Book Reviews of L'affaire

Author: Diane Johnson
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ISBN-13: 9780452285637
ISBN-10: 0452285631
Publication Date: 8/31/2004
Pages: 340
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

2.5 stars, based on 18 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
In Le Divorce and Le Mariage, Johnson polished her skill for sophisticated social comedy involving the cultural disconnections of Americans in France. Here, she perfects it in a deliciously entertaining story of a group of people drawn together-and divided by-the sharply different laws of succession in France and Britain. Amy Hawkins, a beautiful, naive, suddenly very rich Californian dot-com entrepreneur, comes to a posh ski resort in the French Alps as part of her plan for cultural self-improvement. When she generously pays for transporting the dying Adrian Venn, a publisher crushed in a landslide, back to his native England, her humanitarian gesture backfires with exquisite irony. Venn's two grown English children, his illegitimate French daughter, his new, much younger American wife and their toddler son become embroiled in a classic scenario of quarreling heirs, each seething with expectations at the expense of the others. Add a stuffy British solicitor who disdains French customs, his French counterpart who equally despises the English, an intellectual and TV personality who demonizes Americans, a lusty Austrian baron, a chic Parisienne hostess and other expertly drawn characters, and the comedy moves into high gear, but never at the expense of insights into human nature. Johnson's dexterity with plot builds astounding but credible complications, and she is adept at rendering a kind of fugal counterpoint in which each character misunderstands what each of the others thinks. Because love and money are never far apart in Johnson's oeuvre, four affairs take place, with mixed results. Johnson is more droll than Henry James, to whom she's been compared, and she's as witty as a modern-day Voltaire. Vraiment, L'Affaire, c'est irresistible!
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Helpful Score: 1
A good novel about love, death and money. An American, a dot-com executive-Amy Hawkins- who has a fortune goes to Europe in search of her roots. The plot will keep you reading with the various characters and happenings in the French alps- good and bad. The reader will be entertained by Diane Johnson's writing, quite amusing.
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Helpful Score: 1
Good vacation read.
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A young,rich,American business woman and her travels and new friendships in France.
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This book is both witty and compelling.
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There is a bit of crayon markings in this copy, but it is still perfectly readable.