- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: The Unnamed Press (July 17, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1944700714
- ISBN-13: 978-1944700713
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Piercingly pitch-perfect; highly recommended." — Library Journal, Starred Review
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About the Author
AGNES DESARTHE was born in Paris in 1966 and has written many books for children and teenagers, as well as adult fiction. She won the Prix du Livre Inter in 1996 for Un Secret Sans Importance and has had three previous novels translated into English: Five Photos of My Wife, which was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Jewish Quarterly Fiction Prize, Good Intentions, Chez Moi, and The Foundling.
CHRISTIANA HILLS translates written works from French into English, specializing in contemporary literary fiction, with a particular interest in experimental works and the Oulipo. She is most recently the translator of Michele Audin’s One Hundred Twenty One Days and Agnes Desarthe's Hunting Party.
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As the story moves slowly forward, a member of their hunting party is injured and Tristan imagines the rabbit is speaking with him about their predicament. For some reason I can't quite explain, Tristan reminds me of Candide in the story by Voltaire, having to deal with one problem after another...or perhaps it's the erratic nature of Desarthe's writing style which seems similar. In any case, I found the Hunting Party to be somewhat satirical, but I'm uncertain if that is what the author had intended.
The story held my attention throughout, but I am disappointed with the ending. I would have preferred some closure within the hunting party itself. I think Tristan should've thrown the rabbit at Emma. The ending seemed rather bland compared to the rest of novella, as if the author grew tired of writing and simply stopped.