I would probably not read another Muriel Barbery; the dual narrative was incredibly slow. However, the narrative voices were good. I found the child's narrative voice irritating. The French voice beautiful.
Although she capture the French aristocrat exceptionally well, there is no real plot line or progression of a story.
I think the toilet scene was probably the most entertaining.
Definitely not, the best character has been written out!
It was very slow and the simple philosophy at the end a little too simplistic.
I enjoyed this book. The parallel lives of desperate people is intriguing and portrays the dissonance between class structure and the similarity of the human experience. Although, I found the ending trite.
A concierge, a young girl and a meeting of the hearts in this tale taking place in a Paris building. How do we connect with others? Can lifelong patterns set from childhood experiences ever be changed? This book gives us hope.
Overall I am glad that I listened to this book on audible. That being said, there were many moments when I wished I had chosen another book. The first two thirds of this book are long, driven by philosophical thought much of which I found discouraging, unhelpful, and just plain faulty. Also, the arrogance based on their intelligence, of the two main characters was annoying and made the book unenjoyable to listen to at parts.
The last third of the book is wonderful, beautiful, uplifting and real. If there had been a better balance. For instance, half the book being drawn out and driven by the two main characters' arrogance and faulty philosophical thought, just to set up the beauty of the second half I think it would've been a more enjoyable story. With the first two thirds of the book being mostly unenjoyable, I can only give it three stars. Please be aware of what you are getting when you purchase this book. It is unexpected, which is not a bad thing, but it is not a story to get lost in.
Well narrated, and the story is excellent for 98% of the book, but the ending was unnecessary. I understand what she is trying to accomplish, but personally I felt it detracted from an otherwise great novel.
This book was just beyond depressing. The characters spend the entire book being ungrateful in every aspect of their lives. It's basically a story about two people whining and complaining.
This is a story that, for me, will be quite memorable. I already know that I will be thinking about it for the next several days. I happened upon this during a 2 for 1 sale that audible was having. As it turns out, I needed to hear it's message of the meaning of life: finding those small moments that make you perfectly content. For some people, it may end up being a simple and silly tale with which they can not connect. For me, it spoke volumes to my tired heart.