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Je voudrais que quelqu'un m'attende quelque part (original 1999; edition 2001)

by Anna Gavalda (Author)

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Following the publication of Anna Gavalda's international bestseller, Hunting and Gathering, this book introduces us to Anna Gavalda's witty and dazzling collection of stories, I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere, together with her heartbreaking and poignant novella, Someone I Loved - both published in the UK for the first time.I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere explores how a life can be changed irrevocably in just one fateful moment. A pregnant mother's plans for the future unravel at the hospital; a travelling salesman learns the consequences of an almost-missed exit on the motorway in the newspaper the next morning; while a perfect date is spoilt by a single act of thoughtlessness. In those crucial moments Gavalda demonstrates her almost magical skill in conveying love, lust, longing, and loneliness.Someone I Loved is a hauntingly intimate look at the intolerably painful, yet sometimes valuable consequences that adultery can have on a marriage and the individuals involved. A simple tale, yet long in substance, Someone I Loved ends like most great love affairs, forever leaving you wanting just one more moment.… (more)
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Il se passe peu de choses dans les nouvelles d'Anna Gavalda, pas d'événement exceptionnel, de rebondissement inattendu, rien que le cours ordinaire de la vie et c'est ce qui en fait le charme. L'absence de sensationnel excelle à rendre le vide de ces existences vouées à la même banalité derrière une façade sociale plus ou moins reluisante. Ainsi dans Cet homme et cette femme un couple part en week-end. Ils roulent sur l'autoroute en direction de leur maison de campagne à bord d'une voiture luxueuse. Chacun plongé dans ses pensées, garde le silence. Il ne se passe rien mais en moins de quatre pages Anna Gavalda parvient à rendre poignante la solitude de ce couple sans enfant, sans amour qui a depuis longtemps renoncé à la vie pour s'investir exclusivement dans la recherche d'un certain confort matériel. Il arrive d'ailleurs, comme dans la nouvelle qui donne son titre au livre, que celui qui se croit seul et oublié de tous ait une bonne surprise. Car le recueil d'Anna Gavalda reflète fidèlement la vie comme elle est, avec ses joies et ses peines ordinaires, c'est sans doute ce qui explique le succès extraordinaire qu'il a rencontré, inhabituel pour le premier livre d'un jeune auteur et surtout pour un recueil de nouvelles. --Gérard Meudal--

Les personnages de ces douze nouvelles sont pleins d'espoirs futiles, ou de désespoir grave. Ils ne cherchent pas à changer le monde. Quoi qu'il leur arrive, ils n'ont rien à prouver. Ils ne sont pas héroïques. Simplement humains. On les croise tous les jours sans leur prêter attention, sans se rendre compte de la charge d'émotion qu'ils transportent et que révèle tout à coup la plume si juste d'Anna Gavalda. En pointant sur eux ce projecteur, elle éclaire par ricochet nos propres existences.
  Haijavivi | Jun 11, 2019 |
I think I saw this in Library Journal and decided that I should read it in French. The short stories were at turns sweet and sad and funny and brutal. All set in contemporary France, I soon was reminded how outdated my knowledge of slang is. I think I got most of it, though. I'll probably pick her up again. (March 27, 2004) ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
برخی از داستانهایش دید جالب و نویی داشتند ( )
  ablomof | Feb 18, 2012 |
In this collection of 12 short stories, French author Anna Gavalda explores themes of love and isolation. Some stories are funny, some are sad, but they all feature characters who are searching for meaningful connections in their lives. I’m finding it hard to give my thoughts solely on the collection as a whole, so here’s a brief rundown of each story:

.....“Courting Rituals of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés” – A woman has a romantic encounter with a stranger, but things do not go as planned. I liked the cheeky narrator of this one, and the ending surprised me.
.....“Pregnant” – A woman discovers that she is pregnant and prepares for the baby while also getting ready for a friend’s wedding. This poignant story has, in my opinion, the best ending in the collection.
.....“This Man and This Woman” – A husband and wife who have been married for several years drive to their vacation home in the country. A very short and somewhat depressing story.
.....“The Opel Touch” – A lonely young woman ruminates on her horrible job and lack of love. I really liked the dynamic between the narrator and her sister.
.....“Amber” – A rock star falls in love (or lust) with a beautiful photographer named Amber. I wasn’t nuts about this story, but there’s one very beautiful and vivid scene which still stands out to me from the entire collection.
.....“Leave” – A young man comes home on leave from the army and confronts his brother and an old flame. The narrator’s character is very well developed, and I couldn’t help liking him even though he is clearly flawed.
.....“Lead Story” – A traveling salesman narrowly misses dying in a horrific accident on the highway. I can’t say too much about it without giving away the ending, but this is a very sad story.
.....“Catgut” – A female veterinarian must prove herself to the rural community where she works, but she encounters some very unpleasant resistance. I wasn’t a fan of this very disturbing story; it was probably my least favorite in the collection.
.....“Junior” – A privileged young man and his bad-news friend get into trouble when they borrow Junior’s dad’s car. This one just made me laugh.
.....“For Years” – A man, though happily married with three children, can’t stop thinking about his first love. This is another sad story, but I loved it. Another great ending.
.....“Clic-Clac” – A man is in love with his female co-worker but hasn’t found the courage to tell her yet. I absolutely loved the narrator in this story, which is one of the most lighthearted in the bunch.
.....“Epilogue” – A woman attempts to get her short stories published but runs into some problems along the way. This was a fun and funny story, obviously meant to evoke the author herself. An interesting way to end the book.

Overall, I enjoyed this collection and am looking forward to reading her novel, Hunting and Gathering, which is already on my shelves.
3 vote christina_reads | Jan 19, 2011 |
A short but charming collection of quirky short stories. Some lean towards chick lit, others towards depressed teen fiction, still others towards self-referential absurd-ditties. The style is lean, terse and understated, while it's firmy rooted in everyday colloquial French, lending the whole a directness without which the tales would lose about half their effect. Recommended for brief, fluttering encounters and small-scale twists of condensed reality. ( )
1 vote Petroglyph | Jan 16, 2011 |
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Gavalda, AnnaAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Casassas, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hovland, RagnarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keil, HelmutEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kiss, ZsuzsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Komornicka, AleksandraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kronenberger, InaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Following the publication of Anna Gavalda's international bestseller, Hunting and Gathering, this book introduces us to Anna Gavalda's witty and dazzling collection of stories, I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere, together with her heartbreaking and poignant novella, Someone I Loved - both published in the UK for the first time.I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere explores how a life can be changed irrevocably in just one fateful moment. A pregnant mother's plans for the future unravel at the hospital; a travelling salesman learns the consequences of an almost-missed exit on the motorway in the newspaper the next morning; while a perfect date is spoilt by a single act of thoughtlessness. In those crucial moments Gavalda demonstrates her almost magical skill in conveying love, lust, longing, and loneliness.Someone I Loved is a hauntingly intimate look at the intolerably painful, yet sometimes valuable consequences that adultery can have on a marriage and the individuals involved. A simple tale, yet long in substance, Someone I Loved ends like most great love affairs, forever leaving you wanting just one more moment.

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