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Left Bank by Kate Muir
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Left Bank

by Kate Muir

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This book possibly has the least likeable characters in it than any book I've ever read. It covers adultery, vanity, neglect and the worst facets of human character. At least Madison, the Texas film star who is self absorbed and trying to cling to her youth & career in the beginning of the story manages to redeem herself and gain some perspective in life after her daughter goes missing. Unlike her husband Olivier, the French philosopher she's married to who wants to be famous but who has never met a woman he doesn't find sexually alluring and who has no interest in any sort of monogomy or Anna, the English nanny who cheerfully carries on an affair with Olivier in the same house she lives in with the family.



When I was in University part of the sylabus was to read a book called [b:Money|6853|One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)|Janet Evanovich|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1266449300s/6853.jpg|1486401] by [a:Martin Amis|11337|Martin Amis|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1206469248p2/11337.jpg] and at the time I thought it involved the least likeable protagonist in history yet for whatever reason, Kate Muir seems to have made an attempt at trying to rival him. ( )
  sunnycouger | Sep 20, 2013 |
You can read my review here on my book blog!Available at Teton County Library, call number F MUIR ( )
  csmirl | May 1, 2011 |
I'm not sure how this book would be categorised. It stands just the right side of chick-lit, and the characters are just about the right side of being caricatures, but unfortunately the story stands just the wrong side of interesting.

Built around a rather trite storyline involving some pretentious characters getting a kick up the backside from their seven year old child, I'm presuming the story is intended to satirise philosophy-spouting tarte-crunching Parisian society, but all it seemed to do in the end was showcase a bunch of characters whose personalities changed on a daily basis.

Featuring a variety of unusual concepts (it manages to bring together Chechnya, wet-nursing and Tetra-paks) the plot constantly wanders up blind alleys, introducing elements that could have made interesting reading if developed, but they never were.

Kate Muir certainly writes well, and the images conjured by her prose were always spot-on, but I finished the book wondering what the point was. Her later novel, West Coast was much, much better. ( )
  jayne_charles | Aug 25, 2010 |
Not much to recommend it - dull story about unpleasant people. ( )
  samsheep | Apr 30, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0670037710, Hardcover)

A devilishly sneaky, chic, and ironic peek at the glittering inhabitants of Paris’s most exclusive neighborhood

Olivier and Madison Malin have what most celebrity magazines would call the perfect life. Olivier is a telegenic version of Sartre: philosopher, gourmand, and media personality—the darling of Paris’s most exclusive cafés, as well as the darling of more than one mistress. And Madison’s celebrity has eclipsed even her husband’s. An American film star turned Parisian It girl, Madison has buried her Texas upbringing—along with a few years from her true age—beneath the trappings of an exquisitely decorated salon, an impeccable French accent, and a collection of couture gowns. Together, Olivier and Madison are the toast of Paris’s neighborhood of neighborhoods, the Left Bank, where the perfect couple and their friends indulge in fine wines, bon mots, and some exceptional cheeses.

Everything looks flawless, if a touch pretentious. But when their precocious trophy daughter Sabine goes missing at a European mega-amusement park, her self-centered parents are finally forced to focus on something other than their own reflections.

With the sting of a good Camembert, Kate Muir’s fiction debut is a sophisticated, fun, and delightfully satirical look at family life along Paris’s Left Bank that will have readers of all ages hungry for more.

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Enter the world of Olivier and Madison Malin - glittering inhabitants of the Left Bank, they have a dream life in the exclusive neighbourhood. But when a new English nanny appears on the scene, she sets into motion a chain of events that could endanger the lives of the Malin family.… (more)

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