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Alle meine Wünsche by Grégoire Delacourt

Alle meine Wünsche (edition 2012)

by Grégoire Delacourt, Claudia Steinitz (Übersetzer)

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Title:Alle meine Wünsche
Authors:Grégoire Delacourt
Other authors:Claudia Steinitz (Übersetzer)
Info:Hoffmann und Campe (2012), Gebundene Ausgabe, 126 Seiten
Collections:2013, Your library
Tags:Januar 2013

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La liste de mes envies by Grégoire Delacourt


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Jocelyne is a humble haberdasher in Arras, married to her first love, an employee of the town's Haagen-Dazs ice-cream factory. They have two grown children who have already left the house. Jocelyne also publishes a well-known blog “dixdoigtsdor”. While content with her life, she often thinks about the life she wanted to have. Her friends convince her to play lotto “Euro Millions” for the first time, and she wins €18,547,301,280. As she thinks about how her life will be different, she decides not to tell anyone and hide the check. Then, she writes the list of her desires and decides not to change a thing in her life because she doesn’t want to lose her happiness. But one day, Jocelyne realizes the check has disappeared. Her husband, supposedly in Switzerland for a training program, does not return. Jocelyne calls his company and learns he took a week off and has run away to Brussels with the check. Her life destroyed, she still continues to see her hospital-ridden father who, due to Alzheimer's, forgets everything every six minutes. As for Jocelyn, he lives lavishly but not happily. He knows a wretched loneliness in his too-big house.Eighteen months later, he decides to write an apology letter to his wife to explain the reasons for his weakness. But since the betrayal, Jocelyne had left her haberdashery to her employee and moved to the south of France. Later, she learns that Jocelyn died alone in his house. ( )
  dalzan | Sep 30, 2015 |
Lovely little story. Don't buy lottery tickets. ( )
  picardyrose | Feb 2, 2015 |
Jocelyn lives in a small town in France, neither happy nor unhappy with her life. She lives a life half in the past and half in the present, afraid to think about the future until she one day wins the jackpot lottery of 18 million euros. Then, she faces the tough decisions of what to do with her life now that the possibilities are endless.

Read more at: http://thenovelworld.com/2014/06/06/my-wish-list-by-gregoire-delacourt/ ( )
  TheNovelWorld | Sep 5, 2014 |
I choose this short novel to listen to during the Readathon last weekend thinking it would be an uplifting fantasy. Instead, it was a bit of a downer. Initially Jocelyne dreams about all the nice ways the lottery winnings can change her life, but when her husband discovers the check and realizes she has been keeping this huge secret, things begin to go wrong. While she outwardly believes her marriage is fine, there are many problems beneath the surface.

The ending was unexpected and not necessarily to my liking, but the majority of the novel was an interesting reflection on life, relationships, marriage and asks the question – does having more money and more possessions make life happier, or is there more to the equation?

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The book was narrated by Jilly Bond. Nicely paced and easy to listen to with the right amount of emotion and tension in the conflicted Jocelyne’s voice. ( )
  UnderMyAppleTree | May 6, 2014 |
This interesting little book asks that perennial question: what would you change if you won the lottery? Jocelyne Guebette faces just this dilemma when she wins over 18m Euros after she is talked into buying her first ever ticket in a lottery. What should she do with all that money? She has been married for 22y and although her marriage has had some problems she and her husband get on well now. He has a good job and she has her own fabric and haberdashery shop and a successful blog encouraging women to knit and sew. Her life is not perfect but she has trouble imagining what she could do with all that money. Her wish list of what she could buy to make her life better is full of trivial items. She has two grown up children, a son who is estranged after dropping out of University and a daughter living in London who makes strange little films. Should she help them out with some money? What about her husband who desperately desires a flat screen TV, a complete set of James Bond movies and a Porsche? She also wants to do something to help her two best friends, unmarried twins in their late thirties who will never marry because they can't bear to be separated.
While she is procrastinating on what to do with her huge windfall, the story takes a surprising turn and Jocelyn is forced to decide what she really wants to do with the rest of her life. ( )
  cscott | Apr 29, 2014 |
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"The #1 bestselling international phenomenon that asks, If you won the lottery, would you trade your life for the life of your dreams? Jocelyne lives in a small town in France where she runs a fabric shop, has been married to the same man for twenty-one years, and has raised two children. She is beginning to wonder what happened to all those dreams she had when she was seventeen. Could her life have been different? Then she wins the lottery-and suddenly finds the world at her fingertips. But she chooses not to tell anyone, not even her husband-not just yet. Without cashing the check, she begins to make a list of all the things she could do with the money. But does Jocelyne really want her life to change?"--… (more)

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