Ensemble, C'est Tout (Litterature Generale) (French) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Oct 2005
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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!
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.Read more ›
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nice item, fast delivery, I was very happy to get the french version so easily, love to read books in the original versionPublished on 8 Feb. 2013 by Heike Poestges-Nmecha
Anna Gavalda is a writer of genius! And "Ensemble, c'est tout" is a brilliantly written novel and classic of our time!Published on 17 Mar. 2006 by Vera Devyatkina