Home / Reviews / Book Review – The Rest of Their Lives by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Book Review – The Rest of Their Lives by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

 The Rest of Their Lives

Jean-Paul Didierlaurent


RRP: $34.99

I need to start by  gushing…this was my favourite holiday read by far. I could not get enough of it! Gush, gush, gush….

This delightful novel (in translation) is set in France and follows two protagonists who are brought together in unlikely circumstances. Each character is delightfully drawn and the author draws you skilfully into their world. He captures so delicately the essence of each character. You feel as if you’re given a window to their soul.

The supporting characters too are given the same treatment, the art of “show, don’t tell” is so masterfully undertaken in this novel that upon finishing my first thought was that I wanted to read it al over again.

What’s so wonderful about this novel is that it all seems so simple. This is almost like reading a child’s picture book so clear is the language and narration.  If this book were food it would be the perfect soufflé – light and airy but technically complex.

I think that in the novel the plot is almost secondary to the beautiful writing and characterisation, so I’ll leave it for you to discover, but I will say it is a bit cheesy and predictable, but it does not detract from what I felt was an absolutely charming read. Highly recommended!

About the Author

Jean-Paul Didierlaurent lives in the Vosges region of France. His short stories have twice won the International Hemingway Award and his debut novel, The Reader on the 6.27, was a bestseller both in the UK and internationally. The Rest of Their Lives is his second novel.

About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is the General Manager at Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 10 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two small children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *