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review 2016-04-15 08:00
The Red Notebook
The Red Notebook - Antoine Laurain,Jane Aitken,Emily Boyce

Books about books always make me happy, and since I try to diversify my reading I wanted to read this little French book about a man, a book store and a handbag. (In English of course).

 

When Laurent finds a handbag thrown away in the street without a purse but filled with other belongings he is immediately fascinated by it. The next days he spends trying to figure out how to find the owner of the bag and to return it to her.

 

Though not filled with as much books as I would have liked, this was a charming little read. I've always have some troubles to believe that people would be fascinated so much so quickly (as in it completely takes over their lives). Also, I wonder how people always spend this gigantic amount of time reading someone's diary, when it is not so much text at all (and if it really is important one could have read that way faster). Either way, I still enjoyed Laurent's search, even though it was a little bit too sweet at times.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-03-29 16:32
The Red Notebook - Antoine Laurain,Jane Aitken,Emily Boyce

I received a copy of this book from the publishers and this is my honest review.

 

Laure is walking home one evening when her bag is stolen. Events take a turn for the worse and she is unable to do anything to track down her much loved possession.

 

Laurent is on his way to the local café the next morning when he sees a bag lying on top of rubbish bins. He makes a spur of the moment decision to save the bag and deliver it to the police station. Unable to do this, he opens the bag, hoping to discover the owner's identity and return it to her. The only clue to the owner is her red notebook. Though it doesn't contain her name, Laurent builds a picture of the notebook owner through her words and becomes determined to meet her in person.

 

I have previously read The President's Hat by the same author and one of the things that I took away from that book was the author's ability to weave a sense of magic into such a short space. The same is apparent in The Red Notebook.

 

This is a charming story of Laure and Laurent. I found myself routing for Laurent from the beginning. I just kept hoping that he would be seen as romantic and not as a stalker! He is very likeable character, well aware of his flaws but charming and kind. Laure too is a similar character and having met tragedy in her life, you want the happy ending for her too. The other characters that appear, fleetingly in some instances, all help drive the tale along.

 

I was easily transported to the streets of Paris. In fact this story made me want to revisit it even more. Part of the romance of the story comes from the city itself, giving the story a wonderfully warm feel.

 

Whilst short on words; there are approximately 200 pages, the story does not feel any less for it. It's brevity in places was necessary and the flow of the novel felt just right.

 

There is mystery, romance and friendship running throughout this book. It was a lovely little read and one I will probably revisit again.

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review 2016-02-05 03:53
Ein zauberhafter Hut
Der Hut des Präsidenten - Antoine Laurain,Claudia Kalscheuer

Zauberhaftes Lesevergnügen. Ich gehe mir jetzt erst mal einen Hut kaufen...

 

Die Rezension in voller Länge gibt es hier.

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review 2015-09-11 19:04
A charming and unusual French love story
The Red Notebook - Antoine Laurain,Jane Aitken,Emily Boyce

This short novel tells the unusual love story of Laure and Laurent, a couple of Parisians no longer in the flush of youth.  I know, “Laure and Laurent,” sounds a little too precious, but don’t worry.  This is a French novel––never too sweet; just a small, delicious mouthful of a novel.

 

You can easily knock this off in an afternoon or evening, and it won’t haunt your memory, but I can say it should be a very pleasant afternoon or evening, leaving an afterglow for the rest of the day, anyway.

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review 2015-07-24 00:00
The Red Notebook
The Red Notebook - Antoine Laurain,Jane Aitken,Emily Boyce This is a cozy read. One woman loses her handbag in a snatch theft, and one man stumbles upon the abandoned bag in an alley. Inside, among a few other scant clues, (but nothing definitive as to identity) is a red notebook with jottings, with which he attempts to track down the owner, who is recovering from the mugging, at a local hospital. It reminded me a little of the movie 'While You Were Sleeping'. The treat for me is that the 'hero' is a bookseller -- and I have a soft spot for such a protagonist.
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