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The Evening Star by Colette
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Dec 28, 14

bookshelves: auto-biography, non-fiction, foreign, owned
Read from October 19, 2011 to January 08, 2012

Collette's last book (I think) is a lyrical reflection on the past, ranging from the recent Nazi occupation to her early days as a writer and her friends on the Paris literary scene in the early 20th Century. The lyricism is luxurious at times, but it's not a 5-star work because it's deeply personal without being especially revealing. As such, it won't make much sense to any reader who is not familiar with Collette's life and work.

One of my favourite moments – and a good example of the tone of the book – comes in the discussion of old love letters, and the memory of a friend who had destroyed all hers except one, which she knew by heart:
She let her gaze, not devoid of majesty, wander over her well-kept gardens, her overflowing kitchen-gardens, her luminous sheets of water, and recited:
"The key will be hanging behind the shutter."
"What's next?"
"That's all." She paused before adding: "Believe me, it was enough."

'The Evening Star' isn't a perfect necklace, but it has some beautiful pearls.

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