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A woman way ahead of her time

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Joni Years ago, I read a short story about Colette (AKA Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette)in Freshman English - it was about a woman dressed in a pieroette costume who felt very liberated because she was wearing a mask and could behave in a very sensual manner. It was written in the early part of the 20th century. I found a copy of her collected stories last week at my local (wonderful) bookshop, the Raconteur in Metuchen, and am digging in and really enjoying it. But to enjoy, you must read s-l-o-w-l-y.


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I found this book fascinating because there is a lot criticism that Colette is too involved in the sensual and says nothing about what was going on at the time. There are several stories in this collection the decry that. (And these critics obviously miss the point that she was a journalist in WW I. And that Homefronts matter, too!)


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