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The Perfect Nanny

by Leïla Slimani

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"When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, and motherhood--and the American debut of an immensely talented writer"--… (more)
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I read it in a short time and was intrigued for most of it, but at the end I was left wondering what, and why, and feeling like I had missed something key here... ( )
  Jenniferforjoy | Jan 29, 2024 |
Wow. Gripping story, really well told. Deep character analysis. I tumbled headlong into the book and read it nearly in one go.

The author won the Goncourt Prize here in France for this novel in 2016. Now I need to go read everything else she's written, though this may be the first one to be translated into English (in France, it's known as The Lullaby, in the English version). In which case, my French will certainly get a workout! ( )
  fmclellan | Jan 23, 2024 |
The Perfect Nanny is a short suspense novel that leaves stuff to your imagination. Somewhat unsatisfying because of the out of order sequences that seem to be in vogue today. The quick read is entertaining so that is a plus. ( )
  GordonPrescottWiener | Aug 24, 2023 |
Thrilling plot, atmospheric writing, exasperatingly despicable characters. ( )
  AmaliaGavea | May 19, 2023 |
Acababa de leer “Al cerrar la puerta”, de B. A. Paris. Un libro buenísimo. De los mejores que he leído últimamente.

En libros parecidos, me apareció este. Leí las críticas y eran muy buenas, así que me animé a leerlo. Me ha resultado decepcionante.

Quizás, al ser tan buena mi último lectura, tenía las expectativas muy altas.

Me esperaba por el título algo del estilo “la mano que mece la cuna”

Me ha parecido un libro lentísimo y muy aburrido. Al llegar a la mitad estuve apunto de dejarlo, pero pensando en tantas buenas críticas, seguí adelante.
No me ha gustado nada. De los peores que he leído.

Me encantan los libros que me atrapan. Que mantienen mis ganas de seguir leyendo. En este caso, solo quería terminarlo. Y cada vez que lo dejaba, me costaba mucho cogerlo de nuevo.

No lo recomiendo. ( )
  Sandra315 | Apr 30, 2023 |
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One can see why the judges were wowed. The voice of Slimani's omniscient narrator is chill and precise; her plot spares neither her characters' fates nor her readers' sensibilities.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Slimani, Leïlaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cappellini, ElenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Embarek López, MalikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heile, CatherinePhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maes, GertrudTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, SamTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thoma, AmelieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Miss Vezzis came from across the Borderline to look after some children who belonged to a lady until a regularly ordained nurse could come out. The lady said Miss vezzis was a bad, dirty nurse and inattentive. It never struck her that Miss Vezzis had her own life to lead and her own affairs to worry over, and that these affairs were the most important things in the world to Miss Vezzis.---Kipling, Plain Tales from the Hills.
"Do you understand, dear sir, do you understand what it means when there is absolutely nowhere to go?" Marmeladov's question of the previous day came suddenly into his mind. "For every man must have somewhere to go."---DOSTOYEVSKY, Crime and Punishment
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"When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect nanny for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite, devoted woman who sings to the children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint, and hosts enviable kiddie parties. But as the couple and the nanny become more dependent on one another, jealousy, resentment, and suspicions mount, shattering the idyllic tableau. Building tension with every page, The Perfect Nanny is a compulsive, riveting, bravely observed exploration of power, class, race, domesticity, and motherhood--and the American debut of an immensely talented writer"--

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