An irresistible French sensation - Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore meets Amélie.
The Reader on the 6.27 explores the power of books through the lives of the people they save. It is sure to capture the hearts of book lovers everywhere.
Guylain Vignolles leads a dull and solitary life. He hates his job, and his only company at home is a goldfish. Every morning he takes the 6.27 to his tedious job at a book pulping factory. He hates his boss and his assistant, but he finds companionship with the factory's guard, an eccentric aficionado of classical literature.
On the train each morning on the way to work, Guylain reads aloud to his fellow commuters the disparate pages that he rescues from the jaws of the monstrous pulping machine. One morning on the train, he finds a USB stick which contains the diary of a young woman. As Guylain reads the diary, he finds himself falling love with its author....
This enchanting novel is a warm and funny fable about literature's power to uplift even the most monotonous of lives and how there can be dignity and poetry for even the most misunderstood.
©2014 Jean-Paul Didierlaurent (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
If you described the plot of this book to anyone, it would seem a little strange but the entire narrative wends its way to a beautiful, funny and touching narrative. The French narration only added to its beauty.
"Beautifully written - and performed flawlessly!"
This book is all about books, words and overall the magic that language and literature easily bring into our own somewhat colorless lives. The language of this book is carefully used and placed just as notes on a symphony and the result is mesmerizing. Yes, the plot is nice and the story is cute and easy and definitely uplifting, but the language is the great protagonist of this book - and Mr. Cornicard's narration gives it absolute justice. Such a treat to the ears :)
"A man, a train, a journal."
Never have those three things been so enthralling, charming, or magical all in one book. Very good story. Give it a listen.
The narrator does an astounding job and adds to the French flavor of this story being that Stephen is himself, French.
Again, give a listen. Perhaps on a rainy day with some tea or, on a train ride :)
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