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Heartbreak Hotel [Format Kindle]

Deborah Moggach
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Revue de presse

"Another hilarious and heart-warming tale from the author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Marie Claire UK)

"This warm, funny and generous romp of a novel is a delight" (Independent)

"Nobody writes as well about the stirrings of elderly loins. This extremely funny novel is set in rural Wales, in the sublime company of Russell 'Buffy' Buffery. The joy lies in the delightful characters and the wry, pin-sharp commentary on their shenanigans. Bliss" (Kate Saunders The Times)

"This is a comic performance so footsure it almost tap-dances" (Sunday Times)

"There's all the warmth and the humour you'd expect from Moggach, as well as moments of beautifully expressed insight into her lonely hearts" (Helen Zaltsman Observer)

Présentation de l'éditeur

From Deborah Moggach, bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, comes another hilarious and romantic comedy, this time set in a run-down B&B in Wales…

When retired actor Buffy decides to up sticks from London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for.

In possession of a run-down B&B that leans more towards the shabby than the chic and is miles from nowhere, he realises he needs to fill the beds – and fast.

Enter a motley collection of guests: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who’s been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle.

But under Buffy’s watchful eye, this disparate group of strangers find they have more in common than perhaps they first thought...

‘Addictive and funny... If there is a book more like a Richard Curtis film, you’d be hard-pressed to find it’ Psychologies

'Just as exuberant and hilarious as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Good Housekeeping

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1818 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 404 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital (22 février 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009A94G1G
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heartbreak Hotel 18 octobre 2013
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I have already recommended this to many friends. I can imagine it being made into a film like the previous book - known in France as Indian Palace. Excellent, funny poignant. Go for it you won't be disappointed
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A pleurer de rire .. 23 novembre 2014
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Je connaissais bien cet auteur mais c'est la première fois qu'elle me faisait rire à ne pas pouvoir respirer! Une vrai perle de bonheur. A lire et à re-lire sans modération. (Je vous recommande aussi son livre 'Final Demand': histoire insolite et difficile d'éteindre la lumière si vous lisez comme moi avant de s'endormir)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Entre humour et tendresse 1 juillet 2014
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Buffy hérite un B&B d'une vieille amie. Il décide de reprendre l'établissement et de quitter ainsi Londres pour un village du Pays de Galles. Pour palier au manque de clientèle, il a l'idée d'organiser des stages de cuisine, mécanique, ... pour personnes seules.

Le début du roman est prometteur et laisse croire à une joyeuse comédie. C'est malheureusement une promesse non tenue car, bientôt, même si le ton reste léger et plaisant, on se retrouve en présence d'une série d'histoires sentimentales. Sans être tout à fait de 'l'eau de rose', on évolue quand même dans les bons sentiments et une certaine mièvrerie. Le même schéma est répété plusieurs fois: un déçu en amour trouve l'âme-soeur de façon inattendue lors de son séjour à l'hôtel. Alors que Buffy s'émerveille de voir ces couples se créer sous son toit, les lecteurs seront, pour les uns, touchés, et pour les autres, exaspérés!

Les personnages sont souvent des personnes âgées, et l'auteur leur porte un regard bienveillant et plein de tendresse - non exempt d'une naïveté un peu mièvre.

Le livre n'est pas désagréable mais j'ai été en partie déçu qu'il ne soit pas une comédie, et agacé par l'excès de bons sentiments au fil des pages. L'ensemble est un peu fade à mon goût.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 not such a good read 16 décembre 2013
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i bought it to read on the way to work and found it difficult to finish, but if you want light reading maybe you will like it
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Oh yes! This is a great read. 20 mars 2013
Par Bluethunder - Publié sur
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This is a classic romp - just lovely - as can only happen to the English and in England. Ageing thespians, cottages in quaint villages, post-chick-lit women - they are all there. We don't see these sort of stories very often any more.

The multitude of characters are all well drawn, and despite their numbers, they do not get confused. And, as a similar-aged reviewer, oh boy some of the situations ring so true. The wrinkles, bags, insecurities and quirks - they are so real.

This will be made into a movie - surely?

This is so much more than just an airport read - it is clever, well constructed and original. A lovely, lively, fun book. I will recommend it to the book club.

And, yes - I do remember Norman Wisdom - talk about a blast from the past!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A charming and captivating novel 29 août 2013
Par Zarina @ Page to Stage reviews - Publié sur
Retired actor Russell Buffery, or Buffy as he's more widely known, has been living and working in London for the better part of his life. However, when his close friend Bridie passes away and leaves him her B&B in a small village in Wales, Buffy decides that this is as good a time as any for a much-needed change of scenery. He soon packs up his belongings and moves from the bustling big city to the quiet middle of nowhere.

What follows is the utterly charming and heartwarming story of Buffy's new life in Wales and the eclectic guests that end up staying in his home, Myrtle House. The chatty actor is much more than just the man who rents out rooms and makes the full English in the morning. Sometimes he takes on the role of therapist as helps his guests rekindle their love for one another and at other times he provides the evening's entertainment in the form of a poetry recital. The B&B's inviting atmosphere and its welcoming host soon influence the tenants' lives and in turn they also leave a positive mark on Buffy. Add to that the villagers themselves, who increasingly take centre stage as the story progresses and they warm up to the newcomers, and Buffy's large extended family who drop it one after another, some for a short visit and others for an unexpected longer stay, and the cast of fascinating characters central within the novel is complete.

Deborah Moggach, despite having a wealth of novels to her name, is probably most widely known as the author of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' (first published as 'These Foolish Things'), which was adapted into a film with some of the British crème de la crème, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith, in 2011. What made that novel, and consequently the film, so outstanding is that it focussed on an elder generation in a fresh and modern way. They were not, as so commonly is the case in books these days, the supporting characters lingering only in the background, but instead they were the most trivial part of the story and it was refreshing to read it from their point of view.

While 'Heartbreak Hotel' initially sounds like it has a very similar premise, focussing on a pensioner and the guests he welcomes into his home, the similarities in fact end there. The characters vary wildly in age and background and having the story set in Wales brings it much closer to home and makes it feel very true to life. What makes this novel even more delightful for me personally is that I read it during a Bank Holiday break away in the English countryside and I was staying in a B&B myself (for the first time, what a treat!). So not only did Moggach's lush descriptions help me visualise Buffy's Myrtle House and the charming Welsh village, with the rolling hills in the background and the community feel amongst its residents, but I could actually see it with my own eyes when I glanced outside the window while flipping to the next page.

'Heartbreak Hotel' is a captivating and sweet story about ordinary people who through different circumstances in their lives all end up in Buffy's temporary, and sometimes not so temporary, care. While their individual journeys are perhaps not what epic adventures or enchanting fairytales are made of, theirs is definitely a story worth telling and Moggach does it with a lot of flair and heart. The novel is a lovely read for young and old alike, as there is something to be found within the pages for each generation to relish and enjoy.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 First half superb, second half less so 3 décembre 2013
Par Ralph Blumenau - Publié sur
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What a delight to meet old Buffy again, at 70 nine years older than when we met him in The Ex-Wives (see my review), and Deborah Moggach’s warm and earthy humour has not faded either in the twenty years since the earlier novel was published. Or at least this is this is true of the firts half of the book.

Buffy is tired of modern London where familiar areas are constantly being redeveloped and where life-styles seem to him to be becoming steadily seedier. So when a comfortable old flame has died and left him her B&B in “Knockton”, an old-fashioned friendly little market-town just inside Wales, he decides to move there and run the guest-house himself. The place is distinctly run down and Buffy is impractical - a sturdy local woman does the essential work - and it attracts only a few passing guests. But Buffy is the sort of person to whom guests tell their problems - in one case a wife complains that her husband doesn’t know how to talk to women. Now that is something that the much-married Buffy has always been good at, and it occurs to him to earn a little extra money by running residential courses helping divorced people to cope. He would recruit locals to teach people to do the things for which they had always relied on their ex-partners - one week devoted to learning about the inside of cars, another week to cooking, another to gardening. Buffy himself would run a course called How to Talk to Women.

In the first half of the book the chapters about Buffy are interspersed with initially unrelated chapters, each a gem in itself, about Londoners whose marriages or relationships have broken up and who feel lonely, bereft and incompetent: Monica (64), Amy (31), Harold (56) and Andy(40).

Of course they all eventually end up on Courses for Divorces, and, for various reasons, they find such attraction in Knockton that they come to live there. On the first course it is only Amy, together with eight other people we have not met before and who are seen, as it were, from the outside rather than from the inside, and new characters keep on being introduced. I have to say that now, about half-way through the novel, the book loses most of its subtlety, the humour slips from time to time into stereotypes and farce; there are a lot of couplings by people of all ages (Moggach is good on the longings and misgivings of elderly singletons); and the plotting seems to be rather formulaic. At the happy ending even Buffy’s surviving ex-wives turn up, and the house is full of his very extended family. It’s all warm-hearted - and the last three pages are, tongue-in-cheek, totally incredible.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable oddball romcom 4 avril 2013
Par Lady Fancifull - Publié sur
Heartbreak Hotel is a pleasant, warm, enjoyable read. A larger than life collection of characters in a small Welsh village connect and disconnect with each other. There is a shaggy dog story feel to the book overall.

The basic mix takes an elderly bon viveur much married ex actor with a brood of children and step children and a warmly raconteur filled life. He inherits a ramshackle hotel from an ex lover, and decamps to Wales to inhabit it. Wales is more filled with warm, companionable, quirky eccentric people who are aware of each others' business and comings and goings than London was. London may well have been filled with equally warm, companionable, quirky eccentric people, but the people were more isolated from each other. The quirky hotel, or quirky elderly actor seem to act as a magnet to bring all these people together. Great fun is had by all. Unlikely couples get together. The middle-aged and the elderly are also amongst the ones getting it together. Sex isn't just for the young.Life exists outside London.

There is nothing wrong with this book, except as I drew towards the close I did begin to feel 'so what' It reminded me that what I really appreciated in Moggach was what I found in a much earlier work Tulip Fever which still lingers in the memory - more BITE as well as quirky humour. Heartbreak Hotel was good fun, but I know I will soon forget it
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Heartbreak Hotel 30 mars 2015
Par Colleen T. - Publié sur
Any reader would be hard pressed to find a more varied and eccentric collection of characters than at the delightfully shabby "Heartbreak Hotel", all led by the bombastic yet loveable owner Buffy. Aging and lonely and fed up with the changes happening to his London neighborhood, Buffy leaves the world he has always known behind to move to the Welsh countryside and take over the Bed and Breakfast left to him by an old and dear friend. Seeing that he cannot make enough money to live without making some change to either his rundown establishment (which he can't afford) or to how that establishment is seen by outsiders (something his acting and people skills make him perfectly suited for) he decides to use his vast experiences in relationships to conduct week long courses for those who have recently broken up. These "Courses for Divorces" will not only save him from loneliness but bring in some much needed money and hopefully help some people along the way. With the stream of people who come seeking a change from their life - some strangers and some unexpected family members - things are anything but dull and many occupants find love, both personal and for the countryside, in the strangest places.

Heartbreak Hotel is a sweet, fun read filled with humor and love and happy endings. While there are quite a few strange connections made it wasn't hard to see where the various storylines were heading or who was going to end up with whom. Many of the characters have much in common: being somehow involved in the arts, being from London and wishing for a slower, more connected life and being middle-aged or older. Even with these similarities they still all have their own quirks that are easy to like and root for. Something else they have in common: while most have had hard times in the love department no one is left without finding some sort of happiness, even if it isn't what they expected.

Something to keep in mind for American readers would be the fact that there is quite a bit of British slang thrown in which, while I found it easy to get used to and very funny at times, could take some a while to get used to. There is also a lot of discussion of an economical decline that has effected many of our characters which isn't something I was overly aware of. Being that America went through its own decline it isn't hard to relate, however, and I felt for the characters who were ready to throttle the bankers that were often discussed.

My only real complaint with Heartbreak Hotel would be the fact that it took quite a while for all of the characters to come together. A good amount of time is given to the backstory of some of our main characters and it isn't until over 100 pages in that the first course begins. This is a good 1/3 of the way in and I would have preferred getting to the hilarious interactions sooner.

I think anyone who enjoyed either the book or movie version of Ms. Moggach's previous novel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with find similarities with this story and enjoy it just as much. Readers will be happy to discover that, if they enjoy Buffy as much as I did, the author has actually written a previous novel called The Ex-Wives that discusses his varied and eccentric love life. This novel is perfect for this time of year when you want a touching yet happy book to take on vacation.
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