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Chéri

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Léa de Lonval is an aging courtesan, a once famous beauty facing the end of her sexual career. She is also facing the end of her most intense love affair, with Fred Peloux--known as Chéri--a playboy half her age. But neither lover understands how deeply they are attached, or how much life they will give up by parting ways.
Paperback, 122 pages
Published September 6th 2001 by Vintage Classics (first published 1920)
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Steven Godin
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading Colette's short novel Chéri, felt like munching on a box of fancy Belgian truffles, and in this case washed down with a bottle of fine vintage French wine, everything is all very French and all very luxurious. On it's first publication in 1920 both Marcel Proust and André Gide deemed it as a masterpiece, I wouldn't go as far as to say that, but was pleasantly surprised how pleasurable a read it was. I love how the female lead character Léa de Lonval is described as a magnificent and agin ...more
Duane
Cheri is the story of a privileged and wealthy young Frenchman living with a wealthy courtesan (Lea). She is much older, 50 vs 25, and when Cheri marries a young woman, Lea realizes that she loves him and he is gone forever. It's a little more involved but that's the gist of the story. This book was published in 1920 and is one of her better known works, but honestly, I prefer her early novels, especially the "Claudine" books. Colette would live a long life (1873-1954), and she wrote well into ...more
SCARABOOKS
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
M’è capitato di leggere questo libro nella domenica pomeriggio più comico-catastrofica della politica italiana (ma temo sia solo l’inizio). E mi sono ancora una volta sentito fortunato di essere un lettore.
Perché cosa c’è di meglio mentre fuori dei bruti inascoltabili si accapigliano a colpi di clava sotto la cintola davanti ad una pubblica opinione capace di essere peggiore di loro, che rifugiarsi in un libro così? In un mondo in cui figure d’altri tempi si misurano con mosse da fioretto ed un
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Teresa
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-frança, 5e
Publicado, pela primeira vez, em 1926, Chéri é das obras mais famosas de Colette. Conta a história da relação amorosa entre Léa - uma cortesã, a rondar os cinquenta anos, - e Chéri, vinte cinco anos mais novo, o filho de uma "colega".
Normalmente, estas ligações "dão para o torto", mas Léa tem sempre um comportamento exemplar; o moço nem por isso...

Gosto muito de Colette (este é o terceiro livro que leio e todos mereceram as cinco estrelas). Mas não sou a única; Chéri faz parte da lista dos quinz
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Nigeyb
Feb 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
I read this book in readiness for a group discussion. There are lots of positive reviews around so clearly many readers have found much to enjoy. I found nothing to enjoy, indeed I thought it was one of the worst books I have ever read and give it one star - a rating I have never used before.

The basic plot is very straightforward (and, as it was on cover of my edition, I don't think the story is meant to be the point): 25 year old Chéri (real name Fred), the son of a wealthy courtesan, has been
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Bettie☯


http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b009j9hs

Description: Léa de Lonval is an aging courtesan, a once famous beauty facing the end of her sexual career. She is also facing the end of her most intense love affair, with Fred Peloux—known as Chéri—a playboy half her age. But neither lover under-stands how deeply they are attached, or how much life they will give up by parting ways.

1/5. After a six-year affair, Cheri announces to Lea he is about to enter into an arranged marriage.

2/5. Lea has to face the
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Faisal
قرأت اول ١٠٠ صفحة والحقيقة كل ما تخطيت صفحة زدت تشوشاً
لم استطع استيعاب الأحداث
هل الاختلاف الاجتماعي هل الأسلوب السبب لا اعلم
ولكن لم أتأقلم مع الرواية بتاتاً
ولذلك توقفت وجعلتها بلا تقييم .
Laura
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie☯
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

From BBC Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama:
Colette's tale of a love affair between a courtesan and a man half her age, set in Paris before WWI.

1/5. After a six-year affair, Cheri announces to Lea he is about to enter into an arranged marriage.

2/5. Lea has to face the harsh reality of her young lover Cheri's marriage to another woman.

3/5. Cheri returns from honeymoon dissatisfied, yearning to know where Lea has fled.

4/5. Lea has returned to Paris, lonely and y
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Orsodimondo
As I said, not my cup of tea.
Mina Soare
With stunning prose, engrossing descriptions and spectacular character depictions, Collette outdid herself. The level of significance in every detail makes every scene even more expressive for the relationship between setting, society and character marking this a realist balzacian novel.

Now, despite the numerous modern elements, the title drawing attention to the enigma of one character being the most conspicuous, I don't like neither the realism nor the ending so there goes one star.

Nonetheles
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Emma Care
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Para mí este libro es un clásico en la literatura francesa (y eso que me llevo muy mal con esta literatura). Pero Chéri es distinto.
Entre sus páginas tenemos una historia de amor entre una mujer mayorcon un chico joven, hijo de unas de sus amigas. Este chico es mimado, egoísta, a veces caprichoso (eso me pareció) que le encanta la buena vida. Léa lo conoce desde la cuna y a medida que crece ella le enseña todo lo que sabe en el mundo de la seducción. Todo se complica cuando él va a casarse porqu
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Aprile
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parte sfrontato, arriva dolcissimo e profondo
Come mi è piaciuto! E questo nonostante le prime trenta-quaranta pagine che trovavo superficiali e che mi ricordavano Jezabel della Némirovsky (naturalmente scritto dopo, ma da me letto prima). Grande prosa, grande incalzar dell’emozione. E’ l’analisi della crescita – o meglio, dell’evoluzione - dei due protagonisti, lei quarantanovenne di splendide attrattive – ma le righe del collo non si possono nascondere – e lui, bellissimo ragazzo della metà dei
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Margarida
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilhante. Uma bela cortesã de quarenta e nove anos, Leónie Vallon, Léa de Lonval, deixa-se conquistar por Fred, Chéri, um jovem de vinte e cinco anos, mimado, petulante e infantil, e ele entrega-se sem tréguas a esta experiente mulher. No entanto, ela continua uma mulher independente, de personalidade forte e segura, até que o casamento por interesse dele coloca um ponto final na relação.
Paixão, sedução e volúpia pairam neste pequeno romance fascinante, numa excelente tradução de José Saramago.
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Emilia Barnes
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to get into this or even understand it. At the beginning especially both Chéri and Léa (but Chéri in particular) seemed inscrutable and annoying to me. But Colette's writing is like fine wine or a really fancy meal. It's not a matter of whether you like it or not: its brilliance reveals itself to you and you can only marvel at it.
Sara Cranwell
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: librosdel2018
4'5 ⭐ No me hubiera importado leer otras 100 páginas
Joana
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-frança
Não sei até que ponto este facto pode ou não revelar muita ignorância minha, mas só conheci Colette depois de ver um filme sobre a sua vida. E fiquei a admirá-la de tal forma que, no dia seguinte, tive de encomendar um livro seu. No filme não é mencionado o "Chéri", mas sendo esta considerada a sua maior obra prima, ou pelo menos uma das, optei por lê-la a ela primeiro. E creio que fiz bem.
É uma história que sabe a pouco, de tão boa e curta que é. Queria mais de Léa (apesar de que de Chéri nem t
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Wayne
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Colette fans
Recommended to Wayne by: Colette, of course!!


A wonderful look at the cultural trappings that every society brings to the most natural and urgent of natural instincts - consequently and ironically well and truly "fucking" it up for just about everybody.

I enjoyed "Gigi" and "Cheri" once I'd got my head around the sexual culture of certain segments of French Society of the Fin de Siecle.
The Loneliness and yet High Social Profile of the Courtesan is well and truly captured by Colette. Its ironies, possibilities of great wealth,its pitfalls,its
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Leslie
I think this was the wrong book for me at this time. However, it would never be a favorite as I found the pace too slow. Colette gives beautifully written descriptions so I can understand why some would appreciate her writing more than I did.

As for the plot, I could relate to Léa (as I am also a woman of a certain age) but Chéri struck me as a lout and so I couldn't really understand his appeal.
Cemre
Daima "sıradışılığı" ve toplum normlarını önemsemezliği ile anılan Fransız kadın yazar Colette'in hayatı 2018 yılında sinemaya uyarlanınca -her ne kadar filmi henüz seyretmesem de- ne zamandır kütüphanemde duran Cicim kitabını bir an önce okumak istedim.

Öncelikle Cicim'in erkek karakter olduğunu söyleyerek başlamak istiyorum; çünkü başladığımda kim kimdir, kim kiminle ilişki yaşamaktadır sorularına cevap bulmakta zorlandım. Okursanız aklınızda bulunsun. :)

Cicim, klasik denklemi tersine çevirmiş
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Claudiu D.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literatura
Romanele astea Belle-Epoque (desi Cheri a fost publicat in 1920) au ceva aparte. Eu le asociez cu o perioada a vorbelor frumoase, in care o disputa personala era purtata cu zambetul pe buze si cu fraze mestesugite, pline de ironie. E o perioada a frumosului in toate, dar prea ornamentat, uneori obositor. E o perioada in care femeile controleaza tot, dar o fac cu o feminitate iesita din comun, isi cunosc toate atuurile si au o eleganta aparte.
Desi in Cheri este vorba despre o fosta curtezana (ad
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Elizabeth
May 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is more like a 2.5 stars but as always I round down.

I read this book to practice my French and if you are reading the book for the same reasons Colette is both a good and bad choice. Good because she uses a lot of different words (I now know a bunch of ways to describe how people lean on things lol), but bad because some of her words are so... idiosyncratic? I guess? that some of them weren't in dictionaries I looked at. Her French was also kind of difficult for me at times that I had to l
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Isa Timon
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantaaado 🌾
Al ser muy cortito te lo lees practicamente de una sentada, me leería otras 100 páginas más.
Antonomasia
2.5

What a frustrating book. It isn't badly written, but only if it were written quite differently would I really enjoy it.

Chéri and Léa are difficult, unsympathetic characters - but this is a type I often find interesting to read about. Books can show such people's underlying thoughts and feelings, and the events that made them so disagreeable: they can make them sympathetic and understandable if you are reasonably open-minded.

But we hear nothing of Chéri's inner life, and in writing alone ther
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Jenny
This book is so wonderfully written. The dialogue is too realistic; it's painful to read the conversations between Chéri and Léa and between Chéri and Edmée. Colette's treatment of relationships is excellent. She builds the characters and their interactions with each other quickly. This book is less than two hundred pages, yet I feel like I've known Charlotte, Léa, Chéri, and Edmée. I understand their world, why and how they are the way they are with each other. The last ten pages are the best f ...more
Edward
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
What to make of a "love story" between a woman of 50 and a young man half her age? She is attracted to him because of his youth, his good looks, his easy-going ways. She appeals to him for her sophistication, both in her looks on which she expends enormous energy, and her exquisite taste in food and entertainment. But he, the "Cheri" of the title, marries a woman his own age, it being an appropriate thing to do, and the older woman (Lea) goes off on an extended vacation to try to forget her los ...more
Whitney (First Impressions Reviews)
Cheri by Colette, centers around Lea and Cheri and their six year love affair. Respectfully 49 and 25 at the novels opening, both believe that their relationship to be casual until Cheri is to be married and realize that they were in fact in love. After Cheri's marriage they are separated for six months due to Lea's inability to cope with the new revelations. When she at last returns Cheri visits, they have one last romp in the sheets and the next morning while Lea plans their future together, C ...more
Crito
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What makes Colette so endearing and what probably pulls her away from the spotlight of the French canon is just how fun and breezy she is. Her prose is light and nimble, never stumbling for a second as she lets her energetic characters spar wits against each other in good fun. This light atmosphere she herself takes joy in does its best to mask everything that's going on under the hood of this novel, from its psychologically intricate characters, to the depth of observation she has, and of cours ...more
Elisabeth
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Publié en 1920.

Thème: l'amour entre une femme âgée et un jeune amant. Thème très d'actualité sociale alors que nos journaux décrivent les couguars.

Le roman est étrangement prémonitoire dans la vie de l'auteure. En effet, Colette, alors qu'elle venait de divorcer de son deuxième mari, eut une affaire avec le fils de ce dernier. Colette avait alors 50 ans et le garçon 19 ans. Vengeance ou vraiment amour ? Peut-être un peu des deux. Chéri a toutefois été publié avant l'affaire.

L'histoire est celle
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Nose in a book (Kate)
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chéri is one of Colette’s better known works, so I already knew the rough storyline before finally reading this, but as always her language is as much the attraction as her stories. Chéri is an attractive wealthy young man who has been coached for six years in the art of love by middle-aged courtesan Léa. Now it’s time for Chéri to marry a suitable young lady, and in parting ways, both he and Léa must face their true feelings for one another, which have long been a source of irony and gentle reb ...more
Селина Йонкова
романът на колет "шери" потвърждава клишето, че някои книги трябва да се прочетат в точното си време, за да ви "намерят.
явно, аз съм пропуснала въпросния момент, поради което проточих четенето на тези малко над 150 страници, малък формат, като да се боря с дебел том.
да, ако я бях прочела, когато четях многобройните класики разказващи за увлечението на поодъртял пръч по някоя крехка козичка, колетовата "шери", щеше да уравновеси донякъде нещата. казвам донякъде, защото авторката, като всяка дам
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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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