Hunting and Gathering

Hunting and Gathering

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ISBN-13: 9781594481444
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 477,357
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anna Gavalda is an internationally acclaimed bestselling author, widely regarded as one of France's newest literary stars. A former high-school French teacher and mother of two, she lives outside of Paris.

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Hunting and Gathering 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
lildirtydesigner More than 1 year ago
It is true what others have said about this book, it isn't a book filled with plot but more about life. A story about four individuals coping with what they were given in life. I guess you can say, they made their own lemonade. You might want to ask yourself why should I care about these four characters if they don't do anything but live. For one it is how they come together and face the world as a family. Two the dependency that each of them have for each other as kinder spirits. Lastly, how they deal with the hand that was dealt with them and the growing up that each character does throughout the book. It is really a sweet book filled with great characters - ones that you might want to meet in real life. I was sad to have read the last page because you wanted this story to keep on living and how these characters lives have changed for the better and not the worse.
oldblack on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
If you believe the publisher, this has been a big-selling book in France and elsewhere. I think the reason for that must be largely the quirky and likable characters. Gavalda has a great ability to give a person enough redeeming features to balance their somewhat less desirable behaviour. This book is, however, purely romantic escapism. The plot is unbelievable and everyone lives happily - we presume 'for ever after'. Even when the grandmother dies, she dies in her sleep with a smile on her face! A fun, easy read - just don't take it seriously.
abigailyow on LibraryThing 5 days ago
It was okay in my opinion. The bond between the characters were believable and realistic. The novel was very much dialogue-driven which made it an easy read. It suited the story nicely. However, I felt some parts too ambiguous and the ending a little contrive. Overall, a mediocre read.
kristinmm on LibraryThing 5 days ago
I really could not put this book down and read it in one night. I loved the characters, the dialogue, the setting, pretty much everything! The characters have serious problems but overall it's a very feel-good story.
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Geez More than 1 year ago
This story is a truly heartwarming tale; not all fluff and romance, but people from different walks of life with unique problems coming together to help each other make their lives better. I love this book's mix of tragedy, love, humor and resolution in a feasible real-life setting. Honestly have read it over four times in the past two years I have had it! Highly recommend to someone that likes a more complex bittersweet feel-good book.
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Melyssa82 More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up in a section of B&N filled with employee recommendations. This book is beautifully written, even translated from its original French. There were a few French phrases I didn't quite understand, but I didn't find it took anything away from my overall enjoyment. A story of inner turmoil, perseverance and unlikely friendships, it is unique and somthing I will read again. I do plan to pick up additional copies to send as gifts.
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literati1013 More than 1 year ago
Gavalda is one of my all-time favorite authors. This is, by far, my favorite of her works. I only wish I could read it in its original French.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the book in both Russian and English translations. I find Russian translation much better and accurate, from title ''Esemble, c'est tout' actually means 'Together, that's all'' to actual contest. The book is absolutely wonderful, doesn't matter what language you read, and the story line is exceptional. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it makes you travel to Paris and fall in love with French culture. The only suggestion I have, if you read any other language, try to read the original or some other translation other than English. If you think about the name of the book 'Together, that¿s all' when you get to page 390, I promise it would make you want to cry.