The book did get better as it progressed, but the writing was very choppy, and, thus, confusing; the disjointed feel may have been a result of translation, though. I enjoyed how easy of a read this was, but none of the characters were too believable. Juliette was just far too advanced and mature for I'm not too sure what to think about this one.
Juliette was just far too advanced and mature for her age, and I wanted to like Ferdinand more than I did. He was endearing in some ways, but I couldn't get past how he treated others, especially his wife. Overall, a quick, pleasant read but nothing too memorable. View all 4 comments. Elderly men seemed to be the choice of many last year and this is another one with 82 yr' old Ferdinand taking star billing. He is a crabby old man whose favorite companion is his dog Daisy. As his strange behavior accelerates his daughter becomes concerned. Will he end up in a place he doesn't' want to live?
Luckily for him a young girl and older woman will come to help him out. A fun easy story, delightful at times, poignant at others. My only complaint is that the tone seemed all the same, som Elderly men seemed to be the choice of many last year and this is another one with 82 yr' old Ferdinand taking star billing. My only complaint is that the tone seemed all the same, sometimes it was hard to discern which character was speaking.
Still a good first novel that just needed some quirks worked out. ARC from netgalley. Dec 10, Christy rated it it was ok. I really hated the main character - not just a grumpy old man, he came across quite frankly as a sociopath. Narcissistic, petty, mean-tempered, he has thought only of himself for his entire life. His poor wife and daughter, his treatment of both for the last four decades is terrible! Even half way through the book he is thinking of ways to hurt someone he doesn't like - and only discounts murdering her, hurting her husband, and killing her dog, because he doesn't want to go to jail!
I didn't fin I really hated the main character - not just a grumpy old man, he came across quite frankly as a sociopath. I didn't find this book charming, or heart warming at all, although it certainly was droll in places. I thought he was a thoroughly nasty person who didn't deserve the kindness of his neighbours, and what predictable changes we saw, were too little too late for a redemption arc. Sorry, just couldn't get past how terrible a human being Ferdinand is, and getting inside his head was honestly quite unpleasant.
View all 5 comments. Dec 11, Susan Swiderski rated it it was amazing Shelves: entertaining , humorous , heart-wrenching , heartwarming , great-characters. I find it interesting that a number of other people who have reviewed this book disliked the main character.
Hated him, actually. Not me. Yes, he was undoubtedly a grouchy old curmudgeon, who sometimes goes out of his way to be offensive to other people, but there's something else to him, too. There's plenty of pathos. He's lonely, without even realizing it.
He has his dog, and that's all he thinks he needs Then he isn't even sure if life is worth living. But he learns other I find it interesting that a number of other people who have reviewed this book disliked the main character. But he learns otherwise. He's an octogenarian, but it's never too late to change. Never too late to learn the meaning of friendship, the value of family, and the redeeming quality of love.
I loved this crusty old guy, I loved the little girl who befriended him, and I loved this book. I didn't read it in its original French, but I suspect that this is an excellent translation. Even in English, it has that certain "je ne sais quoi" quality of good French literature. View all 3 comments. Jan 28, Claire rated it it was ok. A promising premise let down by poor execution. I saw this on NetGalley and was persuaded by the blurb. Unfortunately, this book was both disappointing and frustrating because I could see a good story lurking behind the poor execution.
Rather than a coherent plot, the story is a string of increasingly implausible episodes. One absurd event follows another, everyone seems to be related to each other, and characters routinely act in ways that no-one sane would dare. On the character side, I liked Beatrice. She was an intelligent, busy, feisty woman in her 90s. Shame the other characters were either unlikeable including the lead, grumpy old man Ferdinand or unbelievable Juliette, a ten year old who talks, thinks and writes like a wise woman in her fifties. My other big gripe was with the dialogue. Or, rather, the lack of dialogue.
They are put in the same space and monologue in a vacuum. Long monologues. All apparently without moving, pausing or as much as blinking. They are too consistent and many. Overall: a good idea, sadly underdeveloped. Feb 25, Renee Hall rated it did not like it. I feel somewhat guilty giving this one star, since there wasn't anything I out-and-out hated about this book the way I have other one-star books , but there just wasn't anything about it that I particularly enjoyed, either. Since this was translated from French, I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt that things like the overblown dialogue and choppy pacing are either a fault of the translation or more typical in French literature.
All in all, though, this just wasn't the kind of book I was I feel somewhat guilty giving this one star, since there wasn't anything I out-and-out hated about this book the way I have other one-star books , but there just wasn't anything about it that I particularly enjoyed, either. All in all, though, this just wasn't the kind of book I was expecting based on the publisher's description.
I was expecting something cute and poignant and sort of lightly heartwarming, but instead it's more of an absurd farce that's trying to also be cute and sweet. It wasn't completely terrible, but it just kept hitting all the wrong notes for me. Dec 18, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read-in This was a wonderful short read!
A cranky old man, who isn't as bad as he seems! Dec 25, Jess Primrose rated it it was amazing. Utterly charming! Just utterly charming! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found I could not put it down. I was late to an event because I had to finish it Ferdinand has never been an agreeable man.
He was a contrarian in his youth and has been consistent in this practice through his dotage into his eighties. His habits have ultimately proved himself suspect to banishment for his own "good" to a retirement home by his concerned daughter who lives out of the country. He is at the mercy of M Utterly charming!
He is at the mercy of Madame Suarez, boss of his apartment complex, and avowed person to his eviction. He is at a loss though, his beloved dog Daisy was tragically killed through suspect circumstance, and she was his will to live. Ferdinand attempts the unthinkable and finds support in a young girl and clever ninety something Beatrice. Madame Suarez does her best yet Ferdinand finds his life utterly changed by the two new female inhabitants of it. It took him awhile to get there, but Ferdinand finds his happy ending. Dec 09, Diane D White rated it it was ok.
Something Lost In Translation I kept wondering why this book was written in such a stilted, almost artificial tone.
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Every character's voice was so alike that a little girl's conversation was indistinguishable from old man's. The crotchety protagonist was unbelievable. The precocious child's warm feelings for him were unbelievable. The elderly ladies' attraction to this grumpy old guy was unbelievable. The neglectful crabby old coot's inexplicable fall into love at first sight through peephole, n Something Lost In Translation I kept wondering why this book was written in such a stilted, almost artificial tone.
The neglectful crabby old coot's inexplicable fall into love at first sight through peephole, no less was unbelievable. The story line seemed cut from cardboard and uncompromisingly banal. And then I discovered this was a translation from the original French. Surely something vital was lost in translation?
I can offer no other theory. Dec 22, Jennifer Morefield rated it really liked it. This was a bit weird. After figuring out that it was a translation from French, I figured that was a part of the reason. The book always held my interest in that I wanted to see what would happen next. Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was good and different. It was also the first novel published by this author. I believe it was a pre-release. So definitely worth what I paid for it. A good book to read in french by french people. I'm not so sure for the english version This ended up being a feel good story about a grouchy old curmudgeon of an old man who is forced to let people into his life in order to become more self sufficient.
In the end it ends up paying off big time and he is all the more happier for it. It was funny and sad and heartfelt. Thoroughly enjoyable. Ended up being one of the best free books I got from Kindle First that I added audio too. Mar 24, Aida rated it really liked it. I was gifted a 2 year subscription to KindleUnlimited. Thus far haven't come across many contemporary selections within my genre, with the exception of 'The Man in The High Castle' which I just could not finish due to its lack of writing style and plausibility in accounting of historical fiction.
This one though was recommended by a friend and so I tried it. What a pleasant surprise! Out of Sorts, a very well translated book from French to English, takes you into the life of a crusty, cantanke I was gifted a 2 year subscription to KindleUnlimited. Out of Sorts, a very well translated book from French to English, takes you into the life of a crusty, cantankerous elderly gentleman, who finds himself living alone and, who's determined to die alone. When you meet him, he is living in his unkempt apartment, which he once shared with his family.
His wife ran away with the mailman, his daughter married, had a child, divorced her husband and relocated to Singapore. He is left with his Great Dane, his last love-of-his-life, who later 'mysteriously' dies. He gets along with no one, speaks to no one, socializes with no one. He is argumentative and opinionated. This author makes the character so disagreeable that you as the reader equally begin to dislike him.
However, one unexpected day, his life unwittingly changes. Mourning the death of his dog, a young girl suddenly comes into his life, which at first baffles him with her intrusions, her precociousness and inquiries into his own life. She becomes the child whom he never developed a relationship with, and who slowly begins to make him understand that his behavior was in fact why so many people left him and caused his unintended alienation of others. Some twists and turns in the story towards the end.
The reader is transformed into liking the protagonist, and even more so his cunning young cohort. Hidden in the story line are truths of aging. How difficult it must be for someone who built a life around the routine of home-work-home, only to find themselves alone when their family is gone. How difficult it must be for someone to suddenly find themselves useless and no longer needed. How difficult it must be to be disassociated from immediate and extended family, while observing other elders who have vibrant lives with their younger family generations. Truly a work of 'The psychology of the aged'.
Thankfully, in this story our cantankerous individual finds himself useful and finds his true heart. A heartwarming story of the struggles in life and of getting old View 1 comment. Dec 13, Diedre Braverman rated it it was amazing. Ferdinand Brun is an unlikable, crusty old curmudgeon who keeps to himself, refuses to answer his door or phone as often as not, and intentionally grunts unpleasantly when greeted by other tenants of his lovely, but unappreciated, apartment building.
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He is immune to feelings, other than resentment, distrust, regret and a readiness for death. He is alone in the world by choice, having distanced himself from everyone in his life except his dog. This is the story of the best and worst year of Mr. Brun's life. The terrible things he goes through, along with the determined friendship of a couple of new acquaintances acquainted against the fearsome Mr. Brun's will , open him and his heart to life again.
Dec 08, Debbie rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks. The main character in this book wasn't the nicest person around. He was just a lonely old man. But, he had done it to himself. It's too bad that it took him that long to figure it out. It's also too bad the mean things that the apartment manager had done to him as well. I liked the book. It was a good story and a nice learning experience. The little girl was adorable. I would recommend this book. It was entertaining, somewhat sad, but uplifting at the end.
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Thanks Amazon Crossing for approving my re The main character in this book wasn't the nicest person around. Thanks Amazon Crossing for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing the free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. Jan 10, Larry Bassett rated it did not like it Shelves: audio.
I was reading this book because it was on cell from audible. I am 70 and occasionally aspire to being somewhat crotchety. So I thought I would try it out. So I tried it out for about two thirds of the book. Our hero was extremely crotchety for almost the first half of the book.
He then reversed course for reasons that I somehow missed. And the book somehow tried to become humorous which I also somehow missed. And then it occurred to m I was reading this book because it was on cell from audible. And then it occurred to me that I did not need to finish this book so I didn't. You can build your own meal pick a base, add toppings, Restroom available. I love the atmosphere, very nice place, amazing setting. I also really like the food options with everythink looking healthy yet delicious.
We tried huge smoothie bowls and an avocado toast and loved it. The only negative thing would be that the service is quite slow - and not smiling at all - and I was served at least 15 min before my friend was which is a bit annoying. I think my expectations were too high.
I heard so much nice reviews about it. But I tired a couple of things there including one of the recommended main dishes and got disappointed. It was not delicious but simply plain. However I really liked interior and cold pressed juices. Good vibe. Good cakes. Prix corrects. Staff are apathetic, one staff member walking around like an airy fairy. This menu and interior makes this establishment seem fancy but it is not. Don't be fooled. How long does a coconut water take?!
Apparently 20 minutes! So there was bits of paper in the coconut which I sucked up the straw, twice, Just a bit disgusting. I really tried to eat it but it was not pleasant, it was warm and had off pomegranate in it. The smell of fish takes up the whole place. No apology from any staff for any of above, just an overall terrible experience. I would avoid here as there are many more places that good not be any worse. A lovely place to enjoy a healthy breakfast.
Many vegan options. Cons: acai bowl didn't taste much like acai, we had to wait a bit for our food. I finally visited Daluma on my trip to Berlin back in June I was super excited to try the famous acai bowl and I wasn't let down! My boyfriend tried the I want it all bowl and oh god Plus the waiters were professional and lovely. Happened to pass by Daluma today this is really out of my usual way and had a really great salad. Loved the atmosphere and the owner was super nice and spoke great English.
The juices are of high quality and the acai bowl is delicious. We had a late breakfast at this nice place. A super nice smoothiebowl with a spicy shot on the side. Also loved the turmeric latte. Really nice place outside on the wooden terrace. Staff were horrible, food was dull and overpriced, the place was so hipster it almost parodied itself. Loved the food. If its good weather, super nice to sit outside. Cool vibes in the restaurants. Nice food and delicious Kambutcha. Go and check it out, totally worth it. Enjoyed a delicious salad of greens over warm lentils while seated outside with my puppy.
Great afternoon! Great vibe! Apart from being a bit more on the pricy side it's such a good place for feel good breakfast. I was a bit disappointed to see that they started including fish back into their menue though. Ok, I'm going to be tough on Daluma. If you love Daluma, don't read this. Go back to your things. A restaurant's main responsibility is good food. Good food brings people together and makes them happy. Their focus on health ier food is laudable, but the price is flavor. I'm not saying "healthy" food can't taste good. It's just that Daluma makes weird choices. I've been there some 5 times, and never came out feeling very happy about it.
I've eaten "healthy" food in less expensive places that matched flavors really well. My last experience with them included some funky-ass quinoa that tasted of nothing but paprika. Plus, a bad smoothie. The markup on their dishes is synonymous with their good service and fresh ingredients. The money you pay at Daluma gets you acceptable food and a frustrating social experience.
Daluma is a haven to hipsters and overpaid young adults. As the song goes: I wish that I could be like the cool kids, 'Cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in. Ask yourself: am I cool enough to be at Daluma? The answer is probably no. But there was so much they could do better.
The final nail in the coffin was the recent choice to go non-veg. Adding salmon to their dishes, claiming it to be sustainable. Sustainability is more than a hashtag, folks. Or up the street. Or to BioCompany. Just don't go here. Updated from previous review on