Cheri and The Last of Cheri

Cheri and The Last of Cheri

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by Colette
     
 

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Cheri, together with The Last of Cheri, is a classic story of a love affair between a very young man and a charming older woman. In describing the relationship between Fred Peloux, the beautiful gigolo known as Cheri, and the courtesan Lea de Lonval, Colette tenderly depicts the devotion that stems from desire and provides an honest account of the most human…  See more details below

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Cheri, together with The Last of Cheri, is a classic story of a love affair between a very young man and a charming older woman. In describing the relationship between Fred Peloux, the beautiful gigolo known as Cheri, and the courtesan Lea de Lonval, Colette tenderly depicts the devotion that stems from desire and provides an honest account of the most human preoccupations of youth and middle age. With compassionate insight she paints a full-length double portrait, using an impressionistic style all her own. In Cheri, Colette achieved a peak in her earthy, sensuous, and utterly individual art.

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“Everything that Colette touched became human . . . She was a complete sensualist; but she gave herself up to her senses with such delicacy of perception, with such exquisiteness of physical pain as well as physical ecstasy, that she ennobled sensualism to grandeur.” —The Times

Chéri is her masterpiece.” —Michael Straight, The New Republic

“Dramatic and moving . . . [Chéri] endears itself to the reader partly because of its subject, but more because of the manner of its telling.” —The New York Times

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ISBN-13:
9780374121020
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/01/1976
Pages:
304

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Born in 1873 in France, Colette was the author of many acclaimed novels noted for their intimate style.Other Colette titles from FSG include The Complete Claudine, Gigi, Julie de Carneilhan, and Chance Acquaintances, Vagabond, and The Complete Stories of Colette. She died in 1954.

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Cheri and The Last of Cheri 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ninette More than 1 year ago
The great Colette's "Cheri" is an exquisite work, both linguistically and psychologically. The descriptive language is breathtaking, and the writer's fine-tuned sensitivity to nuances of emotion is truly extraordinary. I read the book after having seen the new film starring Michelle Pfeiffer, "Cheri", a magnificent masterpiece, rich in nuance and opulent detail, set in gorgeous Belle Epoque France. The film leaves us in a romantic mist, however, by omitting "The Last of Cheri", the companion piece, although arriving at the same denouement. The book glosses over nothing, however, and part two is a very brutal portrait indeed. Of course it is all about real love, sketched in chiaroscuro relief with all its imitations, social conventions, and the ultimate high cost and lethal effects of choices made not with the heart. After finishing the book, I felt quite shattered by this tragic tale so beautifully and relentlessly told by that ever precise anatomist of the heart, the ever-astounding Colette, who never removes her gaze nor dissembles. Her gorgeous language is not mere filigree but embodies the truth she tells in an even more profound fashion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved the movie you will love the book. The second gives one more of look into Cheri's depression which seems to be epic level gloominess. Poor Cheri!