Împreună

Împreună[Reading] ➾ Împreună By Anna Gavalda – Oaklandjobs.co.uk In presa franceza, Impreuna este considerat unul dintre cele mai frumoase romane de dragoste Cartea, tradusa in peste de limbi, a fost ecranizata de celebrul regizor francez Claude Berri, cu simpatic In presa franceza, Impreuna este considerat unul dintre cele mai frumoase romane de dragoste Cartea, tradusa in pestede limbi, a fost ecranizata de celebrul regizor francez Claude Berri, cu simpatica Audrey Tautou in rolul feminin principalAparut in martie , romanul Impreuna este unul dintre cele mai mari succese ale inceputului de secol XXI in Franta In viziunea autoarei, oamenii se pot salva numai prin iubire Actiunea se petrece la Paris, in zilele noastre, in decursul unui an In roman apar patru personaje principale un tanar aristocrat, o tanara pictorita fara adapost, o bunica pe punctul sa abandoneze lupta cu viata si un chelner lipsit de maniere Toti patru ajung sa locuiasca sub acelasi acoperis Patru oameni care, la inceput, par sa nu aiba nimic in comun si care ajung sa se cunoasca pe ei insisi si sa si daruiasca iubirea celorlalti Extraordinara fluenta a romanului se datoreaza stilului direct si alert, vietile celor patru angrenand o adevarata radiografie a Parisului contemporan. Despite 1 several years spent in Indiana, 2 an unstinted enjoyment of meat, and 3 the fact that I at one time had a mustache it was the 80 s , I amnota Ron Swanson replica To prove this point, I read a book set in Europe France, no less And it didn t even have one of those page turning plots to drive it.What it did have was a plenitude of French themes Food, especially the fine dining variety, was foremost among them Art was another Cultural divides of the type pitting aristo Despite 1 several years spent in Indiana, 2 an unstinted enjoyment of meat, and 3 the fact that I at one time had a mustache it was the 80 s , I amnota Ron Swanson replica To prove this point, I read a book set in Europe France, no less And it didn t even have one of those page turning plots to drive it.What it did have was a plenitude of French themes Food, especially the fine dining variety, was foremost among them Art was another Cultural divides of the type pitting aristocrats against republicans also featured Romance was another theme, but not in an entirely typical way We all know about love triangles Well, this wasof an appreciation tetrahedron, where the sides denoting closeness among the four main characters would vary in length at any given time It seemed like the point of the book and the pleasure to be derived from it was in watching the tetrahedron change shape.The points defining this geometric object were Camille a cleaning lady or reallyof a starving artist starving from anorexia, that is , Philibert gentle, awkward, and to the manor born , Franck a talented chef but one with attitude brusque, tired, and hurting , and Franck s grandmother less self sufficient than she d like to be, good hearted but not always able to givethan she takes I wish that the land of the misfit toys reference wasn t so popular so that I could claim it as my own and apply it here Anyway, these four interact in the ways real people do It takes time and intermittent acts of kindness for the bonds to form, and it proceeds in fits and starts.This is a quick read with plenty of dialog and a respect for the show don t tell approach to character development It s strong on lifestyle, too The author even sprinkles in a bit of philosophy, though nothing heavy All in all it was a nice, light parfait easy to consume even if not an omnivore s fill This book was recommended to me by Jamie, and it was a perfect rec, thank you so much, lady.Translated from French to English, Hunting and Gathering is a character rather than plot driven, slice of life portrait Somewhere within these pages, the main character finds herself at a bookstore, pouring over a collection of the French cartoonist Sempe s drawings as I best know for his work in The New Yorker As I read further, I began to realize There it is This book is like a Sempe drawing This book was recommended to me by Jamie, and it was a perfect rec, thank you so much, lady.Translated from French to English, Hunting and Gathering is a character rather than plot driven, slice of life portrait Somewhere within these pages, the main character finds herself at a bookstore, pouring over a collection of the French cartoonist Sempe s drawings as I best know for his work in The New Yorker As I read further, I began to realize There it is This book is like a Sempe drawing It is graceful and gentle and detailed, despite looking right into the heart of something that would otherwise revolt or depress Rather, Gavalda makes it seem as though the beauty in these characters is actually due TO their dejection I appreciate this, because it really is our muli dimensional nature that makes us human.I admired Gavalda s approach in writing truth for her characters without ever showing judgment as an author not even in the most subtle and unintentional way This isn t easy, and takes trust on the author s part to just allow these personalities to unfold, even if they are sometimes ugly sides to show.As a reward for her discipline, her characters really come to life, flaws and all, and allow the reader to develop a relationship with them as if they really are friends , as the characters themselves grow to know and love one another It is how we are in life we understand each other as complex beings and recognize that this is what draws us together Shared pain of past experiences, shared joy and frustration and kindnesses I fear that through this review, I could be making this story seem way too darling, when it is far from that sort of tone I guess that is that je ne sais quoi ha that comes from balancing sentiment with the reality of burden, as well as the candid sharp wit of dialogue, both between characters and in their internal conversation The perspective is balanced, and never takes you too far to one side or another without bringing you right back Such is life This book is now well dog eared with pages I want to revisit, and I never do that I guess maybe at the bottom of it all I read this book at just the right time It was a great reminder that we is who we is, and everyone s just trying to do the best they can in this crazy world, while finding a little joy and connection to get through I needed that I was worried that once I finished this book I would be filled with sadness over leaving these characters I was sad to put it down, but the overall experience was so satisfying that I would highly recommend this book to others Hunting and Gathering made me miss having conversations with my old roommate from France The characters manner of speaking is so different from Americans and refreshing I was surprised to see American references like Shrek and Angelina Jolie here and there, but they o I was worried that once I finished this book I would be filled with sadness over leaving these characters I was sad to put it down, but the overall experience was so satisfying that I would highly recommend this book to others Hunting and Gathering made me miss having conversations with my old roommate from France The characters manner of speaking is so different from Americans and refreshing I was surprised to see American references like Shrek and Angelina Jolie here and there, but they only added to the realistic experience The book is filled with conversations from its four characters and is about how each of them change and grow over the course of time.I m looking forward to readingof Gavalda s work now This will sound weird, but it s true some books don t need plots Hunting and Gathering is a perfect example of a character driven novel Nothing really monumental or dramatic happens, and instead the story is supported entirely by the four main characters They are Camille, a cleaning lady or cleaning operative who lives in a tiny apartment by herself and doesn t eat Philibert, an aristocrat lacking social skills who lives in Camille s building his roommate Franck, a temperamental but t This will sound weird, but it s true some books don t need plots Hunting and Gathering is a perfect example of a character driven novel Nothing really monumental or dramatic happens, and instead the story is supported entirely by the four main characters They are Camille, a cleaning lady or cleaning operative who lives in a tiny apartment by herself and doesn t eat Philibert, an aristocrat lacking social skills who lives in Camille s building his roommate Franck, a temperamental but talented chef and Franck s grandmother, Paulette, an old woman terrified of being placed in a nursing home Gavalda s writing style is simple and elegant, and her dialogue is amazingly well done The ending of Hunting and Gathering is a little bit too well wrapped up, but I didn t mind All in all, a lovely story This book This book, this book, this book Sigh It is lyrical in that way that only books translated from French can be I rarely underline or highlight while reading fiction, but this book gave my pen a work out It was just lovely The characters were complex and well developed and sweet They were just so sweet It wasn t perfect, but it was just the thing It was flawed, but still one of the best I ll read this year The biggest flaw for me was probably Philou s character I don t like that This book This book, this book, this book Sigh It is lyrical in that way that only books translated from French can be I rarely underline or highlight while reading fiction, but this book gave my pen a work out It was just lovely The characters were complex and well developed and sweet They were just so sweet It wasn t perfect, but it was just the thing It was flawed, but still one of the best I ll read this year The biggest flaw for me was probably Philou s character I don t like that he faded as Franck s character took over taking care of Camille Other than that Brill And I won t lie, I finished it on the bus last night and cried Translated from the French I loved this novel about a group of isolated people who find in each other an odd kind of family Highly recommended I m not great at reading contemporary novels for some reason I think in a lot of ways I expect too much out of them, especially when I compare them to so many of their predecessors totally unfair of me, I know, but that s how I roll I usually see so much room for improvement, or had this been tweaked just a bit s, that I wind up wondering what everyone makes such a fuss about.I don t wonder as much with this book It s charming It s heartbreaking in parts It actually punched me in the I m not great at reading contemporary novels for some reason I think in a lot of ways I expect too much out of them, especially when I compare them to so many of their predecessors totally unfair of me, I know, but that s how I roll I usually see so much room for improvement, or had this been tweaked just a bit s, that I wind up wondering what everyone makes such a fuss about.I don t wonder as much with this book It s charming It s heartbreaking in parts It actually punched me in the heart a few times You know how certain paragraphs in books can hit you somewhere inside you didn t even know existed Yeah, that s what happened with this book.There are four main characters the starving artist, Camille Philibert the aristocrat who lives in Camille s building Philibert s roommate, Franck and Paulette, Franck s grandmother While the story shouldn t be told without any one of them, the only one I particularly cared about was Camille Maybe it s because we re both of the womenfolk genre, and I could connect with her on that sort of level but honestly I think it hasto do with how Gavalda wrote her Camille is wonderful I love the way she sees the world, and the way her art is an extension of her character Everyone else in the story paled in comparison I just wanted Camille.Now this is where I get obnoxious I see that 10 Goodreads members have shelved this book as chick lit I m not attacking them for that, but it just doesn t fit the bill in my opinion This might be because my own definition of chick lit is less forgiving than I think it is according to most of the readers of the world Chick lit to me is fluffy that s what I imagine when I think of a baby chick Fuzz This was deeper than that This wasn t a fuzzy story There are the occasional fuzzy elements, but Camille is not a chick She s not fluffy She s bones and grit and paint She s not out to find herself a man, or even the right pair of high heels I m not sure she would know how to walk in high heels Something else she and I have in common Most characters in what I define as chick lit do not appreciate the beauty in an ugly knitted scarf Camille could.So I m interested with that shelving, but I m trying to ignore it I just hate that someone might be led astray by that I almost couldn t bring myself to read this because of that 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.For the record, I do believe many readers are confused by chick lit and women s literature or fiction by women writers It doesn t help that so many are marketed so freaking insanely in order to garner readers.What I m saying is that this is a book that I think even male readers could appreciate And I worry that the label chick lit could be a real turn off for most.I can t give this a full 5 stars because it really consists ofdialogue than I prefer I often find that an easy way out Gavalda, however, manages to throw in an occasional paragraph or few pages that are not as superficial as straight conversation, and for that alone I hung on.Now, really Can Gavalda write a book just about Camille For me Please and thank you.All the valves opened and she blew her nose against his shirt, cried some , letting go of twenty seven years of solitude, of sorrow, of nasty blows to the head, crying for the cuddles she never had, her mother s madness, the paramedics on their knees on the wall to wall carpet, her father s absent gazes, the shit she went through, all those years without any respite, ever, the cold, the pleasure of hunger, the wrong paths taken, the self imposed betrayals, and always that vertigo, the vertigo at the edge of the abyss and of the bottle And the doubt, her body always in hiding, and the taste of ether and the fear of never being good enough.That, right there That s one of those sections that hit me somewhere I didn t know existed You don t have to understand That one is just for me A pen you see, you hold between your thumb and your index finger No, wait, you hold it however you want After that, it s not hard, you don t even think about it Your hands don t exist any The important thing happens elsewhere No, this won t do, it s still too pretty You re not being asked to come up with something pretty, you know No one gives a damn about pretty There are children s drawings and glossy magazines for that So put on your mittens, little genius, little empty shell, ye A pen you see, you hold between your thumb and your index finger No, wait, you hold it however you want After that, it s not hard, you don t even think about it Your hands don t exist any The important thing happens elsewhere No, this won t do, it s still too pretty You re not being asked to come up with something pretty, you know No one gives a damn about pretty There are children s drawings and glossy magazines for that So put on your mittens, little genius, little empty shell, yes, go on, put them on, I tell you, and maybe at last you ll see, you ll draw an almost perfect failed circle It was an okay read andlike a beach read sweet, fun, and romantic Towards the end, it simply moved far too slowly for me I keep hearing how the movie is far better I don t think that I ll be able to see that anytime soon All in all, this wasn t as good as I had hoped it would be Maybe I just wasn t in the right mood One of my favorite quotes Our certainties never really hold water One day you feel like dying and the next you realize all you had to do was go down a few stairs to fi It was an okay read andlike a beach read sweet, fun, and romantic Towards the end, it simply moved far too slowly for me I keep hearing how the movie is far better I don t think that I ll be able to see that anytime soon All in all, this wasn t as good as I had hoped it would be Maybe I just wasn t in the right mood One of my favorite quotes Our certainties never really hold water One day you feel like dying and the next you realize all you had to do was go down a few stairs to find the light switch so you could see things a bitclearly It s just possible that I couldn t put this book down because I m into avoidance tactics at the moment avoiding the study I need to do for my 4 exams coming up in 2 weeks time , but, nevertheless, I couldn t put it down I just loved these poor, sad people and their wonderful specialities and their struggling to find some normal type of existence The way Gavalda brings them together is very clever, and the way she takes the flaws in their characters and weaves in a realisation about friendship It s just possible that I couldn t put this book down because I m into avoidance tactics at the moment avoiding the study I need to do for my 4 exams coming up in 2 weeks time , but, nevertheless, I couldn t put it down I just loved these poor, sad people and their wonderful specialities and their struggling to find some normal type of existence The way Gavalda brings them together is very clever, and the way she takes the flaws in their characters and weaves in a realisation about friendship and belonging, is delightful.I love the descriptions of Camille s art as so muchthan skill and technique And the transformation of the angry young Franck into an inspired chef each time he cooks or thinks of cooking is fabulous And then there s Philibert, the stuttering, caught in the past rescuer who learns how to be not scared Finally, there s Paulette and her journey into dementia that is so poignantly told and interconnected with our other three.I m going to read this book again.Oh yes a friend read the book and then saw the movie She found the movie disappointing sweet, she said, but I had recently seen a poster for the movie and decided on that that I wouldn t go to it I liked Audrey Tautou in Amelie, but she doesn t look like I imagined Camille, and I couldn t figure which of the two men in the poster was Franck and which was Philibert In the book there is no mistaking them.My decision not to see the movie has been confirmed by my friend s comments My friend said that she asked her husband afterwards, and he hadn t realised that Camille suffered anorexia, nor that she was a sublimely gifted artist Neither of these two highly necessary parts of the book development came out in the film And, of course, no movie can have even half of the other parts of the book