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La Grosse Fifi (Penguin Mini Modern Classics)

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'There was nothing of the blond beast about the gigolo - he was dark, slim, beautiful as some Latin god. And how soft his eyes were, how sweet his mouth ...Horrible, horrible gigolo'. These four haunting stories from the author of "Wide Sargasso Sea" capture moments in the lives of European dilettantes, ingenues, businessmen, soldiers and artists at a time when the world w ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published by Penguin Books (first published February 15th 2011)
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Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
More dark-eyed young women (to whit, read Rhys) fail to outrun ruin across cosmopolitan interwar Europe. There is something psychologically compelling about the autobiographical repetitiveness of her subject matter...
I found these stories confusing.
The writing was lovely and I really felt a connection with the female narrators, but generally I felt a bit at a loss as to what the point of the stories were. I'm sure there were mini plots, to the mini stories, I just didn't understand them!
My lack of understanding might be something to do with the fact that some sentences are written in french, without English translation, and this went far beyone the tiny amount I can remember from my GCSE. This was quite jarr
I love Jean Rhys' stories - they transport me almost effortlessly into the minds of her characters, character who are striving striving so completely for a vaguely conceived but desperately desired happiness, their efforts always already tinged with a sense of impending doom or futility. These are people on the fringes of polite society, teetering on the precipice of a grittier, rougher world. The stories being written in the 1920s, Rhys seems to be fascinated with how the boundaries of decent a ...more
Rebecca Gee
A lovely collection of short stories, all with a French theme. They aren't life changing but they are highly enjoyable.
Read it in Spain! A tiny little book that travels well!
this is jean rhys before she became Jean Rhys
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Jean Rhys originally Ella Gwendolen Rees Williams, was a Caribbean novelist who wrote in the mid 20th century. Her first four novels were published during the 1920s and 1930s, but it was not until the publication of Wide Sargasso Sea in 1966 that she emerged as a significant literary figure. A "prequel" to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea won a prestigious WH Smith Literary Award in ...more
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