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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Catherine Evans Translator. Anna Gavalda has been hailed as an author "graced with the Gallic virtues of dry wit and almost involuntary elegance" Vogue.
Now, the prize-winning author of I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere returns with a novel of an abandoned wife, and the profound relationship that unfolds between her and her father-in-law. Get A Copy. Paperback , English and French Edition , pages. Published April 5th by Riverhead Trade first published More Details Original Title. Pierre Comte , Mathilde , Chloe. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Someone I Loved , please sign up.
See all 3 questions about Someone I Loved…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Someone I Loved Je l'aimais. And when do you stop loving them? When Chloe's husband leaves her and their children for another woman, she is devastated. Unexpectedly, it's her usually distant father-in-law who comes to Chloe's aid, both with practical help and his personal wisdom on life and love.
In this beautifully crafted novella, Anna Gavalda poignantly explores the fragility of human relationships. View 2 comments. Jan 04, Pris robichaud rated it it was amazing. It never works out? But you have to fight.. A little bit each day, with the courage to be yourself, to decide just to be happy" Pierre is explaining to Chole that you need to work to make love happen. Anna Gavalda at the age of thirty six and after a failed marriage has written her first novel.
This is a beautifully crafted story of the search for happiness. The gut wrenching courage it sometimes takes to find that little bit of love and truth. She said in an interview : "Je l'aimais [Someone I Loved], was a story about the courage it takes to be happy. I seem to like characters who are fragile, wounded, adrift. I think most people are like that. The ones that aren't are either hiding it or are utter fools. I think our sensitive side is the essence of being human.
Between those who never doubt their situation on this planet and those who ask themselves every day why they're here and how it all makes sense, of course I prefer the questioners.
He was not happy. She is bereft. Her father-in-law, whom she called "the old bastard", comes to her aid and insists that she and the girls accompany him to his mother's country home. There she makes several discoveries. Pierre is not the man she thinks he is,, and maybe, just maybe this terrible tragedy might have a silver lining. She learns over the days that Pierre is an unhappy man, that he has allowed his happiness to slip through his fingers. He has allowed this to happen, understands why it happened, and that he was powerless to move on.
Pierre had met the love of his life after he was married with children. He lived the secret life of an adulterer, and was too weak to change his circumstances. This he examines with several bottles of good wine through out a night when Chole was at her most miserable.
The years he spent in happiness that he gave away; that he did not try and change. Yes, we all have regrets, we are all looking for that elusive crumb called happiness, and we may find it but for a small moment. Anna Gavalda reminds us that life is too short, we must search for what eludes us. And as Scott Peck tells us "The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled.
For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. Aug 31, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: french-authors. In this French translation, a young wife has just found out that her husband has packed his bags and left her and their two daughters for another woman. Shocked, she travels with her soon-to-be-ex father-in-law to a family vacation cabin to recover.
The father-in-law has always been stern, judgmental and non-communicative to her. At the cabin we hear a wonderful love story but it's not the one we would have expected. Mundane as can possibly be. It amazes me how many positive reviews this book received in France Funny, cause we were discussing Anna Gavalda's books with a colleague of mine in the subway the other day, and some woman spontaneously joined into our conversation, telling me how she sha Mundane as can possibly be.
Funny, cause we were discussing Anna Gavalda's books with a colleague of mine in the subway the other day, and some woman spontaneously joined into our conversation, telling me how she shared my feelings about this book. She thought it was nothing special and did not understand the praise for it either. I felt so relieved to learn someone felt the same way I did. Until I had this conversation with this stranger woman, I felt somehow guilty for not liking this book, because I feared I was missing something.
But now, I feel much better : maybe there's nothing to miss after all. View 1 comment. It brings a heart-felt story of pain, loss and love. Of family. I enjoyed every word of it. Although the writing style is a bit different and weird since it's pretty much all dialogue.
It was hard figuring out who was talking at times, confusing and it made reading less fluent. Which, of course, made me enjoy it a little bit less. I simply don't like having to go back and reread things because [Note to self: My copy has pages. I simply don't like having to go back and reread things because I can't follow who was talking when.
Overall it is a wonderful story though and I'd definitely recommend it if you feel like a short read with a beautiful message. Feb 08, Ije the Devourer of Books rated it really liked it. This was many years ago but I can't remember endless weeping or depression. I remember feeling very relieved and getting on with clearing up the debris. And it was hard but not impossible because where there is life there is hope.
Even in the face of marital breakdown. I admit I am a rather peculiar person and it isn't that I wasn't heartbroken, but I am well aware that life is short an 3. I admit I am a rather peculiar person and it isn't that I wasn't heartbroken, but I am well aware that life is short and I want to live abundantly everyday and explore all life has to offer even in the face of heartbreak and disappointment.
I guess for me the need to live abundantly and the need to care for my small son very soon outpaced the sorrow and regret. So because of my own experience I was really interested when I saw this book on NetGalley.
I thought it would be good to read about someone else's experience.
Someone I Loved (Je l'aimais)
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