Wednesday, September 16, 2015

#221 : The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Philippe Blondel, Translated by AlisonAnderson : Review + GIVEAWAY!

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GENRE: Fiction

NUMBER OF PAGES: 170

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of France book tours! Thanks guys!

REVIEW:

A story line with a heart break and reunion of sorts – a combination that is potentially bound to be an emotional read with lots of tears and old wounds. This story simply bowled me over. It was everything but emotional or filled with tears.

Cecil, our female protagonist, is returning from her usual exhaustive trips to her parent’s house when she bumps on Leduc, her ex-flame from her youth days. As the train hurls them towards their destination, both of them go on their own personal journey thinking about their turbulent past together. Eventually, they part ways, but do they confront their past that is quintessentially the elephant in the room? The past that they shared has been narrated from both of their perspective reads making the story a well-rounded read.

This is one story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading in spite of a very regular story line. Heart breaks are indeed life altering experience. Most writers tend to stereotype heart breaks too. If a woman is heartbroken, tears, tubs of ice cream and chocolates are her best company, while for men it’s the bottle and the beard. That’s one over abused school of thought. It was refreshing to read Cecil’s story – yes, she also dealt with heart break – by picking herself up and succeeding in life. Leduc on the other hand isn’t simply able to forgive himself for he did to Cecil. It’s all in the head and that’s exactly what the writer proved through this story line. I did find first few pages a bit disorienting as the story line seemed a bit vague, but as the past of the protagonists kicked in, things made a lot of sense. The characterization is the USP of this book. Though there are enough secondary characters in the book, the writer effortlessly eliminated the need for those characters to be elaborated by perfecting the two main protagonists. The translation was just perfect ensuring that all the right emotions weren’t lost in translation.

MY SAY: Slick psychological thriller that is worth a read!

RATING:

PLOT: 8/10

CHARACTERISATION: 9/10

NARRATION: 8/10

BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 3/10 (Lower the better)

OVERALL RATING: 9/10





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  1. emma at france book toursSeptember 17, 2015 at 6:23 AM

    wow, thanks so much for this wonderful review. you managed to say so well, with neat expressions what I felt when I read it myself. Emma

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