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Immobilized by arthritis in front of her desk, Colette is bound to meditation. In her mind she travels outside Paris: Geneva, Beaujolais, the coast - her encounter with a cat - the meetings of the Académie Goncourt of which he is president - the death of Margarita Moreno, her beloved friend of the early years in Paris - the visit of young girls, serious or futile...
Unknown Binding, 161 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Greenwood Press (first published 1949)
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P.M.F. Johnson
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Such a smooth beautiful voice. My wife and I love Colette's writing. This is the last major work she wrote. She was 75 and very limited in her ability to get out when she wrote this, but she did a great job of showing what she saw in that limited scope. Not the first Colette I'd recommend (Cheri & The Last of Cheri and Gigi maybe are better places to start) but it's like going back to an old familiar friend.
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Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cogent observations at the end of a long, well-lead life. Could be read alongside Christopher Hitchens's "Mortality", written after his cancer diagnosis. Both are good preparation for handling one's own ever-approaching aging and illness.
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May 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Kind of depressing, as it was written when Colette was bedridden, a few years before her death. Not narrative like her other books.
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Colette was the pen name of the French novelist and actress Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. She is best known, at least in the English-speaking world, for her novella Gigi, which provided the plot for a famous Lerner & Loewe musical film and stage musical. She started her writing career penning the influential Claudine novels of books. The novel Chéri is often cited as her masterpiece.
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