Januar 12, 2014

le mois en livre #12/13





Da hätte ich ja fast vergessen, dass ich noch gar nichts über meine Bücher im Dezember berichtet habe...
"The Paris Enigma" (dt. Das Rätsel von Paris) von Pablo de Santis habe ich zugegebenermaßen wegen des Covers erstanden und wurde gleich mit einer zu leicht dahin rieselnden Detektivgeschichte "bestraft". Weggelesen hat sich's irgendwie und bei den Preisen im Lieblingsbuchladen war es zu verschmerzen. 
"Five quarters of the Orange" (dt. Fünf Viertel einer Orange) von Joanne Harris habe ich auch ein wenig nach dem Äußeren gewählt und angenommen ich mochte den Vorgänger "Chocolat", obwohl ich da nur den Film in grauer Vorzeit gesehen habe. Guter Fund. Handlungsort ist die Bretagne zwischen zwei Zeiten und gekocht wird auch. 
Bei "The Understudy" (dt. Ewig Zweiter) von David Nicholls war ich etwas sicherer, denn das stand irgendwo auf der Liste noch zu lesender Bücher (die ich natürlich nie dabei habe, wenn ich Bücher kaufe... dah!), weil ich "One Day" (dt. Zwei an einem Tag) so mochte. Tatsächlich zog da auch gleich ein Film vor meinem geistigen Auge entlang und ich wurde mit der Geschichte einer Zweitbesetzung bestens unterhalten.

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Oh, i almost forgot to talk about the books i read last month! Here we go...

Pablo de Santis - The Paris Enigma
Brasilian detective's assistent Sigmundo Salvatorio comes to Paris sent by his boss Renato Craig, one of the founders of the Twelve Detectives, in 1889 - just before the opening of the World's Fair. When one of the famous detectives is murdered he suddenly finds himself working alongside Victor Arzaky, another founding member, trying to solve the mystery.
I was "underwhelmed"... the cover and description promise so much when you get so little in return. It was an easy read but i could not stop feeling disappointed. Although the scenary and characters are described well enough you do not really care to find out who was the killer. Guess that's not the best sign...



Joanne Harris - Five Quarters of the Orange
Françoise Simon returns to her childhood home at the age of 56, opens a small crêperie following her mother's recipes. As she is widowed and has not changed back to her maiden name, nobody recognizes that it is Framboise Dartigen whose family had been expelled during the Second World War. The story of how that happened is told in a second time line dealing with Framboise's childhood.
Vaguely remembering the movie "Chocolat" (based on another novel by Harris) i just grabbed the book and hoped for the best. It was a good read, indeed! The setting in Britanny and all the cooking help a lot but also the narration style between two times and the characters make it a nice book. The only thing i kept wondering about were the names: Mirabelle, Framboise, Cassis, Reine-Claude, Pistache, Noisette... somebody really loves their garden.

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

David Nicholls - The Understudy
Stephen C. McQueen (the "C" helping to tell him apart from the famous guy) has dreamed of being an actor ever since staring in a school play. In his thirties he lives in a dump, is divorced, loses connection to his daughter and, worst of all, is understudy to the famous Josh Harper, voted 12th sexiest man alive. To add some more difficulties he falls in love with Josh's beautiful and witty wife Nora.
I bought this one because i like "One Day" so much. The dialogues here are wonderful and you can really tell that Nicholls works as a screenwriter. While reading i could already see the movie. According to that i'd call it "feel-good-book".



Kommentare:

  1. sehr interessant :) Lesen ist einfach so etwas großartiges! :))

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  2. The Understudy habe ich auch gleich mal auf die Liste gesetzt, One Day mochte ich nämlich auch gerne.

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