In Duo, Colette observes, with masterly astuteness and perception, two characters whose marriage is foundering on the wife's infidelity. Acting out the final crisis, Alice and Michel have the stage to themselves so that nothing is allowed to distract from the marital dialogue. Le Toutounier continues Alice's story after Michel's death and her move to Paris. There she and her two sisters live in a shabby, homely apartment; fiercely independent, reticent, and hard.
About the Author
Colette was the author of the Claudine series. She was the foremost French woman author of her time and established herself as an outstanding talent whose novels and prose-works were notable for their sensitive understanding and portrayal of nature and country life.