Book review: “La délicatesse” by David Foenkinos

I have read this book last week, and I must say I struggled to finish it, still finding many interesting points along the story. The book has been adapted to a film and has been a big success in France. Still, I found that the characters shared many thought processes and action patterns, and it made them unrealistically similar in my eyes, despite being women, men, of different origins and living in different contexts. I found that some of the scenes were resolved too quickly for my needs, with a spectacular, film-like action, but that left me with open questions. I liked the ending the most, and some non obvious plot developments.

I am more puzzled by my reaction to the book, rather than by the actual content. I haven’t read a novel since a long time, and it felt odd to be in a story generated by the mind of another person. I feel that my review is harsh and that I missed the many inspiring points, but at the moment they are not accessible to me. That’s why I wish to recommend the book anyway and welcome you to write your impressions in the comments!


2 thoughts on “Book review: “La délicatesse” by David Foenkinos

  1. I do not often read novels either. But I am reading one at the moment: The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel. It is the third book in her trilogy on Thomas Cromwell. I loved the first book and was less enthused about the second. I am struggling with this third one. It is very long at some 400 pages. Unfortunately I am beginning to dislike Cromwell. Is this intentional on the part of the author? Let’s face it we all know he’s going to be executed at the end when he falls out of Henry VIII’s favor so maybe we are supposed to not like him too much. Novels can lead us on journeys and if we go with them they can be terrific but if they do not take us along then they can be a less than satisfying experience.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your book review, Anne! As you said, novels take us on a journey, and when there are historic facts in the fabric of the story, I never know if my emotional reactions come from the facts or from the novel. I hope you can come to the end of the book, but as author Daniel Pennac said, one of the rights of the reader is not to feel obliged to finish books 🙂

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