Consolation Consolation La Consolante was the bestselling French novel in with sales of over half a million copies and translations into thirty two languages Darker and complex than Hunting and Gathering En

  • Title: Consolation
  • Author: Anna Gavalda
  • ISBN: 9780701183523
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Consolation La Consolante was the bestselling French novel in 2008, with sales of over half a million copies and translations into thirty two languages Darker and complex than Hunting and Gathering Ensemble, c est tout , but just as dazzling, the second novel by the enchantress Anna Gavalda tells a heartbreaking, unusual story about one man, two remarkable womenConsolation La Consolante was the bestselling French novel in 2008, with sales of over half a million copies and translations into thirty two languages Darker and complex than Hunting and Gathering Ensemble, c est tout , but just as dazzling, the second novel by the enchantress Anna Gavalda tells a heartbreaking, unusual story about one man, two remarkable women and an unforgettable transvestite A 47 year old successful architect hears about the death of a woman, whom he once loved Anouk, the tragically big hearted mother of a childhood friend and his life starts to unravel Charles seems to have everything, but turns his back on the present to go in search of her past and his childhood, falling a long way down One day he finds himself on a Paris pavement covered in his own blood But, as the title suggests, fate holds out a final chance of consolation when, far from his Parisian milieu, he meets Kate, an enchanting young woman, herself damaged but fearless and in love with life Alive with wit and vivid observation, sparkling dialogue and brilliant characters, this is a triumphant, spellbinding, finally consoling novel about life, love and second chances The French title is what players of boules call the consolation play off match between the losers.
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    • Julia says:

      This one is hard to read from the beginning. I wanted to put this book down more than once but as I was waiting for my connecting flight at the airport and had no other book on hand I kept on reading for a few hours and am so happy about it. This book gets you and is such a book about love love and love. And about a midlife-crises and how you can really live your dreams even if its the difficult way to live. It is beautiful written from the middle to the end and I really was sad when I finished [...]

    • Andrea Hickman Walker says:

      This is a rather odd book. It reminds me of Elizabeth Goudge and Rumer Godden because nothing really seems to happen but there's a story there that's awfully compelling. This is a story about life falling apart and coming together. About life and death and living despite being dead and the slow decaying death that is a meaningless life of going through the motions.There's a main character, a man I don't particularly like and who I thought very little of until I reached the almost-end of the book [...]

    • Anna says:

      This book tortured me for about 2 weeks. No, it's brilliant, it's captivating, but it hits right in the weakest point of the reader. This book is about each of us and none of us. Characters! Charles his work in Moscow, how funny, how sad! I love Gavalda's books but so far this is the one. I'm endlessly in love with her style! Short sentences but so full of irony, so full with love.

    • Jess says:

      While I always enjoy Anna Gavalda's books, this is perhaps my least favourite so far. Charles, while reasonably likeable, did not grab me as the central protagonist, and the sudden shift into bucolic fantasy in the last third of the book felt so whimsical that it was ridiculous. Both Kate and Anouk read as Manic Dream Pixie Girls rather than characters with whom I could connect. Nevertheless, there are dimensions to Gavalda's writing style that I enjoy, such as her occasional bursts of almost st [...]

    • Lotte says:

      Der Roman handelt von dem erfolgreichen Architekten Charles Balanda. Charles lebt eigentlich schon eine Weile nicht mehr richtig. Er funktioniert nur noch. Seine Frau und seine Stieftochter sind nur Randfiguren, weil er vielmehr mit Arbeiten beschäftigt ist. Eines Tages bekommt er einen Brief, der ihn vollkommen aus der Bahn wirft. In dem Brief stehen nur drei Worte: "Anouk ist tot.".Charles holt die Vergangheit ein, er verliert sich in ihr und nur widerstrebend setzt er sich mit ihr auseinande [...]

    • Maguxy Ruiz says:

      mmm qué he aprendido de este libro? que si no te gusta una novela la dejes en las primeras páginas y no intentes darle oportunidades. Para algunos este libro estará escrito maravillosamente, pero yo veo a una tía que se ha comprado un portátil, le ha instalado el word, se ha comprado el libro de crítica literaria y ha creído entender el concepto de stream of conciousness y quería copiarlo.Batiburrillo de ideas sin sentido, historia que puede ser interesante pero la forma de narrala prrrr [...]

    • Her Royal Orangeness says:

      The plot of Consolation is essentially this: a man falls headlong into a mid-life crisis after learning of the death of a childhood friend. But as always seems to be the case with Anna Gavalda, her books are not about plot but about characters. She creates people who are so rich and multifaceted that they seem far more real than imaginary. Consolation is a beautiful musing on love and second chances and guilt and responsibility. I must confess, though, that I only gave the book a 3.5 Star rating [...]

    • Sandra says:

      Worte hab ich nicht wirklich für dieses Buch. Es hat mir gefallen, sehr gut gefallen. Ich kann es nur weiterempfehlen, weiß aber nicht, ob es jedermanns Sache ist. Auch wenn es in den Bestsellerlisten ist, ich bezweifle, dass es jeder zu Ende liest. Ich konnte das Ende kaum erwarten, aber wollte es doch hinauszögern, weil es ein Vergnügen, ein Genuss war, dieses Buch zu lesen.

    • Maris says:

      Like many others have already commented, the first half was very difficult to read. The author challenged the reader, no question about it :-).But the story was with me long time after I had finished reading the book, it had a lot to tell me.

    • Delphine says:

      its so weird to see oneself in a book.

    • Catie says:

      This book is so well-splashed with tears and bathwater that I couldn't loan it out, even if I wanted to.

    • Sandra says:

      Non è facile commentare in modo compiuto questo libro.Dire che non mi sia piaciuto per niente sarebbe inesatto, così come non sarebbe vero dire che mi abbia lasciato un indelebile segno.E' stata una lettura a intermittenza.Le prime 300 pagine -tante!- sono stata una salita ripida e tortuosa, irta di difficoltà: ero senza fiato, accaldata e affaticata.Lo stile della Gavalda mi ha messo in difficoltà: i numerosissimi e ripetuti puntini di sospensione che lasciano tutto detto e non detto; i per [...]

    • Christina says:

      Un mot pour définir ce livre : rebondissement. Un livre plein d'humanité, comme très souvent chez Anna Gavalda. Ce roman est fait d'inattendus et de surprises. Comment la vie d'un homme peut basculer, comment peut-il s'en relever. Il semble ordinaire, reconnu dans son métier par ses paires, en manque affectif mais il n'y prête guère attention. Il suffira d'une lettre pour tout bouleverser. On suit la vie de cet homme attachant, de sa vie d'avant à sa descente aux enfers, puis à sa renais [...]

    • Catherine Matte says:

      J'ai tenté, à deux reprises, de lire ce livre, sans succès j'avais bien apprécié "ensemble, c'est tout", un bon petit roman divertissant et sympathique. Pour celui-là, quoique je ne m'attendais pas à un chef d'oeuvre, j'étais bien contente de m'adonner à sa lecture. La première tentative de lire "la consolante" s'est soldé rapidement par un échec; la deuxième fois, j'ai acheté le livre (usagé, heureusement!) je ne me rappelais plus que j'avais déjà tenté de le lire! Cela m'a pr [...]

    • Jenny says:

      After having read "Hunting & Gathering" by the same author, a true masterpiece, I had very high expectations of this novel. But I am markedly disappointed with this read, and I had to make a great effort finishing it. The protagonist Charles Balanda had no characteristics or happenings at all that intrigued me whatsoever. I really didn't want to know whether he sorted out his ordeals or not. Maybe I am in the wrong life phase to appreciate this one. I only looked forward to the ending, so I [...]

    • Melanie says:

      I don't know yet what to think about this book. I don't really like the way how it's written ( or the translation ) and I can't sympathize with the main characters. At this point I don't care about them at allat's surprising because other stories of Anna Gavalda made me feel 'home'. On the other hand I'm curious enough to continue reading.***Finally finished the book and I'm dissappointed.The second part became better than the first 300 pages but that's only because the character of Kate appears [...]

    • Esther says:

      Une histoire touchante, mais à vrai dire plutôt un conte de fées qu’un roman.Parfois un peu difficile à suivre, parfois très lente, parfois incroyable, parfois déconcertant, mais généralement un plaisir à lire. Pour moi c’étaient les personnages à plusieurs couches (un peu comme dans « ensemble c’est tout ») que j’ai appréciés le plus dans ce livre. Chaque personne dévoile ses côtés sympas, choquantes, tristes, mais surtout aimables ; et cela pendant une histoire qui no [...]

    • Yannick says:

      this book is too slow. The story is basic but one moment you want to go foward in order to know what happened in her life with this woman. Also the writting is complicated to follow. You have to remember perflectly each charactere, beause the author will jump from his childhood to his actual like to the time where he met his wife. It is messy, and when I read a book, I hate coming few pages back, in order to understaned what I am reading

    • Mireille says:

      The first 300 pages were terrible. Seriously. I had read somewhere on the Internet that it started getting good at about half, and they weren't lying. It was a pain before - hate the main character, hate the writing style (lots of and no pronouns, what is that about). When Kate comes around it starts being awesome. It was weird.

    • Jessica Weir says:

      I loved this book. It was so touching and inspiring. It was a bit weird in English, especially as it was the Irish edition. I will read it again I'm sure. Embracing and letting go of childhood and taking second chances. Now that is an ellipsis.

    • Jennifer says:

      2 1/2 aurait été plus juste. Une première partie longue et pénible qui m'a souvent donné le goût de laisser tomber et une deuxième partie plus intéressante à partir de la rencontre avec Kate qui se lit toute seule. Pas une lecture indispensable, vraiment.

    • Natalia says:

      Очаровательный роман о кризисе среднего возраста; о поиске и обретении подлинных ценностей, о переопределении своих жизненных установок в соответствии с ними. О любви, душевной щедрости, внимании к себе и своим потребностям, о близости с единомышленниками.Пристальный взг [...]

    • Patricia Mauerhofer says:

      Quatre étoiles, car la fin est fine et géniale. Le début, fulminant, inoui, style saccadé extra-ordinaire avec un élan de récit qui m'a fasciné. J'ai failli arrêter de lire deux fois, car la partie au milieu est trop répétitive et je me suis vraiment ennuiée. On l'a compris, Charles, 47 ans, a du succès à la surface, et par dessous Seulement après avoir consulté quelques revues ici je me suis donné la peine de patienter. Et cela valait la peine.

    • Mirela Voiculescu says:

      A book about love, love for humans, in new and liberating forms, even when coming with loving self sacrifice, about dramatic stops to waist life and start living. A book about love in surprising, daunting, confused, enlightened forms.

    • Okidoki says:

      Årets stora läsbesvikelse?

    • Kseniya says:

      Начало сложноватое, но когда втягиваешся в стиль книги - сложно оторваться. Прекрасное ощущение после прочтения книги - хочется дальше жить и стремиться.

    • Juliette says:

      J'ai lu "La Consolante" suite à mon gros coup de cœur pour "Ensemble c'est tout" et pour la plume d'Anna Gavalda dans ce roman. Je pense que je m'attendais donc (et peut-être trop) à retrouver les mêmes émotions dans ce roman Je n'ai pas été spécialement séduite par le résumé mais j'ai tout de même tenté l'aventure, m'attendant à avoir une surprise au niveau du contenu. Mais ça n'a pas du tout été le cas C'est un roman long, très long Je ne dis pas cela spécialement pour le n [...]

    • Elena Flores says:

      No me ha gustado. Demasiada paranoya

    • Veronica says:

      OK, I can't go on reading this. It's just dire. I didn't expect it to be a masterpiece, but I bought it (cheap paperback fortunately) because I enjoyed Ensemble c'est Tout -- it was a pleasant, undemanding read. Many of the reviews on amazon said that the first 300 pages were hard going, but it got better. Well, yes, they were hard going. But then it got worse.Some French reviewers whinged about the grammar and structure in the first part (lack of personal pronouns making it hard to follow, ming [...]

    • Inga says:

      Audiobook-Rezension: Zunächst dachte ich, es läge an der Form des Audiobooks, aber bei "Alles Glück kommt nie" fiel es mir deutlich schwerer, mich an Erzählstil und die Protagonisten zu gewöhnen, als bei den anderen Romanen von Anna Gavalda. Dieser Mann, dieser Charles, wollte mir nicht recht sympathisch werden in seiner Midlife-Crisis. Offenkundig hatte er die Sicht auf sein Leben verloren und beginnt, angestoßen durch den Tod von Anouk, seiner ersten Liebe, eine Nabelschau und Suche nach [...]

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