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Girl At The Lion d'Or

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    Sebastian Faulks(Author)
A beautifully controlled and powerful story of love and conscience, will and desire, which begins when a mysterious young girl arrives to take up the post at the seedy Hotel du Lion D'Or in a small French town in the mid-1930s.

"Beautifully written and extraordinarily moving" (Sunday Times)"Moving and profound... Perfectly constructed" (Times)"He has reaffirmed the importance of character in the novel; his Anna and Hartmann are as real, as moving and convincing as Anna Karenina and Vronsky... It is a novel to cherish and delight in" (Scotsman)"A novel of rare intelligence and passion" (Mail on Sunday)"An unusual and moving novel in which courage and abnegation are pitted against illicit but total love...a poised and well-judged work" (Financial Times)

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Sebastian Faulks(Author)
  • Vintage; New Ed edition (18 Oct. 1990)
  • English
  • 8
  • Fiction
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  • By Reader on 22 March 2016

    I was hoping for more. I have read other Faulks books that I have enjoyed more. I think it has something to do with the era presented in the book. It was a bit too static for me, and when I finished it I thought it could have done with some more action, more fireworks, more emotions, more something!I know a lot of people rave about it, but it is just not my kind of book. It won't stop me reading other Faulk books though.

  • By Margaret Butler on 20 August 2017

    As usual Sebastian Faulks keep the reader glued to his pages, wonderful story, entertaining, funny, sad, very good

  • By Victoria Browne on 7 May 2017

    Love love love this book. Such a lovely written love story. Highly recommend reading this book, Ive read it 3 times

  • By Amazon Customer isabel N. on 14 November 2012

    I have not enjoyed this book at all. The writing is beautiful but the plot is so slow and so predictable.

  • By Mikey on 25 June 2013

    Enjoyed but a very simple story with a bland ending, faults has written far better, but still worth a read

  • By Book Lover on 29 April 2017

    Though the characters aren't always sympathetic, they come across as real - and flawed. That's this novel's first strength. The second is the powerful sense of place and its atmosphere. By the latter I mean not just the physical atmosphere of 1930s France but the feeling of transience that hangs over the story. Nothing is fixed, nothing is immutable; just like the renovation work being carried out on Hartmann's home, anything may change at any moment and without warning. And like Hartmann's renovations, it may change for the worse. This sense informs the relationships between the characters, particularly that between Anne and Hartmann. My disappointment is Anne, because of the choices she makes; and at the end of the book she seems to have learnt little and is just as rootless as she was at the beginning - someone who will drift with an "expression of guarded hope in her eyes" into and out of another temporary job and as like as not another temporary relationship. The Lion d'Or is a place where people come and go, and that's as good a metaphor as any for Anne's soul. Monsieur le Patron (of the Lion d'Or) is as pessimistic and puzzled as the version of France presented in the book's prologue - a device that leaves it ambiguous as to whether our Anne is the young woman discovered in the prime minister's garden. An ambiguous prologue for an ambiguous story.

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