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.
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.