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Odette Toulemonde Et Autres Histoires

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  2,432 ratings  ·  220 reviews
One of Europe’s most popular and best-loved authors, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt captivates the reader with his spirited, buoyant style and enchanting stories that move effortlessly from the everyday to the fantastical. The eight stories in this collection, his first to be published in English, represent some of his best writing and most imaginative storylines: from the love sto ...more
Paperback, 281 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Albin Michel
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
The reviews here are on opposite extremes: from the 1-2 stars (extremely annoying, does absolutely nothing, etc.) to the 4-5 stars (excellently written, highly recommended!, etc.) with a vast international audience who made reviews in English, Polish, French, German, Italian and perhaps a few other languages I don't recognize.

This is not a full-length novel but a collection of eight novellas (or maybe eight short stories but longer than the usual, or eight novels much shorter than the usual). So
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Jacob
This book.

This book does NOTHING.

I mean, the title was promising, and the woman on the cover seems to love the book she's reading, and Europa Editions seems to publish nice books (seems to, at least--I haven't had much luck with them yet), so I thought, well, maybe...

Nope. Didn't work. Maybe my expectations were a bit too high, maybe I'm reading too many other things at the moment (and I wasted my time on this when I could have been reading Doris Lessing or Gertrude Stein? Ack!), maybe I'm just
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Wanda Winnipeg is a beautiful, rich, demanding woman who's made a successful career out of marrying rich men and then divorcing them. But what happens when she sees her first lover on the beach, now an old man and a failure of a painter?

Hélène likes everything just so, including her men, but has never been satisfied with what she's got - including her man. It is only after she loses something she didn't realise was so important to her, that she learns about the beauty of imperfection. But is it
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Toni
Не знаех, че английското заглавие на книгата е Най-хубавата кинга на света. Колкото и да съм скептична към обобщенията и посочването на едно-единствено велико нещо, сред множеството от красоти на света, спокойно мога да заявя, че тази книжка се доближава до идеала за най-хубава книга чрез своята поетичност, простота и красота. Предполагам, че ако и българските издатели бяха променили заглавието от Одет Тулмонд и други истории на Най-хубавата книга на света – 8 новели, щеше да удари класацията на ...more
Erma Odrach
The 8 stories, written in simple prose, are all stories about women - women dealing with heartbreak, love affairs, death, dementia.

In 'The Intruder', an elderly journalist, Odile, living alone in an apartment, keeps seeing an old lady. She calls out to her, "What are you doing in my house? How did you get in?" When she phones the police and they arrive, there is no one there. Was Odile's mind playing tricks on her? It's a very sad story.

'The Forgery' is about an aging mistress left abandoned by
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Teresa
Jan 17, 2012 Teresa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teresa by: gift from a friend
The lack of subtlety in these stories is just not to my taste. The penultimate story seems very self-serving, as if the author is both answering his own literary critics and perhaps also trying to feed the romantic fantasies of his female readership, which come to think of it might be what most of these stories try to do. There were several stories I didn't intend to finish, but I went back and did so, because this was the last unread book I had in my backpack while on sleepless flights -- the e ...more
yashar
چه دسته گل هایی که همدلی می جویند و تنها گلدان نصیبشان می شود
Anne-Sophie
* spoiler dans la suite*

Forcément, je n'aurais pas du lire ce livre au moment de ma vie où je découvre que le sexisme ordinaire est partout. Là, j'ai été servie...
Le pire est dans la dernière nouvelle, celles sur les prisonnières. Dans tous les histoires de prisonniers que j'ai pu lire jusque là, le héros tente de s'enfuir (et il réussit d'ailleurs). Ici non, les femmes souhaitent juste écrire à leurs enfants pour s'excuser d'être en prison. En effet, elles se sont battues pour leurs convictio
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Elizabeth La Lettrice
There are writers and there are storytellers. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is now on my list of storytellers.

I loved this book so much that I didn't know how to put it into words. Easily one of my favorite books this year...

...So I read some reviews -positive and negative- just to get some outside perspective. Here's what I came up with when I was done:

First of all, this is a collection of stories about women, most of which are narrated by women. Unlike another book that I read recently that was narrat
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Thy Ngân
Vốn không thích các kiểu tự tạo bi kịch cho bản thân, và những người "có tất cả để được hạnh phúc" nhưng lại chọn không, nhưng cuốn sách dễ thương, dễ chịu này vẫn cuốn hút mình hơn bao giờ hết. Để mà vào một chiều mưa đẹp trời không ở nhà, điều mong mỏi nhất là chạy về đọc câu chuyện tiếp theo, hay sáng vừa thức dậy đã nhớ ra, lấy sách nằm đọc trước khi bước chân khỏi giường.
Gabriela
8 stories about happiness and how one should not look too far away to find it, happiness is in front of your eyes and these imaginative stories portray it too well. I enjoyed the simple style, the forward way of characters, the somewhat unbelievable happenings, yet down-to earth. A mixture of feelings cannot tell how this book made me feel.
ضهرا درعلی
یکی از بارزترین خصوصیات اشمیت اینه که پایان داستان جدا غیرقابل پیش بینیه،از اون دسته نویسنده هایی که هرچقدراز کتاباش رو هم که بخونی بازم تقریبا نمیتونی پایان داستان بعدی رو پیش بینی کنی.
دوس دارم این نویسنده رو ها،ولی بعضی وقتا پایاناش اذیتم میکنه،در حدی که میگم دیگه از این نویسنده نمیخونم:| البته که بعدش باز هم میخونم:-"

+تو این مجموعه غریبه رو خیلی پسندیدم،پایانش جدا جالب بود:))
کتابخانه گوگولی
البته نسخه فارسي ،با نام "يک روز قشنگ باراني" که نام يکي از پنج داستان است مي باشد.لشخصيت اصلي هر داستان يک زن است و پايان هر داستان هم بر اساس همان نگاه آقاي اشميت به زندگي تمام مي شود،در کل خوب بود.تو ضيحات بيشتر را اينجا داده ام http://ketabgle.blogfa.com/post/257
Rowena
I could hardly put this book down; what a great storyteller Schmitt is! All the stories featured women who were dealing with different things in their lives (loves, death, dementia, disappointments, etc.), and their stories truly fascinated me.
MajinFox
OPINIA Z 13 LIPCA 2010

Ostatnio stwierdziłem, że powinienem raz na jakiś czas otworzyć się na książki, które innym sie podobały, a których nawet ze względu na tytuł, nigdy bym nie wziął do ręki. W taki sposób otrzymałem tę książkę, w zamian za "Paragraf 22". Z tego co pamiętam, koleżanka stwierdziła, że "Odette" to ciekawa książka, której nie miała czasu do końca przeczytać.

Autora zupełnie nie rozpoznałem, po głębszej analizie przypomniałem sobie, że jest to ta sama osoba, która stworzyła uwielb
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Laraemilie
Huit nouvelles sur le thème de l'amour et du bonheur. Huit personnages féminins très différents. Huit lieux servant de cadre à des actions variées. Dans Odette Toulemonde et autres histoires, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt nous présente des scènes de la vie quotidienne peuplées de personnages attachants et hauts en couleur. Chaque petite histoire possède ses spécificités, mais toutes sont touchantes et surprenantes.
"Wanda Winnipeg" nous montre qu'il suffit d'un geste pour changer la vie d'une personne, e
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Jeffrey
In this collection of short stories, by the French author and filmmaker, character is held to the highest esteem. More importantly, though, these are stories about love. People in love. Marriages working and not working. Affairs are known and unknown, truths are revealed and in the process lives are altered. Wanda Winnipeg struggled out of poverty to become one of the wealthiest and most desirable women in the world, but she never forgot where she came from. The main character of "Every Reason t ...more
Willow
I don't see how this book could have been an international bestseller and the librarians thought it a good idea to display it at their main table so that peer pressured pees like me would glance at it, walk past it, and then pick it up again! Annoying run on sentences aside, I didn't like this book. period. The stories were nothing new and the themes were unrelated; it was anything but organized. I know some authors don't intend to link one story to another but this is a wish wash work of a scat ...more
Pat
Scelgo un libro breve per alleggerire le letture degli ultimi tempi, alcune per dovere altre per piacere, tutte dense e impegnative. Lo scelgo per quella voglia di levità che talvolta ci prende, la voglia di pagine che scorrano con la leggerezza di un volo di farfalla. Inizio la lettura. Al terzo racconto - sono otto in tutto - penso che se dovessi tradurlo in musica diverrebbe una bella suite. Chi conosce le “forme musicali” sa che la suite si compone una successione di danze accomunate dalla s ...more
Kaloyana
Въпреки че на моменти обратите в сюжета, а и самите случки ми се струват малко не обосновани и неподплътени, ми беше много приятно да ги прочета и нито за миг не исках да се откажа. Всъщност си дадох сметка, че има нещо "вълшебно" и "като по чудо", което става там, но пък понеже вярвам в чудеса, знам, че е възможно. Може и да не е най-слината книга на света и най-изключителния стил, но със сигурност ще прочета още от този автор. Искам да разбера как ще се промени или затвърди мнението ми.
Vesselin Georgieff
В този сборник кратки разкази единствено въображението на пишещият извинява склонността му да морализира. И въпреки това ми остави един леко неприятен вкус в устата -- вероятно фриволността да разкажеш автобиографична история, с моралистични бележки върху останалите персонажи, ми се стори безвкусна поза. Колко по-вълнуващо би било да прочетем повече за неговите автокритики. Иначе, прекрасни метафори и чудесно изградени образи, с изключение на неговият собствен.
Svetla Angelova
Давам една звездичка по-малко, защото не ме трогна, колкото "Концерт в памет на един ангел". Пак е Шмит, пак жени, пак любов, пак лудост, но ... някак си задъхано. Очаквах ярки образи, които те зашеметяват с истинноста си, но, уви, усещах, че чета. Нямаше я тази тайнствена магия, която те засмуква и не те пуска, докато не изчетеш и последната страница. Въпреки това си признавам, че не съм разлюбила Шмит. Обожавам го!
Maryam Shahriari
اين كتاب شامل 5 داستان كوتاه از اريك امانوئل اشميت بود.
همه‌ي داستان‌ها راوي زن داشت و زندگي يك زن توش شرح داده شده بود. از 5 تا داستان اين كتاب، يك روز قشنگ باراني و ادت معمولي بيشتر مورد پسندم قرار گرفت.
البته 3 داستان ديگه يعني غريبه و تقلبي و زيباترين كتاب دنيا هم جالب بودند ولي يه جورايي سر كاري بوند! تو تا آخرش با يه فكر ديگه مي‌خوندي و بعد اصلاً به يه چيز ديگه مي‌رسيدي!
Maria
Много приятна първа среща с автора. Всички разкази ме развълнуваха, във всеки намерих по малко мъдрост. Много ми харесва стилът - без излишни интелектуални напъни, историите текат плавно и завладяващо. В няколко успях да отгатна развръзката, но това съвсем не намали удоволствието от четенето.
Sanjaaab
کتاب جذابی با داستان های کوتاه بود که هر کدام راجب ب زندگی یک زن بودند. که اغلب داستان ها به پایانی ختم میشد که خواننده رو متعجب میکرد و انتظارشُ نداشت.
Mariela
Влюбена съм! Как да направя ревю на писател като Шмит.С всяка следваща книга се гмуркам все по-надълбоко в творчеството му....и ми харесва,и ми харесва...направо не искам да свършва никога!Ах,а този стил на писане направо ме е омагьосал.
Така сега малко и за книгата.Меланхолична-определено.Започвам да прелиствам с нетърпение,тъкмо съм завладяна от историята ..и прас край преди да съм се усетила.И някак оставя в мен едно чувство за липса на цялост.Всяка история беше красива и дълбоко ровеща в душа
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Cecilia
A light read, but very cute and inspiring. Makes you aprecciate things.
Andre Dumitru
It trully is the most beautiful book in the world
Tessa
This book tries too much to look greater than it is.

We can see that from the pretentious title: "The most beautiful book in the world". From the start you know that won't be the case, but you want to give it a try anyway. The title is daring, it makes you curious. Unfortunately, that is probably the best part of this book.

The stories, if not all, most of them, were entertaining, but the ending always felt flat. The had a simple message delivered very straight forward. I could accept that, but I
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Nezzo
За прозата на Шмит мога да използвам една единствена дума и тя ще бъде достатъчна - приятна. От която и страна да го погледна тя е по-скоро по средата на всичко. За това и я поставям под етикета приятна.

"Одет Тулмонд и други истории" не е много различна от "Кръговрата на незримото" като се замисля. Усеща се една и съща трагичност в прозата и един и същи край, което най-силно ме дразни в Шмит. За него краят е край, тотално действие, безвъзвратно. Той поставя точно една пределна точка и толкова, с
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A popular contemporary French author and dramatist, his plays are translated and staged in more than 30 countries all over the world.

He studied at the Lycée du Parc in Lyon and was accepted at the famous École normale supérieure in Paris (1980–1985), where he received a doctorate in philosophy. As the theme for his dissertation, he chose "Diderot and metaphysics". He spent three years teaching in
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“Elle lui demanda en quoi un jour de pluie pouvait être beau : il lui énuméra les nuances de couleurs que prendraient le ciel, les arbres et les toits lorsqu'ils se promèneraient tantôt, de la puissance sauvage avec laquelle leur apparaîtrait l'océan, du parapluie qui les rapprocherait pendant la marche, de la joie qu'ils auraient à se réfugier ici pour un thé chaud, des vêtements qui sécheraient auprès du feu, de la langueur qui en découlerait, de l'opportunité qu'ils auraient de faire plusieurs fois l'amour, du temps qu'ils prendraient à se raconter leur vie sous les draps du lit, enfants protégés par une tente de la nature déchaînée...” 10 likes
“Women are pleasing because they come to us wrapped in the catkin of an enigma and they cease to please when they lose their intrigue.Do women believe that men are only interested in what's between their legs? That would be an error.:men are more attracted by a woman's romantic side than by her sexuality.” 9 likes
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