An okay read but the movie is way better.
Divorce, what an ugly word you may think , right? not so ugly once you start reading this book, funny !!!!!!
I simply could not put this book down in spite of the fact that the characters are not all that believable and there seems to be a prejudice against the French as whole, I did have fun reading it!
Isabel Walker, eerily reminiscent of James's Isabel Archer, is a young film-school dropout who travels to Paris to aid her stepsister, who is going through a divorce. Isabel's California cool, American freedoms, and feminist slants comingle, successfully and fractiously, with the customs, biases, and complex sexuality of modern Europe. The result modulates between introspection and hilarity, and a quick, Hollywood-inspired sweep of violent action in the end doesn't undermine the author's mastery of Old World vs. New--in fact, it provides an ironic scrim.
This is a "comedy of marriage, money and murder!" A story about the collision of two cultures.....American and French, in the City of Lights....Paris.
A sexy smart American abroad as she arrives in Paris to visit her stepsister Roxy, a poet whose marriage into a aristocratic French family has assured her of a coveted place in Parisian society.
A fun read and escape into another world.
fun - light romance - setting is Paris
Loved this book! It kept my brain from turning to mush! I'm glad this wasn't an easy read and took me a while to get through it. The only thing i had a problem with was that it takes place in France so there's a ton of French that I didn't know and the author doesn't translate. SOme of it i could get through since I took french, but some of it i had no clue. A great story from the point of view of a twenty something who goes to visit her sister who lives in France. her sister had one child, one on the way and finds out her husband wants a divorce. The book has a great love affair, family issues and even a murder. I highly suggest it. I can't wait to read Le Affaire and Le Marriage.
I disagree with some of the other reviews of this book. I found it to be an interesting novel about the differences between Americans and French when it comes to love, fidelity, marriage, divorce and culture in general. It isn't easy to read, but it's not difficult to get through and the story is entertaining. The characters are well developed and while there are many generalizations between the two cultures, the author never sinks to stereotypes and caricatures. I didn't see the movie, but I assume it is a typical Hollywood bastardization of the book.
A bestselling novel - set in the City of Light.