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Ensemble, c'est tout by Anna Gavalda

Ensemble, c'est tout (2004)

by Anna Gavalda

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just started - not sure I can get "into" this book in my current mood. Maybe if I tried the original... the writing is good, it's just very depressing!

ok - I kept with it and ended up LOVING this book. Very emotional, very raw and very real. I loved the character of Franck especially. Ms. Gavalda has a wonderful talent for characterization (although I have not yet read this in the original French) -- the translator is to be commended. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
En fin bok som behandlar det mesta i livet, skrivet på ett vackert flytande språk, en bok som dröjer sig kvar när den är färdigläst, den lämnar en varm trevlig känsla. ( )
  jeanettejj | Sep 9, 2017 |
When I finished this book I felt like the world can be a wonderful place, there is still hope for the human race and that love actually does conquers all. That’s a lot of responsibility for a book and yet it manages to do so without being cheesy or corny but well written heartwarming story of 3 misfits who find themselves under one roof and discover that being together makes all the difference. smart dialogs, characters that stay in your heart and let’s not forget Paris, this book is all about love and I loved it. ( )
  veredi | Mar 25, 2017 |
French novel first published in 2004. The story features three peculiar characters, each with a bit of emotional baggage from strange or sad upbringings. As flatmates in a Paris apartment, we witness their interplay, as well as their dismal work environments, family dynamics, and gradually learn more about their histories. In many ways a quirky, charming story of youngish adults battling tough odds, but with some literary depth at times. The writing, especially the dialogue, is sharp, the characters grew on me, so that I swept through it surprisingly fast. With a stuttering sort of modern French nobleman named Philibert Marquet de la Durbelliere as a character, how could you not be curious? ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Sep 13, 2016 |
I'm a sucker for French fiction because of their amazing character sketches and this one does not disappoint. Usually I hate when authors wrap up their novels nice and neat without any room to question what the hell just happened, but I can forgive Ms. Gavalda for it because this book is just so damn wonderful. ( )
  PagesandPints | Sep 1, 2016 |
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This international best-seller from one of France's rising literary stars is sure to be a popular book-club choice. Although Gavalda (Someone I Loved, 2005) amps up the pathos, she delivers a winning portrait of a group of misfits who band together to form their own family. There's socially awkward aristocrat Philibert, who is living in his dead grandmother's grand if sparely furnished Parisian apartment until her will has been sorted out; his handy but uncouth roommate, Franck, a talented cook who is heartsick over having to commit his grandmother to a nursing home; and gifted artist Camille, who works cleaning offices and suffers from anorexia. When Philibert finds Camille in her freezing attic apartment exhausted from a fever, he nurses her back to health. The chef and the artist take an immediate dislike to each other and then promptly fall in love, and the three then "embark on what might turn out to be the most beautiful days of their lives." Gavalda casts her immensely appealing story in such a sunny albeit sentimental light, readers will find it nearly impossible to resist.
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Prize-winning author Anna Gavalda has galvanized the literary world with an exquisite genius for storytelling. 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. Comprised of a starving artist, her shy, aristocratic neighbor, his obnoxious but talented roommate, and a neglected grandmother, this curious, damaged quartet may be hopeless apart, but together, they may just be able to face the world.

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Camille is doing her best to disappear. She barely eats, works at night as a cleaner, and lives in a tinyattic room. Philibert Marquet de La Durbelliere is a stammering, erudite aristocrat who sells postcards outside a museum. One evening, he overcomes his own execruciating reticence to rescue Camille, unconscious, from her freezing garret, and install her in the large, ornate apartment he is taking care of downstairs. He already has an unlikely flatmate--the foulmouthed, talented young chef Franck, who is made more obnoxious by guilt about his beloved grandmother--who in turn forms an unlikely bond with hes new friends. Apart, they may be hopeless, but together, this curious, damaged little quartet may be able to face the world.… (more)

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