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Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Publishing for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. Adèle is a book about addiction to sex and Leïla Slimani shows what this means for the eponymous main character in an almost claustrophobic way. Readers travel with her through her coming-of-age experiences, such as being shunned and punished for her attraction to other girls.

A Moroccan man that has lived in Rome long enough to believe he is Italian, with a Moroccan dust left in his soul. Tahar Ben Jelloun, reviewing it for one of the French papers, pointed out that most Moroccan novelists produce a first book about the maghrebain experience, whereas this is a purely French novel. Slimani’s slender, elegantly written and translated novel is filled with such disturbing images, and her capacity to shock will come as little surprise to readers of her previous novel, Lullaby (though Adè le is actually her debut novel and was published before Lullaby in France), which opened by revealing the brutal aftermath of the murder of two small children. Essbaum's protagonist just irritated me; Adèle, by contrast, manages to be both more loathsome and more sympathetic. Slimani would rather readers focus on the characters and the demons inside their heads than try to psychoanalyze the cause of the characters actions.

Whether Slimani’s novel can be categorised as erotic or not, seems to me a matter depending on the personal taste of the reader - unlike other reviewers (and the blurb) I didn’t experience this disengaged account of Adèle’s excesses as erotic. o tema é pesado, mas está muito bem retratada a dificuldade de algumas pessoas se entregarem a um conformismo da vida e terem uma necessidade constante de procurar novos elementos de pulsão e desejo constante … não é um livro para todas as pessoas e não é uma leitura fácil… contudo, Leila fez um excelente trabalho nesta sua pequena obra. Though there are intriguing hints of North African awareness in here – the story takes place against the background of the Tunisian Revolution, and Adèle's father, Kader, is (we can infer) from the region. Adele doesn’t care about anything except fucking, which is the only act that she doesn’t consider boring and pointless.

She relentlessly pursues these passionate sexual encounters but Slimani describes, over and over, how they leave Àdele’s body covered in purple bruises.Adèle Robinson lives in a plush apartment in the 18th; she's married to a surgeon who dotes on her; she has a small son; she has a comfortable job as a journalist.

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