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Gigi is being educated in the skills of the Courtesan: to choose cigars, to eat lobster, to enter a world where a woman's chief weapon is her body. However, when it comes to the question of Gaston Lachaille, very rich and very bored, Gigi does not want to obey the rules.

In 'The Cat', a story of burgeoning sexuality and blossoming love, an exquisite strong-minded Russian Blue is struggling for mastery of Alain with his seductive fiancée, Camille.

157 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1944

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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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2,178 reviews9,223 followers
April 18, 2019
I saw the movie Gigi - it was made in the late 50s.

There was this total gush of praise that flowed from the orifices of the critics :

"Gigi is a charming entertainment that can stand on its own two legs. It is not only a charming comprehension of the spicy confection of Colette, but it is also a lovely and lyrical enlargement upon that story's flavored mood and atmosphere"

"...Skillful casting, performance and presentation have endowed realism to the sum total . . . Director Minnelli's good taste in keeping it in bounds and the general sound judgment of all concerned . . . distinguishes this Arthur Freed independent production."

And you remember it got like a billion Oscars. They had to get a truck it won so many.

So I read Colette's original short story to find out what the hell is going on here. Because in the movie the story is so amazingly creepy, most of the characters in it would, if they were transported to contemporary Britain, either be in care (Gigi) or in jail for grooming a child for sexual abuse (Gigi's aunt and mother) or be on the Sex Offenders Register (Gaston and probably Maurice "Tank Evven for Leedle Grrls" Chevalier). Dig it - the mother and the aunt are training Gigi to be a - what was the polite word - courtesan. What's one of those? It's a high class call girl you rent by the month or year. So for the whole movie the aunt and the mother are trying to improve Gigi's posture and attitude and female accomplishments and be a bit less hearty and gawky and more seductive and like practise oral sex techniques on asparagus so that she can get a better customer and hence a better price when the time comes to launch her on the market (16th birthday? probably). The whole concept is ghastly, but in 1958 Hollywood and its audiences didn't bat an eyelid. Not one eyelid! It was just those saucy French .. c'est chic n'est-ce pas?
(But you know, Hollywood likes on occasion to portray prostitution as an acceptable career choice for young women - check out Pretty Woman for instance.)

So another one which proves that they thought very differently in the past - in 19th century France, but also, in 1958 America.
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684 reviews166 followers
October 20, 2017
'Gigi' was charming, humorous and wild, and 'The Cat' was painful and soul rejoicing. Two complete contrasts in story form, one about the fickle life of a young girl being groomed by her grandmother to be a courtesan who's only use is to marry money, and the second about the devoted love and affection one man has for his cat, at the expense of anything and anyone else. Really delightful, beautifully written stories.
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986 reviews1,113 followers
May 22, 2017
Am I the only one who doesn't get skeeved out by "Gigi"? I do get skeeved out big time by Maurice Chevalier singing "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" because, well… duh! That's a pretty fucked up song… But the actual Colette novella (that I have read in French countless times - as Colette is one of my mother's favorite authors and her books were all over the house I grew up in - and in English for the first time just now) never struck me as creepy.

Maybe it's my weird mix of French and Italian cultural heritage, or a healthy perspective on the social and historical setting of the story itself (or maybe I got into Anaïs Nin short stories way too young and a Freudian analyst would have a field day with my brain…), but I found "Gigi" to be a charming and comical, albeit rather unusual, coming-of-age story.

Some potential spoilers ahead…

Gilberte comes for a family of demi-mondaines; that's a fancy French way of saying high-class courtesans or kept women. These women were beautiful, educated, elegant and experts at entertaining men in every imaginable way (including, but not restricted to, sex). In return, said men would buy them houses, pay their servants, cover them in jewels and fancy dresses. While this was not the most reputable way of making a living, they were not considered prostitutes, but a social class unto themselves, and their lovers were invariably wealthy, often aristocrats or industrialists. Gigi (as her family affectionately call her) is being groomed for that life by her aunt Alicia, a retired courtesan of great fame. A family friend, Gaston Lachaille, is a fabulously rich but bored playboy who enjoys Gigi's company and slowly comes to realize that his fraternal affection for her is changing into something else.

The story is a lot more about Gigi leaving childhood behind and becoming a woman than about the idea of her shaking up with an older man. In fact, Gaston fully admits to feeling uneasy about their age difference - not to mention that Gigi doesn't exactly make herself easy to get. Of course, that sort of gender relation is terribly dated, and no one in their right mind would condone a similar arrangement today, but again, this is the Belle Époque in Paris: age, love and sex were not viewed in our modern North American way at all... I also feel the need to point out that this is not "Lolita": Gigi actually rejects the lifestyle that her family encourages her to pursue in favor of *gasp* marriage and respectability! Not exactly what Humbert had up his sleeve for his little Lo…

And let's not forget that beyond subject-matter, there is Colette's prose: beautiful, whimsical and disarmingly honest. Colette, not unlike Gigi, lived by her own rules and didn't care much for the sexual restrictions imposed on her by proper society. In some ways, Gigi is the proto-manic-pixie-dream-girl who shakes a male character out of the depression and boredom brought on my vacuous women and an empty and unfulfilling lifestyle. Interestingly enough, when the novella was first adapted for Broadway, Colette herself demanded that a young woman she had seen on the beach be cast in the title role: that young woman was Audrey Hepburn. Please don't let the PC rear-view mirror stop you from enjoying this little story… My only problem with it is that its too short! I wanted to know more about these women's lives and the society they lived in.

My edition comes with another short story titled "The Cat", which I hadn't read before. It is about a young couple, Alain and Camille, who have unfortunately mismatched libidos. That... and Alain is really into his cat Saha, a gorgeous Russian blue female cat, who also passionately loves her master. Camille eventually becomes jealous of her new husband's pet. Now that can sound a bit trite, and jealousy between a woman and a kitty but when you know that the original French title (and word for "female cat") "La Chatte" can have another meaning, it suddenly makes a bit more sense...

It actually reminded me of a cat I had years ago, who followed me everywhere, slept on the pillow next to me every night, cuddled me when I felt sad or sick. And then I got a boyfriend who started using the cat's pillow and all Hell broke loose... The cat refused the food the boyfriend gave him to try and make friends, peed on his backpack, the whole nine.

But my personal experience in possessive cats didn't endear either Alain or Camille to me: I found them both rather insufferable, and while the story is an interesting study of jealousy, I didn't like it as much as "Gigi".

4 stars for "Gigi", and 2 for "The Cat".
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Author 228 books273 followers
June 24, 2019
I have just become a Colette fan! This has surprised me because I always assumed she was one of those boring "indoors all the time" writers, prissy and fussy and obsessed with curtains and relationships. But in fact her prose style is luminous, crepuscular, dreamy and yet precise. She more closely resembles Nabokov than Jane Austen. True, her thematic concerns are mostly domestic but she elevates them with her unusual perspectives and lyrical language.

I began reading this volume on a whim thinking I would throw it over a hedge after a few pages, but I found myself quickly hooked. 'Gigi' is a good little story, but 'The Cat' is superb, one of the best novellas I've ever read in fact, and probably the best about a cat. It has a darker undercurrent to it than I might have expected. The eponymous cat ruins a new marriage and the end result is about a mismatched couple floundering about in a sea of chaos while seeking the status quo. There is even an attempted assassination. This is visceral stuff of a brutal nature that can't be disguised by the perfume of the background flowers. I misjudged Colette! She is the real thing: a brilliant author.

Let this be a lesson to me for the future.
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1,108 reviews104 followers
December 11, 2021
Sempre tive uma imensa curiosidade em ler algo de Colette. A sua figura provocativa despertou-me a atenção, desde que assisti o filme de 2018, protagonizado por Keira Knightley. Estas novelas servem de uma boa introdução à sua obra. Demonstram a sua capacidade satírica e o modo inteligente como construí os seus diálogos.

Em "Gigi" é narrado a historia de uma jovem de 16 anos que recusa a seguir as expectativas da sua familia, não aceitando envolver-se com um homem mais velho. "The cat" explora a relação de um casal à beira da ruptura, servindo para criticar os casamentos por conveniência.
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466 reviews26 followers
March 10, 2016
My four stars are for the cat rather than Gigi. I knew the story of Gigi but I felt rather uncomfortable with the light tone in which the story of a 15 year old girl getting together with a man she called "tonton" (Uncle) was written. Other than that it was rather fascinating to read about the life of French courtesan and the politeness, manners and fastidiousness which surrounded what was essentially prostitution. I adored the Cat however, with its spectacular descriptions of a newly married couple in a long hot Parisian summer. Collette did an excellent job of showing how passion disappears and relationships break down as the husband gradually comes to see things in the wife that irritate and repulse him. The Cat, however, is eternally beautiful, elegant and mysterious as cats are and is the real object of his affections, which spurs the young wife to jealousy. I have not read Colette before but she seems to be a specialist in depicting diverse forms of love.
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235 reviews11 followers
January 23, 2009
This novella I read mainly because I wanted to know the differences it had with the movie, GiGi, which is one of my favorite films of all time. I relate a lot to Gigi being the only daughter in a family of all women. The book and the movie are essentially the same, entire dialogues taken out directly from the story. The only main difference is that in the film, the screenwriters delightfully and delicatly omitted the fact that yes, this is a story about a family of courtesans. But these are not your Moulin Rouge courtesans, they are respected women who were a class unto themselves. MGM thought right that the film wouldn't be received well had that one detail not been omitted. The film and the book have their differences, but essentially the message is the same, Gigi is the same precocious dreamer. It would be interesting to have the film remade in an even more true representation of this novel, and really depict the Victorian courtesan's lifestyle.
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6,361 reviews454 followers
February 23, 2015
My daughter will be appearing in Gigi this spring, if winter ever leaves us, so I thought I'd read it. Meh. Based on these two stories, I feel towards Colette what I feel towards Wharton: indifference and a little boredom. Sure, yes, turn-of-the-twentieth-century romantic pairings were hard due to the tremendous inequality of the sexes and the awkward courtship customs of the time. But even knowing the financial importance to an entire family, I just can't feel that teenage student Gigi seducing a wealthy man twice her age is a happy ending. Let alone pretending it is a bit of cleverness on her part. The idea makes my skin crawl. Certainly it doesn't feel like comedy to me.

That the newlyweds in The Cat are so miserable is no surprise. But if the publishers were looking for a cheap image to slap on the cover, couldn't they at least have found one of a Russian Blue, which is what the cat in the story is?

Library copy
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539 reviews44 followers
August 27, 2012
The Cat is the most marvelously creepy novella in the world. A must-read for any young lady who is engaged to the heir of a declining silk emporium and is slightly worried that a) his family and servants look down upon her and b) he is perhaps too into his cat.

Alain, the protagonist of The Cat, is really, really into his cat. He is also emotionally about 7 years old: he is completely comfortable living in his ancestral home and allowing himself to drift around being cosseted by servitors. The narrator's casual references to his having had mistresses jar because he seems a decade or two too young to be thinking about sex. And yet he marries Camille, a lusty young wench with whom he appears to have nothing at all in common. Colette beautifully delineates the gradual rotting of their menage.

Gigi is also creepy, but is less wonderful. If I could rate these novellas separately I would give The Cat five stars and Gigi three.
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112 reviews7 followers
March 7, 2022
"The Cat" is excellent.

"Gigi" is outstanding.

Both novellas have a thrusting inevitability to them but are simultaneously packed with suspense. The vivacious characters jump off the page. The prose is witty.

Colette is definitely a writer I shall read more of.
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603 reviews451 followers
June 9, 2017
3.5 stars

A bit underwhelming, but The Cat was particularly entertaining and I enjoyed Colette's insight into the sexual politics between men and women in 19/20th century France!
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Author 1 book83 followers
November 4, 2015
This is collection of two of Colette's novellas. I enjoyed these two stories and liked "The Cat" over "Gigi". However, don't let the title of "The Cat" fool you, it's not a story for cat lovers and it's more of an anti-romance story. I think that's why I liked it so much.

The first story "Gigi" is basically abut a young girl in France growing up to be a lady. As a man reading the story it can get a little too womanly for me, but over all I liked the story. I've seen the musical and never cared for that, but the story was better in my opinion. The musical has the same names and sort of the same plot, but the points are very different. I'm not sure why they turned "Gigi" into a musical honestly.

The second story "The Cat" is basically about a marriage that falls apart over a cat. The wife wants attention from her selfish husband who clearly cares more about his cat than his actual wife. I won't tell the ending of the story even though it kind of obvious in the beginning, but it doesn't end happily. Moral to that story is your spouse will get jealous if you start obsessing and caring about an object (or in this case an animal) over them. In this story you don't really like the husband or the cat, but you like the wife because you understand why she is frustrated with her husband.

The only issue I had with this edition is I don't think these two stories should be but together in one book. It's misleading because the movie Gigi has a cat and in the story "Gigi" there is no cat. "The Cat" is a completely different story. If this was a collection of more than two stories I would have a problem, but oh well, at least I like the two stories.
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849 reviews135 followers
February 28, 2020
What a delight to read Colette again after so many years! Her writing is both spirited and lyrical, clever and beautiful. It's almost as if it's a concrete manifestation of her character.

These two novellas are very different, and some would say it's odd that they are collected together, but they actually compliment each other. First is Gigi, a bubbly, funny, and witty story about a young girl who is being trained to be a courtesan. There's love that goes beyond what others want and subverts expectations. (There's also a 1958 musical, a visually gorgeous but ultimately empty Hollywood version with one of the most creepiest songs I've ever heard. So let's just forget it.)

The second story, The Cat, on the other hand is about love that sours. It's like the night version of the first one: sensual, dreamy, and stagnant. The protagonist wants to linger in his childhood and loves his cat more than anything else, which results in a hot Parisian summer simmering with jealousy and bitterness.

"You can, at a pinch, leave the face till the morning, when travelling or pressed for time. For a woman, attention to the lower parts is the first law of self-respect."
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424 reviews214 followers
January 6, 2019
Of the two novellas in this volume, Gigi is the more famous story and impressive, among other things, for the amount of information Collette could convey through just dialogue. However, I think I enjoyed The Cat more, which will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me. A spoiled young man, a sensuous young woman, a new marriage. It’s not going well. And the bride has a rival.

The writing is fabulous. Collette was a master prose stylist. Probably some credit has to be given to the translators here (Roger Senhouse and Antonia White), but I’ve always loved Colette, no matter who was translating her words.
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6,550 reviews473 followers
September 7, 2015
I'm I the only one who is grossed out a bit by Gigi? Maybe it's because I can't get the creepy song out of my head. I know it's a different time period and all, and that she is being raised to be a mistress. But ick! She's 16! How old is he?

Now, The Cat. I love that story, especially the ending where Camille makes some very good observations. The Cat is where it is at.
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Author 12 books216 followers
February 17, 2022
This volume has two shorter works from the celebrated Colette.

Gigi is the most well-known of these two works, and apparently I have read it before since I knew everything that was to happen from the first paragraph. The writing is clever, and a little droll. As another reviewer here points out, Gigi is only 15 when she is being groomed for marriage to the kindly rich bachelor friend. But this reflects the times — as I like to point out, "Emma" in Jane Austen was only 13 when their wealthy neighbour Mr. Knightley, age 29, fell in love with her. They wait a few years and then it is a big love story.

The Cat is the second, longer tale in this volume. What a strange beast! The writing lacks the compressed wit of Gigi, and the plot . . . is incredible. However, there is a cat, so there's that. Basically bought this book because there was a story called The Cat, so it is a little ironic that it was the disappointment of the two.

4 stars for the writing in Gigi, 2 stars for the cat in The Cat, average 3 stars.
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820 reviews610 followers
December 4, 2010
Oh Gigi, why did I wait so long to meet you?

It is many years since I met the wonderful Claudine, and I really should have sought you out back then.

Paris at the turn of the century was always going to be wonderful, but it was the people who made this trip so special.

Your family was marvellous, and I was particularly entranced as I watched your Great Aunt Alicia, a courtesan of the old school, try to mould you in her own image. I shall remember so many of your exchanges with a wry smile.

She only wanted what was best for you but, of course, you grew up in a different world. You were much too bright for that and I always knew that you would follow your own heart.

The greatest pleasure was watching you grow from a schoolgirl into a young woman ready to step into a wonderful future.

I’m only sorry that we had just sixty pages together. They were such beautiful pages, and they just flew by.

So now we much say goodbye, but please know that you will always have a place in my heart and that I wish you happiness always.

Profile Image for Nicholas Whyte.
4,565 reviews175 followers
July 14, 2019

The book by the great French feminist writer Colette is very short. It's recognisably the same story as the film, with some of the same jokes and lines, though there is no Honoré - completely invented for the film, and I guess to an extent for Chevalier. Gigi is explicitly not yet sixteen years old; obviously Hollywood could not go near there. Gigi's mother, completely invisible in the film, makes a few appearances in the book (the father has been long absent):

"As for her features, no one could yet predict their final mould. A large mouth, which showed beautiful strong white teeth when she laughed, no chin to speak of, and, between high cheekbones, a nose – ‘Heavens, where did she get that button?’ whispered her mother under her breath. ‘If you can’t answer that question, my girl, who can?’ retorted Madame Alvarez."

It's a succinct sketch of Paris in 1899 from the point of view of women trying to get by in a man's world.

I got it in combination with a slightly longer book by Colette, La Chatte/The Cat, about a young woman who discovers that her new husband loves his cat more than he loves her. None of the characters in this story is pleasant, including the cat, but it's well told, and reminiscent of a notorious recent Reddit thread.
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Author 12 books135 followers
October 21, 2016
This has to be my favorite Colette that I've read so far. Tight clean writing, simple in scope yet highly moving. Gigi is my favorite of the two, but both are quite well done. Words that resonate long after the cover is closed.
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93 reviews
June 3, 2022
Completely and utterly delectable, perfectly emotional, tumultuous, vibrant, comedic, and I'm just absolutely in love with Colette
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216 reviews7 followers
May 4, 2020
Really didn't like this book, so unbelievably boring! Would have given it 1 star but the joke about the laudanum/suicide made me laugh and I felt bad for Saha but other than that nothing about either story was entertaining or interesting in the slightest.
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462 reviews117 followers
November 18, 2014
If he’s getting married, he’s no longer interesting.

The Beginning: Don’t forget you’re going to Aunt Alicia’s.

Gigi, 2 stars
I had high expectation for this one as I’ve got a soft spot for classics with untraditional heroines. Here we have a young girl trained to be a courtesan who surprises her family by her alternative approach to love. It sounds like a winner, but it felt too short for such an interesting subject. I liked Gigi, though. She amused me in all her childishness and the story was a fun quickie.

I put on a martyred expression – like this – as if I was bored to death with every luxury under the sun. I had the time of my life.

The Cat, 5 stars
What a lovely little surprise this one turned out to be! So untraditional, fun and touching. It’s about a man who has a cat he cares deeply for and a fiancé he doesn’t care that much for. When they marry, the wife becomes very jealous of the cat. And she should in fact be jealous, because our hero loves the cat more than he loves his wife (if he loves her at all).

It’s not often you read a story like this! It made me laugh out loud all the way home from Berlin. If you’ve ever preferred cats to people or have been jealous of your boyfriend’s goldfish, you must promise me to read this novella – you won’t regret it!

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485 reviews136 followers
April 15, 2014
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 children and the consequences of ageing are all touched on. And its obsession with "a good marriage" must be one of its biggest ironies.
And "true love"?
Where exactly could that fit in in this cultural entanglement of status, wealth and survival?

"Cheri" gives us a look at a love recognised in this milieu, but too late. And of how the two lovers find their own solutions and survivals in a world rigid, unforgiving, unsympathetic and ruthless.
A tale of sadness and resolution, resignation and acceptance, as only Colette can serve it up.
Oh, Colette, you are a gem!!!

Now "Gigi". I missed Colette. But her wit and wisdom were there behind the scenes. A little gem that you may read so quickly you don't even notice its punch, its turning topsy-turvey sexual traditions of Belle-Epoque Paris.A charmer!
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Author 1 book772 followers
May 21, 2018
Colette was an actress, a journalist, a mime and a writer and was nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. In other words, she was a fucking badass.

'Gigi and The Cat' includes two novellas: 'Gigi' (1944) and 'The Cat' (1933). I really loved 'Gigi'. I thought it was very well-written and thought-provoking. The main character, Gigi, is a very funny and wise young girl who struggles with what is expected from her, from a woman. I laughed a lot as well because Colette is very ironical.

On the other hand, 'The Cat' wasn't as good as 'Gigi'. In this novella, the author criticized marriages of convenience, which happened quite often in the beginning of the last century. I thought it was really amusing because the male character is obsessed with his cat and ignores his spouse completely which leads to a few small tragedies. I liked the plot and what it discussed but the writing wasn’t so bold. Maybe I should have begun with 'The Cat'.

In spite of this, I think Colette must be read. She was a brilliant woman and she had a singular voice.

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238 reviews11 followers
August 8, 2019
Quite a difference between the two stories in this volume. Gigi the world-famous, Gigi the character that transcends so many art forms to exist in our collective consciousness as one of the more memorable popular creations of the 20th century, began her life in this tiny, undistinguished tale. The seeds of greatness are there, but are smothered in an unimaginative & ultimately dreadfully disappointing series of events. On the other hand, The Cat, a much longer piece, is a masterpiece of condensed character development, relationship exploration, subtletly & suspense. Colette masters the voices of her characters & the tensions between them in building the pitch-perfect construction of a union that rises to a fevered crescendo before its inevitable dismal fall. The Cat is the thing here that makes me want to pursue more of Colette's voluminous body of work.
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189 reviews312 followers
May 8, 2020
Gigi is a long short story about a young untamed girl being groomed to attract a suitable well-bred well-off gentleman. The Cat is an unconventional novella about a love triangle between a young man, his new wife, and his cat. The love affair with his cat drives a wedge between them, but what’s really going on? The simplicity of the premise in both stories is all Colette needs to show off her psychological prowess when it comes to the power dynamics between men and women in love and lust. Her authority on social, political and economic disparities is always compelling. As ever the writing is light, lush and sensual, containing an evergreen freshness that makes Colette such a joy to read.
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67 reviews15 followers
January 26, 2010
I've been watching the movie religiously since I was in kindergarten. Back then I just took it as some sort of Cinderella story with nice music, and the older I get the more I got out of the story. Now I finally read the book, I still love the characters, the settings, the rich observation of these people's lives (nobody can create a female character like Colette!).

I'm still trying to imagine what would an eau-de-nil Persephone corset with rococo roses embroidered on the suspenders look like...


I don't care at all about cats, so I didn't read the second part of the book.
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141 reviews3 followers
January 19, 2019
Colette’s writing (even in translation) is rather beautiful and intimately depicted. It is language to savour.

Gigi - I really enjoyed this novella, especially the character of Gigi. She was fabulous, which made the ending so tragic. (4/5)

The Cat - This was quite a strange novella. I enjoyed the story, but wouldn’t have picked it up had it been a separate book. However, the tale of a doomed marriage was well done nonetheless, I really felt Alain’s confusion. (3/5)
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153 reviews14 followers
March 19, 2019
Really really loved Gigi, felt kind of lukewarm during the first half of the Cat - could’ve been half the length, imo.

Colette is a joy to read - her way of depicting/capturing dialogue reminds me of Mansfield and Plath (and even Salinger, tbqh). Will deffo read more of her stuff.
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