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A compelling and yet slightly disappointing final chapter of the Verhoeven Trilogy: Book Review of Camille by Pierre Lemaitre

With the final installment of the Camille Verhoeven trilogy, Pierre Lemaitre has permanently registered his name in the annals of the crime writers. Begun with the personal tragedy for Camille Verhoeven, the trilogy finishes the circle and concludes with the professional and personal calamity for Camille. 546 more words

Book Reviews

The French compass points to Lithuania

I decide as two books arrived today I would talk about them and save you another review til tomorrow. The first is the first from this years Fitzcarraldo editions and it is a big prize-winning French book this won the Prix Goncourt , I have read a number of the recent winners, this is from a writer I have really enjoyed before Mathias Enard. 177 more words


'So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighbourhood' by Patrick Modiano

So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighbourhood is my first experience of Modiano; it was originally published in 2014 as Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier. 1,108 more words


Classics Review | The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Sometimes, a book doesn’t have to be thick and full of complexities to mean something to you. Sometimes, a book can be as simple as just an explanation of what you do each day to be compelling. 475 more words


Don't Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier

Don’t Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5/5 stars.

What an amazing journey through madness, murder and opera, of all things. 381 more words


[830] The Red Notebook - Antoine Laurain

“How many things do we feel obliged to do for the sake of it, or for appearances, or because we are trained to do them, but which weigh us down and don’t in fact achieve anything?” 255 more words


Jean Lorrain in B O D Y

“Amsterdam, it is always water and houses painted black and white, all windows, with sculpted gables and lace curtains; the black, the white splinter in the water. 107 more words