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This is a beautiful literary novel and the translation from French by Hildegarde Serle seems superb. Julien probes the relationship between Irene and Gabriel, and in Scheherazade-like fashion, slowly spins out the tale for Violette.

stars (Generously I will say that this is 20 percent of the book) and the remaining 80 percent I will give a charitable 1. Fresh Water for Flowers is a moving and lyrical portrait of one woman's quest for happiness and love. Julien is not the only one to guard a painful secret: his mother’s story of clandestine love breaks through Violette’s carefully constructed defences to reveal the tragic loss of her daughter, and her steely determination to find out who is responsible. This has been a real treat of a read that I have limited myself to a chapter here and there each evening, for this really is a book worth savouring. My official start to summer reading has begun, and I am looking forward to a summer of reading, drinking, and enjoying the weather.Violette could not foresee the effects that Philippe’s extreme laziness and womanizing would have on her. A beautiful and moving tale of a woman who is a caretaker at a cemetery, living alone and keeping a diary of every funeral she has attended to. Julien is not the only one to guard a painful secret: his mother's story of clandestine love breaks through Violette's carefully constructed defences to reveal the tragic loss of her daughter, and her steely determination to find out who is responsible. She opens the gates in the morning and closes them in the evening; attends the interments and transcribes the eulogies into her journal; offers refreshments to - and chats with - the people who come to visit their loved ones; grows and sells flowers; takes care of graves when family members are away; looks after pets who arrive with their deceased owners and never leave; deals with teenagers who sneak into the cemetery at night (this is a hoot!

Vivid and memorable are the scenes in which the man giving up the caretaker's job, who planted and loves the garden, gently instructs her, and when she's at work in the garden. He is pretty unlikable with his cheating and lazy ways, but he becomes a character to sympathize with after the tragedy.Reading this one on your deck, in the backyard, or in the garden is the perfect place to enjoy this one. You see the potential and wish they could be the novel that you know it could be with the right editor and plenty of work thrown into it. I hope you will find some interesting book recommendations here and you will be inspired to read more.

A recluse in a way, at night when it’s quiet and the people she interacts, with the gravediggers - Nono, Gaston, Elvis , the undertakers - the Lucchini brothers and the priest Cedric have left for the day. Planting, sorting seedlings, pricking out, positioning stakes, hoeing, weeding, taking cuttings, tidying the avenues, both of us leaning toward the earth, hands in the earth, all the time. I struggled a bit with the constantly changing timelines but those timelines allow the mystery to unfold slowly. Fresh Water For Flowers is a tale about difficult love, mature love, grief, loneliness, god, death, the absence of those whom we love, relationship between people and their animal companions. But] I’m sure plenty of bastards lie here…And anyhow, who hasn’t been a bastard at least once in their life?Very much a quiet book, Fresh Water for Flowers has a great wisdom, each chapter opening with a magical quotation that forces the reader to stop and to take a moment.

Grief, regret, love, loss and tragedy are very much central to this story as Violette’s past slowly unravels. Fresh Water for Flowers is Valérie Perrin’s English debut and is one that is sure to place her name on the tongue of many. There is a complexity to all of the characters that make this such an unforgettable and rewarding experience, even Philippe has his own difficult family backstory and feelings of regrets that he cannot express.

Fresh Water for Flowers is about her choosing otherwise, eventually, which happens because the mother of a man named Julien Seul asked for her ashes to be placed on the tomb of a man he, Julien, doesn’t know. The story of Violette’s life is slowly revealed to us through her own words or through the interconnectedness with the lives of other people: Violette’s difficult childhood, being born with nothing, her tragic marriage to Philippe, her daughter, her life working as a bartender, then as a level crossing keeper and finally her life as a cemetery caretaker. Her life is lived to the predictable rhythms of the often funny, always moving confidences that casual mourners, regular visitors, and sundry colleagues share with her. essa mensagem de esperança e capacidade de regeneração que está patente no título original, “Changer L’Eau des Fleurs”, que adquiriu um carácter mais fatídico e funesto em português, com “A Breve Vida das Flores”, quando, para mim, a ideia é a oposta: rega-se uma planta ou muda-se a água a um jarro para que a vida se prolongue, para que haja uma segunda oportunidade na vida, a hipótese de ser feliz mesmo quando se é menos jovem. A deserved international sensation, Fresh Water for Flowers is a book that raises many questions about the living and the dead, about the past and the secrets buried.



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