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by Roger Senhouse,Patrick Leigh Fermor,Judith Thurman,Colette

Two volumes of Colette's most beloved works, with a new Introduction by Judith Thurman.

Perhaps Colette's best-known work, Gigi is the story of a young girl being raised in a household more concerned with success and money than with the desires of the heart. But Gigi is uninterested in the dishonest society life she observes all around her and remains exasperatingly Gigi. The tale of Gigi's success in spite of her anxious family is Colette at her liveliest and most entertaining. Written during the same period as Gigi, Julie de Carneilhan, based on Colette's last years with her second husband, focuses on a contest of wills between Julie, an elegant woman of forty, and her ex-husband. Chance Acquaintances, a novella, involves an invalid wife, her philandering husband, and a music-hall dancer whose odd meeting at a French spa affects and indelibly marks each one of their lives.

Download Gigi, Julie de Carneilha, and Chance Acquaintances: Three Short Novels epub
ISBN: 0374527857
ISBN13: 978-0374527853
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Classics
Author: Roger Senhouse,Patrick Leigh Fermor,Judith Thurman,Colette
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1st edition (October 10, 2001)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1957 kb
FB2 size: 1477 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 578
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I bought this book so that I could read Gigi, Colette's most well known writing. It came with three stories, all so utterly different. This book of three novellas was such a delight to read and was like the perfect sampler of Colette's style and charm. Colette really captured the subtleties of human nature, the weaknesses and some of the simple beauties of life. She shows both the sweetness of coming of age, as well as some the more mature lessons one learns, all in a way that makes you smile as you read it.
I liked Gigi -- it's basically a condensed version of the movie -- but less so the other two. Julie de Carneilha basically goes on too long. "Chance Acquaintances" was a bit thin.
Colette is among the few 20th century fiction writers that I enjoy. Her stories are entertaining, her characters unforgettable, and her style lively. Gigi, of occurs, is the winner in this collection, and most readers will already have an idea of what the story is about, for it inspired what I think is one of the three but likely most intelligent and entertaining musicals ever brought to the screen. Also read the book if you want to learn how to pace a story.
I wish I could have been a wealthy grande cocotte in Paris in those days with that luck!
It's Colette...what else can one say? He life was so rich and so full of experiences and her writing is rich with insight into "her world"...a classic collection
I've only read Gigi so far but Collette's a wonderful author of French literature; I totally recommend this book. A fun read if you like well written books!
Three works by a great, albeit neglected author, in a nicely prepared edition. I recommend this highly, even to those unfamiliar with Colette.
Colette is one of my favorite writers especially since she writes about the belle epoch genre. I loved Vincent Minnelli's film version. That was one of the reasons why I purchased the DVD.