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Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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After her husbands unexpected death, Natalie has erected a fortress around her emotions; and Markus, clumsy and unassuming, will never be her knight in shining armor. Yet slowly but surely, an offbeat romance begins between these two mismatched, complex souls, and contrary to everything Natalie knows of affection, her perfect suitor may turn out to be loves most unlikely candidate: the fool, not the hero, who is finally able to reach her heart.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062004369
Branch Call Number: F FOENK-D
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 21 cm


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evaquin Mar 17, 2016

Delicacy, by David Foenkinos, is one of the loveliest books I have read. It is the story of a woman finding love after the death of her first husband, who she thought was the one love of her life. The characters are brilliant, and the story, very engaging. Throughout the book, the reader keeps being called back to the title, because so much of the story is subtle and gentle. Natalie, the story’s lead character, is very fragile in her mourning. The way Markus approaches Natalie, and the relationship that develops, is a tale of astounding delicacy that infuses every word and every page of the book.

As an additional point of interest, author David Foenkinos, himself, made a movie out of his novel. Directed by David and his brother, Stephane, the film La delicatesse is as wonderful as the book. You can find the book, the eBook and the movie (with Audrey Tautou and Francois Damiens) in Surrey Libraries.

Jan 04, 2016

I really enjoyed this "different" love story. The author is a screenwriter and you can tell from the beginning of the novel as he describes each background. As a movie lover, I enjoyed watching the movie after I read the novel. Just as the tittle suggests, this is a delicate, melancholic love story.

Feb 02, 2014

I really enjoyed this story, the characters grew on me as I read it, and by the end I was cheering them on! :)

Oct 25, 2013

I liked the film, but this book is so much better. I found it to be very amusing in places, other parts very moving.

JCLEmilyW Jul 29, 2013

A sweet and thoughtful romance that was a bestseller in France. This is a rare instance, though, where I thought the 2012 movie with Audrey Tatou was an improvement on the book. The movie seems to perfectly capture the spirit of the story, and the rather insubstantial writing in the English translation of the book doesn't add much to the characters. Still, it's a fun and fast read for a lazy summer afternoon.


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Aug 19, 2015

"You're always five minutes behind when it comes to having a conversation about love."

Aug 19, 2015

"There can be a lot more emotion in the rediscovery of love than there is in its mere discovery."


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