Books Over Brunch : Sunday, August 29th.11am. Adele by Leila Slimani.

An erotic and daring story – with electrically clear writing – this masterclass in wire-taut literary terror from the author of the chilling Lullaby will captivate readers with its exploration of addiction, sexuality, and one woman’s quest to feel alive.

A respected journalist, she lives in a flawless Parisian apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But beneath the veneer of ‘having it all’, she is bored – and consumed by an insatiable need for sex, whatever the cost.

2 thoughts on “Books Over Brunch : Sunday, August 29th.11am. Adele by Leila Slimani.”

  1. Thank-you Ian for suggesting this disturbing and relevant novel. I found it very dark but found myself sympathising with Adele as she lives her clandestine life in self destruct mode, leaving devastation and pain in her wake. Adele left an indelible impression on me. Very good choice for Books over Brunch.
    We had a healthy discussion and great contributions about the violence and aggression of the English translation compared to the original French text which is more subtle. Interesting to learn about the original title and how it has been translated into the various languages.
    We also had a range of opinions, some of us had no empathy for the character or story, whilst some of us found much to discuss about the book. There’s isn’t a happy ending for Adele, we’re not sure what will happen to her, or if she can find meaning in her life. It’s definitely a page turner and keeps you hooked until the end. Adele is unique and behaves in a selfish way, but we see that the roots of her behaviour are in her childhood and background, she may have been abused. She’s talented, attractive, and ambitious, and has achieved so much in life, but she’s very flawed emotionally and this leads to her descent into a tawdry double life where she’s constantly seeking personal validation through these brief and aggressive sexual encounters. 10/10

  2. This is a book about Adele who suffers from an undiagnosed sex addiction. I liked Leila Slimani’s style of writing, it was explicit and simple to read. I finished the book feeling sorry for Adele who did not have the emotional resources to be able to communicate her needs to her husband or society. In addition to this she struggled to look after her child.
    I would recommend reading this book, if you want to learn more about how beauty and sex is used to fulfil an unmet need.

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