Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Review: Delicacy by David Foenkinos

First of all, I must point out that this is a movie cover - possibly the first movie cover I've ever found tolerable.  I like the shot, I love Audrey Tatou, and it doesn't look all movie-like.  Plus there's just a tiny blurb about the movie itself on the cover.  AND, I am pleased to know it's a movie because I liked the book and, like I said, love Audrey Tatou, so I'll have to hunt it down.  It's the story of a young widow's second chance at love with an awkward, slightly geeky co-worker.

If you've seen an Audrey Tatou movie, especially Amelie, that will give you an idea of the writing style.  It's not a very dramatic story, it's more mundane, but it's quirky and cute and full of little pieces of everyday life that the reader can identify with.  In an early chapter the author says that if the book were a movie, the main character, Natalie, would be played by Audrey Tatou, which is a spot-on comparison (and funny since she winds up playing Natalie in the movie version).  It's just that kind of lighthearted, quirky look at the everyday aspects of grief and falling in love.

Entertainment Value
I think it's a book that will require a certain type of reader to really enjoy it.  It's very...French...and very quirky and unique.  I'd compare it to an independant film.  People who appreciate the author's quirky sense of humor and enjoy short chapters interspersed with random information will enjoy it.  Those looking for a more traditional romance probably won't.  I've also seen comparison's the Nick Hornby's writing style and I'd agree with those.  If you enjoyed About A Boy, I think this would be a good one to try.

I really liked it.  It matched my sense of humor and the characters were realistic and likable.  It's a fairly short read and not too heavy.  Definitely worth giving it a try.

Thanks to TLC for including me on the tour for this one.  You can see the list of others participating in the tour here.

1 comment:

  1. The way you described it made me think of Steve Martin's books. Quirky, cute, not a lot of drama. I love them! Also, I totally agree about the cover. Best movie cover I've seen.

    Thanks for being on the tour!