Le Divorce

Le Divorce

by Diane Johnson
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Le Divorce 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe how much I disliked this book. I was prepared to like it, since I'm a huge Francophile, but this was just terrible. Isabel, the narrator, was completely unsympathetic. I couldn't care about her, and the only emotion that she evoked from me was derision. Her level of intelligence was not at all consistent, and I have a hard time believing that a person who had gotten into as many scrapes as Isabel had in her lifetime would continue to be so relentlessly naive. I couldn't understand anyone's motivation, and pretty much all of the characters seemed rather dull to me. I would recommend this book only if you are determined to punish yourself or somebody else for some large sin and need the proper vehicle for penance. Otherwise, avoid this book at all costs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel is interesting with respect to Paris and plot ideas, however, it is a very slow read. Without doubt, Diane Johnson is a great writer but the story could have been told in half the time.
r_brookfield More than 1 year ago
I think you have to have lived in Paris to really understand this entertaining book. It's very well written and really captures the inimitable residents. A very good story line that is full of surprises and liasons. I'm anxious to read more of her books. Well deserved award.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read it a year ago and when i saw so many negative reviews i had to say something. reading it made me want to go to paris and be that american in paris just trying to blend in. the affair i thought was beautiful and realistic. i dont know how anyone could have found it confusing or horrible or whatever because i thought it completely made the book as wonderful as i thought it was. it was sexy and timid and unsure and just real. all the dillemas between the french and american controversies i thought were really interesting. love in paris. how could anyone say no?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up thinking that it sounded interesting. I found it, however, to be ridiculously slow, the entire book was about a completely wishy washy woman who just needs to make up her mind! Also slightly offensive to me. Don't waste your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a boring, simply awful book. The characters were the most despicable, amoral, hideous people ever grouped together in one book. Not one was remotely likeable. And the ending! Where was the sense to that? To illustrate how gun crazy and violent Americans are? I wish, desparately, that I had never seen this book much less read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was going to be a great book. I was wrong. It was so slow and the characters were all awful. I barely finished the book. About halfway through I just started skimming pages to see how the book ended. A waste of my time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book thinking that if it had been made into a movie then it had to be good. I couldn't stand the thing. The characters seemed selfish and naive. Isabel's affair disgusted me beyond words. I was constantly going back to paragraphs trying to figure out what they said. I'll never recommend this book or this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Diane Johnson's espertise with the French Culture has been lightly and brightly brought to us on a Baccarat crystal platter. One can view all sides at once. The book is enjoyable if you have never been to France, but if you have, it is 'Tres Bon.' Her contrasts and interplay within the American and French cultures is both insightful and charming. It is easy to be delighted by the French, Diane makes it possible to also be enchanted and enlightened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really thought this book had a lot to offer, despite what everyone else said. The writing was amzing, the depiction of the social contrast was well said, and the character portrayal was very well done. There were a lot of long descriptions, but they were totally worth it. You have to really appreciate french culture to enjoy this book, and most americans don't, so I guess that's why it didnt do so well. I myself had to read it a few times before I fully enjoyed it. But I thought it was a good read, and it does help a lot to know french when you read this book, otherwise you're just wasting your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was eager to get this book hoping that the plot line set in Paris would be a fun escape. I was hoping to get a bit of the French atmosphere and have a fun read. While I found the writing to be a bit tedious at times, some parts were okay but overall I never felt involved with any of the characters. And the ending was a major disappointment. It made no sense and seemed to me that the author knew that this was going to be a movie and so threw some wild Hollywood ending in there. Don't bother. If you want something fun, read one of Jane Green's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What attracted me to this book was the fact that I have had 5 years of French class. For that reason it was enjoyable to read, and notice all the subtle and not subtle references between the different cultures. I liked the book, but was hoping it would have more charcter development. Worth reading, but not something many people will read more than once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to enjoying this book when I saw a teaser for the upcoming Kate Hudson movie. The book doesn't let you get very close to the characters and then proceeds to drag in the middle. I found the whole American in Paris idea interesting but with more character development the plot wouldn't seem to be so rushed at the end to wrap up the family and financial crisis. I felt let down when I could have skipped the middle 100 pages and just read the last 50 to see how everything ended up.
Maertel 8 months ago
Plot was good; characters not so much, as others have written. The worst is the author's complete disdain for the extreme cruelty of foie gras. Would Isabel have also embraced bullfighting in Spain and seal hunts in Canada?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Town hall. Mayor is Ms. Brownduk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first one star review book boring and had to skim through all the pages to get thru this LONG book. And there was no end. Dont know if its a nook thing but there was no end.
mlchal More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of French and big words you have to look up. It rambles on sometimes. It eventually has a good plot. If you can tolerate waiting it gives you a good idea what it would be like for a young American living in Paris.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique writing! I loved this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Slow, tedious, too many French words without the translation, and NOT FUNNY!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too thought it would be enjoyable to read the book before it reached the theaters. The story line had no rising climax, and the plot seemed to jump around. As the reader, I never could tell what the main focus was. Furthermore, there was so much French in the story line and dialouge that at times it was hard to really grasp what was actually being said. Don't pick up this book unless you've had a crash course in French I, or a French to English dictionary close at hand.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no character development whatsoever and the story drags on. It was very difficult to finish. The only positive aspect is the Parisian scenes described. I hope the movie is better and more entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am going to sound like a borken record but I thought this book was going to be wonderful! But I had a hard time even getting past page 100 because I found it boring. I didn't like the Characters and I am very dissapointed that I didn't enjoy the book as much as I thought I would.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in scared not knowing what to do