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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (262 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vanina Marsot Narrator: Katherine Mapothe Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Paris, the storybook capital of romance - of strolls down cobblestone streets and kisses by the Seine - may not be the ideal location to mend a wounded heart. But pragmatic professional writer Anna, who has been unlucky in love in L.A., has come here with keys to her aunt's empty apartment. Bilingual and blessed with dual citizenship, she seeks solace in the delectable pastries, in the company of old friends, and in her exciting new job: translating a mysterious, erotic French novel by an anonymous author.

Intrigued by the story, and drawn in by the mystery behind the book, Anna soon finds herself among the city's literati - and in the arms of an alluring Parisian - as she resolves to explore who she is... in both cultures.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob Kohn | 2/8/2014

    " Ok, what do you do with a book that is quite interesting and also has a character who belongs in a romance novel? The interesting parts are the insights into the French world view through the French language. The romance part is the main character, Anna, living in Paris, who pines for, goes to bed with, pines for some more, and finally rejects, the tall, dark and handsome theater director, Olivier, who, because he is "French" is also bedding another lady, etc. What carried me through the novel is the descriptions of Anna's work translating a steamy novel from French into English. For instance, Anna wrestles with choosing which English word best describes the French expressions, often quite poetic on the one hand and quite earthy on the other, for parts of the human anatomy involved in making love. There's a lot of that, and not just the human anatomy. And, it all makes one think how much language drives perception. Anna has some adult moments when she deals with Bernard, her publisher, who is quite likeable, which Anna is not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherrye Landrum | 2/5/2014

    " I am curious about the differences in the ways that the French and the Americans think because half of the family is now French--and there were all those years of taking French in school but not learning how to have a real conversation. Marsot tells an entertaining story which is the most fun way to learn the nuances of a new language. This book has Paris and sex, which you would expect, but more than that, there are real insights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ket Lamb | 1/31/2014

    " After her boyfriend cheats on her, freelance writer and dual citizen, Anna, ditches L.A. for Paris to recover. Fluent in French and English, Anna soon lands a job translating an erotic love story, written by a famous author whose secret identity intrigues her. It isn't long before she also meets Olivier, a handsome French director who stirs her senses. But, this isn't your typical French confection. Art and life interweave as the novel Anna translates relates to her present. Through her work, Anna shares her linguistic insights about French idioms, the issues surrounding translations, the meaning of words, and the difference between the French and Americans. It's an exquisite, "mille feuille" cultural lesson cloaked in your usual love story with that oh-so-French-twist. Bite into it, and you'll think you're back in Paris! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Lou | 1/29/2014

    " A book for Francophiles. I loved the Parisian setting, the French phrases (the vast majority of which were translated or explained). The main character was mostly sympathetic, though a bit whiny at times. Very interesting and apt characterizations of the difference between American & French ways of life. "

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