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Ensemble, C'est Tout (Litterature Generale) (French) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Oct 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: J'ai lu (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2290343714
  • ISBN-13: 978-2290343715
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must say that Anna Gavalda is a good French writer, I have not liked all her book but this one is very special. It brings 4 characters with whom you get attached during the book. Their lives evolved in a very unusual way, showing their closeness evolving, a mixture of very different background for each character, saving each other in many different ways. Amusing at times, sad during other times. You get in the book as an observer, you almost want to be part of 'The family'. All along the book you also evolve with the characters, liking, disliking some of them, wanting to talk to them.
I cannot say much more as otherwise it would not bring your appetite to read this book, this is a discovery of love, sadness, anger between 4 people, making little by little their own family.
When you finish the book you do not want to end reading it, you want to go with the characters for more and more.
PLEASE NOT THAT IF YOU DO SPEAK FREMCH DO READ IT IN FRENCH, I have not read the English version which I am sure will give enough pleasure and sadness in reading it, but as we all know if one can it is always more satisfactory to read a book in its original language.
Have a good read!
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This is one of the most wonderful books I have ever read. I could not bear for the book to end and for me to leave the characters and their world. I desperately want to knock on their door and be invited in to share a coffee and have Franck make me one of his stupendous crepes. I love the humanity and compassion the writer shows in deft touches and the gradual development of each of the characters. This is a book to savour and has moved up into my Top Ten.
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By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 July 2012
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A best seller in France and adapted as a film starring the gamine Audrey Tautou and titled in English "Hunting and Gathering", this is the tale of three very talented young people who, having been damaged by their dysfunctional, neglectful or thoughtlessly cruel parents, form an unlikely friendship through which they help each other to achieve fulfilment and happiness.

Camille is a gifted artist, reduced to anoxeria and working as an office cleaner at night. Franck is a boorish and promiscuous chef, whose loud mouth conceals a soft heart and a sense of guilt over abandoning his beloved grandmother Paulette to a soulless old people's home. The aristocratic, for me stereotyped, Philibert, is a walking history book, a stammering figure of fun with obsessive compulsive disorder, who wastes his skills selling postcards.

My judgement may have been jaded by the effort required to read this in the original French. It is certainly a good source of modern slang, colloquial speech, idioms and cultural references, although deciphering some of these was a hard and often fruitless labour. I needed a French speaker on hand to ease the path more than for any other French novel I have ever read.

However, I feel confident in saying that this potentially interesting plot was ruined for me by self-indulgently excessive length and lack of editing of too many banal conversations and incidents, by a mawkish tone and a very loose, clunky structure. Minor scenes are presented in great deal, major incidents glossed over or implied.
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After having received this book from a friend, I enjoyed very much reading it. - I also gave it away several times as a present, and it was mostly liked very much.
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