Sunday, 29 April 2012

Review: Delicacy by David Foenkinos

Reminiscent of the work of Nick Hornby and Muriel Barbery, "Delicacy" is a funny, sweet-as-candy story about a young widow who comes to find love with the unlikeliest of people--her clumsy and unassuming coworker. (via Goodreads)

I bought this book last week solely because it was the Kindle Daily Deal, and who can resist a promising story for a bargainous 99p?

Unfortunately, though, I didn't love it. While it is charmingly written and feels quite European (it is, after all, translated from the original French), I didn't appreciate its quirky presentation. Various chapters are really short, with some just containing a quote or even John Lennon's post-death discograph. I also found the story quite slow moving even though the book is quite short.

So, though the story's plot and its characters are intriguing, there just wasn't enough within the content to keep me wanting to turn the pages. If you're interested in reading novels with a bit of a different feel to them, then this might be for you.

Rating: 2.5 / 5