Zenith Hotel – Oscar Coop – Phane

Zenith Hotel

Oscar Coop-Phane

Arcadia Books



The Blurb:

I’m a street prostitute. Not a call girl or anything. No, a real street whore, with stiletto heels and menthol cigarettes.’ Narrator Nanou gives a detailed account of her day, from the moment she wakes up with a foul taste in her mouth, in her sordid rented room, until the minute she crawls back into her bed at night to sleep. Interwoven with her story are portraits of her clients. Oscar Coop-Phane invents an astonishing cast of original and deeply human characters – losers, defeated by the world around them – who seek solace in Nanou’s arms. Original and moving, this short book deftly paints a world of solitude and sadness, illuminated by precious moments of tenderness and acts of kindness.

My Review:

I knew I had to read this book after seeing all the “buzz” about it on twitter!

The Book is small, but I cannot say its a small story. It is a large story in 100 pages!. The story is fresh and feels so real that you are drawn into it as a reader. The Story follows Nanou, a street prostitute and the world that her life brings her. Despite it being a fictional book there is a definite element of reality as the hard life that Nanou has is really brought to life. The story isn’t written for the reader to feel sympathy for Nanou (despite that I actually did), but it makes us realise poverty that some people face that is their reality and not fiction. The loneliness and the sadness was a true element in this book, not only of Nanou herself, but also her clients.

It’s a clever book, opening the eyes of the reader. The author, Oscar, was young when he wrote this book. Such a talent to write in this way at such a young age, I can see why this book won the Prix De Flore.

A great quick read to open your eyes with. I recommend this book for someone who wants something different to read.



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