The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler

The Tobacconist was yet another attempt for me to dip my toes into the literary fiction genre and another success! 

There is no action and honestly no real plot in the sense of beginning, middle, climax, end etc.. It’s purely character driven and I loved it. Franz is such a likeable character, through no fault of his own he's had to move from the little village that he'd spent seventeen years in and move to a fairly busy city to work for a Tobacconist with one leg. I think one of the main reasons I liked Franz was because we saw him grow as a person. Initially, he was an extremely naive, knew very little of the world and was adorably awkward when it came to talking to the person he was attracted to. Something I think everyone can relate to having been at some point.

I really liked the fact the Sigmund Freud was a character and the persona given to him. Reading the advice he gave to Franz about his love life and the slow friendship that formed was lovely and gave me all the warm fuzzies. This novel is set just as Hitler is about to annex Austria and the prejudice about Jews is bleeding into the countries surrounding Germany. As a result Professor Freud is at the receiving end of a lot of the prejudice, a factor that never deterred Franz from maintaining their friendship.

The only thing I struggled with when reading was trying to get the pronunciation right for the cities and names. Half the time I gave up and skipped over them. 

This is definitely a very bittersweet novel, its the sort that once you've finished it you need to take a moment and think about it.

Info

Name: The Tobacconist 

Author: Robert Seethaler

Publisher: Picador

Pages: 234

ISBN: 978-1-5098-0659-1

Rating: 4/5

Have you read The Tobacconist? What did you think?

Thank-you for reading, 

Katie x 

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