©1997 Éditions Gallimard (P)2004 Éditions Gallimard
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Prix Goncourt du premier roman, Prix Méditerranée.
FIRSTLY: THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE RECORDING AROUND CHAPTER 40!!! FOR SEVERAL CHAPTERS YOU CANNOT FOLLOW THE STORY. Saying that, I would like to read the book for which Rufin was awarded the Prix Goncourt. I believe that this was his first novel and it started wonderfully, but his leading characters were not well developed - particularly the women- and eventually, in trying to tie up all loose ends the story descends (in my opinion) from a potential epic to a rather banal story.
Yes, I enjoy audio books and this was well narrated and acted. However, there is a problem with the recording and for several chapters around chapter 40, it is very difficult to hear what they are saying - it is as if the record is stuck and it jumps back and forth and repeats words and stops mid sentence.
This was an abridged version of the book and this fact detracts significantly from the story as it is the historical detail that gives the book its depth and interest and most of that detail has been left out in the audio recording.
None, but the female characters are, to my mind, not credible characters and detract from the story.
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