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The Red Notebook Paperback – April 7, 2015
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'A hymn to la vie Parisienne...enjoy it for its fabulistic narrative, and the way it teeters pleasantly on the edge of Gallic whimsy.' The Guardian 'As entertaining as it is original, this is a story to enjoy like a chocolate with a surprise centre.' Marie France 'Its gentle satirical humor reminded me of Jacques Tati's classic films' Library Journal
About the Author
Antoine Laurain was born in Paris and is a screenwriter, antiques collector and the author of five novels.
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I admit that I love happy endings, so that is my bias. Fans of gritty realism will be unlikely to enjoy this charming tale, but others who enjoy a well written story about an unlikely chain of events that ends well, may be briefly transported to Paris and a search for the owner of a stolen handbag.
Set in France and translated from French, this charming light read draws readers in as Laurent’s warm, caring nature carries him through the Parisian streets searching for a complete stranger. There is just enough family history and backstory to add credibility to this sweet melding of mystery and romance that concludes on a satisfyingly upbeat note.
There is so much darkness in our world......the news is bad enough but a lot of modern literature is dark as well, so The Red Notebook was like a breath of fresh air.
This book would come under the genre of light romance, but it is so much more than that. I enjoy books with depth, and I felt Antoine Laurain accomplishes this with his clever writing and his subtle presentation of such a charming story.
Translators, unfairly, rarely get a mention, but excellent translation from French to English by Emily Boyce and Jane Aitken further enhances this little gem.
Go purchase this book for a rainy day when you simply want to lose yourself for a few lovely hours.
By page 15 I decided that I wanted to live where Laurent lives. By Page 45 I was in love with him and on page 132 I cried.
The Red Notebook is by far the best novel I have read all year and deserves more of an accolade than I can give to it.
It is a story full of characters who became ‘my friends’ and whose lives are rich and full of depth. And Laure herself is beautiful.
If I could live in ‘bookworld’ I would live in this one. It is a story that has everything I love, romance, books, cats and I could just Gush Gush Gush.
I admit this isn’t like the usual review I write but The Red Notebook is a book like no other. My only regret is that I have read it, I would like to go back in time and re-read, not knowing how fabulous this book is and that I have the best couple of reading hours ahead of me.
A definite MUST READ for everyone.
Well done, Monsieur Laurain! Truly a magical story. Potentially creepy, but magically romantic, nonetheless. A quick romantic mystery that is not to be missed. I highly recommend!
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