Hunting and Gathering, by Anna Gavalda, trans Alison Anderson | The IndependentThank you! Her salvation is a neighbor. Philibert already has one roommate, who uses the place just to bed his many girlfriends. Franck Lestafier is a talented if inarticulate saucier at a top-of-the-line restaurant; he cares only for his motorbike and his grandmother Paulette, who raised him. The frail old lady has just been moved into a retirement home, which she hates, and Franck finds his weekly visits there torture. Only much later, in long monologues, will Franck and Camille reveal their troubled pasts. Will Franck and Camille become lovers?
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Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Hunting and Gathering Camille Fauque is a young woman who works as a cleaning lady for a company named All-Kleen. Camille looks like and ordinary girl but she is an artist who became homeless and penniless after her last venture in art forgery ended up badly. Mathilde and Pierre are rich.
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By Almudena Grandes. Translated by Sonia Soto. The east wind that whips Spain's southwest coast can be so trying, explains one of the characters in this long and pleasantly meandering novel, that the courts allow it to be cited "as an extenuating circumstance in cases of assault and battery, physical abuse, even murder. For these emotional refugees from Madrid, the wind takes some getting used to. Why they each came to Andalusia are the mysteries that propel the narrative forward, and Grandes unravels them at a perfect pace, with just enough tension between the revealed and the hidden, the past and present. Sara's story, one of betrayal on many sides, reaches back to the Civil War, and the deal her impoverished parents struck with the devil, in the guise of a well-to-do woman who for a time was Sara's surrogate mother.
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 during rush hour, its thirtysomething, mainly female, readers alternately smiling or dabbing moist eyes. With sales of half a million in France, and translated into 30 languages, the novel is now being filmed with Da Vinci star Audrey Tatou. Would a synopsis explain such success?
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Camille, a talented artist exhausted by ennui and anorexia, cleans offices at night and cowers in a shabby garret by day. Philibert, the fastidious scion of a titled family, peddles museum postcards while squatting in his dead grandmother's Parisian manse, waiting for her estate to be settled. Philibert's roommate, Franck, a talented and womanizing chef with ambition to burn, motorcycles once a week to look in on his stubborn, ailing grandmother Paulette, an "inmate" at a retirement home. When Philibert finds Camille deathly ill one day, he rescues her from her icy garret and deposits her in his shabby but spacious home. Franck and Camille take an immediate dislike to each other, a sure sign that they're bound to fall in love—which happens, cutely, after they liberate Paulette. That's when, "for the first time, each and every one of them felt like they belonged to a real family. View Full Version of PW.