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·3.84·21,237 Ratings
“ Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. ” ― Rumi
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  • Break of Day

    ·3.83·345 Ratings
    Colette began writing Break of Day in her early fifties, at Saint-Tropez on the Côte d'Azur, where she had bought a small house after the breakup of her second marriage. The novel's theme--the renunciation of love and the return to an independent existen
  • Retreat from Love

    ·3.75·119 Ratings
    One of the best of the celebrated Claudine novels, this installment follows the sexual and emotional machinations of three upper-class youths in a remote farmhouse, where the protagonist of the series awaits her husband Renaud's return from a Swiss san
  • The Ripening Seed

    by Colette
    ·3.53·513 Ratings
  • Claudine's House

    ·3.69·229 Ratings
    Claudine’s House is a tender and heartfelt portrayal of childhood and memory. In an idyllic setting of countryside and woods, Colette spent her childhood surrounded by a warm and loving family. Years later, her memories and experiences inspired her to c
  • La Chatte

    by Colette
    ·3.51·433 Ratings
    Lorsque débute leur vie commune, Alain et Camille sont deux amis d'enfance que tout en apparence rapproche mais que leurs secrètes rêveries divisent. " Mon mariage, reconnaît Alain, contente tout le monde et Camille, et il y a des moments où à me co
  • The Other Woman

    by Colette
    ·3.77·128 Ratings
    This volume brings together for the first time in English a collection including a series of stories and a novella, formed of a group of linked autobiographical pieces first published posthumously in France as Mon Amie Valentine.
  • Chéri

    by Colette
    ·3.69·1,427 Ratings
    Colette 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 h
  • The Complete Claudine

    ·4.18·1,110 Ratings
    Colette, prodded by her first husband, Willy, began her writing career with Claudine at School, which catapulted the young author into instant, sensational success. Among the most autobiographical of Colette's works, these four novels are dominated by the
  • Cheri and The Last of Cheri

    ·3.89·1,981 Ratings
    Exquisitely handsome, spoilt and sardonic, Chéri is the only son of a wealthy courtesan, a contemporary of Léa, the magnificent and talented woman who for six years has devoted herself to his amorous education. When a rich marriage is arranged for Chér
  • The Vagabond

    ·3.99·1,555 Ratings
    Thirty-three years-old and recently divorced, Renée Néré has begun a new life on her own, supporting herself as a music-hall artist. Maxime, a rich and idle bachelor, intrudes on her independent existence and offers his love and the comforts of marriag
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