Review: The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain


“There’s nothing worse than being bored with a boring man.”
 The Red Notebook

My Interest


This book was on my TBR list, but I moved it up after reading this article in, of all places, Vogue’s UK edition: “Let Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Suggest Your Next Quarantine Read.” I love Camilla, so I figured her book recommendations might just jibe well with me. She called The Red Notebook, “masterpiece of Parisian perfection.” The e-audio version was in at my library, so I gave it a go.  Dear ‘Milla knows a good story when she reads one!

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The Story

“How many things do we feel obliged to do for the sake of it, or for appearances, or because we are trained to do them, but which weigh us down and don’t, in fact, achieve anything?” The Red Notebook

A Parisian bookseller, Laurent, finds a nice purse with a red notebook in it. He tries to do his civic duty and turn it in at the police station, but typical of French bureaucracy, the police station he chose wasn’t the right place. Fed up, he tries to find the owner on his own. Nearby, a woman lies in a coma after being mugged. What ensues is a comedy of errors and coincidences that could give Waiting For Godot a run for its money.

My Thoughts

I just plain loved it.


The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain





4 thoughts on “Review: The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

  1. I do like the sound of this book but this Duchess’ recommending this doesn’t improve its chances of my reading it, I’m afraid. You may like her, but I don’t care for her much. Never mind… I’m not British so…

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  2. I wouldn’t have thought of comparing this to Waiting for Godot but I know exactly what you mean! I really enjoyed this too, and unusually for me, I can still remember lots of it – he portrayed it all so clearly.

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