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  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (31 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143121553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143121558
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Jan 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a delightfully frothy french novel centered on two sisters: Iris and Josephine. Iris has gone through life as the beautiful and glamourous one and is married to a high profile lawyer with whom she has one son. Josephine is the introverted intellectual, a historian specialising in the 12th century. When the book opens she is kicking out her husband Antoine who has been having an affair with another woman and is trying to ascertain how she will take care of her two daughters. When Iris asks her to write a novel for her - one that will be published under Iris's name - Josephine agrees, not really thinking through what the consequences will be.

I adored this book which reads like a French screwball comedy movie. It's crammed with a host of sub-plots and quirky characters, from Josephine's enigmatic neighbour Shirley who is mysterious about her past but highly skilled at karate, to their gold digging mother, from a secretary with a heart of gold to Prince William and Mick Jagger. While it touches on serious subjects such as sibling dynamics and creating your own Second Act in life, it's also a tremendously entertaining and occasional laugh out loud romp.

Apparently it's the first of a trilogy and I can only hope that English translations of the two subsequent novels follow quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VW on 13 Mar 2014
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this book had me gripped till the end, I am desperate to get hold of the other two in the series translated to english. anyone able to help?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jan 2014
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French author Katherine Pancol has written an absolutely delicious comedy-of-manners, "The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles". Set mainly in Paris - and a bit in Kenya - the story is about the changes and challenges in life we're all forced to go through. HOW we handle those life challenges is at the essence of Pancol's novel. She is a noted author in France, and I think "Yellow Eyes" is her first novel translated to English.

Pancol's story centers around 40ish year old sisters, Iris and Josephine. Having lost their father at years earlier, they were raised by their mother, Henriette, who is truly the-mother-from-hell. (Henriette is really the only caricature in the book; all the others are nuanced and fleshed-out creations.) The two sisters take different paths in life; Iris is the glamorous wife of an international lawyer and lives a life of luxury. Josephine, the studious and quiet one, has settled with a dreamer for a husband and two daughters and works as a researcher in 12th century French history. The last point is important because the storyline revolves as much around that period in history as it does around the crocodiles in Kenya. Iris and Josephine's lives change when Iris persuades Josephine to write a novel set in 12th century France - think Eleanor of Acquitaine - that Iris will claim authorship of while giving Josephine the monetary proceeds. Iris needs fame and Josephine needs money after her husband goes off to raise crocodiles in Kenya with his girlfriend and she is left with raising her daughters by herself.

While all this sounds complicated, Katherine Pancol is a master of setting up a complicated plot peopled with many characters, who she juggles with ease. As I wrote before, the many characters - with the exception of Henriette - have their own identities.
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