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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; Tra edition (1 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451696280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451696288
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,817,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A searching investigation into the power of no... a sophisticated bagatelle of a volume, filled with detours to exotic locales." --Dwight Garner "The New York Times " --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Sophie Fontanel has been an editor at Elle France for more than a decade. A novelist and essayist, she lives in Paris. The Art of Sleeping Alone is her first book to be published in English. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tula riemersma on 9 Sep 2013
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I did not like it at all. I thought it would have had more psychological explanation about sleeping alone. it had only some short stories I did not particularly thought interesting. I regret having bought it and it warned to always have a look in the bookshop first.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. White on 18 Aug 2013
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Women can generally get by without men, but sentences do need verbs. This book is painfully badly written, ludicrously over-dramatic and the 'character' of the memoir comes over as a total narcissist. Don't waste your money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By justanonlooker on 16 April 2014
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I found this book sophisticated in its story telling, intimacy and accuracy. It is structured beautifully, one chapter per 'encounter,' portraying such an honesty of feeling and sensitivity of emotion that it was almost a comfort to read. For anyone on the quiet side of life, this book is rich to share about experience of love, life and relationships. It was a pleasure to read and I think it is an honour that someone can write so frankly and openly.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Sep 2013
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Frank, perhaps a tad shocking, beautifully written Sophie Fontanel's memoir The Art Of Sleeping Alone is a can't-stop-reading memoir. In a series of vignettes Fontanel tells us why she abruptly gave up sex, the reactions of others to this surprising decision, and insights into societal expectations. That's quite a bit for 151 pages but this author carries it off with aplomb.

Perhaps we needed a French woman to openly discuss this subject, whatever the case the translation of her first book to be published is unputdownable. Fontanel's observations and insights are sure, straight to the point, expressed in style. (And why not? She's an editor at Elle France.)

This chronicle of her experiences may well be a touchstone for those who also might decide to do things differently. Her admissions will be valued by young women and perhaps empowering to some. As Fontanel has written, "Those who set themselves free have the whole universe before them."

When she met her lover to tell him of her decision he was disbelieving. He saw her shining face, dancing eyes and could only conclude that she had fallen in love with another. Her decision was surely a puzzlement to many. She remembers this with poignancy and humor.

A woman friend disapproved of her appearance, thinking she should dress more attractively, we assume to interest a man. The woman especially disliked Fontanel's flat-heeled boots. The author didn't have the heart to tell her that these were the same style boots Chanel had worn, they were bespoke and she had to wait nine months for them.

And so it went in Fontanel's remarkable journey. Written with intelligence and flair you won't want to miss The Art Of Sleeping Alone - promise your next book discussion group won't be a dull one.

= Gail Cooke
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By juliet on 29 Dec 2013
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This was brought for my daughter who is now in uni and loves reading and requested this be one of her many Christmas presents. The condition of the book was excellent and value for money. I would recommend ordering books from this company again.
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