The Other Story – Tatiana de Rosnay
The other story has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. Since Sarah’s Key I have been a fan of Tatiana’s books and so far I have read them all. I like the way she combines (family) history with a contemporary story. Her characters are usually full of secrets and emotions and they seem very real to me. With The other story I was hoping for yet another great novel.
What the book is about
Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest… Now a bestselling author, when he was twenty-four years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family – a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg – but the answers wouldn’t come easily.
In the process of digging into his past, something else happened. Nicolas began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, skyrocketing him to literary fame whether he was ready for it or not – and convincing him that he had put his family’s history firmly behind him. But now, years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, as he learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out.
What I think about the book
Nicolas Duhamel is a bestselling author who is struggling with family secrets… so far he is like any other characters written by Tatiana de Rosnay. The difference is that I found him an arrogant and unengaging man. I didn’t like him at all. He is addicted to communicating with his fans with his fans via his Blackberry and he doesn’t pay any attention to the people around him. Those people either love him or despise him since his recent fame.
Still when you read more, it is obvious why he became who he is these days and why he is having trouble writing his second novel. Even if that doesn’t make me like him, I understand why it happens and it makes it easier to read on. I wanted to know more about his history and the family secrets he has been unraveling in the past few years.
The novel only describes four days in the life of Nicolas and therefore it isn’t very fast paced. Until the end. Suddenly there is a major plot twist which changes everything.
Tatiana de Rosnay did a great job here. She has managed to write a book about a man I don’t like and I have finished it in two days, because I was curious of what would happen. And I actually liked the book. If you are a fan of her books, you should definitely read The other story.