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Le Voyage d’hivern by Amélie Nothomb

I’ve read many books written by Amélie Nothomb, but Le Voyage d’hivern isn’t her best. This short novel caught my attention on the French book section; I thought it would be a controversial story as usual. However, this book wasn’t what I expected.

Le Voyage d’hivern tells the story of Zoïle, a young man with a miserable life that suddenly falls in love with the woman called Astrolabe. The plot turns around this obsessive love and it main obstacle: Aliénor, a writer with autism who lives with Astrolabe. This difficult situation brings Zoïle to plan a plane-crash attack against the Eiffel Tower.

Despite my low punctuation in Goodreads (2/5 stars), I liked some items of this novel. For instance, I founded very original the choice of the Eiffel Tower for the love attack and the story hidden behind this monument. Secondly, I liked the miserable life of Zoïle, the main character; an anti-hero with sarcastic point of view. And, obviously, I enjoyed the writing style of the author.

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But as I said before, I didn’t like this book very much. The main negative element is the lack of intensity on the story: few characters and little interactions between them. This sometimes made the plot a bit boring. Then, the main character raved in some occasions, which annoyed me because I wanted to know more about the plot and not about his ideas. Another thing I didn’t enjoy were the characters: they didn’t evolve during the novel and I didn’t sympathized with them.

To sum up, Le Voyage d’hivern isn’t the best book of Amélie Nothomb. While reading the cover seemed very interesting but, once I started reading, the book wasn’t as good as I expected.



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