Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Book Review: Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

I just finished this book for my next book club meeting, and honestly, it was really ho-hum to me. Perhaps I'm not such a lover of French sensibilities and would have preferred the setting of England and a bit more of an uptight Englishman as the main character. Perhaps I just didn't have much empathy for a guy who had an affair with a married woman who left him over twenty years before. Perhaps I could barely relate to the books and authors mentioned in Ms. George's book. Many of the titles and books mentioned were fake, not even real, and that annoyed me. I think I'm being generous giving this book three stars. I should probably give it less, but I can't say it was the worst book I've ever read, just one that I never care to pick up again.

Just a side note: Little Paris Bookshop is an English translation of the original German novel that was entitled Das Lavendelzimmer. I encourage you to look up what that title means in English. If you read the book, the meaning of the German title will make more sense. I very much wish that the English translation had retained the title. It makes more sense to me in the long run.

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