Enlightening & Inspirational,
This review is from: The Man Who Risked It All (Paperback)
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Looking down from the Eiffel Tower, Alan Greenmor stands on the edge, determined to end it all. As he prepares to jump, his thoughts are interrupted and he sees a mysterious man in a dark suit, smoking a cigar standing on his right side. This is Yves Dubreuil. The man who will change his life.
Dubreuil convinces Alan to reconsider his plans, but there is a snag: instead of ending his life, he will give his life over to Dubreuil and in return, Dubreuil promises to show Alan the secrets to happiness and success.
And so, we join Alan on a journey of self-discovery which soon becomes a roller coaster. From moments of humiliation to being able to find the strength to assert himself in his company's boardroom. Alan learns to overcome his deepest fears and self-doubts, and begins to face life's unexpected twists and turns, at the same time taking crazy risks.
I quite enjoyed this novel, though sometimes it seemed to loose momentum a little. However, that didn't mean I wanted to give up on it, far from it, I was so interested in the various projects which Dubreuil set Alan and the lessons to be learned from them. It does keep you guessing about how things will work out and Alan is continuously asking himself what is Dubreuil in this for; what is he gaining from the work he is putting into Alan.
Despite the embarrassment which Alan is sometimes put through, he never even thinks of giving up - he can't. The end of the novel is a real surprise and certainly not a disappointment.
This is the second Laurent Gounelle novel I have read, the first being The Man Who Wanted to Be Happy - which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend. I feel that this novel is not quite as good, but it is certainly not a disappointment.