Hunting and Gathering. Anna Gavalda, Author, Alison Anderson, Translator, trans. from the French by Alison Anderson. Riverhead $16 (p). Gavalda, Anna, –. [Ensemble, c’est tout. English]. Hunting and gathering / Anna Gavalda ; translated by Alison Anderson.—1st Riverhead trade paperback . In , Hunting and Gathering was, along with The Da Vinci Code or Harry Potter 5, one of those books you kept seeing in the Paris metro.

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Franck Lestafier is a young chef who gatherig motorbikes and his grandmother. This book was recommended to me by Jamie, and it was a perfect rec, thank you so much, lady. Unfortunately, there’s a point towards the last portion of the novel where she pisses me off.

Philibert tells them to move from the old apartment so they all ad go different ways. It is graceful and gentle and detailed, despite looking right into the heart of something that would otherwise revolt or depress. I like the way the characters interact and learn to accept each other’s values.

I can’t give this a full 5 stars because it really consists of more dialogue than I prefer. Of course, but Gavalda Someone I Loved, etc.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Please and thank you. He takes her to a pig slaughtering party and she meets his friends.


My decision not to see the movie has been confirmed by my friend’s comments. Want gavalfa Read Currently Reading Read. This wasn’t a fuzzy story. And the doubt, her body always in hiding, and the taste of ether and the fear of never being good enough.

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View all 6 comments. So, 3 out of 5 for me. He says it will ruin the fragile equilibrium between him and Philibert so he decides to find another place and move out as soon as possible. The characters are nuanced and flawed enough to feel believable the language issues that inevitably mar all translated work are evident here as well, but acceptableand the story hints at enough darkness to keep it interesting.

It’s a big novel that you will not want to put down. I often find that an easy way out; Gavalda, however, manages to throw in an occasional paragraph or few pages that are not as superficial as straight conversation, and for that alone I hung on. Hunting and Gathering is a novel by the French writer Anna Gavalda.

I’m not attacking them for that, but it just doesn’t fit the bill in my opinion. Lists with This Book. What it did have was a plenitude of French themes. Mathilde and Pierre are rich.

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Le je-ne-sais-quoi du tout? She quits her job and opens an art studio in one of the empty rooms. Shared pain of past experiences, shared joy huntiny frustration and kindnesses.


He already has an unlikely flatmate, the foul-mouthed, talented working-class young chef, Franck, who is made more obnoxious by guilt about the beloved grandmother he’s had to put in a home.

But I still liked it. Will Franck and Camille become lovers? They offer her a very small room in the attic of an old building near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris when she ends up sleeping on their doorstep one night. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The author even sprinkles in a bit of philosophy, though nothing heavy.

Her excuse of course was that she was “scared”. I was sad to put it down, but the overall experience was so satisfying that I would highly recommend this book to others.

He lives in the same building as Camille. Short strands of her hair tickled his nostrils.

Also by Anna Gavalda. Philibert gets worried about her because he knows the place she lives in and he decides to check up on her. The perspective is balanced, and never takes you too far to one side or another without bringing you right back. I just hate that someone might be led astray by that.