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SPIRALES (French) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 30 2013

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: LIVRE DE POCHE (LGF) (March 20 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2253128066
  • ISBN-13: 978-2253128069
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 118 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #366,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Née en 196l, Tatiana de Rosnay est franco-anglaise. Elle est l'auteur de onze romans, dont Elle s'appelait Sarah, best-seller international vendu à plus de 6 millions d'exemplaires dans le monde et adapté au cinéma en 2010 par Gilles Paquet-Brenner. Grâce notamment au succès de Boomerang et du Voisin, elle est l'auteur français le plus lu en Europe ces deux dernières années. Tatiana de Rosnayv vit à Paris avec sa famille.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Miserable ending Aug. 10 2014
By Alfred J. Kwak - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Most authors pay special attention to their opening and closing chapters. The opening sentence is especially crucial. A brilliant final sentence or paragraph can shed new light on what occurred (or went wrong) earlier. Tatiana de Rosnay (TdR) is a bestseller author, but this novel has not been translated into English. (This review is based on the Dutch version.) She begins and ends her novel in the kitchen of the Parisian mansion of her posh protagonist Hélène with a dead man lying on the floor. But readers will wonder if this is dream or reality? Is he the fourth person to come to grief because of the one time she was unfaithful to her husband?
This novella is a high-speed read written in short sentences. Emile Zola (1840-1902) wrote his novels in the present tense, so does TdR in "Spirales". It is said to help create a closer link with readers. One of Zola's novels mentioned by TdR dealt with how perpetrators or witnesses of a grave crime are visited in their dreams by their victims. This also happens in Hélène's dreams, to the point of mega-orgasms, beside her sleeping husband.

Hélène (50), very cool and sophisticated, married to a prominent publisher and grandmother via both her children, allows herself on a hot summer day to be seduced by a stranger in a way she has never experienced before. The stranger dies in her arms. Shocked and appalled, she flees from his seedy lodgings, but forgets her handbag.

What follows is covered by the book's title: her life spirals out of control. But is she as guilty as she {sometimes} thinks? Will she ever become her old self again? French reviewers on praise the book's atmosphere, pace and intensity, but are almost unanimous in their disappointment of the ending: open endings are OK, but not for high-octane books like "Spirales". It may explain why English-language publishers have turned this book down. Otherwise, clever and realistic.
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A Riveting Study of Character Deterioration May 26 2015
By B. Prettyman - Published on
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Tatiana de Rosnay is a a masterful writer. While there is no murder in the story line, she has created a murder mystery atmosphere that keeps you turning the pages. Against the background of a solid bourgeois Parisian family, a stay-at-home, middle aged mother and grandmother becomes the victim of a blackmailing scheme that destroys her peace of mind, ruins her health and totters on the verge of undermining her peaceful marriage.
Driven by the psychology of preserving appearances at all costs, she is paralyzed when faced with a decision as to the right course of action. With steady progression she deteriorates into a scheming, lying, manipulating person, where once there had been what her son referred to as Sainte Helene. The development of the plot is fast-paced and riveting. I read the book in two sessions. The French is straightforward and unadorned, an admirable use of every day vocabulary.

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