Monday, July 22, 2019

Adèle by Leïla Slimani

by Leïla Slimani
translated by Sam Taylor

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Published: 2019
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, France, Paris
Paperback: 216
Rating: 5

First sentence(s):
Adèle has been good. She has held out for a week now.

Adèle appears to have the perfect life: She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But underneath the surface, she is bored--and consumed by an insatiable need for sex.

Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, Adèle organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making. Suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, Adèle is a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman's quest to feel alive.

My two-bits:

With an unlikable protagonist this is a dark ugly story set in the lovely Paris which makes for an interesting juxtaposition.

Got me thinking of the role and importance of sex in people's lives.



* part of Paris in July (here)

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