Adèle

Adèle

Leïla Slimani / Aug 21, 2019

Ad le From the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny her prizewinning novel about a sex addicted woman in Paris She wants only one thing to be wanted Ad le appears to have the perfect lif

  • Title: Adèle
  • Author: Leïla Slimani
  • ISBN: Dans le jardin de l'ogre
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  • Page: 150
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  • From the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny, her prizewinning novel about a sex addicted woman in Paris She wants only one thing to be wanted Ad le appears to have the perfect life She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son But underneath the surface, she is bored and consumed by an in From the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny, her prizewinning novel about a sex addicted woman in Paris She wants only one thing to be wanted Ad le appears to have the perfect life She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son But underneath the surface, she is bored and consumed by an insatiable need for sex.Driven less by pleasure than compulsion, Ad le organizes her day around her extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she s been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making Suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, Ad le is a captivating exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman s quest to feel alive Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 216 pages Published January 15th 2019 by Penguin Books first published August 28th 2014 More Details Original Title Dans le jardin de l ogre ISBN 0143132180 ISBN13 9780143132189 Edition Language English Other Editions 26 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Ad le by Le la Slimani, Sam Taylor Translator Release date Jan 15, 2019 Enter to win a copy of Ad le by Leila Slimani From the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny one of the 10 Best Books of the Year of The New York T Enter to win a copy of Ad le by Leila Slimani From the bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny one of the 10 Best Books of the Year of The New York Times Book Review.Ad le appears to have the perfect life She is a successful journalist in Paris who lives in a beautiful apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son But underneath the surface, she is bored and consumed by an insatiable need for sex Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book The Millions Most Anticipated The Great First Half 2019 Book Preview January March 84 books 12 voters 2019 Books by Authors of Color 284 books 228 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Aug 31, 2018 Ilse rated it liked it Shelves 2018, france, reviewed, 2018 autorinnen Female sexuality is often associated with lasciviousness and motherhood than with perversion This is unexplored territory Explaining why she chose female sexual addiction as a subject for her debut novel, Le la Slimani, the French Moroccan author of the Prix Goncourt winning novel Chanson douce translated into English as The Perfect Nanny Lullaby asserted it was the DSK affair and her bewilderment on how such a strong sexual drive can manage to bring someone down, that inspired her to Female sexuality is often associated with lasciviousness and motherhood than with perversion This is unexplored territory Explaining why she chose female sexual addiction as a subject for her debut novel, Le la Slimani, the French Moroccan author of the Prix Goncourt winning novel Chanson douce translated into English as The Perfect Nanny Lullaby asserted it was the DSK affair and her bewilderment on how such a strong sexual drive can manage to bring someone down, that inspired her to explore such a drive from the perspective of a woman and to paint this brutal and disconcerting portrayal of a woman in the grip of her body yearning for extreme acts of lewd sex the ogre in the French title In Dans le jardin de l ogre In the Ogre s Garden of which the English translation, Ad le A Novel will be published in February 2019 , Slimani focusses on Ad le Robinson, a journalist living in a posh neighbourhood in Paris with her three year old son and her husband, Ad le seems to wrestle with quite some issues, in particular a self destructive and uncontrollable urge to have sex Despite the affection she feels for her son and her husband, she can t resist to seize every opportunity she gets a dinner party with her husband s colleagues, a visit of an art gallery, an after work drink to give her body what it ask for Balancing on the verge of exhaustion, she tosses herself from one stranger s bed to another nightly blow job in some grubby alley, organising her life compulsively around her urge, without however taking pleasure from her acts While denying her body food, she attempt to fill the egregious void in herself with cheerless sex Like a substance addict she has to score her next shot of fornication to feel alive, to exist Somewhere in her oblivion is the reassuring feeling that she has existed countless times in the desire of others She is hurt and bitter Tonight she does not manage to exist Nobody sees her, nobody listens to her Slimani doesn t burrow into Ad le s hung up psyche or thoughts nor judges her, She mostly relies on describing Ad le s behaviour and the consequences of it on her family life to capture Ad le s vulnerability and her suffering from the beginning it is obvious we will read a novel on intense suffering and alienation, as we can tell by the quote from Anna Akhmatova s Requiem as an epitaph It isn t me, someone else is suffering I couldn t Not like this Some parallels with Madame Bovary pour in like Emma is married to doctor Charles Bovary Ad le s husband Richard is a similarly limp gastroenterologist, and the boredom reigning Ad le s sophisticated urban life is as seething as Emma s wilting in provincial life What struck me in this novel, as it did in two other works I recently read Jane Austen s Lady Susan John Steinbeck s short story The Chrysanthemums , is the need of the women protagonists to feel desired in order to have the feeling to exist This reminded me of the reaction of the former French minister Laurence Rossignol on the open letter in Le Monde signed by a hundred prominent Fran aises criticising the MeToo and BalanceTonPorc movements as a puritanical witch hunt, in which they defend a freedom to importunate necessary for sexual freedom letter also signed by Slimani on which Rossignol expresses her bafflement with regard to This strange anguish to no longer exist without the gaze and desire of men which drives intelligent women to write huge nonsense which elicited the Belgian historian Anne Morelli who also signed the open letter the response we simply have to face that most women exist through the gaze of men Do women need that male gaze to feel alive Sigh Reflecting on that confronting question the mind totters into troubling territory, unsure whether I can relate to such opinion, or not Ad le personifies this need to be seen in an extreme way She desires to see herself reflected in the desire of men, hooked to their arousal, their responses to her body A key moment in the novel relates Ad le s epiphany reading Milan Kundera s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, as a young girl, particularly a passage describing how Tereza s body betrays her by getting excited against her will this flashback suggesting that the origin of Ad les issues traces back to her youth Closing the novel, I wondered which point Slimani intends to make on female sexuality by this study of perversion Is this a portrait of a pitiful, lonely and sick woman or rather one of an ailing capitalist society where both work and family life are deeply unsatisfying and alienating Later, having received numerous reactions and personal testimonies of Moroccan women responding to her novel which resulted in a non fiction book, Sexe et mensonges Sex and Lies she explained in an interview she now considers Ad le as a slightly extreme metaphor for the sexual lives of many Moroccan women, who struggle to reconcile the reality of their private lives with the public narrative of a society in which everyone is supposedly married or a virgin and she denounces the Moroccan society to be consumed by the poison of hypocrisy and by an institutionalized culture of lies, arguing that repression is as corrosive to society as it is to the psyche She blames a sexually oppressive society for women having a distorted relationship with their bodies, exposing how prohibitions weighing on sexuality result in obsessiveness and mental disorder as everything is done in secret, in a kind of malaise And here Kundera s novel of which the meditations on body and soul apparently have been of some influence on Slimani could come into the picture again When we ignore the body, we are easily victimized by it As the author acknowledges she experiences French society entirely different and far open and relaxed on sexuality, I am not entirely convinced by what to me comes across as an hineininterpretierung of her own novel, as her protagonist is not Moroccan and seems to live an all but subdued life at least if marriage and motherhood aren t synonymous with oppression in Slimani s view Despite Ad le s obvious suffering and loneliness, I found it almost impossible to empathise with her, as Slimani depicts her protagonist as an utterly unlikeable woman, not because of her sexual debauchery but by underlining what an egotistical, bored and overindulged creature she is as a privileged petite bourgeoise having it all the distance to the character sharpened by Slimani s detached and chilly style Staggering to me is not as much the unmistakable rawness of this story or Ad le s behaviour as such, but her inner emptiness Whether Slimani s novel can be categorised as erotic or not, seems to me a matter depending on the personal taste of the reader unlike other reviewers and the blurb I didn t experience this disengaged account of Ad le s excesses as erotic Having recently read The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter s far wilder and at the same time tender and sensual imagination in that respect resonated far with me erotically than Slimani s bleak exploration of soullessness Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body I don t know flag 164 likesLike see review View all 73 comments Ilse Paula wrote Brilliant review, Ilse Thank you very much for your so generous comment, Paula Jan 23, 2019 09 18AM David You have created your own singular art form, Ilse Sumptuous black white photographs mixed with literary explorations and even a song by The You have created your own singular art form, Ilse Sumptuous black white photographs mixed with literary explorations and even a song by The Smiths That takes me back Do most women feel they need to exist through the gaze of men They shouldn t I feel embarrassed by so many young women s selfies seen even on Good Reads the pursed and upturned lips, the heavily made up eyes gazing in the camera head turned to expose the falling hair So much of it is probably the biological imperative to find a mate and have children Isn t it fascinating that in so many other species it is the male who is the obsessed with display I suppose when men wore wigs and stockings and powdered their faces, there was a moment approaching parity My answer to women existing through men that is a very dangerous path to tread At the same time, we cannot ignore or shun sexuality That s another path to avoid A healthy and responsible expression of our sexuality is the path to find where the spirit and the flesh embrace updated Feb 01, 2019 08 13AM Sep 07, 2018 Felicia rated it it was amazing review of another edition It s been a long time since a book has left me bereft of words For reasons unknown to me, I was immediately drawn to this book from the moment I read the synopsis and as soon as I downloaded it I abandoned the book I was previously reading, hell, I abandoned my life, and found myself immersed in this book, finishing it in one sitting Ad le is, seemingly, the contented wife of a surgeon, raising a son that she adores while excelling at her job as a journalist Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could It s been a long time since a book has left me bereft of words For reasons unknown to me, I was immediately drawn to this book from the moment I read the synopsis and as soon as I downloaded it I abandoned the book I was previously reading, hell, I abandoned my life, and found myself immersed in this book, finishing it in one sitting Ad le is, seemingly, the contented wife of a surgeon, raising a son that she adores while excelling at her job as a journalist Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could be farther from the truth I don t know what I was expecting when I started this book but, whatever it was, I didn t get it and THANK YOU TO THE BOOK GODS This is not a mystery, nor a thriller, and it is certainly not erotic fiction This story is dark, like dark dark, like suffocatingly dark, featuring the taboo subject of sex addiction.Following Ad le on her downward spiral into the enslavement of her need for sex with strangers is not unlike that of any other addiction, I could have easily been reading a book about a heroin addict It s not the sexual release Ad le seeks but the thrill, the high from the adrenalin, the danger and the pain that she feels and, as the reader, it is terrifying Men rescued her from her childhood They dragged her from the mud of adolescence and she traded childish passivity for the lasciviousness of a geisha Leila Slimani is an incredible writer with a style all her own With this book she has managed to build a morose, tension filled masterpiece filled with nuances that add incredible depth to an already deep subject I imagine some readers will be disappointed with the ending but for me it was nothing short of sublime, genius storytelling, leaving me raw with emotion Not every story should be wrapped up and presented to the reader with a big red bow.I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 58 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Sep 18, 2018 Warwick rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, france, paris Slimani claims she wrote this novel after being inspired by the Dominique Strauss Kahn scandal, wanting, she said, to look at the phenomenon of sex addiction through a female perspective I m not sure I believe her And even if I did, I m not sure that would be a useful lens through which to examine this book for one thing, I doubt whether Strauss Kahn was really a sex addict, rather than just a sleazy politician comfortable with abusing his power and for another thing, I think in the DSK case Slimani claims she wrote this novel after being inspired by the Dominique Strauss Kahn scandal, wanting, she said, to look at the phenomenon of sex addiction through a female perspective I m not sure I believe her And even if I did, I m not sure that would be a useful lens through which to examine this book for one thing, I doubt whether Strauss Kahn was really a sex addict, rather than just a sleazy politician comfortable with abusing his power and for another thing, I think in the DSK case his maleness was pretty essential to the power dynamics involved, which means that transposing the genders misses half the point.Even setting all that stuff aside, though, involves quite an interesting engagement with the text and you re still left with this intense and surprisingly believable description of a woman stuck in a self destructive spiral of risky sex and shitty life decisions Ad le Robinson lives in a plush apartment in the 18th she s married to a surgeon who dotes on her she has a small son she has a comfortable job as a journalist And she keeps up a double life of rough one night stands and emotionless affairs.Ad le fucks anyone and everyone her husband s colleagues, random strangers, family friends, professionals She hires hotel rooms, drags them into alleyways, drops to her knees in the cloakrooms of dinner parties She s not attracted to her partners she just needs to know that she is wanted, desired, she just needs to feel that rush of physical sexual response Elle n aspire qu tre voulue She is, let s be clear, an absolute monster The way she treats her husband, her son and her few friends is appalling, and Slimani builds up these details with the relentless concentration of someone working a razorblade under your toenail The low point for me came when Ad le took advantage of her husband s being in hospital to hire two male prostitutes to come round to her flat with some cocaine, and then reached for one of her little son s cartoon DVDs on which to cut up some lines At this detail I felt such a rush of hatred that I actually laughed out loud.And yet while Ad le is spectacularly unpleasant, she is never unbelievable You can even almost understand her Her life is deeply unfulfilling her husband, who seems to love her, is a stultifying presence, parenthood is a weight around her neck, and her own mother has clearly been a lifelong source of vicious emotional blackmail Ad le s fear of death, her terror of getting older, also feed into her compulsion to prove that her body can still generate intensity can spark something, even if what it sparks becomes increasingly masochistic Her quest for this sensation renders all friendships, ambitions, schedules, impossible.Perhaps it s this characterisation which makes the book work for me When I finished it, I was left with the difficult problem of understanding why I had liked it so much, when I was so unmoved by Jill Alexander Essbaum s Hausfrau, a book with a very similar plot and set up, but in Zurich instead of Paris Essbaum s protagonist just irritated me Ad le, by contrast, manages to be both loathsome and sympathetic Ad le s fate is also less melodramatic, and did not strike me in the same way as a case of punitive moralising This also has a terrific sense of place it s a great Paris novel, full of the city s meaningful geography, and Ad le herself is a quintessential Parisienne, who feels an existential horror at her husband s plan to move to a big house en province.It s also interesting for metatextual reasons Tahar Ben Jelloun, reviewing it for one of the French papers, pointed out that most Moroccan novelists produce a first book about the maghrebain experience, whereas this is a purely French novel And it really is not just in the putative link with the DSK affair, but in the whole context of French sexual politics, which are so different from those in England or the US Though there are intriguing hints of North African awareness in here the story takes place against the background of the Tunisian Revolution, and Ad le s father, Kader, is we can infer from the region These and other details suggest that Dans le jardin de l ogre may have autobiographical resonance than is first apparent Either way, anyone willing to accompany Ad le on her journey will find that the experience can be challenging, and upsetting, but also unexpectedly rewarding September 2018 This is today s Book of the day in The Guardian the article misunderstands the novel in crucial ways, I think, but the set up is pretty well captured What if you immured yourself in an utterly respectable life and then tried to fuck your way out of it Incidentally, it turns out that a lot of the mysterious motivations of this book can be clarified with reference to Slimani s later Sexe et mensonges January 2019 flag 52 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Laura So, it s clear she has some kind of psychosis, brought on by a disturbing childhood The unique element in the book, is the portrayal of a female beha So, it s clear she has some kind of psychosis, brought on by a disturbing childhood The unique element in the book, is the portrayal of a female behaving in a way no comment is made when a man behaves in such a manner.I think this is the so called fascinating disturbing element of the book I don t know if I m interested or not Your review is excellent, however Jan 29, 2019 08 18AM Warwick Thanks Yeah I feel like psychosis is too strong a word, if only because, as you say, the interpretation of this kind of behaviour is so strongly ge Thanks Yeah I feel like psychosis is too strong a word, if only because, as you say, the interpretation of this kind of behaviour is so strongly gendered But you could definitely put it that way Jan 29, 2019 09 26AM Jan 02, 2019 Michelle rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley arcs Oh me, oh my What did I just read This is a story about a young Parisian woman married to her surgeon husband with whom she has a young son She is a successful journalist and her life appears to be perfect to anyone that may cast a glance her way, however, there is something stirring within Adele that she is unable to resist Adele suffers from sex addiction which she keeps hidden away from everyone except her very best friend, Lauren, who is growing weary with covering up for Adele s infide Oh me, oh my What did I just read This is a story about a young Parisian woman married to her surgeon husband with whom she has a young son She is a successful journalist and her life appears to be perfect to anyone that may cast a glance her way, however, there is something stirring within Adele that she is unable to resist Adele suffers from sex addiction which she keeps hidden away from everyone except her very best friend, Lauren, who is growing weary with covering up for Adele s infidelities If you read Leila Slimani s book The Perfect Nanny then you know that she isn t an author that is afraid to go there and here we have another perfect example of being inside the mind of a woman that is not at all a pleasant place to be I was a little hesitant with this one only because I don t really enjoy erotica or tons of gratuitous sex scenes in my books and obviously with the main character being a sex addict I thought that maybe I was venturing out of my comfort zone too much However, because I loved The Perfect Nanny and her writing style I new I d have to at least attempt this one Here s the thing, there is nothing erotic about this book and while it s scenes were described in detail it was absolutely essential in order to tell this story and to do it proper justice A very high ick factor with this one If you think you can handle the subject matter then you will be rewarded with a fascinating character study of a disturbed mind Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Publishing for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. flag 44 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Jan 20, 2019 Misericordia The Serendipity Aegis rated it did not like it Rating Disjointedness 1 star Background insights lacking the what, the why, the how, the what for 1 star Seriously No one ever noticed anything Ouch And she never got any illnesses Not even some mild gonorrhea case 1 star While this is an interesting vignette of a nymphomaniac being her sex addicted self, it s not engaging or giving enough background or even an interconnected plot We got a male parade, which is a chore to read, which is probably the way it was intended to be Rating Disjointedness 1 star Background insights lacking the what, the why, the how, the what for 1 star Seriously No one ever noticed anything Ouch And she never got any illnesses Not even some mild gonorrhea case 1 star While this is an interesting vignette of a nymphomaniac being her sex addicted self, it s not engaging or giving enough background or even an interconnected plot We got a male parade, which is a chore to read, which is probably the way it was intended to be Still not inspiring or anything 1 starQHis wife had been a perfect impostor c QHis mysteriousness was at the root of her adoration c Addiction can take different guises.QShe wants to be a doll in an ogre s garden Ad le hopes that her children will not be like her c QHow wonderful it would be to get paid for her talent of giving men pleasure c QShe s taking charge now, she s treating them, and after a glass of Saint Est phe, in the woodsmoke scented air, she has the feeling that they love her and are forever in her debt c QHer obsessions devour her She is helpless to stop them Because her life requires so many lies, it has to be carefully organized an exhausting activity that occupies her entire brain, that gnaws at her c Journalism as well QShe opens a blank document and starts to type She invents quotes from high up anonymous sources a figure close to the government, a well placed observer who asked to remain nameless She comes up with a nice hook, adds a dash of humor to distract any readers who were expecting the article to provide some information She reads a few other pieces on the same subject and copy and pastes lines from each The whole thing takes her barely an hour c QAd le tries to act casual The main thing is not to look as though you feel guilty c QAll that matters to her is the freedom the job gives her Her salary is low but at least she gets to travel She can disappear, invent secret rendezvous, without having to justify herself c QThe men are going to think that she s up for it, easy, a slut The women will treat her as a predator the kinder ones might say that she s emotionally fragile They will all be wrong c QShe looked down at her belly and then back up at her face She wondered if she would once again become what she had been before She was acutely aware of her own metamorphosis c QNever again will the slightest gesture be innocent This terrifies and enraptures her c QAd le has spent a long time looking up She has examined dozens of ceilings, followed the curved lines of moldings, the rocking of lamps c QEroticism covered everything It masked the banality and vanity of things This quest abolished all rules, all codes Friendships, ambitions, schedules it made them all impossible c QGrief is a wonderful excuse c flag 43 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 02, 2018 Agnieszka rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves ebook, 2018, reviewed, disturbing Strangely disturbing read It deals with sex but it s not a porn though it s no use to seek erotic tension either The main protagonist, Adele, is a young woman Rather unfulfilled journalist, mother of little Lucien and devoted wife to her husband, Richard This is her face she shows to the world Adele is addicted to sex Hotel rooms, stairwells, back alleys, restrooms The dirtier and uglier places the better to get what her body wants The young, the old, handsome or revolting, stranger or n Strangely disturbing read It deals with sex but it s not a porn though it s no use to seek erotic tension either The main protagonist, Adele, is a young woman Rather unfulfilled journalist, mother of little Lucien and devoted wife to her husband, Richard This is her face she shows to the world Adele is addicted to sex Hotel rooms, stairwells, back alleys, restrooms The dirtier and uglier places the better to get what her body wants The young, the old, handsome or revolting, stranger or neighbour, colleague from work or her husband s friend No matter who She doesn t seek love nor she gets it She pursues something else.Not sure what to make of the novel It s quite well written but leaves me somewhat confused I assume it had to be a kind of psychological study of a person in the grip of addiction, in a tangle of desires impossible to satiate Some readers perhaps will see there hidden, erotic fantasies of the author though I don t read it that way But I struggle to understand it And it doesn t help the novel has any likeable protagonist Even Lucien, Adele s boy, is tetchy and mostly irritating little shit The same with Richard, he seems to love Adele, but, by Lord, he rather adores her than something else Perhaps he will build her improvised altar yet to worship object of his affection It s highly dysfunctional family, we get a glimpse yet of her parents and relationships with Rachard s family as well, and I think Slimani rather managed to render Adele s inner life pretty well My problem is that I couldn t care about her at all It was all the same to me if Richard will finally learn out about her activities or will she escape with her double life Slimani wrote cold, almost clinical report on unhappy woman that I couldn t relate to In a way Adele reminds her known literary predecessor, Emma Bovary Okay, okay, I can hear you It s different league I can see that But I thought some likeness was not that coincidental Adele, though rather unpleasant figure, felt to me believable I could see her tiredness, I could feel the boredom that ate her away yet something was off Something lacked flag 43 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Jan 29, 2019 Roman Clodia rated it really liked it review of another edition She wants to be a doll in an ogre s garden An enigmatic book that seems to be re writing Madame Bovary with an eye on the paradoxes and conundrums of a modern woman Where Emma Bovary wants life to be as sweepingly lush as the romance novels she s devoured, Adele desires something far complex, something that she and we are hard pressed to identify and delineate Bored of her bourgeois lifestyle, burdened by a doctor husband she doesn t love, a son who demands things of her she finds di She wants to be a doll in an ogre s garden An enigmatic book that seems to be re writing Madame Bovary with an eye on the paradoxes and conundrums of a modern woman Where Emma Bovary wants life to be as sweepingly lush as the romance novels she s devoured, Adele desires something far complex, something that she and we are hard pressed to identify and delineate Bored of her bourgeois lifestyle, burdened by a doctor husband she doesn t love, a son who demands things of her she finds difficult to give with any degree of constancy, Adele takes refuge in sex the dirtier, anonymous and increasingly violent, the better She s not searching for love or romance, she wants to be looked at to affirm she exists, and her affirmations of life come from the vile and the obscene, the heart of bourgeois perversion and human wretchedness Slimani doesn t descend to pop psychological reasons for Adele being the way she is she just is She wants to be debased rather than empowered except she s the one who picks up and drops men , to be the object rather than the wielder of society s gendered gaze She uses a form of eroticism to tear apart society s strictures eroticism covered everything It masked the banality and vanity of things this quest abolished all rule, all codes Friendships, ambitions, schedules it made them all impossible A quick read but an exhilarating one written in pared back prose transgressive, subversive, likely to divide readers, and yes, enigmatic and provocative rather than transparent.Many thanks to Faber Faber for an ARC via NetGalley flag 21 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Konstantin I thoroughly loved her Lullaby last year, and am glad to see this one is good as well there s a dark, icy undertone to her writing which transforms I thoroughly loved her Lullaby last year, and am glad to see this one is good as well there s a dark, icy undertone to her writing which transforms seemingly mundane and boring settings and situations into something sinister and allusive that just gets me every time updated Jan 29, 2019 03 16PM Roman Clodia Yes, I liked the coolness of her prose and the way she does dark without turning into melodrama I must look out for Lullaby Jan 29, 2019 03 47PM Jan 11, 2019 Umut Reviews rated it liked it I think there are things I loved about the book, and then there are parts I couldn t care less Therefore I settled for a 3.First of all, Slimani s talent for personification is super Adele was very real to me I felt sympathy, anger, pity for her at times She was a very realistic portrayal of a woman, that s not so common to see Adele is a sex addict and it affects everything she does in her life She also a wife and mother, and it definitely shows there s not one type of person, woman or mo I think there are things I loved about the book, and then there are parts I couldn t care less Therefore I settled for a 3.First of all, Slimani s talent for personification is super Adele was very real to me I felt sympathy, anger, pity for her at times She was a very realistic portrayal of a woman, that s not so common to see Adele is a sex addict and it affects everything she does in her life She also a wife and mother, and it definitely shows there s not one type of person, woman or mother She and her husband annoyed the hell out of me, but I take it as a result of Slimani s good writing of human phycology and characterisation Coming to what I found lacking in this book is an original, interesting plot I read this plot before It was nothing original I kept waiting to see an interesting twist, which didn t come Was it good writing Yes But, did I enjoy my time Not so much as I didn t read an interesting line of events Therefore, 3 stars flag 22 likesLike see review Sep 05, 2018 Blair rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 release, contemporary, translated, sex and sexuality, read on kindle, first novels I liked this better than Slimani s Lullaby, I think, but I had the same problem with both books a feeling of emptiness at the core Ad le reminded me of Jill Alexander Essbaum s Hausfrau even than Lullaby did, in both its cold, utilitarian prose and its depiction of an unhappily married woman who exists in a state of passive numbness It might also fit into a very specific category alongside Delphine de Vigan s Loyalties short French novels, due to be published in translation in 2019, I liked this better than Slimani s Lullaby, I think, but I had the same problem with both books a feeling of emptiness at the core Ad le reminded me of Jill Alexander Essbaum s Hausfrau even than Lullaby did, in both its cold, utilitarian prose and its depiction of an unhappily married woman who exists in a state of passive numbness It might also fit into a very specific category alongside Delphine de Vigan s Loyalties short French novels, due to be published in translation in 2019, that deal with unhappy dysfunctional families living in Paris The books are so similar in tone that I d have no trouble believing they were written by the same person.I wonder how many book reviews my own, and other people s have begun with the words name of main character seems to have it all So Ad le Robinson seems to have it all A journalist in Paris, married to a surgeon, Ad le is mother to an angelic 3 year old boy and lives in a beautiful apartment Yet, privately, she is engaged in a spiral of extreme and self destructive behaviour Ad le is addicted to sex she seeks out both affairs and casual encounters, often seducing the most unsuitable and dangerous people a colleague of her husband s her best friend s on off boyfriend as if that adds to the thrill She doesn t have to be attracted to the men she fucks she wants, above all, to feel wanted.It s a depressing story In Ad le, everything is a trap marriage is dull and oppressive, casual flings are seedy and unfulfilling, being single is such a horrifying prospect that constant misery is preferable, and one s worth as a woman can only be reinforced through male sexual approval The book is divided into two halves before and after a decisive, arguably inevitable, moment changes the course of events and it s hard to decide which version of Ad le s life is worse.As with Louise in Lullaby, I struggled to get under the protagonist s skin I understood her addiction well enough, but found Ad le as a person so blank I could neither sympathise with nor despise her While sometimes vague answers are given to the questions Ad le s narrative raises why doesn t she leave Richard, why did she get married and have a child in the first place, etc her personality doesn t ever quite cohere We are given glimpses of her background family and yet that story, which seems much interesting than the central plot, is never properly dragged into the light.Slimani is an interesting writer but having felt so similarly about her two novels so far I just don t think her style is for me Readers who loved Lullaby will, I m sure, get out of Ad le than I did For me, Hausfrau did it much better A week after finishing Ad le, I had to reread parts of it to jog my memory, whereas I still remember Essbaum s Anna with relative sharpness three years after reading the book The one thing I did find really intriguing, though, was the very end, the last sentence in particular It raises the possibility that the narration which, until this point, reads as third person has been someone else s voice all along And that, in turn, raises questions about how truthful this account really is See what you think.I received an advance review copy of Ad le from the publisher through NetGalley.TinyLetter Twitter Instagram Tumblr flag 24 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 27, 2014 Yann rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, france, enfer Dans le jardin de l ogre est le premier roman de Le la Slimani, une journaliste franco marocaine Dans cette fiction, elle fait le portrait d une journaliste parisienne , Ad le, qui trompe son mari le plus souvent possible d s que l occasion se pr sente Les circonstances sont favorables car il est fort occup par son emploi de m decin est n est pas du genre soup onneux ou jaloux Elle, de son c t , effectue son m tier d une mani re bien peu scrupuleuse, se contentant de vaguement compiler des i Dans le jardin de l ogre est le premier roman de Le la Slimani, une journaliste franco marocaine Dans cette fiction, elle fait le portrait d une journaliste parisienne , Ad le, qui trompe son mari le plus souvent possible d s que l occasion se pr sente Les circonstances sont favorables car il est fort occup par son emploi de m decin est n est pas du genre soup onneux ou jaloux Elle, de son c t , effectue son m tier d une mani re bien peu scrupuleuse, se contentant de vaguement compiler des informations existantes tout en y m lant des l ments invent es et fantaisistes Cela lui laisse tout le loisir pour le divertissement de cette inqui tude qui la taraude inlassablement Le regard port sur le microcosme dans lequel le couple volue est sans concessions.Toutes ces aventures sont plac es sous le signe de la satire am re, de la frustration angoissante, de la jouissance triste, de la froide indiff rence, du m pris, de l incompr hension, de la tricherie, de l ennui, de la r signation, et de comment malgr tout on survit tout a, en cherchant quelque chose qui nous fasse vibrer et emp che notre c ur de geler, dans une vie et une ville glaciale L rotisme qu on y trouve n a vraiment rien d affriolant Il y a bien s r cette part d horreur et de transgression qui plait dans les fictions, comme Aristote l avait montr dans sa Po tique Surtout, j ai t touch par la peinture juste et cr dible des caract res Apr s, il y a aussi le fait que je ne lis pas beaucoup de romans contemporains, donc j ai t aussi intrigu par la nouveaut Mais je ne pourrais sans doute pas supporter de ne lire que a Le style est bon, sans affectation Pas mal du tout flag 20 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 08, 2018 Linda Strong rated it it was ok Shelves netgalley 2018, read in 2018 Adele seems to have a great life She is married to a surgeon they have a healthy young son She s a successful journalist She has everything she ever wanted But she s grown bored with her job and distant from her husband She loves her son, but hates that he is keeping her tied to a life she no longer wants.She seems to spiral out of control what she wants, what she needs is to have intimate relationships She lies to her husband, she lies to her boss, she lies to her friends about where Adele seems to have a great life She is married to a surgeon they have a healthy young son She s a successful journalist She has everything she ever wanted But she s grown bored with her job and distant from her husband She loves her son, but hates that he is keeping her tied to a life she no longer wants.She seems to spiral out of control what she wants, what she needs is to have intimate relationships She lies to her husband, she lies to her boss, she lies to her friends about where she goes and with whom Her days are filled with thoughts of other men and what they will do and where they will go.But eventually, that s not enough either This is a dark, depressing look at one woman s attempt to feel that she is worthy and the addictive nature of those attempts Warning Very explicit language and intimate moments If you are a fan of erotica, you will most likely really like this book I am not a fan, as most of the book was way too descriptive without a lot of substance I didn t particularly like Adele or her husband She seems to be on a different planet while he plods along and plans their life according to what he wants.Many thanks to the author Penguin Group Netgalley for the digital copy of ADELE Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own flag 17 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Tammie rated it liked it Shelves fiction lit Ad le, a contemporary novel, was a solid 3.5 stars The book centers around Ad le, a journalist living in Paris who happens to have a beautiful young son and a successful surgeon husband While she seems to have a perfect life, Ad le suffers from sex addiction that overtakes every aspect of her life Ad le is a slave to her addiction and though she seems to care about her family, she simply can t be bothered with them she goes through her daily routine only thinking about her next fix Ad le i Ad le, a contemporary novel, was a solid 3.5 stars The book centers around Ad le, a journalist living in Paris who happens to have a beautiful young son and a successful surgeon husband While she seems to have a perfect life, Ad le suffers from sex addiction that overtakes every aspect of her life Ad le is a slave to her addiction and though she seems to care about her family, she simply can t be bothered with them she goes through her daily routine only thinking about her next fix Ad le is a well written book that I would recommend to mature readers due to graphic content and fans of fiction dark contemporary novels Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy for review flag 18 likesLike see review Feb 08, 2018 cypt rated it really liked it review of another edition gera knyga, nu bet visi kai ne mano skonio ka kas tarp ar gal grei iau PO kareninos, bovari, nu ir inoma kunderos, ir visi itie yra nu totaliai ne mano.apie moter , kuri gali pasijusti gyva, esanti, jau ianti tik tada, kai mylisi su absoliu iai atsitiktiniais vyrais, o dar geriau kai bi ki roughly yra ir jau toki beveik smurtini scen primena Buo yt s Kolekcionier nu jo primena Tere kino Vasar nu jo primena 50x mistini moter persona i nu jot visgi ne inau, ar tai d gera knyga, nu bet visi kai ne mano skonio ka kas tarp ar gal grei iau PO kareninos, bovari, nu ir inoma kunderos, ir visi itie yra nu totaliai ne mano.apie moter , kuri gali pasijusti gyva, esanti, jau ianti tik tada, kai mylisi su absoliu iai atsitiktiniais vyrais, o dar geriau kai bi ki roughly yra ir jau toki beveik smurtini scen primena Buo yt s Kolekcionier nu jo primena Tere kino Vasar nu jo primena 50x mistini moter persona i nu jot visgi ne inau, ar tai d l to, kad autor moteris nesinori taip lengvai visko nura yt ir suskirstyt , ar iaip gerai pagauta ka kokiu b du ta moteris neatrodo visai dissectinama ir paliekama la feminine mystique plotm je ka kokiu b du iek tiek atsiveria ir jos vidujyb gal ia tas romane 100 proc dominuojantis veiksma od i esamasis laikas kad mes visada esam su Adele, matom jos akimis, net bi ki pajau iam jos jusl mis ugh , kaip kad b na visokiuose tampos anruose siaubiake, pornu k j bet ta tampa yra tiesiog buvimo tampa, gyvenimo, ie kojimo, kaip b ti su savo k nu ir kas jis yra.minusas 1 nu blin, galvojau, kad jau to nebus, bet tai ne, gale tur jo u varyt apie santyk su motina, kaip motina Adel s nemyl jo, buvo alta ir konkurent , ir dabar mes tipo kaip apsi vietusios self made psichoanalitik s i kart suprantam jo jo, motina kalta, kad ji TOKIA.minusas 2 nu bet ka kaip kas tas yra per anras, bandymas suprasti MOTER ypa moters geism , moters k n so last century ir bet kuriuo atveju man atrodo, kad itoj srity niekas, net Haneke, nepralenkia, negali pralenkt Elfriede Jelinek flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 28, 2018 Rita Moura de Oliveira rated it really liked it review of another edition Depois de ter gostado tanto de Can o doce Pr mio Goncourt 2016 , n o poderia deixar de trazer da feira este No jardim do ogre, de Leila Slimani Este foi o primeiro livro da franco marroquina, e bastante diferente do outro Enquanto Can o doce tem laivos de thriller, No jardim do ogre apresenta nos Ad le, uma mulher aparentemente banal mas que n o consegue viver sem sexo compulsivo.Casada e com um filho, Ad le s se sente completa nas rela es de ocasi o que tem, algumas mesmo violentas, ma Depois de ter gostado tanto de Can o doce Pr mio Goncourt 2016 , n o poderia deixar de trazer da feira este No jardim do ogre, de Leila Slimani Este foi o primeiro livro da franco marroquina, e bastante diferente do outro Enquanto Can o doce tem laivos de thriller, No jardim do ogre apresenta nos Ad le, uma mulher aparentemente banal mas que n o consegue viver sem sexo compulsivo.Casada e com um filho, Ad le s se sente completa nas rela es de ocasi o que tem, algumas mesmo violentas, mas que se esvaem s vezes horas ou minutos depois Se por um lado n o resiste a um homem, seja ele quase como for, por outro gosta de passar despercebida e chega a demonstrar medo de andar sozinha noite na rua, com medo de violadores.Apesar de se libertar em cada encontro que tem, pouco depois Ad le sente se extremamente vazia, tentando mesmo ter uma vida normal mas n o o conseguindo como algo que a puxa e que n o tem for a para contrariar A hist ria de uma ninfoman aca em constante sofrimento.Apesar da linguagem crua usada por Slimani, n o se trata de literatura er tica, mas antes de um relato sobre uma mulher presa nas suas pr prias compuls es Relato esse que se l tamb m compulsivamente.Muito boa esta escritora, espero que a Alfaguara continue a investir na tradu o dos seus livros flag 11 likesLike see review Jul 26, 2018 Sandra rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves france, owned, morocco I deeply enjoyed this reading.Difficult topic but written with style and elegance.It s official Ms Slimani, you have a new fan flag 10 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 14, 2019 Jamie rated it really liked it Shelves arcs What happens when a woman with an uncontrollable sex addiction tries to lead a family life Adele tells the story of this situation where a wife and mother is leading a double life in order to fulfill her addiction This book is extremely unique and is interesting to read from Adele s point of view there are many times I wanted to reach out and shake her and say WHAT ARE YOU DOING but, that s exactly what feeds this story So short it almost reads as a novella, it s definitely worth the read What happens when a woman with an uncontrollable sex addiction tries to lead a family life Adele tells the story of this situation where a wife and mother is leading a double life in order to fulfill her addiction This book is extremely unique and is interesting to read from Adele s point of view there are many times I wanted to reach out and shake her and say WHAT ARE YOU DOING but, that s exactly what feeds this story So short it almost reads as a novella, it s definitely worth the read I received an advance copy All opinions are my own flag 9 likesLike see review Aug 06, 2018 C lia Estante de Livros rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ed penguin house, gen contemporaneo, local casa, orig comprado, ano 2018, p marrocos Ad le ninfoman aca tamb m esposa, m e e jornalista, mas todo o retrato feito por Le la Slimani em No Jardim do Ogre gira em torno da compuls o de Ad le, desta doen a semelhante a uma droga, a que jura uma e outra vez n o regressar, mas qual acaba invariavelmente por ceder.Depois de ter lido, e gostado muito, de Can o Doce, com o qual a autora franco marroquina venceu o famoso pr mio liter rio Goncourt, foi com natural curiosidade que encarei a publica o no nosso pa s daquele que foi o s Ad le ninfoman aca tamb m esposa, m e e jornalista, mas todo o retrato feito por Le la Slimani em No Jardim do Ogre gira em torno da compuls o de Ad le, desta doen a semelhante a uma droga, a que jura uma e outra vez n o regressar, mas qual acaba invariavelmente por ceder.Depois de ter lido, e gostado muito, de Can o Doce, com o qual a autora franco marroquina venceu o famoso pr mio liter rio Goncourt, foi com natural curiosidade que encarei a publica o no nosso pa s daquele que foi o seu livro de estreia, publicado originalmente em 2014 No Jardim do Ogre o retrato de uma mulher profundamente vergada aos seus desejos mais profundos, que por eles cede decad ncia do sexo com estranhos, mas apenas assim parece sentir a liberdade por que tanto almejou ao longo da vida dif cil ler este livro sem ter a constante sensa o que tudo ir terminar terrivelmente mal para Ad le O texto l se com uma compuls o semelhante quela que a protagonista sente no mais profundo do seu ser e traz consigo todo um mundo de reflex es, porque a autora consegue abord lo de uma forma crua e poderosa, sem nunca se tornar banal.N o me pareceu um livro t o impactante como Can o Doce ou com potencial para agradar a um leque t o alargado de leitores A protagonista uma mulher complexa, que toma op es duvidosas, na melhor das hip teses, o que pode afastar leitores com convic es mais firmes Pessoalmente, n o consegui detestar Ad le, apesar do sofrimento que a envolve e que causa nos que a rodeiam, porque a autora me deu uma personagem pela qual, apesar de tudo, senti compaix o No Jardim do Ogre um livro que deixa uma impress o forte no leitor, pelo relato visceral da vida de uma personagem que procura encontrar se enquanto tenta n o se perder Recomendo flag 9 likesLike see review Feb 24, 2017 Lucie Fvz rated it it was amazing review of another edition V ritable gifle que ce jardin de l ogre Comment d crire l atmosph re aust re du roman en lui rendant hommage correctement Tout y est sordide, d cadent, l image d Ad le, l h ro ne qui, lorsque j ai referm le livre, tait juste mes c t s, ch tive et ab m e maintes reprises, mon coeur s est soulev , j ai m me eu l impression de perdre toute sensation de vie dans mes jambes Leila Slimani est incroyable, parfaite, ma r v lation de l ann e Elle parvient cr er un d cor plus vrai que nat V ritable gifle que ce jardin de l ogre Comment d crire l atmosph re aust re du roman en lui rendant hommage correctement Tout y est sordide, d cadent, l image d Ad le, l h ro ne qui, lorsque j ai referm le livre, tait juste mes c t s, ch tive et ab m e maintes reprises, mon coeur s est soulev , j ai m me eu l impression de perdre toute sensation de vie dans mes jambes Leila Slimani est incroyable, parfaite, ma r v lation de l ann e Elle parvient cr er un d cor plus vrai que nature dans lequel voluent des personnages en pleine d liquescence Je me suis promen e dans ce jardin, j ai vu l ogre, saisie d effroi, paralys e, inerte Je ne parviendrai pas trouver les justes mots pour d crire ma lecture tant elle m a boulevers e On ach ve cette aventure avec regret mais une certitude finalement, nous sommes plut t normaux c t des tortur s, pauvres petits pions de Slimani flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 04, 2019 Krista rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, arc She wishes she was just an object in the midst of a horde She wants to be devoured, sucked, swallowed whole She wants fingers pinching her breasts, teeth digging into her belly She wants to be a doll in an ogre s garden I chose the above quote to open with for two reasons The original French title for Ad le is Dans le jardin de l ogre which is much intriguing in my opinion , and also because it s from page one of this book the reader knows right from the start that there s somet She wishes she was just an object in the midst of a horde She wants to be devoured, sucked, swallowed whole She wants fingers pinching her breasts, teeth digging into her belly She wants to be a doll in an ogre s garden I chose the above quote to open with for two reasons The original French title for Ad le is Dans le jardin de l ogre which is much intriguing in my opinion , and also because it s from page one of this book the reader knows right from the start that there s something off about this Ad le Author Le la Slimani has stated that she was inspired to write a story of sex addiction after the DSK scandal and thought it would be interesting to flip it to the POV of a woman addict On the one hand, that seems a loose connection a middle class wife and mother doesn t have the same sexual power as an influential politician who would eventually be accused of multiple sexual assaults but Ad le s experiences here completely put me in mind of Michael Fassbender s performance in the movie Shame the same joyless, unrewarding, self harm that ultimately defines any kind of addiction maybe sex addiction for ordinary people is the same for men and women, and as Slimani describes it here, it s just another route to a skid row of the soul Ad le is a very French novel it s interesting for a Canadian like me to read this kind of a story set in Paris, where sexual s are a little different and I can t say how much might have been lost in translation or my ignorance of social cultural subtleties, but I was moved by Ad le s story four stars is a rounding up Note I read an ARC and quotes may not be in their final forms Men rescued her from her childhood They dragged her from the mud of adolescence and she traded childish passivity for the lasciviousness of a geisha Ad le Robinson is the thirty five year old wife of a noted surgeon, living together with him and their three year old son in a chic Paris apartment Her husband arranged a job in journalism for Ad le, and while at first she found it fulfilling, she now blows off meetings and deadlines as she arranges ever risky sexual liaisons Ad le seems incapable of human connection she s frigid with her husband who thinks himself above the animal desires anyway she constantly screams at and abandons their child who has been made whiny and tantrum prone she s a terrible friend seducing the boyfriend of the best friend who provides alibis every time Ad le stays out all night and when we meet Ad le s cold and manipulative mother, we re given small clues as to what childhood damage might have created a woman with such low self esteem that she wants her body used and degraded A note on Ad le s parentage There s never any physical description given of Ad le besides her being beautiful and anorexic , and her mother Simone is only described as kind of trashy, but her father s name is Kader , who has long, tanned fingers , and who is a nonpractising Muslim As Slimani was born in Morocco, and as this book appears on the list of Anticipated Literary Reads for Persons of Color 2019 , I kept wondering if Ad le is meant to be a person of colour and I think it matters to the storyline Was Ad le put on the Tunisia desk at work because she s supposed to be half Tunisian Is her constant seemingly incongruous fear of being raped as she walks at night related to her being marked as an interloper Is a woman at a dinner party who complains of her nanny practising Ramadan You can t look after children when you re starving, can you meant to be a dig at this beautiful daughter of a North African immigrant And I can t help but wonder if Slimani left this ambiguous just to challenge my mental picture of what a well off Parisian woman might look like The man s mouth tastes of wine and cigarillos Of forest and the Russian countryside She wants him, and this desire, to her, feels almost like a miracle She wants it all him, and his wife, and this affair, and these lies, and the texts they will send, and the secrets and the tears and even the inevitable goodbye He slips her dress off His surgeon s hands, long and bony, barely brush her skin His gestures are assured, agile, delicious He seems detached and then suddenly furious, uncontrollable A strong sense of theatre Ad le is thrilled He is so close now that her head starts to spin She is breathing too hard to think She is limp, empty, at his mercy The plot develops, and there s a crisis and a followup, and the narrative ends in a twisty place but this really isn t about the plot I see reviewers who don t like this book because they don t like Ad le it s easy to be turned off by the terrible wife and mother who risks everything for dangerous sex it s easy to be turned off by the blackout drunk who wets his pants turned off by the methhead who snatches purses from old ladies Yet in each of these cases, none of the addicts are even seeking pleasure just oblivion from a painful existence to go limp and empty as a doll in an ogre s garden Slimani draws a compelling portrait of a woman with sex addiction, and in the end, Ad le deserves compassion, too On a final note I had assumed that Slimani s last best selling novel, The Perfect Nanny, was typical domestic noir now I ll probably check it out flag 7 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Oct 28, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it review of another edition Un premier roman saisissant, qui se lit d une traite Il devient obs dant d s les premiers mots Ad le m a fascin e cette anti h ro ne parait cass e, elle a conscience de la chance qu elle a et des pulsions qu elle ressent, mais elle ne r alise pas le pouvoir qu elle a sur les hommes ni le regard haineux que portent les femmes sur elle J ai observ Ad le, je n ai pas essay de la comprendre, ni de la juger, je me suis juste laiss e happer par ce roman, qui n est ni pr tentieux ni rotique, ni Un premier roman saisissant, qui se lit d une traite Il devient obs dant d s les premiers mots Ad le m a fascin e cette anti h ro ne parait cass e, elle a conscience de la chance qu elle a et des pulsions qu elle ressent, mais elle ne r alise pas le pouvoir qu elle a sur les hommes ni le regard haineux que portent les femmes sur elle J ai observ Ad le, je n ai pas essay de la comprendre, ni de la juger, je me suis juste laiss e happer par ce roman, qui n est ni pr tentieux ni rotique, ni psychologique Un roman brillant, juste, tr s bien crit, qui m rite d tre connu et qui promet une belle carri re Leila Slimanitp cultivez moi 2014 flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jun 12, 2018 Rita rated it really liked it review of another edition No Jardim do Ogre n o uma hist ria feliz Seguimos a hist ria de Ad le, uma mulher que n o estando contente com a sua vida tenta procurar liberta o atrav s do sexo certo que a narrativa em sim n o nada extraordin ria mas Slimani marca pela escrita, fui agarrada desde a primeira p gina pelas descri es cruas e viscerais de um desejo que fascina Sendo assim, gostei muito e espero ler o outro t tulo publicado da autora flag 6 likesLike see review Mar 09, 2017 Louise rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves france, woman writer Dans une criture clinique et d li e, Leila Slimani d peint les errances glauques d Ad le, atteinte de nymphomanie, que personne ne tarit ni n att nue les angoisses C est profond ment d rangeant, on en ressort sale et abruti par la d pression sourde qui impr gne chaque page Est ce que l amour obtus que lui porte son mari va la sauver On quitte le roman accabl par toute cette d tresse flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Denisa Ballov rated it really liked it review of another edition Ad le mala v etko, o potrebovala dobr ho mu a, zdrav ho syna, par sky byt a pr cu novin rky Napriek tomu ju hnala t ba zni i seba aj m ry svojho ivota Potrebovala trpie , c ti boles a strieda mu ov, aby sa zbavila hnusu z vlastn ho tela a du e Pocit sebade trukcie ju ah na pln okraj, k priepasti, odkia sa ned vr ti sp L ska nen nic ne trp livost Horliv , n bo n , tyransk trp livost Trp livost nerozumn optimistick Le la Slimani nap sala kr tky rom n o ene, ktor s Ad le mala v etko, o potrebovala dobr ho mu a, zdrav ho syna, par sky byt a pr cu novin rky Napriek tomu ju hnala t ba zni i seba aj m ry svojho ivota Potrebovala trpie , c ti boles a strieda mu ov, aby sa zbavila hnusu z vlastn ho tela a du e Pocit sebade trukcie ju ah na pln okraj, k priepasti, odkia sa ned vr ti sp L ska nen nic ne trp livost Horliv , n bo n , tyransk trp livost Trp livost nerozumn optimistick Le la Slimani nap sala kr tky rom n o ene, ktor sa ka d de pok a i inak, ale v dy pod ahne t m najni m pudom Je z fal , ne astn a bezradn , hoci by pokojne mohla by sebavedomou matkou a miluj cou man elkou Postava Ad le je uverite nej ia ako v etky postavy v jej druhom rom ne Usp vanka, kde je ich konanie prvopl nov a dej preh adn Nemus te sa stoto ni s mot vmi a pohn tkami Ad le, ale pochop te ju sk r ako opatrovate ku z Usp vanky, ktor zostala plne nezn mou Ve mi dobr tanie so siln m pr behom, ktor nepotreboval ani 200 str n flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2018 Ugn rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves marokas, pranc zija Daug kas jau buvo pa stama i Lop in s iliuzijos, nesaugumas, nesir pinimas vaikais, ne visai normal s ar tikrai potraukiai ir pan Tad ka in, ar skaity iau ir tre i ios autor s knyg , nes grei iausiai tik iausi ka ko pana aus to paties, o ka ko pana aus to paties jau nebesinori Tokios knygos kuria vaizd , kad aplinkui visi tik apsimeta, kad jie normal s, gra s, s iningi ir pan o i tikr j tokie n ra Ir jau vien d l to jos man atrodo nepatikimos flag 5 likesLike see review May 16, 2018 Tittirossa rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 01_ebook, insonnia Lettura da insonnia all alba Un po disturbante, in effetti Anche perch non ben chiaro dove ci voglia portare con la storia di Ad le Giovane donna insoddisfatta della vita che cerca sollievo alla pressione del vivere sposata con un chirurgo pi per caso che per scelta, con un figlio che accudisce nello stesso modo, con un lavoro che gestisce ugualmente in incontri erotici ad alto tasso di occasionalit e furore Da cui si risveglia con un senso di disgusto e malessere che ha pi a che Lettura da insonnia all alba Un po disturbante, in effetti Anche perch non ben chiaro dove ci voglia portare con la storia di Ad le Giovane donna insoddisfatta della vita che cerca sollievo alla pressione del vivere sposata con un chirurgo pi per caso che per scelta, con un figlio che accudisce nello stesso modo, con un lavoro che gestisce ugualmente in incontri erotici ad alto tasso di occasionalit e furore Da cui si risveglia con un senso di disgusto e malessere che ha pi a che fare con la dipendenza che con la gestione della propria sessualit Vuole sentirsi parte del mondo, e che non definirei proprio ninfomania, come a Pagina dopo pagina si viene travolti dalla sua paranoia maniacale, che la porta in modo ossessivo compulsivo non ho idea se sia il giusto termine per quella che a me sembra una patologia, ma letterariamente suggerisce questo in una spirale di incontri sbagliati con uomini sempre pi sbagliati, a cui non riesce a mettere freno Finch non costretta a fronteggiarne le conseguenze.Slimani ha un approccio quasi verista, per la precisione del dettaglio e l antipatia o mancanza di empatia che suscita nei lettori dei protagonisti, purtroppo si ferma qui I francesi amano molto questo approccio teso a pater les bourgeois, e il libro fu a suo tempo molto discusso e commentato, tirando in ballo a seconda delle posizioni la ninfomania e o il femminismo Non mi sembra ci sia nulla di tutto questo, se non l urlo di una persona disperata che vuole sentirsi parte del mondo e l unico modo che riesce a trovare perch quello pi a portata di mano, forse una fisicit esasperata Buone le intenzioni, ma non ne rimane molto flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2019 Theresa rated it it was ok Shelves 2019 challenge, advance reads Well, I did it I finished this book Am I happy I persevered NOT EVEN A TINY BIT I should have given up after the first few pages I read and felt this one was going to be a stinker It was not the subject matter or even the story, although the story could have been fleshed out considerably IF the writing had been good That s just it the writing itself was bad I m sorry to say these things about the book as I appreciate the chance I was given to read an early copy But I must tell the trut Well, I did it I finished this book Am I happy I persevered NOT EVEN A TINY BIT I should have given up after the first few pages I read and felt this one was going to be a stinker It was not the subject matter or even the story, although the story could have been fleshed out considerably IF the writing had been good That s just it the writing itself was bad I m sorry to say these things about the book as I appreciate the chance I was given to read an early copy But I must tell the truth This one was not good Skip it In compliance with FTC guidelines I received this book free from a Giveaway in exchange for an honest review The content of this review is not influenced by that fact The feelings expressed are solely mine I sincerely appreciate the chance to read and review this book.2 3.55 flag 4 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2018 Seyma Sengul rated it liked it review of another edition Kitab n arka kapa okuyucuyu kand r yor bence, Adele in hiperseks el bozuklu unun ve dolayl olarak mazo istli e varan isteklerinin Milan Kundera dan daha ba ka sebeplere dayand n d n yorum flag 4 likesLike see review May 19, 2018 S nia rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018, own Mal soube que iria ser lan ado um novo livro de Leila Slimani, a autora do inesquec vel Can o Doce , n o tardei a adquiri lo A quem ainda n o o leu permitam me que o recomende com car cter quase obrigat rio.Esta obra um registo totalmente diferente Debru a se sobre a rela o dual entre frustra o e o enorme apetite sexual de uma mulher que vive uma vida apenas para manter apar ncias E para fugir vida que lhe estava predestinada Fala, tamb m, das tentativas sucessivas de reden o e Mal soube que iria ser lan ado um novo livro de Leila Slimani, a autora do inesquec vel Can o Doce , n o tardei a adquiri lo A quem ainda n o o leu permitam me que o recomende com car cter quase obrigat rio.Esta obra um registo totalmente diferente Debru a se sobre a rela o dual entre frustra o e o enorme apetite sexual de uma mulher que vive uma vida apenas para manter apar ncias E para fugir vida que lhe estava predestinada Fala, tamb m, das tentativas sucessivas de reden o e consequente fracasso E, um ponto fulcral, que abordado de tenuemente mas que n o deixa de estar l A forma como a sociedade encara a trai es no masculino e no feminino ao homem basta sentir, mulher h que reprimir.N o ser uma obra que agrade no geral, muito por culpa da linguagem nua e crua Da sinceridade desarmante No entanto, a vida feita mesmo assim e tem que ser relatada tal como ela.Uma leitura que recomendo, seja para abrir horizontes ou para absorver os seus ensinamentos e rel los um dia flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 06, 2018 Rae rated it liked it Shelves 2018, arc, bt e book, fiction Ad le by Leila Slimani is about a sex addicted woman in Paris who also dons the titles of mother and wife This book was a whirlwind There were parts of it I really enjoyed, and but other parts were just so meh The writing and pacing were fine, but the story execution floundered Ad le is not a sympathetic character I never felt attached to her, because her redeeming qualities were so few and far between Yes, sex addiction is a real thing and should be treated seriously, but she was a b Ad le by Leila Slimani is about a sex addicted woman in Paris who also dons the titles of mother and wife This book was a whirlwind There were parts of it I really enjoyed, and but other parts were just so meh The writing and pacing were fine, but the story execution floundered Ad le is not a sympathetic character I never felt attached to her, because her redeeming qualities were so few and far between Yes, sex addiction is a real thing and should be treated seriously, but she was a bit of a psychopath She seemed completely apathetic to how her actions affected others Her husband, Richard, felt like a means to an end a rock, an anchor, a security blanket And her son, Lucien, felt like a chore It was so hard to like Ad le While I didn t love Ad le as a character, I did enjoy the exploration of sex addiction For Ad le, it was all consuming Her life 100% revolved around her addiction Her entire character is identified by this one trait I found it fascinating, and at times, horrifying I ve read a memoir by a sex addicted woman, and I think the picture painted was fairly accurate in Ad le Though again, Ad le s utter lack of compassion was hard to swallow.I didn t enjoy the ending I m not even sure what happened, honestly I would have appreciated some further explanation, something additional to bring the book to a close The way it ended, I didn t get a good sense of closure.If you ve already read books by Leila Slimani and like her writing style, then go ahead and give Ad le a read For everyone else, know that the book is short and easily consumed in a single sitting If it s not your style, at least it s a breeze to get through Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 6 likesLike see review Feb 02, 2019 Shirley rated it really liked it After reading Lullaby The Perfect Nanny I was sure that it wasn t going to be my only book by Leila Slimani When Adele was out as an ebook I have purchased it immediately and it went straight to my reading list of 2019 It struck me immediately and if only I had the time I would have read it in one sitting I totally deaveared it in 2 days Wow I loved it The story is about a woman whom at a glance she seems to have it all, but when you see inside her she is an empty woman and she has an addic After reading Lullaby The Perfect Nanny I was sure that it wasn t going to be my only book by Leila Slimani When Adele was out as an ebook I have purchased it immediately and it went straight to my reading list of 2019 It struck me immediately and if only I had the time I would have read it in one sitting I totally deaveared it in 2 days Wow I loved it The story is about a woman whom at a glance she seems to have it all, but when you see inside her she is an empty woman and she has an addiction Like all addicts, you have to understand her emotions and the reasons of her attitude I did cry reading her story for addiction is a deseas too If you are in for an erotic story this is not the book for you I will miss Adele for sure and look forward for another book by Slimani flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new 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        Le la Slimani is a French writer and journalist of Moroccan ancestry In 2016 she was awarded the Prix Goncourt for her novel Chanson douce.Slimani was born in Rabat, Morocco and studied later political science and media studies in Paris After that she temporarily considered a career as an actress and began to work as a journalist for the magazine Jeune Afrique In 2014 she published her first no Le la Slimani is a French writer and journalist of Moroccan ancestry In 2016 she was awarded the Prix Goncourt for her novel Chanson douce.Slimani was born in Rabat, Morocco and studied later political science and media studies in Paris After that she temporarily considered a career as an actress and began to work as a journalist for the magazine Jeune Afrique In 2014 she published her first novel Dans le jardin de l ogre, which two years later was followed by the psychological thriller Chanson douce The latter quickly turned into a bestseller with over 450,000 copies printed within a year even before the book was awarded the Prix Goncourt


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    1. Female sexuality is often associated with lasciviousness and motherhood than with perversion This is unexplored territory Explaining why she chose female sexual addiction as a subject for her debut novel, Le la Slimani, the French Moroccan author of the Prix Goncourt winning novel Chanson douce translated into English as The Perfect Nanny Lullaby asserted it was the DSK affair and her bewilderment on how such a strong sexual drive can manage to bring someone down, that inspired her to [...]


    2. It s been a long time since a book has left me bereft of words For reasons unknown to me, I was immediately drawn to this book from the moment I read the synopsis and as soon as I downloaded it I abandoned the book I was previously reading, hell, I abandoned my life, and found myself immersed in this book, finishing it in one sitting Ad le is, seemingly, the contented wife of a surgeon, raising a son that she adores while excelling at her job as a journalist Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, could It [...]


    3. Slimani claims she wrote this novel after being inspired by the Dominique Strauss Kahn scandal, wanting, she said, to look at the phenomenon of sex addiction through a female perspective I m not sure I believe her And even if I did, I m not sure that would be a useful lens through which to examine this book for one thing, I doubt whether Strauss Kahn was really a sex addict, rather than just a sleazy politician comfortable with abusing his power and for another thing, I think in the DSK case Sli [...]


    4. Oh me, oh my What did I just read This is a story about a young Parisian woman married to her surgeon husband with whom she has a young son She is a successful journalist and her life appears to be perfect to anyone that may cast a glance her way, however, there is something stirring within Adele that she is unable to resist Adele suffers from sex addiction which she keeps hidden away from everyone except her very best friend, Lauren, who is growing weary with covering up for Adele s infide Oh m [...]


    5. Rating Disjointedness 1 star Background insights lacking the what, the why, the how, the what for 1 star Seriously No one ever noticed anything Ouch And she never got any illnesses Not even some mild gonorrhea case 1 star While this is an interesting vignette of a nymphomaniac being her sex addicted self, it s not engaging or giving enough background or even an interconnected plot We got a male parade, which is a chore to read, which is probably the way it was intended to be Rating Disjointednes [...]


    6. Strangely disturbing read It deals with sex but it s not a porn though it s no use to seek erotic tension either The main protagonist, Adele, is a young woman Rather unfulfilled journalist, mother of little Lucien and devoted wife to her husband, Richard This is her face she shows to the world Adele is addicted to sex Hotel rooms, stairwells, back alleys, restrooms The dirtier and uglier places the better to get what her body wants The young, the old, handsome or revolting, stranger or n Strange [...]


    7. She wants to be a doll in an ogre s garden An enigmatic book that seems to be re writing Madame Bovary with an eye on the paradoxes and conundrums of a modern woman Where Emma Bovary wants life to be as sweepingly lush as the romance novels she s devoured, Adele desires something far complex, something that she and we are hard pressed to identify and delineate Bored of her bourgeois lifestyle, burdened by a doctor husband she doesn t love, a son who demands things of her she find [...]


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