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Laurain May be my favorite new-to-me author of I really liked the structure of this book and how it occasionally abandoned the main plot line to Really more of a 3. I really liked the structure of this book and how it occasionally abandoned the main plot line to allow a secondary character to speak for a chapter.
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A great example of the power nostalgia can have over us or contrarily, the fight some of us put up against it , and the intersections our lives make with each other. Apr 04, Pat rated it it was ok. But French Rhapsody was too contrived, and frankly, boring. The twist at the end made it a bit more interesting, but for most of the book I found the writing and the plot lackluster. French Rhapsody is the title that had my endorphins dancing a jig. A middle-aged married Parisian doctor who has been disillusioned about his profession and personal life for some time receives a letter that has been delayed by the postal service for 33 years.
The letter was found along with 3 other pieces of mail during remodeling; when shelves were dismantled, four pieces of mail were found to have fallen behind the back of the shelves and the wall. It is an invitation from a music recording company to come for an interview, expressing approval for their demonstration tape. Although intended for the entire band of his youth, the Holograms, it was addressed to Alain Massoulier as his parents had the only stable home among the group.
He was coincidentally outraged and gratified when the letter arrived. His confrontation with the postal supervision is hilarious.
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Alain has lost touch with almost everyone but has been haunted for some time by the memory of their sultry vocalist, the sole female member of the group, Berengere. Since Alain has suspected his wife Veronique of cheating on him, the memories of Berengere have been more frequent and lingered longer. After failing to find his own copy of the demonstration tape, he determines to contact the other group members to see if anyone has that tape.
So, Alain the electric guitarist starts the search for his former band mates on the internet, of course.
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It is not hard to find JBM, as he is now a much politicized economist and massively successful businessman. The nostalgia of the piece is particularly poignant at this point in the story, when Alain confronts his memories of the band members when they were 20 years old, still full of life and stuffed to the gills with hope, with the reality of their physical appearance and their present lifestyles.
Angel-faced pudgy Sebastien Vaugan is now a hardbody extreme right winger with his own group of followers, the White Western Party, who might run for the presidency, his movement has grown so strong. Stan Lepelle is a famous, moneyed artist who has garnered many prizes and awards including a beautiful young Russian model.
Frederick Lejeune has a hotel in Thailand and Pierre Mazart runs an antique shop.
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Alain cannot locate Berengere. Laurain takes on medical care, big business, tourism, politics, music, art, and the antiques business. Laurain tosses in a final jab, um twist, towards the end when Alain is able to meet with the music producer who sent that invitation letter in Born in the s, Laurain has just hit his stride and we can expect to hear more from him for some time to come.
If you have a few hours, looking for a relatively quick read, but in the mood for something to keep your mind engaged and entertained as well as your humor meter humming, I think French Rhapsody is just your ticket. I was given a galley of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review and I thank them. Oct 25, Ashley Brown rated it liked it. Reading 'French Rhapsody' isn't the worst mistake I've ever made. Although, if I'm being honest, had I have truly known what the novel was about I don't think I'd have ordered it and read it quite so eagerly as I did.
It's not that it's a bad book Which seems to ring true with a few other reviews that I've seen.
I was expecting it to be the story of a middleaged doctor who receives a Reading 'French Rhapsody' isn't the worst mistake I've ever made. I was expecting it to be the story of a middleaged doctor who receives a long-delayed letter from a record company - offering his old band a record deal, before telling us how he went and reunited with the rest of the band members.
xn--42c5abxzie3ac8ed8bwy5b7jrc1e5cwa.com/sitemap3.xml To some extent that is the plot - but it's not a story about music, and it's not really a story about the reunion. In fact it's a cutting commentary on politics, bureaucracy and how relationships change over time. I've never read anything by the author Antoine Laurain before so, in fairness, perhaps if I'd have been more aware of him I'd have known what to expect.
The whole forgotten letter from the record company takes up only a small amount of French Rhapsody's pages. The rest of the story mainly covers an upcoming French Presidential election and how two of the ex band members are running for office. One is a notorious leader of a far-right group, the other is a suave and mysterious economist who seems to have an answer for everything.
Both characters are very engaging and there are a couple of twists with both of them that you'll never see coming. It's a philosophical read and, when not talking politics, it brings up a lot of thoughts on how we change as we get older and how different priorities appear and take over those priorities that only seem important to you when you're young.
I also liked how some of the chapters were written from other characters' points of view, as if they were extracts from their diaries. Some have made a name for themselves in the 33 years that have passed. They are all interesting and well drawn. I love how the present and the past are interwoven almost seamlessly. Oh yes, and there are a couple of nice twists in the story. Dec 27, Rosemarie rated it really liked it.
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I really enjoyed this book! It was actually refreshing reading a French novel that didn't seem like Amelie-- making France a storybook dream -- but rather truer to life, with its own social political economic problems and real people who inhabit it. I love France but I laughed out loud at the bit where Frederic tells Alain "why does anyone live here? Everyone is so unhappy! Oct 07, Lisa Bentley rated it really liked it Shelves: It is clever and quirky and was a delight to read.
The story opens with Alain Massoulier receiving a letter that would have changed the course of his life had he received it on time. Unfortunately, he received it 33 years too late. This comes with strange and wonderful consequences. What I love about foreign literature is that the stories are undeniably original. French Rhapsody is the most original story I have read this year.
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