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The Paris Diversion


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Knowing the characters

Created: 02/03/20

Replies: 7

Posted Feb. 03, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
hahiramom

Join Date: 01/16/14

Posts: 11

Knowing the characters

Did anyone find that reading Expats first was requisite to their understanding and enjoyment of The Paris Diversion?


Posted Feb. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
cathyoc

Join Date: 04/26/17

Posts: 106

RE: Knowing the characters

I did not read Expats, it was not until I was almost finished with this book that I realized it was a sequel. I thought the author did a seamless job of summarizing the information the reader needed to know from his previous book.


Posted Feb. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
acstrine

Join Date: 02/06/17

Posts: 233

RE: Knowing the characters

I read The Expats after I finished The Paris Diversion. I admittedly had a difficult time paying attention to some parts of the book. I needed to reread sections because I felt like I was missing something. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I would like to reread The Paris Diversion now that I have read the first book to see if I feel differently about it.


Posted Feb. 04, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Junebug

Join Date: 01/25/20

Posts: 21

RE: Knowing the characters

I read The Ex-pats when it came out. I found it super annoying that the characters all felt the need to recreate all their previous bad behaviors. Perhaps if I hadn't read the Ex-Pats first, I would not have been so annoyed with the characters.


Posted Feb. 09, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
djcminor

Join Date: 03/14/19

Posts: 84

RE: Knowing the characters

I wish I had read The Ex-Pats before reading The Paris Diversion. I would have been more attuned to the characters and the story. Only after I had read The Paris Diversion did I read a review that suggested that one should read The Ex-Pats first---too late. I do think I would have had a better understanding of the characters and motivation if I had read The Ex-Pats first.


Posted Feb. 10, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
marks

Join Date: 02/25/19

Posts: 30

RE: Knowing the characters

I still haven't read Ex-Pats. I wonder if it would have helped to know more about these characters' backgrounds, but I never felt lost.


Posted Feb. 12, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
lc8558

Join Date: 02/12/19

Posts: 6

RE: Knowing the characters

I had read the first book but forgot virtually the whole thing. I did wish at times I remembered more since she kept referring to what happened in it.


Posted Feb. 12, 2020 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
hahiramom

Join Date: 01/16/14

Posts: 11

RE: Knowing the characters

I posted a similar question earlier. I found while I had read the first book when it originally came out, I did have to go back and reread it to make sense of the locale and characters.


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