by Francoise Sagan
This is not a book I would normally have chosen to read; it came as part of “coffee and book” package. I could have just passed it on but decided to give it a try instead. And I am glad I did.
Set in 1950s Paris the book follows a brief period in the life of Paule, a 34-year-old Parisian career woman. She is in a long-term relationship with Roger, but from the reader’s perspective, it is a very one-sided affair. While she waits for Roger to call, he lives the life of a single man. It is the kind of relationship that seems to be going nowhere and from which Paule seems to derive little comfort of affection. Surely Paule deserves much better than this?
She then meets Simon, the son of a business client who immediately besotted by Paule and embarks on a campaign to woo her away from Roger. At first, Paule is reluctant to be drawn into a relationship with Simon who is 14 years younger than her, but he is persistent and attraction of being with someone willing to devote time and energy on her is irresistible. The ensuring love triangle leaves Paule confused about what she really wants, The ending was a little surprising, but on reflection, inevitable.
Although very short, Aimez-Vous Brahms is a captivating story. There is plenty of content in its 120 pages and the characters are engaging and believable. I enjoyed the book a lot more than I thought I would. The story itself is still relevant today as it was in the 1950s when it was first published and it could be set almost anywhere. I found it to be a great little book with good characters and plot.