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The Reader on the 6.27 (2014)

by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

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Guylain Vignolles leads a dull and solitary life. He hates his job and his only company at home is a goldfish. Every morning he takes the 6.27 to his tedious job at a book pulping factory. He hates his boss and his assistant but he finds companionship with the factory's guard, an eccentric aficionado of classical literature. On the train each morning on the way to work, Guylain reads aloud to his fellow commuters the disparate pages that he rescues from the jaws of the monstrous pulping machine. One morning on the train, he finds a USB stick which contains the diary of a young woman. As Guylain reads the diary, he finds himself falling love with its author ...This enchanting novel is a warm and funny fable about literature's power to uplift even the most monotonous of lives; and how there can be dignity and poetry for even the most misunderstood.… (more)
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A delightful and charming story about the power of words to connect us to one another. A simple plot but the way it is written kept me turning pages wondering where it was all going to end - a reflection of real life, I suspect. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
Very different and original. I struggled to get fully invested in the characters but otherwise really enjoyed this - the descriptive prose, personification of the book pulping machine and the pages saved from the machine, are all beautifully written. Didierlaurent captures the drudgery and monotony of the type of work his characters undertake in the book with such a depth of insight that you would expect him to have spent 15 years performing similar jobs himself (which I'm sure he hasn't!). Recommended particuarly for bibliophiles. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 24, 2020 |
The story is fluid, the people are real, the feelings and experiences are both bizarre and believable, and the tapestry of their lives is colourful, the suspense is pleasurable to read.
  JanetWS | Oct 25, 2018 |
It sounded like a fascinating premise: Guylain Vignolles lives a super dull life, with his one pleasure reading aloud on the train. Then one day, he reads entries from a young woman's journal and he is intrigued by the author who wrote those words. Who is she?

This was a really strange, boring book. I could get the comparisons that this was 'Ameile' meeting 'Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore' (agree with the former but not the latter) but it was just...dull. Nothing happens for a lot of the book, other than the main character just wandering through his life, lost. I could understand that aspect of the book (been there!) but Guylain is so dull and there was nothing quirky about this story.

Let's not get into how bizarrely under-developed the supposed romance is. I'd be able to buy it if they had some interaction (in person, via letters, exchanging journals, something) but the marketing of this book was terribly off.

I bought it and regret doing so, but it remains unavailable at my library and was not available in the US at the time. Wouldn't rush out to get a copy. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Jul 7, 2018 |
This is the first French translation I've ever read.

The story follows Guylain to his daily work, recycling books, and we observe him as he reads on the 6.27 train to work each day. It isn't what you think, though; Guylain reads aloud to passengers on the train. Through this enjoyable part of his day he is intruduced to other lovers of books. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Jun 30, 2018 |
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Guylain Vignolles leads a dull and solitary life. He hates his job and his only company at home is a goldfish. Every morning he takes the 6.27 to his tedious job at a book pulping factory. He hates his boss and his assistant but he finds companionship with the factory's guard, an eccentric aficionado of classical literature. On the train each morning on the way to work, Guylain reads aloud to his fellow commuters the disparate pages that he rescues from the jaws of the monstrous pulping machine. One morning on the train, he finds a USB stick which contains the diary of a young woman. As Guylain reads the diary, he finds himself falling love with its author ...This enchanting novel is a warm and funny fable about literature's power to uplift even the most monotonous of lives; and how there can be dignity and poetry for even the most misunderstood.

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An irresistible French sensation - Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore meets Amelie - The Reader on the 6.27 explores the power of books through the lives of the people they save. It is sure to capture the hearts of book lovers everywhere. Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a book pulping factory in a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life ...Sitting on the 6.27 train each day, Guylain recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of his monstrous pulping machine. And it's this release of words into the world that starts our hero on a journey that will finally bring meaning into his life. For one morning, Guylain discovers the diary of a lonely young woman: Julie. A woman who feels as lost in the world as he does. As he reads from these pages to a rapt audience, Guylain finds himself falling hopelessly in love with their enchanting author ...

The Reader on the 6.27 is a tale bursting with larger-than-life characters, each of whom touches Guylain's life for the better. This captivating novel is a warm, funny fable about literature's power to uplift even the most downtrodden of lives. 'The humanity of the characters ...the re-enchantment of everyday life, the power of words and literature, tenderness and humour ...

The Reader on the 6.27 is a must' L'Express 'A beautiful testimony to the universality of the love of books' Livres Hebdo
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