I have no idea. I tried to like it....it was a chore to read even half of this book. I would not recommend it to anyone I know.
I'm not sure what genre this falls under.
Barbara--competent, believable, well-done; Cassandra--annoying, irritating, competent in reading the material.
Great disappointment--from the reviews I read and the sample I listened to I really thought I would like this book. The little girl made me angry. It made me sad that I wasted five dollars on this book...plus four hours of my life....gone.
Don't waste your money.
I really did try to listen. Someone is trying too hard to impress. Like being trapped in a corner at a party by a first-year philosophy student.
I had to keep rewinding this one because it would spark so many tangential trains of thought. Now, I almost sat the book down for that reason because initially I thought I was bored with it. Lofty language and haughty description almost turned me completely off, and then... when I decided not to give up; to stop fighting the urge to drift, I realized I wasn't rewinding because I'd turned out, but so I didn't miss anything. And that is the power of extraordinary literature. I will definitely listen again. It's not an "easy read", but it will elevate your thinking and evolve with you (I'm sure I'll gleam something more or different next time) if you let it. Love this book!
I adore really well-written fiction, mystery series, and historical fiction, and delight in finding well-narrated translations.
This book slowly sets the scene for the reader to fall in love with the extraordinary main characters and root for them to find their reason to live in the kindness and love for each other. Stick with it and have some tissues handy--there are very touching moments to share with these characters as you go. Barbara Rosenblatt is masterful in interpreting this book.
I would not even try to compare this book with another. It stands alone as a most delightful escape. The use of language, the story, the laughter and the tears. Amazing, wonderful. Thank you for this book!
The use of the comma. Incredible.
I was at 5-stars all around for this book right up until the last 20 minutes, during which the author and I had a significant difference of opinions about what should happen next!
The book is very charming, with great humor, characters, and narration. There are moments of Barbara Rosenblat's delivery that are both hilarious and timeless.
Alas, the ending doesn't work for me, but the rest of the book was lovely.
The book is technically very good; the translation is smooth and readable. The narration is more than adequate. THE HOWEVER and SPOILER: I do not want misanthropy in my books and the final chapters read, to me, more of a 'f*** you' than anything else. I do not recommend the book to people I care about and will certainly never read this particular author again. As always, this is a subjective, emotional response to the book which says as much about me as it does the author. And it is the mark of a well crafted book, that ability to evoke a strong emotional response, n'est pas?
I found the story lovely and the written word so eloquent. This was chosen for our book club and many of those who read it (versus listening to the audiobook) did not like it at all. Having two narrators really helped sort out the characters and as always, having someone who knew how to speak the French words correctly was really nice. The story was an amusing and sad portrayal of French upper class life and the references to Parisian idiosyncrasies were interesting as well.