Falling victim to the old proverb

I judged this book by it's cover

I judged this book by it’s cover

This book was horrible, but then I suppose I can’t only review the good stuff. In the case of this story, I fell victim to the old proverb “never judge a book by it’s cover”. This cover is what caught my attention, and the idea for the story: an orphan who works through life using food, during one of the most tense periods in French history,  is a great one.

What I found with this book is that it was too rushed. One minute the lead character is 2, then 6 then before you blink he’s married with kids. The pace leaves no space for intimacy or acquaintance with any of the characters. What I also found is that although the book is supposed to revolve around Jean Marie (the main characters) unusual pallet and passion for food, the author doesn’t seem to carry any passion for food, which leaves the main theme of the story wanting.

Grimwood, it must be said, does a good job painting the crude extravagance of French Court at that time, he is familiar with French culture as he lives there for part of the year, but I feel that the book could have been placed during the revolution rather than just before it. Ultimately you have to just read it and decide for your self.

I would pair this with a wine that will compensate for the disappointment that this somewhat disturbing tale is. Try the deelish Flagstone Noon Gun, which the winemaker describes as ” mom’s plonk” but it’s much better than that, a flavoursome blend of  Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.

Take a walk through the 20th Century with Allan Karlsson

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Wow, I’m so glad I read this book! I picked it out of a giant box filled with stories of murder and gore (really not my thing) and the titled grabbed me instantly. Jonas Jonasson, the Swedish author wastes no time, grabbing the reader by the neck and pulling them headfirst into an (unbelievable) tale of Allan Karlsson, who decides on his 100th birthday to make a run for it (so to speak) from the old age home and find himself a new adventure (which he certainly does when he gets mixed up with a gang of criminals). If you are a historical purist, the novel may upset you somewhat as it traces Allan Karlssons extraordinary influence over events of the 20th century. It is written in a jovial, amiable style that will make you feel like you’re on-the-run with a group of friends. It’s one of those laugh-out-loud must reads! Waste no time and pair with something light and delectable, like the Phizantekraal Sauvignon Blanc, which I enjoyed thoroughly with its long lasting finish and delectable notes of gooseberry, as lovely and entertaining as this book!