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[EPUB] ✸ Cheri and The Last of Cheri ✽ Colette –

Cheri and The Last of CheriCh Ri, Together With The Last Of Ch Ri, Is A Classic Story Of A Love Affair Between A Very Young Man And A Charming Older Woman The Amour Between Fred Peloux, The Beautiful Gigolo Known As Ch Ri, And The Courtesan L A De Lonval Tenderly Depicts The Devotion That Stems From Desire, And Is An Honest Account Of The Most Human Preoccupations Of Youth And Middle Age With Compassionate Insight Colette Paints A Full Length Double Portrait Using An Impressionistic Style All Her Own A Wonderful Subject Treated With Intelligence, Mastery, And Understanding Of The Least Admitted Secrets Of The Flesh Andr Gide

[EPUB] ✸ Cheri and The Last of Cheri ✽ Colette –
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Cheri and The Last of Cheri
  • Colette
  • English
  • 16 November 2018
  • 9780374532222

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  1. says:

    In some ways, the characters in these two short novels are utterly free Just about everything is permitted in the Parisian society to which they belong Become a courtesan Take a much younger lover Have a child out of wedlock Become addicted to opium Don t ever bother to get married, but if you do, sleep around with other people Spend your whole life in total leisure Go ahead No one cares But this culture, like every culture, does have its own codes of conduct, and thus its own set of restrictions Specifically, you must never allow yourself to feel the heartfelt emotions, like love, and if you do unfortunately fall victim to such emotions, please keep it to yourself Be as wild as you want, but take no actual risks For all their decadence and ostensible freedom, the characters in this book are just as repressed as Edith Wharton s proper New Yorkers.Novels such as this usually seem to focus on female characters struggles with the repressive cultures they find themselves in, so Ch ri and The Last of Ch ri are unique They focus on a young man, nicknamed Ch ri r...

  2. says:

    Virginia Woolf, though rather a she wolf herself, declared that reading Colette made her feel dowdy So too, getting into these twinned short masterpieces of love perverse yet pure, indeed superlunary, you yourself will likely feel pretty country mouse small town Yet you ll also get stung to the quick, all five senses reawakened Colette begins the 1st novella w a worldly woman s bare arms extended above a tousled morning bed, demanding her pearls, then ends the 2nd w a man on a threadbare divan, in an outrageous kimono, w opium smoking apparatus at hand, running his life weary but still beautiful eyes over long ago photographs of his former love In between there s just no denying the tangles of arousal sexual, yes, but it s the emotional that truly knots us up We quicken at exposure to the lissome Cher , actual name Frederick, a prostitute s son in his late teens as the story starts, a boy both overindulged neglected The love that shapes both fictions is that between this gorgeous youngster another w...

  3. says:

    Colette is such a fascinating character herself, that it s tempting to give a description of some of the highlights of her life right here I will defer, however, to two of my favorites among her many novels, Ch ri 1920 and Fin de Ch ri 1926 In the first novel and in its sequel, Colette sensitively examines the tenuous emotions of L a de Lonval, a courtesan nearing age 50, who has been the longtime mistress of the much younger Fred Ch ri Paloux Whereas the first novel focuses on L a s heartbreaking sense of loss fading beauty, a lover s abandonment, an uncertain future the sequel shows a contented, productive L a some six years later with a new lease on life Ch ri opens with the title character lying naked on L a s bed playing languidly with her pearl necklace Their passion is coming to an end as Ch ri will soon enter an arranged marriage with the rich, but insignificant 18 year old Edm e, and L a, though still beautiful and sporting a figure that is the envy of much younger women, suspects the current passion will probably be her last After all, she ...

  4. says:

    It s been 4 months since I last read a love story It was September 2009 when I read A.S Byatt s POSSESSIONS and I really liked it It was about two poets falling in love with each other but it did not materialize because they were both married.This movie tie in book is composed of 2 novels by Colette, a French lady author during and after World War I This is semi autobiographical which means that the main characters particularly Lea was based on her own life She, an aging actress at the age of 50 fell in love with a young man aged 25 They were happy at first as the young man also loved her until he met a woman Edmee in the story 7 years younger than him and decided to get married That man in these books is CHERI and the two novels are about him.CHERI published in 1920 , the first book, is about the separation of Cheri and Lea When Cheri got married to Edmee, Lea released him but after living separate lives for 9 months, Cheri missed Lea and they spent a night together When Cheri realized that he was making a mistake, he went back to Edmee and Lea once again released him Think May December affair ala Elizabeth Taylor and his many young men or Demi Moore and Ashton Those ladies are beautiful even if they are already old and it is believable, in my opinion, that young equally good looking guys can fall in love with them That s the basic premise of Book 1 THE LAST OF CHERI published in 1926 , the second book, happened after WW I...

  5. says:

    On the surface, this is the melodramatic love story of a boytoy and the woman who turned him out But go deeper, and you see that the characters are going through a lot than simply growing old they re all growing up, a condition brought on not only by nature but also by post WWI Paris Cheri was raised to be an ornament, something his mother, lover,...

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    I first found Colette on the shelves of the library at Knox College the sensualist French writer seemed rather out of place in the Anglican seminary collection Ch ri rapidly became one of my favourite love stories slim, sexy, sad The tale the aging courtesan L a and her love affair with the young, spoilt, beautiful Ch ri, the book flips the usual love story on its head An older woman cossets and educates a brash young man when an advantageous marriage is arranged, L a reluctantly ends their affair for six months, both try to find ways to escape the memories of their six year liaison until eventually they are drawn back together for one turbulent and painful night On my first reading I feel in love with the character of L a Colette unsparingly details her slowly crumbling beauty, set off by the lush and languorous surrounding of pre war France, the suffocating company of the elderly courtesans and rogues she spends her twilight years with, and her maternal, possessive, proud desire for the petulant and beautiful Ch ri The book opens with an intimate scene morning in L a s bedroom Ch ri caper s about in front of the sun drenched rosy pink curtains a graceful demon, black against a glowing furnace , needling L a to hand over he...

  7. says:

    These two novellas were pure joy to read Colette s writing is intimate, sensual, absorbing, flowing She creates spaces full with sensations, sketches of people, closely observes their faces, movements, emotions, moods She tosses aside conventional s her women are courtesans, free to marry or not marry, they make and invest their own money, live their sexual lives as they want An older woman can keep a beautiful boy as a lover Colette is not afraid to write about men as sex objects, possessed by their women.The two novels are separated by six years Ch ri describes the ending of the relationship between L a, an older but still beautiful courtesan at the end of her sexual carreer, and Ch ri, a young, supremely beautiful but shallow man They have long lived and loved together, but Ch ri must get on with his young life, and must marry As they try to deal with the separation, they realize it meant than they thought but it was doomed as they were at different points in their lives and they must let go.The Last of Ch ri takes place after World War I Ch ri has been to the war, and is trying to fit in, live his married life, but is increasingly alienated from his wife, mother and the new, changed world He is young, but a relic, and caught up in a past life that cannot be brought back L a has moved on she abandoned herself to old age, corpulence, no need for face powder, stays and hair dyes She accepted the time of her life and set out to enjoy it Ch ri he is young...

  8. says:

    When Cheri came out, according to the Judith Thurman biography, there were people who objected to it on the basis of the characters being worthless and Colette said that they should think of them in the category of realistic stories of the poor, for who could be poorer than Lea and Cheri This I think is quite true The world they know, all they are aware of, is purely materialistic, hedonistic, and competitive Game playing, one upmanship and the pursuit of money and momentary indulgences consume their lives It does not show where Lea and Charlotte came from originally, but likely wherever it was, was no better than what they ve achieved And of course Cheri, as Charlotte s son, has had no reason to think there is anything else nor does he seem to have the capacity to notice a deeper reality In the second, the real love that Cheri and Lea found, so alien to their environment and so awkward and insupportable that it ended their relationship, destroys Ch...

  9. says:

    I think my American side showed too much when reading this book I liked it overall, but this wasn t easy to grasp It s basically about a elder concubine Lea and her toyboy lover Cheri As an American reading this, I found it a little awkward, but interesting It made conflict with characters and made me read something I m not really use too, which was a good challenge I will say in reality I don t agree with Lea and Cheri s kind of relationship, but you have to have an open mind when you read these kinds of books As odd as the relationship was, it was r...

  10. says:

    Technically two novels, but each one reads as half a story, which kinda reminded me of Knut Hamsun s The Wanderer which is also made up of two short novels written years apart Under the Autumn Star On Muted Strings where the second novel doesn t really feel like a sequel but a second half that completes the first, so really you need to read both back to back First of all, this book isn t gunna be for everyone the story, the style it s written in, the fact that you can say that basicly nothing happens in it Basicly nothing happens, there s Ch ri s affair with an older woman, brooding, taking, brooding, a little bit of drug taking and brooding But between all this, there are things i enjoyed I liked the writing and the phrasing throughout, i also liked the dark humour which was very subtle Also near the end of the bo...

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