Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette
Having spent her childhood in the shadow of an o ...more
The mere possession of an "interesting" personality is no longer the ticket of admission to a terminally sated and bored society which has developed, as Arendt puts it, "a morbid lust for the exotic, abnormal and different, as such."I am familiar with two of the authors of the blurbs on the back of this book. One of them I view with the sardonic eye of "Oh One much praised by others, I've a feeling I'll much enjoy tearing you apart." The other is a genius in my mind, mayhaps by way of my ...more
Secrets of the Flesh; A life of Colette is over long. The scholarship is excellent. Ms Thurman is at her best giving her analysis of Madam Colette's extensive library, but the biographer cannot tell the difference from significant, or illustrative events and tittle-tattle. Overall this is a good book. There is too much book and not enough of it is important.
Early in Secrets of the Flesh Author Judith Thurman tells us that her subject, Colette may have invented the modern teenage ...more
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette (Ballantine Reader's Circle) by Judith Thurman, is a stunning biogr ...more
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Sometimes, knowing the background of a book's creation provides extra enjoyment when reading it. In this case, however, I'm glad I read Colette's books before I learned about the circumstances...more
All the waves and sour turns in her life have lead me to put this one down a few times but that's just a matter of my feeling invested in Collette and her trials. I'm semi-literate but find Secrets of the Flesh to be well written, often sharing a tone that compliments the flair and wit of the Collette quotes peppering it's pages.
A colorful character path finding while exploring the depths of her ...more
Thurman is the author of “Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller,” which won the 1983 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, and “Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette,” ( ...more