Finding Monsieur Right

20 March 2010

There have been ongoing issues between Sky and WordPress for the last couple of days, which mean that myself and other Sky ISP users in the UK can’t see the images on WordPress blogs. No one seems to know why that is or if and when it will be resolved, but it is very frustrating waiting for it to be sorted! This post feels a bit weird actually, as I can’t see the picture and am relying on someone else to tell me that it all looks shipshape. If things aren’t sorted by Monday, then we are switching to a different ISP, so one way or another I’ll get to see my blog in all of its glory again!

Anyway, I have just finished my copy of Finding Monsieur Right by Muriel Zaghda this morning and have to admit that I really enjoyed it. The plot is simple and a tad hackneyed, but no matter. It features two girls, the charming English fashionista Daisy and the rather straitlaced French intellectual Isabelle, who swap their flats in London and Paris for a year. Yes, yes, I know, but it is actually a lot better than it sounds.

As someone who loves both London and Paris (although sadly, I’ve only managed to live in one of them so far), I really enjoyed reading a novel set in both cities. However, despite a lot of namedropping of different places, I didn’t feel like either city was evoked in quite the way that I was hopefully anticipating. I wanted to be made to feel nostalgic for the London and Paris that I love, especially as the author is familiar with both, but alas I never felt that they were brought convincingly to life.

What I really did enjoy, however, was Daisy’s goth flatmate and her band, who reminded me of most of the people that I know in London although, their notions of goth are a bit outdated. I don’t think anyone has actually fancied Rob Smith from the Cure since the late nineties!

As an Agatha Christie fan, I also really enjoyed Isabelle’s research into crime fiction, especially when it led her to the study of early ventriloquism! Isabelle’s transformation from a buttoned up, severe Parisian intellectual to a woman of feeling and passion was one of the best things about the book.

Overall, I really did enjoy it and found it reminiscent of Wendy Holden at her surreal and over the top best, especially the bits set in the London and Paris fashion scene. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of silly romance.

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