Monday, 3 March 2014
Zenith Hotel - Oscar Coop - Phane - Giveaway!!
Zenith Hotel by Oscar Coop-Phane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
'Narrator Nanou, a street prostitute, gives a detailed account of her day, from the moment she wakes up with a foul taste in her mouth, in her sordid rented room, until the minute she crawls back into her bed at night to sleep. Interwoven with her story are portraits of her clients. Oscar Coop-Phane invents an astonishing cast of original and deeply human characters - losers, defeated by the world around them - who seek solace in Nanou's arms. Original and moving, this short book deftly paints a world of solitude and sadness, illuminated by precious moments of tenderness and acts of kindness.'
I was sent this book from Arcadia publishers in exchange for a honest review.
I took this with me away for the weekend, it is relatively short so I thought I would be able to finish it in one sitting, which I did.
This is not my usual read, I don't think I would have chosen it, if it had been on offer, however I was pleasantly surprised.
We are given a snap shop of a day in the life of Nanou, a Parisian prostitute, there is nothing sleazy about the book. Just the loneliness of her life and those of her clients. We hear from all her clients that day and this as she puts it herself is the same day after day.
The story jumps between her clients thoughts and her own, there is brief speech between the clients and Nanou. All the characters in the book are well written and developed well, throughout the book.
I believe that this gives an insight into Parisian life which is not so glamorous and stylish. I think that this should be part of everyone's TBR pile.
Thanks to my friends at Arcadia Books they have very kindly offered me 3 copies of Zenith Hotel to giveaway! Please enter my giveaway!! It is INTERNATIONAL so what are you waiting for???
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