Hunting and Gathering. Anna Gavalda, Author, Alison Anderson, Translator, trans. from the French by Alison Anderson. Riverhead $16 (p). Gavalda, Anna, –. [Ensemble, c’est tout. English]. Hunting and gathering / Anna Gavalda ; translated by Alison Anderson.—1st Riverhead trade paperback . In , Hunting and Gathering was, along with The Da Vinci Code or Harry Potter 5, one of those books you kept seeing in the Paris metro.

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It starts off with Camille, who I really did sympathize with as this waif genius artist who really is all alone in the world with nothing better than a dead-end job and a nowhere life as far as anyone’s concerned.

I liked Paulette and Camille most of the time but I just couldn’t care about Franck. Love Hunting and Gathering? Le je-ne-sais-quoi du tout? Nov 02, Josefine rated it liked it Shelves: Wondering whether this book is like The Elegance of the Hedgehog which I loved? Please provide an email address. But then she’s rescued by an eccentric intellectual, starts to open the heart of an angry chef, and begins to take care of his ailing grandmother and I felt convinced at a certain point that this was qnna very touching.

This wasn’t a fuzzy story. So, 3 out of 5 for me. It’s heartbreaking in parts.

Hunting and Gathering

Una historia preciosa, llena de encanto. Inspired by the failure of her own marriage, it too was a major literary success and a bestseller and was followed by the short 96 pages juvenile novel 35 kilos d’espoir 95 Pounds of Hope that she said she wrote “to pay tribute to those of my students who were dunces in school but otherwise fantastic people”.


She manages to stay away from Franck and she starts drawing again. Jun 09, Kathleen Dixon rated it it was amazing Recommended to Kathleen by: Nov 08, Erin rated it it was amazing. I have a weakness for stuttering history buffs, apparently.

But one of my close GR friends rated it so highly and I trust her judgment that I couldn’t turn it down; and I’m so happy I pushed myself. I had recently seen a poster for the movie and decided on that that I wouldn’t go to it.

My favorite scene is the one where Camille, Franck and Philibert are practically kidnapping Paulette from amna old people’s home in the middle of the night. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nov 30, Czarny Pies rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Click here to see the rest of this review Philibert Marquet de la Durbelliere is an awkward, anxious, young man who stutters all the time. They take Paulette to her old house and Camille stays with her until one day she dies in her garden.

Everyone else in the story paled in comparison. Well, this was more of an appreciation tetrahedron, where the sides denoting closeness among the four main characters would vary in length at any given time.


Franck starts cooking for Camille because she is extremely thin. What it did have was a plenitude of French themes. One day, Camille decides to buy a radiator for her room but she ends up buying an electric, fake fireplace that she likes better.

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Jan 03, Laini added it. He tells her that he had to put his grandmother in an old people’s home and that she hates it very much. Jan 05, JoAnne rated it it was amazing. This novel could gunting been filled out a bit more in that one respect. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hater of romance or comedy or even romantic comedies. Franck and Camille decide to talk to each other and be civil so that he can stay in the apartment for a little longer.

Referred to by Voici magazine as “a distant descendant of Dorothy Parker”, Anna Gavalda was born in an upper-class suburb of Paris. I admired Gavalda’s approach in writing truth for her characters without ever showing judgment as an author- annq even in the most subtle and unintentional gtahering.