The Red Notebook
This story of Paris bookshop owner, Laurent Letellier, starts when he finds a woman’s handbag on the street and becomes obsessed with finding the owner. There is however no identifying information about the handbag’s owner other than a dry cleaning ticket and a small red notebook full of handwritten thoughts and jottings. This red notebook reveals a person that appeals to Letellier and to whom he would very much like to meet.
How will he ever find this one woman in a city of millions? The story which follows his detecting, is quirky, fun, and a little romantic. Thankfully for Laure (who has met with an unfortunate accident) Laurent is persistent and takes care of loose ends while he searches for her. A stylish Parisian good Samaritan is Laurent.
The Red Notebook is a pleasant, good read with snippets of the Parisian way of life exposed. With only 159 pages this book is a great choice for a rainy week, or long weekend holiday.
Do you jot down messages, notes or draw pictures in a notebook? I always have a notebook in my handbag to catch my ideas and write the little stuff that I am prone to forget.
I got to thinking about the contents of a handbag or computer bag and what it reveals about the owner. At any one time it is a snapshot of who we are and what we are doing. This intrigues me and so here is an unaltered snapshot of my bag today ie. Friday, 22 April 2016. What do you think it reveals about me? What an interesting research project to collect this information about a group of people, rather like a local census. Are you brave enough to share the contents of your handbag or computer bag with us?Antoine Laurain has also written ‘The President’s Hat’ which I have not yet read. If you have read it, then we would love to here your view. Another great book featuring Paris and a quirky bookstore owner is The Little Paris Bookshop. Ahh, so many books featuring Paris and France to read and not enough time to read them all, that’s why I love a review to help me choose which books to prioritise. Do reviews help you?
Until our next review, happy reading… Annette xx
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