The Reader on the 6.27

Author(s): Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

Fiction - Contemporary

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

A machine operator in a book pulping factory rescues a few pages each day from his dreaded machine. He reads them every morning on the 6:27 train, attracting a following of devoted listeners. This quirky romance reminded me of the movie Amelie, showing the gritty side to Paris life, rather than the rosy, cheese-and-wine one we often encounter in such novels. - Lucy

The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
The unfortunately named Guylain Vignolles has a job that sparks a sense of profound grief and mortal terror in many reader’s hearts: he operates a gigantic colossus of a machine that pulps books. It is a job he despises, but each evening as he cleans the depths of the machine he surreptitiously salvages book pages stuck to the side of the machine. Carefully he preserves the illicit scripts and each morning on his journey to work he reads aloud to the occupants of the 6.27. All of the characters beguile and entertain the reader, from Julie the lavatory attendant, to Viginole the double amputee and Lugin the fat controller, as well as the occupants of Magnolia Court. As you read this book you get a sense of its Parisian setting, not the Paris of postcards but more of the slightly grimy more real side of the city. I enjoyed this book immensely; it is perfect for reading on a rainy afternoon with a nice cup of tea.- Sarah


The Reader on the 6:27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
What a delightful read! Sarah encouraged me to read this book, and I'm glad that I took her advice. The main protagonist, Guylain Vignolles, hates his job working at a book pulping plant, and he considers it his duty to save some parts of the many books that are pulped. He manages to save the odd page, he collects them and then reads them aloud to the other passengers on his way to work on the 6:27 train. His routine is slightly changed one day when he finds a diary and decides to read that. It is the diary of a lonely young woman, and as he reads the diary to his rapt audience, he finds himself falling in love with her. But who is she? - Peter

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The irresistible French bestseller about the redemptive power of books - Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore meets Amelie

This contemporary fable was acquired by more than twenty countries. A beautiful testimony to the universality of the love of books Livres Hebdo The humanity of the characters ... the re-enchantment of everyday life, the power of words and literature, tenderness and humor ... The Reader on the 6.27 is a must. L'Express

Jean-Paul Didierlaurent lives in the Vosges region of France. His short stories have twice won the International Hemingway Award. The Reader on the 6.27 is his first novel. A bestseller in France, it has been sold in over 25 territories.

General Fields

  • : 9781447276463
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Mantle
  • : June 2014
  • : 208mm X 135mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
  • : Hardback
  • : Main Market Ed.
  • : en
  • : 843.92
  • : 256