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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Its original French title is Ensemble, c’est toutwhich means “Together, that’s everything”. Referred to by Voici magazine as “a distant descendant of Dorothy Parker”, Anna Gavalda was born in an upper-class suburb of Paris. The biggest flaw for me was probably Philou’s character. I would have given the first half four stars, because the first half is very good. I was astounded by her descriptions of the world through Camille’s artistic eyes and the ability to make you feel as though you were in the scene.

Mar 21, Dolors rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As I read further, I began to realize: My decision not to see the movie has been confirmed by my friend’s comments. Towards the end, it simply moved far too slowly for me.

I just loved these poor, sad people and their wonderful specialities and their struggling gavald find some normal type of existence. What can I say? And then there’s Philibert, the stuttering, caught-in-the-past ‘rescuer’ who learns how to be not-scared.

And, of course, no movie can have even half of the ‘other’ parts of the book. To ask other readers questions about Hunting and Gatheringplease sign up. Set in Paris, deep character development, multi-age characters with checkered and interesting …more I think if you like the Hedgehog, you’ll like this one. The characters were a motley assortment of wounded souls brought together to heal one another.

Neither of these two highly necessary parts of the book development came out in the film. He must stay in his aunt’s big, old, desolate apartment until the family lawyers will decide who will inherit the place. The characters’ manner of speaking is so different from Americans and refreshing. I started reading this with a certain amount of apprehension due to it’s overwhelming popularity anything widely and universally acclaimed usually makes me suspicious and because of the obvious feel-good connotations.


I don’t mind books that are essentially character studies. Philibert Marquet de La Durbelli’re is a stammering, erudite aristocrat who sells postcards outside a museum.

I admired Gavalda’s approach in writing truth for her characters without ever showing judgment as an author- not even in the most subtle and unintentional way. 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 like, how bad do you gavaoda it? Amanda I think if you like the Hedgehog, you’ll like this one. Please and thank you.

Most characters in what I define as “chick lit” do not appreciate the beauty in an ugly knitted scarf. The book tells a story about broken families and lost souls who struggle to find some equilibrium. I won’t say what it is because I don’t want to give it away, but let’s just say someone special to her in the novel agvalda up and she can’t even say a few lousy words.

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He lives in the same building as Camille. Here, in her epic new novel of intimate lives-and filled with the “humanity and wit” Marie Claire that has made it a bestselling sensation in France-Gavalda explores the twists of fate that connect four people in Paris.

Which is why the second half is so disappointing. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Hunting and Gathering Camille Fauque is a young woman who works as a cleaning lady for a company named All-Kleen. Gavalda’s writing style is simple and elegant, and her dialogue is amazingly well done.

Camille Fauque has hit rock-bottom, living on the streets, when a friend finds her shelter: Want to Read saving…. Feb 06, Steve rated it liked it. Already a bestseller in several countries, this enchanting novel about a collection of misfits in Paris is quirky, poignant and unputdownable – Gavalda is a new young literary star. Una historia preciosa, llena de encanto. Philibert decided to rent him a room in his big apartment so they are living together.


She huntlng Mamadou, a big African lady from the cleaning company and one of her closest friends and Vincent, a drug addict to whom she offered her old attic room for free and she contacts her old art dealers Mathilde and Pierre. This will sound weird, but it’s true: One day you feel like dying and the next you realize all you had to do was go down a few stairs to find the light switch so you could see things a bit more clearly.

Hunting and Gathering made me miss having conversations with my old roommate from France. It’s just possible that I couldn’t put this book down because I’m into avoidance tactics at the moment avoiding the study I need to do for my 4 exams coming up in 2 weeks timebut, nevertheless, I couldn’t put it down. The way Gavalda brings them together is very clever, and the way she takes the flaws in their characters and weaves in a realisation about friendship and belonging, is delightful.

The page book is a bestseller in France and has been translated into English as Hunting annw Gathering.

Detailed Review Summary of Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda

The book is filled with conversations from its four characters and is about how each of them change and grow over the course of time. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading.

In the book there is no mistaking them. Nov 30, Czarny Pies rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Gatherig yes – a friend read the book and then saw the movie. Hunting and Gathering is a perfect example of a character-driven novel.