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Frühling, irgendwo in Frankreich, die Geschwister Simon, Garance und Lola auf dem Weg zu einer Hochzeit: Schon die Autofahrt mündet in einen handfesten Streit mit der Schwägerin. Kurzerhand machen sich die drei aus dem Staub, lassen die gediegene Familienfeier sausen und besuchen stattdessen den Bruder Vincent, der in der Provinz auf einem Schloss in der Touraine lebt. In Frühling, irgendwo in Frankreich, die Geschwister Simon, Garance und Lola auf dem Weg zu einer Hochzeit: Schon die Autofahrt mündet in einen handfesten Streit mit der Schwägerin. Kurzerhand machen sich die drei aus dem Staub, lassen die gediegene Familienfeier sausen und besuchen stattdessen den Bruder Vincent, der in der Provinz auf einem Schloss in der Touraine lebt. In ihrer heiteren, spritzigen Frühlingslektüre erzählt Anna Gavalda von einer überraschenden Landpartie, die den Geschwistern ein Stück Kindheitsglück zurückgibt: einen geschenkten Tag, fernab von Small Talk und Förmlichkeiten, voller Erinnerungen – und ohne nervende Schwägerin.


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Frühling, irgendwo in Frankreich, die Geschwister Simon, Garance und Lola auf dem Weg zu einer Hochzeit: Schon die Autofahrt mündet in einen handfesten Streit mit der Schwägerin. Kurzerhand machen sich die drei aus dem Staub, lassen die gediegene Familienfeier sausen und besuchen stattdessen den Bruder Vincent, der in der Provinz auf einem Schloss in der Touraine lebt. In Frühling, irgendwo in Frankreich, die Geschwister Simon, Garance und Lola auf dem Weg zu einer Hochzeit: Schon die Autofahrt mündet in einen handfesten Streit mit der Schwägerin. Kurzerhand machen sich die drei aus dem Staub, lassen die gediegene Familienfeier sausen und besuchen stattdessen den Bruder Vincent, der in der Provinz auf einem Schloss in der Touraine lebt. In ihrer heiteren, spritzigen Frühlingslektüre erzählt Anna Gavalda von einer überraschenden Landpartie, die den Geschwistern ein Stück Kindheitsglück zurückgibt: einen geschenkten Tag, fernab von Small Talk und Förmlichkeiten, voller Erinnerungen – und ohne nervende Schwägerin.

30 review for Ein geschenkter Tag

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    L'échappée belle = Breaking Away, Anna Gavalda During a car journey to a family wedding, Garance reflects on how adult life, with its disappointments and responsibilities, has not always gone to plan for herself or her three siblings. But just around the corner lies the chance for them to revisit their younger, carefree selves in a delightfully unplanned escapade. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز یازدهم ماه نوامبر سال 2016میلادی عنوان: گریز دلپذیر؛ نویسنده: آنا گاوالدا؛ مترجم: الهام دارچینیان؛ مشخصات نشر ته L'échappée belle = Breaking Away, Anna Gavalda During a car journey to a family wedding, Garance reflects on how adult life, with its disappointments and responsibilities, has not always gone to plan for herself or her three siblings. But just around the corner lies the chance for them to revisit their younger, carefree selves in a delightfully unplanned escapade. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز یازدهم ماه نوامبر سال 2016میلادی عنوان: گریز دلپذیر؛ نویسنده: آنا گاوالدا؛ مترجم: الهام دارچینیان؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، نشر قطره، 1389، در 148ص، چاپ دوم 1390، در 146ص؛ شابک 9786001191282؛ چاپ چهارم و پنجم 1392؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان فرانسوی - سده 21م دو خواهر و دو برادر، و یاد ایام کودکی، کاش از بهشت کودکی دور نمیشدیم، کمی تا قسمتی خواندنی ست؛ نقل از متن: «گاهی بی هیچ بهانه ای کسی را دوست داری، اما گاهی با هزار دلیل هم نمیتوانی یکی را دوست داشته باشی».؛ پایان نقل نقل دیگر «وقتی رسیدیم، آخرین بازدید از قصر شروع شده بود؛ مردکی سفیدرو مثل ماست وارفته، چرک و چروک، با نگاهی یخ‌زده، توصیه کرد در طبقه ی اول به گروه بپیوندیم؛ گروه بازدید عبارت بودند از توریست‌هایی سرگردان، زنانی با ران‌های وارفته، زن و شوهر آموزگاری که شبیه شیطان‌زده‌ها بودند، خانواده‌هایی جفت‌وجور، بچه‌هایی نق نقو و یک مشت هلندی؛ وقتی رسیدیم همه به سوی ما برگشتند؛ ونسان هنوز ما را ندیده بود؛ پشتش بود و با شور و حرارتی باورنکردنی درباره بالکن عمارتش توضیح و تفسیر می‌داد؛ اولین شوک: یک کت آبی رنگ رنگ ورو رفته با پیراهن راه راه به تن داشت، دکمه سرآستین هم داشت، شال گردنی نازک در یقه‌اش فرو کرده بود، شلواری عجیب و غریب با پاچه پاکتی به پاداشت؛ ریشش را از ته زده بود و موهایش را با نمی‌دانم چه رو به عقب، به کف سرش چسبانده بود؛ دومین شوک: هر چه دلش می‌‌خواست می‌گفت؛ پرت و پلا می‌گفت؛ این که این قصر از چند نسل پیش، متعلق به خانواده او بوده است؛ امروز در قصر تنها زندگی می‌کند در انتظار تشکیل خانواده است تا از نو خندق‌های باغ را پر از آب کند؛ می‌گفت قصر مکانی نفرین شده است چون مخفیانه ساخته شده، آن هم برای معشوقه سومین حرامزاده فرانسوی اول؛ معشوقه، دخترکی کافر بوده که از عشق فرانسوا دیوانه شده، و در آتش حسادت می‌سوخته، می‌گویند یکی از جادوگرهای قهار زمان خودش بوده است؛ و خانم‌ها، آقایان، امروز هنوز، شب‌هایی که ماه در ده روز اول قمری، حنایی رنگ می‌شود، صداهای بسیار عجیبی به گوش می‌رسد، انگار نوع عجیبی از پرنده‌های شکاری در سرداب‌های قصر به پرواز در‌می‌آیند، سرداب‌هایی که در گذشته به جای زندان از آن‌ها استفاده می‌شد؛ هنگام بازسازی آشپزخانه ‌ای که چندی پیش دیدید، پدربزرگم استخوان‌هایی پیدا کرد، که تاریخ‌شان به جنگ‌های صد ساله می‌رسید، و نیز سکه ‌هایی که با مهر لویی نهم ضرب شده بوند؛ آن قالی را در سمت چپ میبیند‌ متعلق به سده ی هفتم میلادی است»؛ پایان نقل تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 21/06/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    İntellecta

    The story is superficial, meaningless and boring.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    It is no surprise that this novel became a bestseller in France, as it captures a moment like a bird in flight—that sunny moment of refusing to acknowledge the weight of cares and celebrating the silly, the mad, and the wild. We are led in this madcap adventure by the irrepressibly sassy Garance, who travels from Paris by car with her brother and his wife to a relative’s wedding. Travelling wearing her thong because her skirt was too tight or slathering depilatory cream on her legs in the car (“ It is no surprise that this novel became a bestseller in France, as it captures a moment like a bird in flight—that sunny moment of refusing to acknowledge the weight of cares and celebrating the silly, the mad, and the wild. We are led in this madcap adventure by the irrepressibly sassy Garance, who travels from Paris by car with her brother and his wife to a relative’s wedding. Travelling wearing her thong because her skirt was too tight or slathering depilatory cream on her legs in the car (“Where else can I do it?”), Garance narrates, giving us a view of her family and their lives. ‘French leave’ is a phrase meaning to take one’s leave suddenly, with no warning and without permission. And that is what a family trio does almost immediately after arriving at the wedding in Podunk-on-Indre. Suddenly deciding what they really wanted to do was to visit their brother in Tours, the siblings jump back in their car and race away to spend the day with each other, taking time to remember, laugh, love, and celebrate their bonds. Left behind were boring family obligations, spouses, painful responsibilities and what they enjoyed was joyous, rare, and life-sustaining. Something really must be said about novels that actually celebrate the ties between siblings. How rare it is. This paean to family life caused me to wonder about the parents: what had they done (or not done) to make the children so loving to one another? Sure, the kids are different from one another. Older sister Lola is careful and cautious, while younger sister Garance is completely at ease with seeing how much she can get away with. But the two somehow feel as though they are enriched—nay--can’t live without each other’s influence. Simon and Vincent are likewise different as chalk and cheese, but the freedoms of one nutures the other. There is admiration, support, generosity, and a depth of sincerity displayed that is usually reserved for best friends. This slim novel is just a weekend slice of life—but what a slice it is! This novel should be required reading for twenty-somethings on the cusp of discovering the "latter years" and those others who need the fizz put back in their drinks. Wonderful light summer fare.

  4. 5 out of 5

    El

    A few years back, a friend recommended I read Anna Gavalda's Hunting and Gathering which I wound up really liking. I gave it four stars, but I still think about that book, and the only reason I don't go back and change the star rating is because I don't believe in that - leave the stars as they were initially because that's what I felt at the time. I picked up this slim novel because of the author and also the publisher, Europa Editions, one of those publishers I sort of collect because I find th A few years back, a friend recommended I read Anna Gavalda's Hunting and Gathering which I wound up really liking. I gave it four stars, but I still think about that book, and the only reason I don't go back and change the star rating is because I don't believe in that - leave the stars as they were initially because that's what I felt at the time. I picked up this slim novel because of the author and also the publisher, Europa Editions, one of those publishers I sort of collect because I find the covers fascinating and generally the stories are pretty good international novels that I would otherwise never come across most likely. This quaint little novel is just that - quaint. Simon, Lola, and Garance decide rather on a whim to leave a boring family wedding and go visit their younger brother, Vincent, who works at a chateau in the Tours countryside. Because the novel is just 144 pages, there's not a lot of action. There's dialogue and some remembrances which is, really, what sibling-gatherings result in anyway, in addition to wine. It's a sweet novel, really, but not much to it, and in comparison to Hunting and Gathering, I found this a bit of a disappointment. It felt to me like Gavalda just threw the story together. I see there's a lot of love for the book, but it didn't reach me on any of the same levels that other reviewers say it reached them. So for now I believe this will be an otherwise forgettable little novel whereas Hunting and Gathering will remain strong in my memory.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nick Jones

    Written in first person: Garance is given a lift by her brother to a family wedding; they pick up their sister on the way. Written in short, descriptive, precise, light sentences, I thought this very short book was going to be superb...at least for the first couple of pages. But also in the car is the brother’s wife and she is the foil: she is petty, a pharmacist, materialist, average...her function is to show how likable and wonderful the others are. Then at the wedding the three siblings quick Written in first person: Garance is given a lift by her brother to a family wedding; they pick up their sister on the way. Written in short, descriptive, precise, light sentences, I thought this very short book was going to be superb...at least for the first couple of pages. But also in the car is the brother’s wife and she is the foil: she is petty, a pharmacist, materialist, average...her function is to show how likable and wonderful the others are. Then at the wedding the three siblings quickly leave to find their younger brother. And they have a good time. Go to a village wedding. We are given four characters to identify with and feel smug in their superiority. Gavance worries about the disappointments and failures of her life (she’s just like us), but, let’s face it, she’s very nice and intelligent and charming (just like us) (and despite all her worrying it turns out she’s something big in the legal world, so by normal criteria she’s successful anyway). God, I hated this book: it’s a happy mirror for liberal middle class people to look in and see themselves reflected and realize how wonderful they are. I don’t think I’ve ever read such an obnoxiously self-satisfied book before. (But maybe something went wrong in the translation.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zohre

    A cool story! :) And it was not boring. The third chapter was the best.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fani *loves angst*

    Well, it was not worth the 9.50 euros I paid for the 140-pages paperback edition in Greek, in any case. But it was fun, even if it was full of references to French culture that I ignore. And the first part about the silly sister-in-law touched my heart:) But all in all, it seemed more like a few pages taken out of the author's diary than a novel. If I hadn't paid as much money for it as I did, I might even have enjoyed it more, lol!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)

    🌟🌟🌟 💫 This was a really fun and light read about three siblings and a road trip of sorts. They ditch a family wedding and head up to visit their other brother, and what ensues is a random evening of fun and frivolity and throwing adulthood to the wind in a sense. This was an easy read, with lighthearted and endearing characters, but I didn’t finish it with any strong feelings and suspect the story is not one that will stick with me in time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Langlois

    I don't think it's a good sign when you actually feel sorry for the character you're not supposed to like. I found the storyteller to be rather self centred and unlikable and the story itself rather bland. Won't be reading anything else by this author as the main positive comment I have is that the book was short.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    3.5 stars It was a good book, refreshing in a way, but quite short, and with some flaws. First, positive: I couldn't really get attached to some of the characters, but loved Simon!! His philosophy is exactly what I would like to think and live like! He is wise! But, here, he needs a break, clearly. The book tends to prove that, in a way, he is wrong to be this way; I really don't think so! There were some flaws, like the shortness, but also, Garance's character. I didn't really like her. She does 3.5 stars It was a good book, refreshing in a way, but quite short, and with some flaws. First, positive: I couldn't really get attached to some of the characters, but loved Simon!! His philosophy is exactly what I would like to think and live like! He is wise! But, here, he needs a break, clearly. The book tends to prove that, in a way, he is wrong to be this way; I really don't think so! There were some flaws, like the shortness, but also, Garance's character. I didn't really like her. She doesn't try to understand people around her, she's quite mean, seems to love conflicts. Some elements are also quite cliché - even if some are quite true. Everyone is lumped together, and that's a shame. I would have loved diversity, not everyone to be either black or white, but I think the book was too short for that kind of reflexion. It's just mentioned in the end, but it was not enough. The part about people's cowardise or lack of quick responses when confronted with - I may use the word - idiots and their racist remarks clicked with me; but the part about the wedding, and the family. I don't know. No family is perfect, but there are some good points too! This book is also quite sad. Why would brothers/sisters need to be on their way, to stop acting like children sometimes, to split? Life needs this kind of getaways, and I don't think there is an age for that! The end is moving, I loved it! So, a good book, but not astounding. I disagreed with some parts, but ended up quite enjoying my read. I just think that this type of books is not really right up my alley any longer!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Loved this slim novella about three siblings who have are heading to a family wedding and cut out to see their younger brother. What follows is a delightful afternoon of hanging out with the people who know you best, doing nothing while chatting and reminiscing. Eating, swimming and drinking is the perfect way to spend an afternoon/evening. This is a great break from real life and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Evelin

    This book was unexpectedly bland. It was an ok read, but lacked the usual spark I love in other Gavalda’s books. It was still sweet, but hectic and with lots of loose ends.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Robson

    I mentioned in a review recently that I objected to the term “slight” when referred to Josephine Rowe’s book Tarcutta Wake. I argued against this term but I am now going to apply it, at least in my view, to Anna Galvada’s novel Breaking Away - but perhaps I should start at the beginning. About a month ago I was browsing through the Salvation Army secondhand bookshop, as you do, and discovered this book. Immediately the author’s name grabbed my attention. It was familiar somehow. I read the blurb: I mentioned in a review recently that I objected to the term “slight” when referred to Josephine Rowe’s book Tarcutta Wake. I argued against this term but I am now going to apply it, at least in my view, to Anna Galvada’s novel Breaking Away - but perhaps I should start at the beginning. About a month ago I was browsing through the Salvation Army secondhand bookshop, as you do, and discovered this book. Immediately the author’s name grabbed my attention. It was familiar somehow. I read the blurb: “On the car journey to a family wedding, Garance reflects on how her adult life, with its disappointments and responsibilities, has not always gone to plan for herself or her three siblings. But just around the corner lies the chance for them to revisit their younger, carefree selves in a delightfully unplanned escapade.” I was in need of a quick fix book at that time and in all fairness to Gavalda the book does fulfil the promise of the blurb. I certainly flew through Breaking Away which is marvellous (as the avid reader will know) when some books, with more depth, can seem to take forever. I think the main reason I was a little disappointed is, strangely enough, the other two titles of her’s Hunting and Gathering and I Wish Someone Was Waiting for Me Somewhere (that I had marked as TBR) and the depth they seem to offer from their blurbs. Perhaps I am in a contrary mood but the slightness/lightness of Breaking Away has actually whetted my appetite for more Gavalda. I will be seeking out Hunting and Gathering very soon. I recommend Breaking Away for those readers who need a quick fix and who may have a very annoying sister-in-law.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Garance is traveling to a family wedding in the car with her brother Simon and his wife Carine. Along the journey, their sister Lola joins them. We share in Garance’s thoughts about Carine and her reminisces about childhood times with Lola, and Simon and fourth sibling Vincent, about their various alliances as they grew up, and her thoughts about her siblings now. They arrive for Hubert’s wedding, but then a snap decision is made and the three of them, minus Carine, drive off to visit their brot Garance is traveling to a family wedding in the car with her brother Simon and his wife Carine. Along the journey, their sister Lola joins them. We share in Garance’s thoughts about Carine and her reminisces about childhood times with Lola, and Simon and fourth sibling Vincent, about their various alliances as they grew up, and her thoughts about her siblings now. They arrive for Hubert’s wedding, but then a snap decision is made and the three of them, minus Carine, drive off to visit their brother Vincent, and with the four of them briefly reunited, together they enjoy some time feeling unfettered by everyday life, before returning to it. They reminisce and chat happily about times past, and then about their lives now, and it is evident how much Garance loves them all, and how much this chance reunion means to her. This short novel is translated from the French original. It is a very short work for a novel by today’s standards, more what I would have called a novella, and there are no chapters, just one long narrative, and it works here. The size and shape of the little hardback book itself is delightful. An enjoyable quick read with some delightful insights into human nature.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A pleasant little book - barely over 100 pages - that I think might read better in one sitting than broken into bits & pieces. The story takes place in only a few hours as a brother and two sisters skip out on a family wedding to go visit their other brother. An appealing escapist premise - who hasn't felt like playing hooky for a day and just disappearing from your regularly scheduled life? Gavalda does a good job of establishing relationships with very few words, conveying the sense of the sis A pleasant little book - barely over 100 pages - that I think might read better in one sitting than broken into bits & pieces. The story takes place in only a few hours as a brother and two sisters skip out on a family wedding to go visit their other brother. An appealing escapist premise - who hasn't felt like playing hooky for a day and just disappearing from your regularly scheduled life? Gavalda does a good job of establishing relationships with very few words, conveying the sense of the sister in law as an outsider and the connection between the siblings through simple actions and conversation. The book is formatted with many spaces between brief paragraphs - a style that worked in some moments but was almost annoying at others since at times I found myself wondering more about the reasoning behind the formatting than focusing on the story. I read this book a few weeks ago and perhaps the most telling piece of the review is how difficult it is for me to remember any details to write this. I remember enjoying the brief visit with this family but it the story and characters just didn't stick.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Watson

    After reading ‘Breaking Away’ by Anna Gavalda, I realised that it’s easy to miss the beautiful moments in life because you’re too preoccupied with responsibilities. I found this novel easy-to-follow and a perfect holiday read, nice and light with a realistic portrayal of families. The characters are easy to identify with the growing nostalgia of a family who, nearing middle age, reflect on missed opportunities and disappointments. I found the story both funny and touching in places and I really After reading ‘Breaking Away’ by Anna Gavalda, I realised that it’s easy to miss the beautiful moments in life because you’re too preoccupied with responsibilities. I found this novel easy-to-follow and a perfect holiday read, nice and light with a realistic portrayal of families. The characters are easy to identify with the growing nostalgia of a family who, nearing middle age, reflect on missed opportunities and disappointments. I found the story both funny and touching in places and I really empathised with Garance, the main character. Her love for her siblings is touching, and I really understood her growing irritation towards her neat-freak sister-in-law. Leaving duty behind, even just for one day, is something I, and most adults, would love to do. If you feel too bound up by responsibilities, I would recommend you read ‘Breaking Away’. This book is about getting older and lamenting a lost youth which is definitely something I identify with. However, I would have liked more resolution at the end of the story. All in all, Gavalda’s novel is about realising that life may not have turned out how you expected, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less amazing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    A very high 4 stars This was my third Gavalda and definitely her most lighthearted. A brother and his two sisters drive to attend a family wedding over a weekend, but instead decide to take "French leave" from the wedding and overbearing wife to visit their other brother. This book, which takes place from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon is just barely over 100 pages, but it makes you feel much longer. I love stories about siblings and this didn't disappoint; each were their own distinct char A very high 4 stars This was my third Gavalda and definitely her most lighthearted. A brother and his two sisters drive to attend a family wedding over a weekend, but instead decide to take "French leave" from the wedding and overbearing wife to visit their other brother. This book, which takes place from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon is just barely over 100 pages, but it makes you feel much longer. I love stories about siblings and this didn't disappoint; each were their own distinct character. As adults, the four were more like their child selves, and the regret of growing up and not being children anymore was palpable. Complete with a soundtrack at the end. (You'll know what I mean when you read it.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Short and sweet, written almost like a play. This was a brilliantly funny account of brothers and sisters (and a sister-in-law) and what happens over the course of their trip to the wedding of a relative. I really appreciated the way the author, Anna Gavalda, explored the roles we take on, or are assigned by default, in the context of a family. I think she did a really good job of showing how difficult, once established, it is to break away from those expectations. The variation and contrast of Short and sweet, written almost like a play. This was a brilliantly funny account of brothers and sisters (and a sister-in-law) and what happens over the course of their trip to the wedding of a relative. I really appreciated the way the author, Anna Gavalda, explored the roles we take on, or are assigned by default, in the context of a family. I think she did a really good job of showing how difficult, once established, it is to break away from those expectations. The variation and contrast of the different characters & their personalities worked really well. Overall perfect use of humor and warmth from beginning to end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    3.5 Came across this when I was looking for Gavalda’s story collection I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere. Pleasant little novella set in France: four grown siblings ditch a wedding to hang out together like they use to. Ruminations on familial bonds, memories, growing up and growing older, anticipation of the future, and the inevitable changes wrought by time. Are there really families that interact this way? It was nice.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I'm glad these characters like each other because I bet nobody else does.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kosar Koohi

    it was a remarkable story about four siblings who find their way to be together even for a short time to recall the time when they were all kids and what happened to them that split them into four different people with completely different lives. As the story begins, the love between the two of them is clearly perceptible. from one perspective, there was some lines which i felt very connected and you can tell it totally got me. as Anna Gavalda is one author i appreciate her way of writing from de it was a remarkable story about four siblings who find their way to be together even for a short time to recall the time when they were all kids and what happened to them that split them into four different people with completely different lives. As the story begins, the love between the two of them is clearly perceptible. from one perspective, there was some lines which i felt very connected and you can tell it totally got me. as Anna Gavalda is one author i appreciate her way of writing from deep down of my heart. she knows exactly how to write to make reader fall in love with the story from the very first word. same as her other books, this one also has a unique plot with inimitable kind of female point of view. while reading each of her books, you get to know women who happen to have same concern about life except that they all handle it in their own special way. Breaking Away__or french leave_ is a short one but it surely has the capability of making you want to remember it as long as you live to read books. to finish, i truly appreciate this wonderful author for making these lovely stories about female life and opening our eyes to the beautiful creatures who live right among us but the bitter of everyday life makes it hard to notice how amazingly life-changing their existence could be to us. this book_and every other books like this_ is for all the women around the world who the earth owes for its sweetness, art, and beauty.

  22. 4 out of 5

    A

    pretty little read, an escape novel in the middle of the book, I realised everything is happening on the background of a white rich french family which raised the question: is it still ok if I want to read/buy all her books? is it ok to use as an escape, for a setup of your crappy, bored life poor people living in the countryside and also a colony of gypsies? Is the idea of "living like a gypsy" still haunting our imaginations as an image of freedom and escape? She was not very idealistic about it, pretty little read, an escape novel in the middle of the book, I realised everything is happening on the background of a white rich french family which raised the question: is it still ok if I want to read/buy all her books? is it ok to use as an escape, for a setup of your crappy, bored life poor people living in the countryside and also a colony of gypsies? Is the idea of "living like a gypsy" still haunting our imaginations as an image of freedom and escape? She was not very idealistic about it, so I could continue the reading but still, wish she was more critical about these matters, if she brings them up so, it stays an easy, superficial read literature may also be superficial and nice bringing you comfort and not forcing you to think all the time about everything, or may it not?! positive aspects: made me think about family and spending time together with your siblings and that one is not alone in this process of growing up also, nasty narrative observation: other's lives are enjoyable/more bearable than our owns because they may be easier caricatured

  23. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Jones

    Essentially this is a character study on a group of four siblings. The relationship between them was wonderful to read about and although the writing was a bit clunky at points (maybe because of the translation) I found that the atmosphere was really whimsical.  I think that some aspects of the story could have been expanded upon if it were a longer novel but with this being a novella, I feel that the author provided just enough information to keep me interested throughout.  Yet again, there is so Essentially this is a character study on a group of four siblings. The relationship between them was wonderful to read about and although the writing was a bit clunky at points (maybe because of the translation) I found that the atmosphere was really whimsical.  I think that some aspects of the story could have been expanded upon if it were a longer novel but with this being a novella, I feel that the author provided just enough information to keep me interested throughout.  Yet again, there is something about literature translated from French that I really enjoy; it may be the setting or just the style in which it is written but I found that this book almost had a sense of nostalgia for me despite having never visited France myself. Overall this was a nice quick read that kept me interested the whole way through. The characters were well-built in a short amount of time and I appreciated that the author didn't try to cram too much in in such a small novel.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    This buoyant little volume has left me smiling in a way few books have. Anna Gavalda has such a light touch in this little lesson about the power of taking a break. This a meditation on the enduring relationships of siblings and the complexity of our extended families. In the end, this is really about how we all need to take time for ourselves. There is a recurring refrain in our society about self-care. I don't always love the way it is portrayed, but there is no doubt that taking time for yours This buoyant little volume has left me smiling in a way few books have. Anna Gavalda has such a light touch in this little lesson about the power of taking a break. This a meditation on the enduring relationships of siblings and the complexity of our extended families. In the end, this is really about how we all need to take time for ourselves. There is a recurring refrain in our society about self-care. I don't always love the way it is portrayed, but there is no doubt that taking time for yourself is of vital importance. While you shouldn't expect any massive revelations in this, Gavalda has done a quite good job of illuminating the deceptively simple concepts of family and vacation. In the end, this results in a book that is quiet, but very enjoyable. The lessons will likely stick with me much longer than most.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zuberino

    A very brisk, very modern story. Gavalda is sans doute a gifted writer, and her portrait of siblinghood rings true in all its particulars. The cattiness against the outsider sis-in-law is a bit on the cruel side, and yes Garance Simon Lola et Vincent are an incredibly smug and self-satisfied bunch. All the same, contemporary family dynamics on a road trip through la belle France makes for a pretty entertaining story. Good find by Europa, and a fine translation by Alison Anderson.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vania

    It was a story a bout sisters and brothers that spent one day by chance of running from a ceremony! It reminds me the moments that I think to my childhood memories with my sister in our dreamy home on those days... I felt the big sadness they had during the way of coming back in the car! It happens to me sometimes :( Generally, I did not enjoy too much of this novel.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Yulia Mihailovskaia

    I don't know why I like books of Anna Gavalda, but I like them. This french manere oh-la-la! Can't help falling for it This book is a nice summer read to relax. It turned to be what I expected from it, so I am quite satisfied

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pardis Pourmohammad

    I'm a big fan of Gavalda's so writing a review on her works won't be biased by me. I just can say I totally felt every word of this book. It was like I'm one of the characters, or all the characters. Very realistic. Loved it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    There's no better word for this one than nice. A true feelgood novel with a mix of silly and sad.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Simple, spare, a novel about growing up and growing apart.

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