But it also requires a lot of talent on the part of the writer; Gavalda has some, but ultimately not enough. Reading a Gavalda story can feel like reading a play -- but without the stage directions. But she handles this trick well: the texts by no means feel cold or neutral. Far from it: Gavalda easily and constantly elicits emotion. And she seems to be offering characters that are real and speak to the reader. The whole deal.
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She stood back up behind me and put both hands flat on my shoulders. I want you not to move and not to turn around. Please I am begging of you. I waited a while, and then headed to my car. This novel with twelve short stories of people trying to connect shows her capturing their inner dialogues with perfect pitch.
Reaching out, knowing they are missing something and moving to the center to find exactly what it is. These stories, all small snippets of life. Coming-apart love, met-again love, aborted love, unknown love and of love lost all woven from separate stories into a theme. The saddest is the "Pregnancy".
The story of a new love and the nine months it takes to grow this new love, only to have an unknown enemy defeat it. Not reality searching but in his mind. He knows where she lives but not why she left. Both of them have moved on but he knows not why. And, then one day twelve years later he hears from her. In "Courting Rituals of the Saint-Germaine-des-Pres", an attractive woman smiles at a passing man, and he pursues her.
He asks her out to dinner. They meet hours later, both with a purpose of their own. They are attracted to each other and she is thinking of what might happen after dinner, when all of a sudden his cell phone goes off. At that moment he shuts it off, but she sees him scrumptiously look a number of the caller. She knows that the evening is over, forever. These are the stories of a friend who is telling you bits and pieces of life.
These are lively stories told with flourish and style. There is variety that surprises you, Parisian chic or hilarious, sophisticated farce. Anna Gavalda sees through ordinary appearances to our hidden longings. Highly Recommended.
Je voudrais que quelqu’un m’attende quelque part
Litterature Generale French Edition. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Gelesen ist zu viel gesagt. Divorced, and the mother of two, Gavalda lives in the city of Melun, Seine-et-Marne, about voydrais km southeast of Paris. Caroline added it Dec 15, The French is up to date with a considerable use of slang. Open Preview See a Problem?
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