+) villagers by becoming a matchmaker.
But how could that be when he hasn't been able to find love himself, treasuring the memory of his first-and-only elementary-school sweetheart?Read more ›
It's my favorite kind of book, what I call a quiet novel-a beautiful tale, so exquisitely written and laced with humor, that it doesn't jump up and down demanding attention the way a more commercial book does. It's a shame in a way, because the Matchmaker and his fellow villagers are delightful to spend time with. More people should do so. Though I will warn you, all the mouth-watering descriptions of food...you will be craving cassoulet...
My favorite book so far this year. I can't recommend it enough.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book! I had never heard of the author before,but the title intrigued me. guillame,the barber,tries his hand at matchmaking and the results are disastrous. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MJ miller
Such cute book. The writer's style is warm and engaging. The detail description/ personality of the characters makes the story very colorful. This book brought a smile on my face.Published 7 months ago by Patricia
Interesting little novel, the style of which took a little getting used to before I got into the groove. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sue J
Book was in excellent condition. I enjoy this author, and this book was cute and a fun, fast read.Published 15 months ago by Shelly
This is a quirky novel, more or less a fairy tale for grown ups. I enjoyed it immensely in all it's silliness. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Evelinemc
Having read others by Julia Stuart, (and highly recommend Tower, Zoo and the Tortoise) I was drawn to her first book, the Matchmaker. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Thora
This was a fun read. I enjoyed the elements of romance and fantasy mixed in with a tourists guide to gastronomy and lifestyle for the south of France. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jim P. Beddow
Couldn't get interested in the main character - he was too strange. There was no plot. The premise of the novel eluded me.Published on January 30, 2014 by Diane Graves
This is a cute, silly book about a man who realizes his barbershop is going under because all his customers are bald or have left him for a different barber who is capable of more... Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Kaitlin Kelly