Le Divorce meets The Elegance of the Hedgehog in this hilariously entertaining mega-best seller from France.
When her chronically unemployed husband runs off to start a crocodile farm in Kenya with his mistress, Joséphine Cortès is left in an unhappy state of affairs. The mother of two - confident, beautiful teenage Hortense and shy, babyish Zoé - is forced to maintain a stable family life while making ends meet on her meager salary as a medieval history scholar. Meanwhile, Joséphine's charismatic sister Iris seems to have it all - a wealthy husband, gorgeous looks, and a très chic Paris address - but she dreams of bringing meaning back into her life.
When Iris charms a famous publisher into offering her a lucrative deal for a twelfth-century romance, she offers her sister a deal of her own: Joséphine will write the novel and pocket all the proceeds, but the book will be published under Iris's name. All is well - that is, until the book becomes the literary sensation of the season.
©2013 Penguin Audio; ©2013 Katherine Pancol
This story and its setting are French but the idioms and vocabulary are American. It's jarring and renders the story amateurish at best. Poorly drawn characters and motivations for an American story, but possibly ok for a French sensibility. I finally looked up the book to confirm my suspicion that it was a translation. I wish the narrator had a French accent instead of an American one. It was hard to like any of the characters and their actions and motivations made no sense to me. The story had promise, but not as translated and performed.
Maureen Corrigan recommended The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles as a light, fun escape. I usually like her recommendations, but this is an exception. I thought the plot was predictable and labored, and the characters were tedious. I found it neither fun nor entertaining, and finished it only because it was the only book on tape I had on my iPhone on the long drive home.
I'm usually a Francophile and expected to enjoy this book if only because it was written by a French author. But sadly, no. Josephine, you're no Amelie.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
MAYBE I DOUBT IT THO. BUT I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO PEOPLE. IT WAS A FUN LISTEN.
THERE WERE SEVERAL. THE SCENE WHEN HENRIETTA CAME TO MARCEL'S OFFICE LOOKING FOR DIRT ON HIM.
OH SHE IS WONDERFUL!! SHE WAS GOOD AT DOING DIFFERENT VIOCES FOR DIFFERENT CHARACTERS, SHE MADE IT ALIVE.
IT WOULD HAVE TO BE GARY. I STILL FELL AS IF I DID NOT KNOW HIM AT THE END OF THE BOOK. I LIKED HIM. HE SEEMED SO MATURE AND IN CONTROL OF HIMSELF.
THE READING WAS AMAZING. I LOVED THE WAY HENRIETTA WAS DONE, I MAY HAVE GIVEN ONE STAR LESS IN THE OVERALL IF IT WAS NOT FOR ELLEN ARCHER'S READING.
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