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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    Awful, couldn't even finish it.

    Victorine had a very confusing plot, when there was one. The use of the author's last name had me confused. Is this fiction, is this non-fiction? is it a memoir? I had no idea.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2008

    It was an okay book but not great

    I would not agree that the character's grandmother was 'remarkable'. I thought the main character of the book was selfish, for leaving her husband and children for a former lover and moving halfway across the club with him, where she went to parties and got drunk & high. It was interesting to read why she did the things she did, but I didn't feel I connected to the main character. It was an okay book to read for the bargain book price I paid for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2007

    Turmoil, lots of turmoil...

    I thought this book had great potential, but it just didn't seem to quite make it to that place where one could definitely say this was a great book. I enjoyed the stark contrast between sceneries - France vs. Vietnam - though they have a long relationship with each other, it always seems a little hard for me to fathom that relationship. I enjoyed reading about the turmoil and indecision in Victorine's life that ultimately led her to leave her family in France and run off with her lover, but there just didn't seem to be enough emotional detail about what really attracted her to this man, unless it was nothing other than his good looks, and that's a pretty fickle reason to leave your entire family. I guess we're just supposed to infer that it really was several things that made her leave - her unhappy relationship with her husband, lust for her lover, and the fact that she was given the perfect opportunity to escape from everyone and everything she knew. After Victorine's return to her husband, it seemed as if the author just ran out of steam and was in a hurry to finish writing the book. The aftermath of all of this would have been just as fascinating as the 'beforemath' or 'duringmath'! Somewhat interesting reading, but not enough for me to really recommend it - if it's still a bargain book, go ahead and buy it. If you don't like it, you can always donate it to your local library, which is what I'm going to do with my copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2004


    I finished reading it last night. I bought it the day it was release because I saw it in The New York Times Book Review 2 days before came out and wanted. To find more about this book go the the reviews from the publisher, critics, read the interview author. I love the whole book and hope it will become a movie as well. Thank you.

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