Official Synopsis from Goodreads: Losing her beloved husband after only seven years of marriage, heartbroken widow Natalie steels herself against emotional attachments until she unexpectedly falls in for her offbeat, guileless co-worker, Markus, who represents the opposite of everything.
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Setting: Modern day Paris
My Copy Came From: I purchased a used paperback at a local library book sale.
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Review: A quick read, but it’s a bit of a mess.
Delicacy by David Foenkinos was a book that I’m not sure I really understood. While it was a quick read, just 250 pages long, I didn’t understand the point and thought it was bland.
Delicacy tells the story of Natalie, a woman who has married the love of her life, when he is hit by a car while jogging and killed. Natalie then goes through life, and eventually meets a coworker, named Markus whom she starts a relationship with.
I didn’t care much for either Natalie or Markus, not that there was anything really wrong with either character, but I just thought they were very boring. I didn’t feel any excitement in their romance, or any drive for them to be together while reading this.
I read this book in one day, so it’s a very fast read. A movie, by the same name, was made based on the book, starring Audrey Tautou as Natalie, and I found myself very puzzled why on earth this was made into a movie. I think this may be one of those books that plays better on the screen than on the page, and I’d be interested in watching the movie at some point.
There are several scenes here that would be considered workplace harassment, and I found myself just cringing during all of these scenes. What is portrayed as romantic just felt like harassment to me, and I just did not get the appeal here.
There are odd footnotes throughout the book, which didn’t work for me. I just felt the footnotes were odd and unnecessary, and the book jumped around between Natalie’s thoughts, Markus’s thoughts, and the thoughts of Charles, Natalie’s boss. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, and just was very puzzled by this book, like I missed something of importance about it.
Bottom Line: A fast read, but I just didn’t get it.
**I read this book because I’m trying something new with my reading this year. I want this year’s reading focus to be on books that I already have on my shelves, instead of purchasing new books. I have a list of all of the books that I have, and when I don’t immediately know what I want to read next, I will choose a random number and read the book that corresponds with that number. This was my fourth “random draw” of the year, and that may be why I felt very blah about this read.