'Les Conviviales offers a fresh approach to retirement, allowing you to spend an active life in the sunshine. Here's a taste of what you'll find at Les Convivilaes:'
Martial and Odette move into a retirement village in the Midi. The brochure makes it sound like a wonderful place to be, but in reality they are the only people that have moved in there and it rains all the time. I don't think the rain is the fault of the retirement village, though.
The only people in Les Conviviales live a groundhog life until other residents turn up. Three of them. From here life gets a bit more interesting until the pensioners become 'trapped' inside the gated community because some people have taken up home just outside who they are a bit frightened of.
This is a book translated from French by the nice people at Gallic Books. Although I do own one of their other books, I hadn't bothered to read anything they'd published because I am a lazy fucker.
The book is short but a fuckload of stuff happens. The observations of the characters were wonderful, and I pictured my mad auntie as one of the characters. You feel like you know them; they are forthcoming with their opinions and a little bit bored but plodding on. This doesn't make reading about their lives boring, though. It is a fucking delight to read because it is so beautifully pieced together and goes from boredom to drama with gossip all over the place.
Recommended if you're a bit of a nosy fucker, and like your humour dry and grim.