vorrei, sì, che qualcuno mi aspettasse da qualche parte (almeno qualche volta, vado anche più in là dell'autrice) e questo mi ha spinto a comprare il libro. vabbè. se li scegli così, i libri, non è che ti puoi aspettare molto.... (ma leggo molto e quindi ogni tanto posso dedicarmi alla chick lit o ai gialli o a quello che mi pare, no?)...Continua
A very interesting and varied collection of short stories. Anna Gavalda can be intimate, witty, ironic, delicate, sharp-tongued. She is capable delineate a character with a few words, and make him live and breath with the reader for much longer than the few pages of the very story.
Most importantly, all the stories in this collection, whether happy or melancholic, unfinished or closed, they all rang true, sincere.
collection of stories some excellent, some less so...
I was first attracted to this book by the title "I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere" which succinctly captures the yearnings of many lonely hearts in this town. I had been looking for this book by French writer, Anna Gavalda, for a long time but it is not sold in Hong Kong. I first read her latest novel, "Hunting and Gathering", an European bestseller which had been made into a movie "Ensemble, c'est tout", and hated it.
I finally found this collection of short stories in New York, read it and love it. Gavalda writes much better short stories than long novels.
Each of the 12 stories is a jewel. They are all very succinct accounts of the daily lives of ordinary people in France, but are charged with passion and emotions, dealing with big morality and humanity issues, e.g. still-born child, rape, involuntary manslaughter, a dying loved one etc. The author has a knack for looking deep into the hearts of people and revealing their true feelings in the face of trials and tribulations. "I wish someone were waiting for me somewhere .... Is that so much to ask?" is a line spoken by the protagonist in the story "Leave", which is about a soldier on leave who returned home and said so to himself when he got off the train.
Read this gem of a book. The stories "Lead Story", "Catgut" and "For Years" will surely blow you away....Continua