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Klaudyna w szkole (Claudine #1)

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Pensja dla panien w prowincjonalnym francuskim miasteczku. Dziewczęta, w których budzą się zmysły i świadomość własnej cielesności. To czas ich pierwszych flirtów przemieszanych jeszcze ze sztubackimi figlami. Piętnastoletnia Klaudyna wychowuje się właściwie sama, jej ojciec nie widzi świata poza swoją naukową pasją - badaniem ślimaków. Razem z koleżankami dziewczyna przyg ...more
306 pages
Published 2011 by W.A.B. (first published 1900)
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)

This is the first of four novels tracking the life of winsome, clever Claudine. The story opens with the famously familiar sentence: My name is Claudine, I live in Montigny; I was born there in 1884; I shall probably not die there. Claudine's certitude and confidence propels her through her life, and in Colette's hands, tells her story with vivacious detail. Claudine's school life is full of intrigues, and even the seemingly simple task of passing exams is lush with drama and excitement. Speakin
Vanessa Wu
Aug 15, 2011 Vanessa Wu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am going to cheat a bit because I'm reading The Complete Claudine but I only want to review Claudine at School for now. I dislike long reviews and most long books, so, whereas I have reservations about The Complete Claudine, I like Claudine at School.

The first dozen pages are brilliant. The description of Montigny is as good as anything I've ever read. Even in English the descriptions roll off the tongue and create luxuriant images in your mind's eye. You can tell the author is very sensual an
Jan 14, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I'm missing something...everybody else loves these books from Colette, especially Claudine at School. I felt...fine. Not astounded. Not blown away. Just...fine. And I didn't love Claudine? Everybody else talks about how she's a fresh, feminine, feminist voice, and I felt a bit bored with her sometimes, sometimes annoyed, maybe just entertained by her a third of the time. Claudine creates a lot of unnecessary drama, which I guess she needs to because her small town school is a bit dul ...more
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954), was a French writer, best known for her novel Gigi, which has been adapted into a movie and several stage plays. She also wrote a series of novels of her character Cheri that critics consider her masterpiece. But she started out writing about Claudine. The four Claudine novels are partly autobiographical and Claudine at School is the stoty of a precocious, 15 year old girl who delights in tormenting her headmistress and her fellow students. Set in a small v ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite thing is how all the adults in the novel tell Claudine that they've heard that she is mad. And she is, because she's so much smarter than everyone around her, but instead of being a daydreamer, she becomes overly engaged and focusses her attention on events that are beneath her. Anyways it's nice to have a female narrator who's so comfortable in her own skin. (Especially since Colette's husband locked her in a room until she wrote this book & he published it under his own name.)
Fiona Colley
Feb 10, 2011 Fiona Colley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first discovered Claudine in a school library. I absolutely loved it when I first read it at 16 and love it just as much now at 45. If Claudine is flippant and naive (and she's definately more naive than she likes to think she is) it's because she is supposed to be 15 and the scourge of Mademoiselle Sergeant and the "pretty little Lanthenay". She's a schoolyard bully with undeniable charm. The first literary teenager. Claudine is of course Colette herself thinly disguised. I highly recommend J ...more
Oct 08, 2016 Yamini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, translated
Claudine at School is a young adult, coming-of-age, LGBTQ+ novel. Although Claudine is clearly an unlikable, spoiled character, she is an also extremely entertaining figure. She is full of spirit and ideas which lead to one of the most interesting stories I read lately. An added plus is Colette’s wonderful writing style; she’s written this novel in a way that’s just delightfully pleasant. What’s more suspiring is that while it’s a novel published in 1900, it’s clearly far ahead of it’s time and ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often that you read a book with such an unrepentant main character. Claudine is great, she's probably the most self assured person I've read in literature, which after reading lots of Lesbian WOE lately was very refreshing. She's the preetiest, smartest, most troublesome girl at school. There's so much about school girl crushes, and queer women in these books, also without any guilt or judgement. The adventures, particularly sitting for the examinations, are great fun. It did feel like ...more
Creo que es la primera novela que leo entera en francés (aunque había leído cuentos, como Le petit Nicolas, y obras de teatro, como La leçon). Después de haberla leído, me resulta mucho más fácil entender el francés hablado!

Volviendo al libro en cuestión: el argumento me atrapó, pero Claudine es muy mala! (no en el sentido de "traviesa": mala gente, especialmente con las compañeras) La escritura me resultó muy agradable, aunque admito que no entendí TODO el vocabulario.

Mi edición del libro tambi
Dec 03, 2015 Ruthie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Decided to read this as it kept appearing on lists of books/authors I should have read. I can almost see what the appeal might have been when this book was first published, however, a lousy, dated British translation and a modern view on bullying make this less interesting to read now. Claudine 50 years ago may have seemed bright and flirtatious and risqué, today she comes off as an obnoxious, spoiled "mean girl". I probably would have enjoyed this more had I read it in French, the British slang ...more
Claudine is a beautiful, smart, and mischievous girl living in the French countryside undergoing her last year of schooling. Things take an unexpected turn when she falls in love with the charming new school teacher - who happens to have eyes for the Headmistress!

Written in 1900 by Colette, Claudine revels in all-female relationships, both romantic and platonic. There are five books total in this series, and the novels were so successful that they inspired plays and merchandise including cigaret
Geoff Wooldridge
Oct 14, 2016 Geoff Wooldridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a series of 4 'Claudine' novels written by Colette in the late 19th century and originally attributed to her husband 'Willy' when published around 1901.

Claudine is a precocious, independently minded 15 year old girl at school in rural France. She has numerous talents, a notable degree of beauty, a mischievous sense of humour and an observant eye for one so young.

She has a small group of close friends, girls of her own age - Anais, invariably described as lanky, Marie, somewh
Ed Smiley
Nov 27, 2010 Ed Smiley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I knew that Colette was reputed witty, but I was really charmed by this book. Her writing is delicious with a hint of harmless wickedness, if I may mutilate a phrase.

Fun fact: This was her first novel, published in 1900. Her husband asked her to write a memoir of her school days, and "spice it up a bit". He almost threw it away, and then published in his name. Today, nobody remembers Willi.
Oct 02, 2014 Dvora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france
Totally charming.
May 26, 2014 Joey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have The Complete Claudine collection of 4 novellas, but I will only finish the first for now, Claudine at School. I enjoyed the outspoken, rebelliously playful Claudine. As a teenage student, Claudine feuds and flirts with her fully-grown teachers as well as delights the reader with charmingly critical observations about her surroundings. The part of the book I found to be lacking was a lack of plot or action. Perhaps this is the symptom of a first novel, which would make sense as Claudine at ...more
Feb 21, 2016 Ella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francais, classics

Claudine à l'école est le premier de la série des "Claudine", l'histoire d'une jeune fille de l'adolescence à l'âge adulte en France au début du XXe siècle.

C'est mon premier roman de Colette. Dire que j'ai été charmée ne serait pas suffisant. L'écriture est absolument jolie et lyrique.

Claudine est une jeune fille à l'école de Montigny, en province. Elle raconte dans un journal les aventures qui mènent à l'obtention de son brevet. Nous rencontrons donc maints personnages aussi intéressants l
May 19, 2016 Lobo rated it really liked it
Kladyna na półce stała od dawna, kurzyła się w zacnym towarzystwie innych książek, które chciałam mieć w bibliotece, chociaż nie koniecznie miałam czas je czytać. Wzięłam się za powieści Colette po części w ramach prokrastynacji, po części ze względu na reaserch, albowiem dobrze jest łączyć przyjemne z pożytecznym.
Wiedziałam, że mam do czynienia z serią owianą atmosferą skandalu, na poły pornograficzną. To nie stawia wysoko poprzeczki, prawda? Zwłaszcza, kiedy sobie przypomnieć, jak łatwo zszoko
Ana Maria Rînceanu
Even thought at times I cringed when wickedness crossed the line, I can't deny that this book has charm and an almost irresistible humor. Colette made Claudine a storyteller to rival Scheherazade herself!
Jane De vries
French coming of age but a little slow moving. homoerotic during 1900? The French are ahead of themselves again! i understand that this is part of a series but i will look into other Colette books first.
Jun 25, 2010 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books at all time--and one of the reasons I wanted to become a writer. If you haven't read Colette before, this is the one to start with.
Jul 26, 2016 Delphine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to complain about the lack of something that I find dreadful in Balzac or Zola : descriptions. Young Colette here is more interested in shocking her reader with the drama of relationships...but her descriptions are more lively than the characters she describes. But when she does write this way, you can feel the dust and the light and the buzz of day to day life, the life in a provincial school, the excitement of the party at the end of the school year, and really feel like you're trave ...more
C.P. Lesley
I do love Claudine's character—she is so modern for a girl circa 1900. And the writing is great. Even so, I did not quite cotton to this tale of an ordinary young girl in an ordinary school that she nonetheless tranforms through the force of her personality. Unfair, perhaps. More due to my current overburdened state of mind—perhaps.

Still, I am glad I read it. And who knows, you may love it. Many others have!
Feb 21, 2016 Marius rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un récit de jeunes filles quasiment dénué d'intrigue, rendu tenable par la présence originale et cynique de la narratrice/héroïne, qui n'est qu'ego et cruauté.

C'est aussi une fenêtre sur quelques auteurs et illustrateurs de la fin du XIXème siècle totalement tombés dans l'oubli aujourd'hui.
Mar 02, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Colette I have read. It was a great introduction into the writer and I look forward to reading what mischief Claudine gets herself into when she is next heard from in Paris. Claudine at School is written in diary form about her school days. Claudine is smart, a bit of a gossip and she unashamedly causes a lot of trouble just to make her life interesting and to keep those who surround her on their toes. I found most of this book to be delightful and fun to read but the m ...more
Berrie J.
Si sarebbe beccato 4 stelle piene se non fosse stato per il "tono" della narrazione. So che è in prima persona e che la protagonista è una ragazzina, però quel pseudo slang che ne Il Giovane Holden mi era piaciuto, in bocca a Claudine l'ho trovato leggermente forzato. Mentre leggevo, qualcosa stonava.
Per il resto, mi è piaciuto molto. In particolar modo il rapporto di Claudine con i boschi, il senso di appartenenza e assieme la libertà che le infondono proprio perché le sono così famigliari; e l
Jul 25, 2015 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, french
Claudine is troublesome and spoiled. I admire her spirit, however, and her observations of the girls around her are enchanting. I also enjoyed getting some insight into the school systems of turn-of-the-century France. It makes me feel like my Georgia 21st century schooling was pretty inadequate...
patrycja polczyk
Jan 22, 2012 patrycja polczyk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by my wife. It's very cute, sweet and bit perverse at the same time. Claudine definitely stands out from the rest of the girls, she's smart, cheeky and very curious. Adorable character. Some might not like her, but I do. And can't wait other three books!
Czarny Pies
Nov 13, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like schoolgirls with sharp tongues.
Shelves: favorites, french-lit
I aways found snippy little bitches so charming and easily forgave them when they made me the victim of the their mocking. Claudine is the sauciest of all school girls in Western literature. You should love this tale of a horrid little brat.

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Colette was the pen name of the French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. She is best known, at least in the English-speaking world, for her novel Gigi, which provided the plot for a Lerner & Loewe musical film and stage musical.
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