Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Rest of Their Lives by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

I was looking forward to this having enjoyed The Reader on the 6.27  and I wasn't disappointed.  I loved almost everything about this book.  It did feel a bit slow getting going but I am so glad I didn't let that deter me.

So what did I like?

·         Fabulous quirky but real characters
·         A great translation from the original French
·         A surprise but satisfying ending
·         A pretty quick read
·         You'll enjoy the sub tale of the microwave and the fifty euro note – I'll say no more

Things you need to know:

The main character (or one of them) is an embalmer – if you can't bear the thought maybe this isn't for you.  I didn't find it a problem – it was handled very sensitively.

The issue of assisted dying is raised – not in any political way.


  1. Thanks for recommendation! Will check it out. Just finished Lisa See's 'The Tea Girl on Hummingbird Lane' her books.

  2. Oh, how I love quirky characters! Thanks for this review!


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