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Hunting and Gathering
Hunting and Gathering
Author: Anna Gavalda, Alison Anderson (Translator)
Camille is doing her best to disappear. She barely eats, works at night as a cleaner and lives in a tiny attic room. Downstairs in a beautiful, ornate apartment, lives Philibert Marquet de la Durbellière, a shy, erudite, upper-class man with an unlikely flatmate in the shape of the foul-mouthed but talented chef, Franck. One freezing even...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781594481444
ISBN-10: 159448144X
Publication Date: 4/3/2007
Pages: 496
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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I am now an Anna Gavalda fan! The farther I read, the more in love I became, with the characters, the story, and the author. Gavalda follows four broken people, who are just trying to get through the day-to-day world, and shares what happens when they reach out to someone else. Instead of focusing on their own pain, they begin to focus on helping out another human being in pain. The shift in focus brings a surprise bonus of healing in the giver! This is a story of loss turned to gain, failure turned to victory, and sorrow turned to joy, as four people begin to notice the needs of those around them rather than their own dilemmas. I will read this book ,and author, again. And again!
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I really liked this book, though it was hard to get into at first. The style of writing is a little different, as not everything is explained in detail. However, the characters are intriguing, passionate, and all have their own stories, which they reveal in time. Gavalda is French and I love the way she uses language. A good story for a book club or summer read. Definitely will read more of her novels.

One of the main understandings you get from this book, is the sense of family that develops between the characters. I'm a believer that family is what you make, not what is given to you, and Gavalda illustrates this with her novel. Bon Appetit!