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‘It’s the story of forty-something Louis – a nice guy, but broke – who kills his mother for the inheritance…’A children’s writer rents a house on the Normandy coast where he plans to write his first crime novel. There, away from his love life, his editor and his friends, he’ll be free to pen the story of Louis, who after killing his mother, is inspired to relieve his frien‘It’s the story of forty-something Louis – a nice guy, but broke – who kills his mother for the inheritance…’A children’s writer rents a house on the Normandy coast where he plans to write his first crime novel. There, away from his love life, his editor and his friends, he’ll be free to pen the story of Louis, who after killing his mother, is inspired to relieve his friends of their own burdensome elderly relatives.But even far away from everything he knows, distractions seem to find their way to his door: from his lovable elderly neighbours, to his girlfriend’s tearaway teenage daughter. And somehow, events from his life appear to overlap with those of his imagination…Pascal Garnier combines the style of Simenon, the insight of Camus with a wit that is all his own.Praise for Pascal Garnier PRAISE FOR PASCAL GARNIER‘Garnier plunges you into a bizarre, overheated world, seething death, writing, fictions and philosophy. He’s a trippy, sleazy, sly and classy read.’ A. L. Kennedy‘Reminiscent of Joe Orton and the more impish films of Alfred Hitchcock and Claude Chabrol’ Sunday Times‘A guaranteed grisly thriller’ ShortList‘Brief, brisk, ruthlessly entertaining … Garnier makes bleakness pleasurable’ John Powers, National Public Radio...

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The Eskimo Solution Reviews

  • Teresa
    2019-03-31 16:23

    For a long time this book had me thoroughly confused, there were even times when I found excuses not to pick it up. But eventually after about 25% into the book I found I did not want to put it down!A strange book about a man called Louis who writes a book about a man called Louis - confused? Well you should be! The first man called Louis even had a next door neighbor called Louis! Louis the author writes a book about Louis the serial killer, so really The Eskimo Effect is a book within a book.It is dark, very very dark, and it is bleak. But it is also amusing, in a way that almost leaves you feeling guilty for being amused, I mean the man is a serial killer - what can possibly be amusing about that? And yet there are moments where you may not be laughing out loud, but moments where you find yourself smiling out loud.Perhaps the saddest thing for me after reading this book was to realize that Pascal Garnier is no longer with us. This talented authors premature death in 2010 at the age of 60 years is a real loss, to his family, to France and to all of us who like a good story told well. The most fitting tribute I can pay Pascal Garnier is to read his back list of titles, and that is exactly what I intend to do.Thank you to Netgalley, and Gallic Books for my free e-ARC of this book in return for an honest review. The Eskimo Solution by Pascal Garnier is published today 12th September 2016.

  • Antonomasia
    2019-03-31 11:27

    [3.5] ARC reviewPascal Garnier's surburban noir was almost as moreish here as in Moon in a Dead Eye, even though I found more to dislike in The Eskimo Solution. This book uses the novel-within-a-novel device (with slippery possible correspondences between "book" and "author"), a conceit which is nothing special now. But perhaps when this was written, 27 years ago, it may not have seemed hackneyed, especially in crime writing somewhere fuzzily between literary and genre. Most of all, I found it hard to believe that the author-within-the-novel was a children's author, embarking on his first go at writing a thriller for adults: he had none of the sense of playfulness, humour or childlikeness that ever kids' writer I've ever heard speak possesses on one level or another. It was impossible to imagine this guy writing for children. I ended up ignoring that feature of the character, as the story still raced along at a fair old clip. Why, though, was the nested book worse-written than the author-within-the-book's first person thoughts? Third person, you could understand it.Thoughts:...a cathedral and the Gros Horloge – if it wasn’t for them, we could be in any European city: same town centre with the same pedestrianised streets, same little cobblestones laid like fish scales, same tubs filled with anaemic privet, same branches of Chevignon, same jeans shops, same croissant stands, same guitar strummers, same accordion players, same red-nosed clowns following you and mimicking your movements. Nowheresville."Novel":There were the same pedestrianised streets in the centre, the same fashions, the same exasperating music everywhere – the same everything everywhere. Except that Marion, like all tourists, did not want to be taken for a tourist...The character of manipulative teenage seductress Nathalie unfortunately ends up on the page as a sordid porny French sterotype, and had me checking the publication date to make sure it was 1990 and not 1970. This type of character was so much better in François Ozon's sultry film Swimming Pool and indeed everywhere else I've noticed it, right back to one of the originals, Cécile in Bonjour Tristesse.On the plus side, while The Eskimo Solution looked, at times, like it might descend into paint-by-numbers unreliable narration, it never actually did. Kudos to Garnier for playing around with that, and to the translators for not imposing the all-too-familiar claustrophobic tone bestowed on not-very-nice narrators. I know the following is a bit too close to dismissing a book for lacking "likeable characters" but I do prefer these types in a third person narrative rather than listening to their disdainful insinuation right in my ear, in first; that was another reason why I preferred Moon in a Dead Eye, along with its emphatically ordinary characters from non-arty walks of life... any novel about a writer or artist has to be extra good to justify itself as far as I'm concerned. Much like a film I saw the other week (Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself - considerably less depressing than its title suggests) most of what I find myself saying about The Eskimo Solution is critical, yet there's an overall atmosphere, mood or style that mysteriously redeems each work and makes it fairly enjoyable despite all the details I found to grouse about. There is something compulsive about these little Pascal Garnier thrillers, and there's no doubt the writing, sentence by sentence, is a cut above the average genre procedural.A shame that the publisher have changed the cover designs for the most recent Garnier books - the previous set reminded me of Terry's Neapolitans, which seemed appropriate for these small books that may be devoured in one go. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Gallic Books, for this free advance review copy.

  • Chris
    2019-04-05 12:16

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Gallic Books has been publishing English translations of Pascal Garnier’s very fine French noir short novels and this is cause for celebration for those who enjoy finely crafted crime stories. A year ago I had never heard to Mr. Garnier but now he is one of my all time favorite crime novelists. I would most liken him to James M. Cain but with a cutting dark humor that is all his own. Seldom are the police involved. These stories are more about crime and the usually ordinary people who commit them. And why they commit them. And the effect that it has on them. The "eskimo solution" refers to the alleged practice among eskimos of providing a humane exit for their elderly when they have outlived their usefulness. To the narrator of this novel, what he finds particularly annoying about these elderly folks is that they are often sitting on a large supply of cash which he believes could be put to much better use by their children. The nerve of these folks! Our narrator is also an author, which is interesting from the whole “unreliable narrator” angle because almost immediately we begin to wonder if the writer of children’s books, who is suddenly writing a very graphic murder tale, has slipped off into some schizophrenic double existence where reality and fiction are more or less interchangeable.To make this line even more blurred, both the narrator, who is both our narrator and of course the narrator of the novel that he is writing, shares the name Louis (which he very humorously debates with himself as to whether this is a suitable name or not) with the homicidal character in his novel. When the murder of old folks spills over from fiction into reality things get even more interesting. Or was there ever a separate reality— or was it all real? It is actually less confusing than it sounds, and a lot more fun. I think you could read this novel several times and come to different conclusions each time.My feeling is that fiction here is a test run or dress rehearsal for a potential reality, but I am sure that there are many possible interpretations. In any case, Pascal Garnier was a brilliant crime writer who will be sorely missed.

  • Anja
    2019-04-07 10:13

    I received a copy of The Eskimo Solution from NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Gallic Books., and Pascal Garnier for the opportunity. This book will be published 12 September 20016.I took me some time to get in to the story, and I was somewhat confused about who was who for a long time, and this is a short novel, but I got the overall idea in the end.For what I understand this author is highly praised for his works, but this story just didn´t get on my good side. There were things that did not add up, like the total absence of the police – there is a serial killer on the loose, so that might have been handy, and the total confusion of characters and plot.I did not like the protagonist – fair to say that I don´t think that was intended either – but that would have given me another point of view of the whole story if he had been likeable, just a little.I liked the writing style, just not the story, although there was a funny quote about Eskimos which I will not publish (afraid of spoilers). I might have to read some of his other works to fully understand this author.

  • Neil
    2019-04-22 12:27

    I think that Pascal Garnier tried in this book to do something a bit different to his normal work. However, I am not quite sure it worked.What Garnier does best is noir: darkly comic crime novels often with random and extreme acts of violence but always with some comedy (definitely black). In this book, he seems to try to do something more fancy.What we have here is actually two short stories with one being written by the protagonist of the other who is an author. So, it’s a book within a book where we get to read the story created by Pascal Garnier and the story created by the author who is the main character in the story created by Garnier. Given that the main character in the story within the story is called Louis and so is the neighbour in the basic "outer" story, I think there’s an attempt to create confusion and, perhaps, make a point about the blurring of boundaries between fiction and reality.But it isn’t actually all that confusing. For a start, the two different parts of the book are set out in different fonts. Then one is written in the first person and the other in the third person. This means that it is actually quite hard to get confused about the two stories. Which is a shame because I think that might be one of the main points of the book!There’s still a lot of the trademark black humour and there is a reasonably high body count, which is what we expect in a Garnier novel. I just don’t think this is his best work, and that is perhaps because he tried to be clever instead of doing what he does (did) best. Overall, I’m disappointed by this short novella, but not so disappointed that I won’t read more of Garnier’s work: the other books I have read still tell me that it is worth reading more.2.5 stars rounded up to 3 because it's Christmas and I'm feeling generous.

  • Raven
    2019-03-30 12:04

    Regular readers of my blog know all too well my deep affection for the work of the late lamented Pascal Garnier, so it will come as no surprise that this is another winner. Cleverly, and in the space of only 159 pages, Garnier weaves together the story in real time, and the book that is being written by the crime writer, constantly shifting your attention between the two. I liked the fictional tale incorporated within the other fictional tale, if you get my drift, and was almost tempted to write another review of that one too. In his trademark style, both stories deal with sex, death, greed, passion, and murder, and dig down to the nastiest aspects of the human psyche, with black humour and mordant wit. Genius.

  • Col
    2019-04-19 17:27

    Synopsis/blurb.......A crime writer uses the modest advance on his latest novel to rent a house on the Normandy coast. There should be little to distract him from his work besides walks on the windswept beach, but as he begins to tell the tale of forty-something Louis – who, after dispatching his own mother, goes on to relieve others of their burdensome elderly relations – events in his own life begin to overlap with the work of his imagination.---------------My take.......Another read from Garnier, my fourth in total and whilst enjoyable not quite up there with the others.Kind of a dual narrative here - or book within a book. A crime author called Louis is writing a book about his protagonist also called Louis. We spend time in the company of both.Our author, has isolated himself from his girlfriend in the hope of making some progress on his book, but is distracted by his girlfriend's daughter, his neighbours, an impending trip to England and by his friend Christophe.I've always been jealous of Christophe......He lives, I bluff: he's a magician, I'm a con artist; he touches, I manipulate. I can't think of him without comparing myself to him. The fact of the matter is he has always put the spotlight on my own mediocrity.Our fictional Louis is meanwhile doing his bit for population control while similarly improving the financial situations of himself, his ex-wife and her husband and the family of a friend.I found the writer - Louis annoying and much preferred the company of the other one, though he is hardly likeable. Maybe he was just more interesting to read about.There is a kind of symmetry to the novel - art imitating art, as the story of our fictional Louis ends and writer Louis mimics his creation albeit somewhat accidentally.Garnier, as ever has some fantastic turns of phrase......His mouth flares open like an old hen's arsehole, but very little comes out....If he was a used car, he'd be unsellable...A quick read at about 160 pages. Enjoyable but not his best.3.5 from 5Pascal Garnier passed in 2010. Gallic Books have been offering his books in translation since 2012.The Front Seat Passenger, Boxes and The Islanders have all been enjoyed previously. in April, 2017Published - 2016 (originally 2006 in French)Page count - 160Source - Gallic BooksFormat - paperback

  • Andy Weston
    2019-04-17 10:21

    I've read everything that's been translated by Garnier and I'm a big fan. There was a question recently in the Guardian Books Forum that asked do you like everything written by your favourite authors? Until this I would have quoted Garnier. I don't think this is nearly as strong as his earlier translated work. I would say he is a master of the French noir. Noir is so country specific also, unlike other genres. The US stuff stands out, as does the English, and even the Scottish has its identity. The French perhaps most of all, with the grand father, Simenon, then Manchette, Dard and of course Garnier. It's about a crime writer as he writes his latest novel. At a whim he kills off his cast, to an increasing degree, but this is affecting his own life. It's difficult to identify exactly what doesn't work so well here, I think the element of dark humour is less, and the simplicity of his earlier work. The choice of title is clever and very fitting.

  • Helen Marquis
    2019-03-30 15:29

    An author called Louis writes a book about a serial killer named Louis, while holed up in a friend's house on the coast of France next door to an old man called Louis. Confused?! You may well be!It did take me a while to get my head around which Louis was which, however once you can pick out the Parisian vs the Normandy references then you should be OK. All the characters in the novel are pretty morally challenged - from the fictional serial killer, wiping out the elderly relatives of his friends so they can inherit their wealth before they become a penniless burden, to the author himself, who thinks nothing of sleeping with his girlfriend's sixteen year old daughter, to his best friend, Christophe, who throws his mother in law out a window following the death of his wife. At no point in the stories are the police involved or any kind of questions asked.That said, as with all of Garnier's works that I've read so far, there are still richly drawn characters and intriguing plot lines that keep you hooked. It just felt that this one strayed too far from anything resembling reality to be believable.

  • Cindy
    2019-03-26 14:10

    I had a hard time getting into this story. Twice I started over from the beginning. The second time I was able to read the entire book. Having two characters named Louis added to my confusion! I wanted to like this book but it was just an strange story.* I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGally to read and write my honest review.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-06 14:29

    review to come

  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    2019-04-17 16:33

    Pascal Garnier is one of my favourite French authors so I was delighted when Gallic Books contacted me to offer a copy of his newest work in translation. I don't think The Eskimo Solution has quite the power of (in my opinion) his best novel, The Panda Theory, but it is still an atmospheric piece of noir storytelling that I thoroughly enjoyed reading.We begin by meeting Louis the fictional character in Paris where he is musing on his plot to solve his financial problems by murdering his mother and prematurely receiving his inheritance. On the turn of a paragraph, we then switch to the real world of Louis the crime writer, the beginnings of whose novel we have just been reading. It sounds confusing, but I found the different writing styles made it easy to tell whose reality I was in and I liked the parallels of the two storylines. Of course, once the storylines begin to blur it is less easy to tell the real from the fiction and that is where Garnier's talent for darkness kicks in. I did have to imagine part of The Eskimo Solution several decades further back in time than it is actually set in order for me to believe that Louis-the-fictional could get away with his Great Plan. There's obviously no forensic science in his reality! Garnier's coastal Normandy setting is brilliantly evoked though enabling me to envisage exactly where Louis-the-writer was living. It was fun to think that Dave and I could have been the English couple at Ouistreham! I would happily recommend The Eskimo Solution to fans of vintage crime novels and French noir.See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits

  • Wendy
    2019-04-11 13:16

    This is my third Pascal Garnier experience and I cannot quite believe how unique they all are! These short 'life parodies' pluck the dark trains of thought that run through the mind of ordinary folk to create a bizarrely addictive and screwball read.Firstly, why the title? Well, as loosely described in the book, The Eskimo Solution is a way of disposing of elderly relatives by leaving them out on the ice to expire before they become a burden on their families. An effective, if somewhat, mercenary way of solving a problem I grant you, but this is the basis for the tale.The anonymous narrator of this story has created a character in a crime novel he's writing who bumps off people's relatives and allow them to inherit early, rather than allow nature to take its course. As things progress you begin to wonder where Louis, the fictional serial killer, ends and the narrator begins. The traits of the unnamed author and his creation's traits start to resemble each other so closely that is difficult to separate them at times.They both have trouble with their relationships, each have creative outlets, and are struggling to tell people what they really think causing them to react in unexpected ways. Only one doesn't resort to severe criminal activity to clear the air, although I strongly suspect that given the right set of circumstances he wouldn't take much persuading.Everyday absurdities allow the writer's sharp wit and some cracking one liners to shine, as once again he projects his keen observation of situations onto the page. They often they incorporate maiming, murder, and something that's gone very, very wrong with someone's personality. These warped versions of ordinary life are so fresh and intriguing that they appear almost freestyle, like there was little planning at all - and I mean that in a good way!While the circumstances of these thoroughly individual books appear run-of-the-mill on the surface, there's always something disconcerting waiting to break through. The writing spins the mundane around so it points in an unsuspecting direction entirely.I'm never quite sure where the next Pascal Garnier experience is going to take me and for this 'surprise element' I'd be more than happy to read another one tomorrow.(I received an invitation to provide an unbiased review for this title from the publisher via NetGalley, and I was delighted to oblige. My thanks sincere to them.)

  • Kath
    2019-03-24 14:18

    I am not sure what drew me to this book, maybe the fact that I have read quite a few books translated from German and wanted to try a French author instead. I recall reading Simenon's Maigret books when I was a young adult and enjoyed those and the blurb here says that Garnier is a similar style to Simenon so, I thought I'd give this a go.Firstly, I have to say that I found the translation to be excellent. In fact, to me, the book read as if it was actually written in English from scratch. The meaning of the words was paraphrased rather than directly translated which meant, for me anyway, the whole book read smoothly.The store we have here is really a book within a book with the lines between them slowly blurring as the story progresses. We follow Louis as he hides himself away by the sea to write his book about Louis who, after having killed his own mother, branches out to relieving others of burdensome ageing relatives (whether they want it or not). And then we have Louis, the old guy who lives next door to real Louis. You'd think that there'd be too many Louis in the book, but the old and young are easily differentiated and the chapters from the real and character Louis are written in different font so they are easy too. The whole premise of the book I think is that art overspills to life as morals become looser. I didn't really like real Louis at all as I found him to have extremely questionable morals at times. On the other hand, he was also good to his neighbours (to a point) but even then, well... you'll see if you read the book. It's hard to say much more about the story or feeling invoked whilst reading as I fear it will turn out to include spoilers, but suffice to say, I did go through quite a few whilst reading. It was funny and serious all at the same time, but that worked really well. I was also disgusted, charmed, angry, and totally engrossed in the surreal storyline I became totally immersed in.All in all, I think this was a good solid read and I am definitely going to check out some of the author's other books.I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review

  • Daphne Sharpe
    2019-04-15 10:19

    The Eskimo Solution is a story told in two parts. We have a modern day narrator and writer and Louis, his fictional creation. The premise is that Louis is fed up waiting for his inheritance, so decides to kill his mother so he can have the life he believes he deserves. He then wonders whether any of his acquaintances would also benefit from an early gift of money, would the benefit of a solvent life outweigh the sadness of losing a family member. Steps are taken and the number of murders duly increase and the feeling is that fact and fiction are becoming intertwined too closely and doubts grow about the narrator and Louis's sanity. When Christophe, a close friend of the narrator, commits murder and then shortly afterwards dies, this marks the beginning of a deeper understanding of the rights and wrongs of previous events and the dawning of a more sober and sensible narrator. I loved the dark humour of this book and its subversive elements. It asks uncomfortable questions and is also concerned with the modern dilemmas about the older generations. Are they using up too many resources and should they be encouraged to make way for the younger generations? Not exactly in a murderous sense , but with the existence of Dignitas, the emphasis has changed over the years as to what constitutes a good old age and can it be justified in a pure monetary sense. I am delighted that these novels have been translated and published albeit posthumously, they are ironic and full of gallows humour and are to be throughly recommended to all. I will post a review on Goodreads later. I don't post on Amazon as my account was hacked last year.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-08 11:03

    The Eskimo Solution is a clever, humorous novella that is about a novelist called Louis who has holed himself up in Normandy to write a book about a serial killer called Louis. He has ignored his editor’s comments that the book will be distasteful, determined to write what he wants to.All the way through the reader is reading the author’s account and that of his creation. It is a little confusing at first but very original and at times shocking. The Louis in the novel is a much darker character, when the reader first meets him he is arguing with his wife over whether they should opt for burial or cremation. This was one of the more humorous parts of the novel and definitely encouraged me to read more. When he murders his mother to get his hands on his inheritance he sees it as an opportunity to do the same for friends who he thinks need his assistance. It doesn’t occur to him that he might be causing suffering instead.Author Louis’s life isn’t as straight forward as he would like, his girlfriend wants him to go to England, her daughter is making life uncomfortable and his closest friend does something that brings the novel closer to home.It’s a very unusual read, one that I enjoyed but will have to read again to really appreciate it. Like the really good shows on TV it is what happens in the background as well that makes a success. It probably wouldn’t have worked as a full length novel, for me part of its attraction was that it was only 144 pages. I have a few books on my kindle by Pascal Garnier which I am looking forward to reading soon.With thanks to the publisher for the copy received via NetGalley.

  • Elaine Tomasso
    2019-04-02 10:06

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Gallic Books for an advance copy of The Eskimo Solution, another surreal Gallic tale of psychopathy.The narrator of the novel is simply I, no name given, and he intersperses the story of an eventful few days of his life in a borrowed cottage in Normandy with the third person narrative of his new novel about Louis, a psychopath who sees himself as bringing joy into the life of his friends by killing their parents without their knowledge and letting them fulfill their dreams with their inheritance. He even gets annoyed when they don't seem overjoyed at their good luck!Initially I found the novel quite confusing as I was dipping in and out whenever I had a minute and was never sure if it was the narrator or Louis I was reading about but I soon settled into the novel's rhythm and I just loved it. Whether it is the translation or Mr Garnier's prose The Eskimo Solution is an extremely inviting novel. Both the narrator and Louis are not frightened to share their thoughts and that draws you in and hooks you on the intimacy of it all. It is also an extremely funny novel as both characters have no sense of humour and are completely self absorbed so they don't see either the humour or irony in their comments.I would love to say more about the plot which is clever and ironic but no spoilers so you'll just have to read it for yourself. You won't be disappointed as I heartily recommend The Eskimo Solution to anyone looking for something a bit different.

  • Sara
    2019-04-12 13:30

    Before I read this book, I had never heard of the author, Pascal Garnier. I looked him up and read descriptions like: "topics are dark and depressing" "very noir" "typical french negative"So I settled in for a read that I wasn't expecting to like and knew I could stop and say why?I read the book in two sittings, one day. I found it delightful, witty, surprising and fun. Where were all the dark and depressing thoughts?The story is about a writer named Louis who is given an advance on a book, rents a place on the Normandie coast and writes about a man named Louis. Every other chapter is Louis #1's voice and in-between Louis #2s voice. It is easy to tell the difference as each voice has a clear and distinctive type. By the end, the two stories are bumping up against each other and the Louis's are overlapping. It is a romp through murderous silliness and humorous dialogue. I was reminded of the movie "Django Unchained". For example, blood would go upwards two or three feet when logically it should go down. It was cartoonish and one had to laugh.The publisher, Gallic Books, has translated nine of Garnier's books from the original french. Garnier himself died in 2010 and not able to enjoy what a delight he is to English speaking readers. The translation is very smooth with no oddities that can sometimes be found in bad translations. Kudos to Gallic Books for bringing us Pascal Garnier.

  • Jemima Pett
    2019-04-20 13:04

    A novella length story translated from the French. Somewhat surreal, and potentially confusing, but then that's what adds to the intrigue.I confess I've never read any Simenon and seem to remember not finishing the Camus I tried. This is not a problem if you pick up this novella length story by Pascal Garnier. If you like your stories off-beat you enjoy this. One thing you should guard against, though, is being interrupted in the middle of it, since it's easy to get confused.One of the difficulties is both the protagonist and the hero of the novel he is writing are called Louis, and although the novel and the actual story are in different fonts (which helps) remembering which is which can be a challenge for those like me with the short-term memory of a woodlouse. However, I don't think it really matters which is 'true' and which is fiction, since both are weird and cross-over with each other. I felt that the fiction was in a more literary style, which was clever, but I may have been reading them the wrong way round at the time. The plots are off-beat, fascinating, and strangely engrossing. It seemed to tail off at the end, and I wasn't really satisfied with the conclusion, but I might read it again, without unscheduled interruptions, and see what I think. And in any case, it's a lovely picture of life in France, with some sea and Impressionist art references thrown in.If you like your crime stories gentle, mystifying and weird, try this!

  • Susan
    2019-04-15 17:03

    This short novel is basically a story within a story. The main character is an author, working on a story about Louis, his main character. In the story, Louis has found a way to help many of his friends by killing off their elderly parents, so that the children or dependents can inherit property or money and live happily ever after. As the overall story develops, so do events in the authors own life. These events start to mirror his fiction and his own life seems to almost overwhelm him.By the end of the book I got the feeling that the main character was living two different lives, a real one and a fictional, the differences between the two being not that great. It's an interesting tale, which is well observed and cleverly written. It is, however at times a bit confusing as the story switches abruptly between the author's own story and the fictional story. This “blurring” of the lines seems to reinforce the sense that reality and fiction become one and the same.Overall, I enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read more of Garnier's work. But for newcomers I would recommend starting with Moon in a Dead Eye where the structure of the story is much more straightforward.Thanks to Netgalley and Gallic Books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.More reviews at:

  • Elaine Tansley
    2019-04-11 14:04

    This is the fourth Pascal Garnier novel I’ve read and while not my favourite is still a worthwhile read.The Eskimo Solution tells the story of Louis, an author who rents a house in order to shut himself away to write his new crime novel about a man also called Louis. The Louis of the book decides to help his friends out by killing their parents off, so that they can inherit sooner than expected, thus relieving them of their financial difficulties. The two stories, of Louis the author and of Louis, the book’s protagonist run in parallel initially and then overlap and converge to such a degree that at times I was confused as to which Louis’s story I was following as the lines become more blurred. I suspect this may have been intentional on the part of Garnier. Louis’s plans for solitude in order to write are foiled by various friends and acquaintances intruding on his life with their multitude of problems, which he inevitably finds himself drawn into. This book, while written in Pascal Garnier’s usual quirky dark style with a liberal touch of humour, is not as black as some of his other novels. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest impartial review.

  • Michael Sanderson-green
    2019-04-02 10:08

    I read this book too fast I think it needs to be read slowly and thought fully. Hence I didn't get a lot of it. I will re read it and hopefully get more out of it.

  • Theediscerning
    2019-04-10 14:24

    Meet Louis. He's a middle-aged chap, who is going nowhere, until he decides to stifle the life out of his mother. Well, she's not going anywhere either, and it only hastens her demise and boosts his inheritance when he needs to pay back a large debt. And Louis can only see it as a good thing that he is now offing elderly people to boost the monetary standing of his friends, as an unannounced service. Now meet out narrator, a thriller writer, who's inventing Louis, struggling with poorly-working typewriters in a rental cottage, and having what counts as quite the most inappropriate relationship… You'll jump from one narrative to the other in these pages, but be gripping on to everything to find the reason behind the connection.Please feel free to see the rest of my review, at .

  • Kim Greenhalgh
    2019-04-16 11:20

    Like many, I suffered a bit from character confusion. Who was doing what? Which Louis? Was it the author or the novel character? It doesn't take long to sort it out but it is worth the effort. This book is light, yet wry, and pulls the reader into the story keen to know where it's heading. In The Eskimo Solution a writer rents a house to focus on his crime novel. What promises peace to work on his book ends up delivering anything but. Distractions abound for our poor author as he writes of Louis, a man who kills the elderly so as to redistribute inheritance money to those he deems more worthy of them. What's truth and what's fiction in this novella? You've got to read it to find out.The Eskimo Solution is a smart, witty and interesting read that is great fun and ends far too soon.

  • Carol Peace
    2019-04-14 15:04

    I have read a few of Pascal Garnier books in the past and have to say this was the most confusing. Louis is a writer and rents a cottage to write his new novel about a man called Louis who kills his mother for the money she will leave him. It seems that this Louis feels he can help other people who are in need of money too by helping their relatives to die. Simple plot you think but no this is Pascal Garnier writing the book so the two characters seem to merge into each other and in some places you are not too sure which 'Louis' is actually narrating the story. I found it an enjoyable book but did have to concentrate in parts. Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Andrew
    2019-04-22 14:24

    This is the second Pascal Garnier book which I have read. The other being 'The Panda Theory' which went right over my head.The Eskimo Solution, at 136 pages is more of a long-short-story than a full blown novel.It has a startIt has a middleNot sure about an endThere are some humorous and pithy observations about aspects of modern life. Philosophical perhaps? Confusing; certainly.My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Gallic Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mandy
    2019-04-20 12:26

    Pascal Garnier is on top form with this short novel, and I found it as compelling, if not more so, than some of his others. Here we have a writer called Louis who has an idea about killing off old people so that their children can inherit a bit earlier than otherwise planned. There’s no malice in the idea – it just seems a practical one. So he starts to write about a man called Louis who has the idea of killing off old people……Reality and fiction merge in this bleak, funny and original book , another little Garnier gem.

  • E Vikander
    2019-04-16 16:29

    Louis is the author of children’s books. He pitches a new story, to his not impressed editor, about a 40 year old man who kills his mother for the inheritance. He also does similar favors for his unknowing friends. As Louis writes, his own life takes unexpected twists. Although I am a big Garnier fan, I was disappointed with this book. I found the bouncing back and forth between Louis the author and Louis the character to be confusing. I did appreciate the creativity of some of the murders.

  • Eileen Hall
    2019-04-09 11:24

    A surreal, sometimes confusing novel set in the Normandy countryside.A writer - Louis, rents a house in which to write his novel about a serial killer, also Louis.The chapters alternate between extracts from the ongoing novel and the everyday life of the writer.As I say, can be confusing, but ultimately a satisfactory read.Recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Gallic Books via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

  • Emma
    2019-04-12 12:12

    VERDICT: At the edge between fiction and reality, Garnier’s novel within a novel invites his readers to rethink morality. Where provocative and noir full review is here: