Book Review: The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didier Laurent
The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didier Laurent
This is a quirky and charming novel that was first a sensation in France. The unfortunately named Guylain Vignolles works at a book-pulping factory, a job that he truly despises, the only respite from his working days is catching the 6.27 train each day. On the train, he reads aloud from the pages he has rescued from the enormous pulping machine. This love of books and writing sets Guylain on a journey that will finally bring meaning to his life. He discovers the diary of a young woman, Julie, who seems as lost in the world as he is. He begins to fall in love with a woman he has never met…
This book is delightful, funny and tender, with engaging, albeit very eccentric characters. Some of the passages made me laugh out loud. When Guylain is persuaded to read some of the rescued pages at an old people’s home there are resulting scenes that are hilarious. Of course, the crucial question is will Guylain be able to track down the elusive woman of this diary – and if he does, what will become of this? I can’t reveal what happens, but this is a novel for anyone with a love of books.