The Reader on the 6.27

Working at a job he hates, Guylain Vignolles has but one pleasure in life. Sitting on the 6.27 train each day, Guylain reads aloud. 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, who feels as lost in the world as he does.

[Some people are born deaf, mute or blind]

(Pan, 10 March 2016, bought from Amazon)


I expected to love this book but it really disappointed me.

The book isn’t terrible. It’s sweet and charming but nothing much happens and I found it incredibly boring at times.

I don’t get why Guylain reading on the train was such a big deal. I’d see the point if books were rare or reading was forbidden or something, which is what I expected reading the blurb, but this wasn’t the case. I just didn’t see the point in it all.

I liked the characters but there was nothing special about the book.

The book is only 192 pages which is pretty short. However, the paper it’s printed on is really thick so I thought the book was about twice as long. It’s really little more than a novella being marked as a novel.

I love books and The Reader on the 6.27 sounded a treat but very little worked for me.



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