List of My Desires, TheDelacourt, Gregoire
It is a question we all have pondered: what would we do if we won the lottery? Jocelyne faces such a conundrum when she wins the EuroMillions jackpot. Life in a French provincial town with her husband and her dressmaking shop and blog, is simple but satisfying. But now, well ... the jury is still out on whether money can buy happiness or not.
Bursting with Gallic charm, this short but perfectly formed morality tale explores our universal search for happiness with a light touch and a generous spirit. Translated from the French. [Larger font]
Comments from GroupsMany found this quick and fairly easy to read the first time, but by the end realised it was really quite complex and read it again. None of us came to the same resolutions except that we are all so different, and that rights and wrongs can be very mixed. We found that some characters found the better solutions, but all carried heavy burdens along the way. It was a very worthwhile and thought-provoking read, and we recommend it to other groups... Pahiatua 001 A mixed reception from our group. Half loved it, other half not so keen - but that caused an interesting discussion on love, loss, acceptance, change and controlling your own destiny. We would recommend to other groups. Auckland 280 Most of us started out thinking the book was a bit trivial and lightweight, but ultimately judged it as quite profound and moving. It led to a great discussion about what's important in life, and how different cultures have different values, and how hard it is to integrate into another culture...Masterton 003 This was an easy read that created lots of discussion around winning money etc. Some felt that the end was a bit flat, or would have preferred a happier ending. Christchurch 268 We all enjoyed this charming book. Tauranga 028 One of the best discussions ever. A lovely short story - about desire and greed. Christchurch 229 We were disappointed by this book. Predictable and empty. Unbelieveable characters. A woman's narrative obviously written by a man. A very quick read. Auckland 255