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The Way I Found Her - Rose Tremain
Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Rose Tremain First off, I feel it vitally important that I create the scene of my consumption of this particular treat. Share this: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn. Like this: Like Loading Please feel free to leave a message Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. But when Valentina disappears and Lewis takes it upon himself to find her, wondrous secrets suddenly turn sinister. This is the summer that Lewis, caught in a bizarre and dangerous romance, is about to face head-on the perilous force that transforms children into adults.
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The Way I Found Her
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 25, David Lowther rated it really liked it. The Way I Found Her is a very unusual and thrilling novel.
A thirteen year old boy spends the summer in Paris while his mother works on the translation of a French novel by a beautiful Russian emigre. The story of the summer is told through the eyes of the boy who is both highly intelligent and imaginative as well as being driven by his rampant hormones into falling in love with the beautiful Russian.
That the author knows Paris like the back of her hand is evident for her accurate location descr The Way I Found Her is a very unusual and thrilling novel. That the author knows Paris like the back of her hand is evident for her accurate location descriptions but the great strength of the novel is in the descriptions of the main players, an ensemble cast of individuals, each with his or her own strengths, weaknesses and attractions.
To say more would give the game away. This is a very good tale. David Lowther. Another magnificent novel from the always reliable Rose Tremain. I've read a few by her and whether she is writing from the perspective of a 17th century physician, an east European economic migrant, an aged Wallis Simpson in the throes of dementia, a transgendered woman, a boy growing up in post War Switzerland, or, in this instance, Lewis Little, a precocious 13 year old English boy visiting Paris with his mother, she is always utterly convincing. What an incredible writer.
So diverse but, no Another magnificent novel from the always reliable Rose Tremain.
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So diverse but, no matter what her subject matter, she writes so beautifully and evocatively. The less you know about the plot the better, suffice to say it is unexpected, original, and - whilst a tad implausible - it's a complete delight. View 2 comments. Set in Paris, it is a beautiful kind of reverse Lolita tale of a young boy falling in love with an older woman.
Dramatic, touching, and full of beautiful sorrow, this is a book to remember.
The Way I Found Her Book Summary and Study Guide
Like the literary equivalent to 'Some Velvet Morning' by Nancy Si Set in Paris, it is a beautiful kind of reverse Lolita tale of a young boy falling in love with an older woman. It is a coming-of-age story told by Lewis, a thirteen-year-old boy from Devon who spends a summer in Paris with his mother Alice, a translator for Valentina, a Russian-born French writer of medieval romance novels.
For the first half, the book is a sweet and atmospheric tale that follows Lewis through the streets of Paris, the people he meets, his thoughts, emotions and sexuality of a boy becoming a teenager, as he almost immediately develops a crush for attractive and charming Valentina. Mention of the street where Maigret used to live. After a sudden plot twist, the novel turns into a rather unremarkable detective story, and the implausibility of its ending left me enraged.
I felt utterly betrayed after closing the book. It was like going from slowly savouring a delicious dish to being forced to stuff your face without being able to taste anything. View all 3 comments. Jul 19, Melanie Garrett rated it it was amazing. This is one of my all time favourite reads. I was completely captivated by the narrator, Lewis, and his coming of age drama.
I don't want to say too much more because I don't want to spoil anything, but having just felt quite disappointed with The Road Home because it seemed to me the characters were too cosseted, and that Tremain was running ahead and smoothing their way the whole time, I'd have to say that The Way I Found Her was a much, much braver book. I finished reading it at five in the mo This is one of my all time favourite reads. I finished reading it at five in the morning and was so utterly bereft by the ending that I had to go wake my husband up to tell him about it.
Luckily, he's a good sport Feb 08, Christina rated it really liked it. This is a classic example of "don't judge a book by its cover". It looks like a trashy piece of fluff, but it is so NOT.
It is the deeply moving and painful story of a pivotal summer in the life of an adolescent boy. If you want light reading, don't choose this; but if you want something unique and memorable, this is a book for you. I thought this was a wonderful book and I loved the character of Lewis. It's about growing up and the transition from child to adult.
Tremain does this tremendously well. Using Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes as her touchstone and quotation piece, there is an unreal quality to Lewis' experience of Paris, his own sexual awakening and the events he lives through. For at least half of the book I was half-convinced that Lewis' vivid imagination had run away with him. Rather like Meaulnes in Alain I thought this was a wonderful book and I loved the character of Lewis. Rather like Meaulnes in Alain-Fournier's book who searches for the lost domain and never finds it again, in that book I was convinced that it had never existed, and similarly that what had happened to Valentina was easily explainable and not at all what Lewis suspected.
Other reviewers have called this a surreal book, a magical realism book but I think both terms are inaccurate.
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Childhood and puberty from the adult point of view are unreal states we barely remember. They are indeed a lost domain. Extraordinary writing from Rose Tremain who knows exactly what she's up to throughout every sentence. There is much in this story that is autobiographical. After her father walked out of her family Rose Tremain was sent to a dismal boarding school in England, and then to a Paris finishing school by her Francophile mother for a year before she planned going on to university.
However the headstrong and wilful teenager instead enrolled at the Sorbonne.