Wednesday, September 21, 2016

#416 : The Madonna of Notre Dame by Alexis Ragougneau, Katherine Gregor(Translator) : Review

A young girl in provocative clothes is found murdered in the Notre Dame Cathedral just after the feast of assumption festival.  A blonde man, who has an unhealthy obsession with Virgin Mary is arrested for the murder as he had abused her for dressing inappropriately during the procession. Amidst all the chaos, there is just one person who is convinced that the cops have the wrong person. Will the truth escape and justice be served?

The story was based on one fundamental concept that many people fail to understand. Temptation and the need to be treated with love can drive any human being to lose their self-control. After all, priests are all humans. It is indeed unpardonable when a priest, a man sworn to spread the tenants of a particular religion, gives into the cardinal sin of lust, but after all, he is a human being too.  The narration switches from character to character initially but at one point, one character, Father Kern becomes the prime narrator. The plot is divided day wise – this is a rather interesting way to split chapters and the writer has perfectly executed was intended. I was surprised to note that this is a work of translation. Needless to say, the translation was perfect in keeping the emotional quotient of the book intact. Never felt like a translated work.
The story initially felt a bit predictable and boring but, when it switched to Father Kern’s narration, the pace picked up and the plot became unpredictable. The characterization was perfectly done. Each character was developed was steadily developed with care. One peeve point of the book was the story about that man from Army. I felt a bit lost and couldn’t understand as to why that was there in first place.

MY SAY: Perfect read for your weekend.


About the Book

GENRE: Fiction


FORMAT: Digital

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy from France Book tours via the publishers - New Vessel Press. Thank you :)

To know more about the book, do visit the spotlight post here


1 comment:

  1. glad you enjoyed it. thanks for your nice review. Emma at FBT