Review: The First Thing You See by Gregoire Delacourt

The Blurb

Imagine you are a young mechanic living in a small community in France. You own your own home, and lead a simple life. Then, one evening, you open your front door to find a distraught Hollywood starlet standing in front of you. This is what happens to Arthur Dreyfuss in the village of Long, population 687 inhabitants.

But although feigning an American accent, this woman is not all that she seems. For her name is Jeanine Foucamprez, and her story is very different from the glamorous life of a star. Arthur is not all he seems, either; a lover of poetry with a darker past than one might imagine, he has learnt to see beauty in the mundane.

THE FIRST THING YOU SEE is a warm, witty novel about two fragile souls learning to look beyond the surface – for the first thing you see isn’t always what you get!

The Review

Firstly I would like to thank Sam Eades from Orion Books who sent me a copy of The First Thing You See to review.

I love quirky books. By this I mean books that when you read them you think to yourself that you have never heard a story like this before. Gregoire Delacourt’s novel The First Thing You See is one of these books.

It is gorgeously written and translated and has the most beautiful and lyrical quality to it. It lilts, repeats and refrains in all the right places.

The story of a superstar entering your life is I suspect a dream that we have all harboured at some point and for protagonist Arthur Dreyfuss that is exactly what happens. It is then that his life is taken over by a whirlwind of romance and drama.

The First Thing You See is lovely; at was such a joy to read. It is a story filled with heart and is tinged with sadness but it is strangely uplifting. It is a book that is chockfull of charm and sophistication and is entirely unique and was a genuine pleasure to read.

The First Thing You See by Gregoire Delacourt is available now.

The first thing you see

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