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The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles: A Novel Paperback – December 31, 2013
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—The Washington Post
“Bonjour, book lovers. Get ready for best-selling French author Katherine Pancol’s American debut. It’s a charmer about fortysomething sisters Iris and Josephine, who have taken very different paths in life but come together when each finds herself in need of a little reinvention. Read it and ouip.”
"Lucky you! You're about to succumb to France's most irresistible writer! At the end of this delicious, tender, funny, heartwarming novel, you'll feel as if Iris and Joséphine are part of your family."
—Tatiana de Rosnay, New York Times bestselling author of Sarah's Key
“Thought Parisian women are perfect? Think again. A delicious treat about separation, sisterhood, and turning tables.”
—Inès de la Fressange, New York Times bestselling author of Parisian Chic
“There is a gorgeous and invigorating zip and sparkle to the writing. You read it with a big smile.”
—Elizabeth Buchan, New York Times bestselling author of Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman
“No wonder Katherine Pancol’s books are all bestsellers, reading her feels like coming home. Her characters become like friends and family members, and you long to know how they get on. The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles has all the quirks, tensions, and belly laughs that family, friendship, and sisterhood can entail. It is touching, entertaining, and vibrant.”
—Cécile David-Weill, author of The Suitors
“This multilayered well-paced tale will delight you with its entertaining cast of characters and madcap adventures from Paris to the wilds of Africa.”
—Katharine Davis, author of Capturing Paris
"Pancol deftly manages the constellation of characters in a cleareyed, warmly funny tale."
“Pancol’s runaway French bestseller is a satisfying Cinderella story. . . . delicious.”
"Riveting . . . Delicious morsels involving every family member compel attention in a title that will appeal to fans of Marian Keyes and Olivia Goldsmith."
Top Customer Reviews
So to begin, I realize that this book is probably in a genre more generally considered appropriate to the female gender and because of that, as a dude I'm a bit of an interloper. Despite that slight misalignment, I found this book pretty delightful. It's complexity of character made me realize just how bad I am at keeping names straight. After 40 pages I came up short and found I had no clue who all these people were so I went back through those pages and made a nice tidy relationship diagram of who slept with whom and who was previously dating whom and which characters were, in fact, screwing like rabbits in the back storeroom. Of all these there are many examples.
On the positive side, after sorting out all the 'whos' in diagrammatic format, this story had quite a bit to say. The intrigues were entertaining as well as demonstrating a clear and refreshing evolution of character and story. I found myself very invested in the characters and fervently rooting for some justice at the end and for things to turn out just so. I took a couple days getting started but by half way I was staying up late and reading before work to get through it. It does get ahold of you.
On the neutral side, some of the subplots came across a bit weakly. I was tied up in most of them but others just left me rather quizzical. There are certainly high points and "meh" points. Also, in this translation some of the dialog just doesn't come across as very Parisian.Read more ›
Pancol's story centers around 40ish year old sisters, Iris and Josephine. Having lost their father as children, they were raised by their mother, Henriette, who is truly the-mother-from-hell. (Henriette is really the only caricature in the book; all the others are nuanced and fleshed-out creations.) The two sisters take different paths in life; Iris is the glamorous wife of an international lawyer and lives a life of luxury. Josephine, the studious and quiet one, has settled with a dreamer for a husband and two daughters and works as a researcher in 12th century French history. The last point is important because the storyline revolves as much around that period in history as it does around the crocodiles in Kenya. Iris and Josephine's lives change when Iris persuades Josephine to write a novel set in 12th century France - think Eleanor of Acquitaine - that Iris will claim authorship of while giving Josephine the monetary proceeds. Iris needs fame and Josephine needs money after her husband goes off to raise crocodiles in Kenya with his girlfriend and she is left with raising her daughters by herself.
While all this sounds complicated, Katherine Pancol is a master of setting up a complicated plot peopled with many characters, who she juggles with ease. As I wrote before, the many characters - with the exception of Henriette - have their own identities.Read more ›
Disclaimer: I received an advance reader's copy of this book from the publisher.
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