Review: French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain

french-rhapsodyTitle: French Rhapsody

Author: Antoine Laurain

Pages: 232 Pages

Publisher: Gallic Books

The Blurb

Antoine Laurain’s new novel combines his trademark charm with a satirical take on modern France.

Middle-aged doctor Alain Massoulier has received a life-changing letter—thirty-three years too late.

Lost in the Paris postal system for decades, the letter from Polydor, dated 1983, offers a recording contract to The Holograms, in which Alain played lead guitar. Back then The Holograms had believed in their cutting-edge sound. However, the music industry remained indifferent, and eventually the band split up, each going their own way.

Alain is overcome by nostalgia, and is tempted to track down the members of the group. But in a world where everything and everyone has changed . . . where will his quest take him?

Antoine Laurain is a Parisian screenwriter, antiques collector and the author of six novels, three of which are available in English. The President’s Hat was a 2013 ABA Indies Introduce choice.

The Review

The best way to describe Antoine Laurain’s latest novel – French Rhapsody – is that it is a brilliant “pay off” story. It is clever and quirky and was a delight to read.

The story opens with Alain Massoulier receiving a letter that would have changed the course of his life had he received it on time. Unfortunately, he received it 33 years too late. This opens up a period of searching in Alain’s life to reconnect with the people of his youth. This comes with strange and wonderful consequences.

What I love about foreign literature is that the stories are undeniably original. French Rhapsody is the most original story I have read this year. There are twists and turns and it is laced with “oh my gosh!” moments. I couldn’t recommend this book more. Read it. Be amazed and pass it on to someone else to share in your bookish joy.

French Rhapsody by Antoine Laurain is available from 11th October 2016.

For more information regarding Antoine Laurain please visit www.antoinelaurain.com.

For more information regarding Gallic Books (@gallicbooks) please visit www.belgraviabook.com/gb.

4 Stars

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