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Vers la vie. C'est fini, tu comprends? Et il n'y retourne pas, vers la vie. Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Alexis , Charles Balanda , Anouk. Paris France. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about La consolante , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of La consolante. 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 This one is hard to read from the beginning. It is beautiful written from the middle to the end and I really was sad when I finished it.
View 1 comment. 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. 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. 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 This is a rather odd book.
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. There's Anouk, who haunts the book, peeking out of corners where you didn't expect her to be. There's Claire, the man's sister, who's hard to pin down, but could have an entire book written about her as well, there's that much hidden depth to the character. There's Alexis, who moves from one extreme to the other over the course of his life. There's Mathilde, the man's sort-of-daughter, who's here and there and rather like Little Women's Jo, with appendages in odd places and in that not-quite-fitting stage of adolescence.
And then, there's Kate and the village of children. I would love to have been one of Kate's children. I would have loved to have grown up there though, really, would I? I don't know for sure And really, Kate forms the center of the novel, as she forms the center of the children's lives, all the while slipping out of the frame with Anouk in the distance behind her.
I don't quite know how to define this book because, like Anouk and Kate, it keeps slipping out of my grasp and going where I don't expect it to go. 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. Nevertheless, there are dimensions to Gavalda's writing style that I enjoy, such as her occasional bursts of almost st While I always enjoy Anna Gavalda's books, this is perhaps my least favourite so far.
She also uses minor characters to great satirical effect. The highlight of this novel for me was a brief cameo from some particularly loveable characters from one of Gavalda's previous novels, which also gave a great sense of completeness to Gavalda's growing portrait of modern Parisian life.
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.
Oct 24, Maris rated it it was amazing. 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. Mar 30, Delphine rated it it was amazing. This book is so well-splashed with tears and bathwater that I couldn't loan it out, even if I wanted to.
Tried to read thisbook several times trough the years but I could never get into the story, and after the 4th try I finished it but still the story dident grasp me. 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. 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, m OK, I can't go on reading this. Some French reviewers whinged about the grammar and structure in the first part lack of personal pronouns making it hard to follow, mingling of past and present.
Well, I got that. The style reflects Charles' state of mind. But why was this part so loooooong? And dull? And repetitive? We already know as much as we need to about Charles after 50 pages.
Part 2: the depressive Charles, covered in facial scars from a contretemps with a car in a Paris street, visits childhood friend Alexis, who has one of those nauseatingly cute, bright children that Hollywood specialises in. It's pretty unbelievable that le petit Lucas instantly adores Charles and follows him everywhere.
But hey Then the charming "baba cool" Kate is introduced, and this is where things go seriously downhill. She pours out her entire life story to Charles in one implausibly coherent seven-hour conversation.
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