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Chéri By Colette Ch ri L a 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 Ch ri a playboy half

  • Title: Chéri
  • Author: Colette
  • ISBN: 9780099422761
  • Page: 171
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chéri By Colette L a 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 Ch ri a playboy half her age But neither lover under stands how deeply they are attached, or how much life they will give up by parting ways.
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    1. Duane on said:

      Cheri is the story of a privileged and wealthy young Frenchman living with a wealthy courtesan Lea She is much older, 50 vs 25, and when Cheri marries a young woman, Lea realizes that she loves him and he is gone forever It s a little involved but that s the gist of the story This book was published in 1920 and is one of her better known works, but honestly, I prefer her early novels, especially the Claudine books Colette would live a long life 1873 1954 , and she wrote well into her later year [...]

    2. StevenGodin on said:

      Reading Colette s short novel Ch ri, felt like munching on a box of fancy Belgian truffles, and in this case washed down with a bottle of fine vintage French wine, everything is all very French and all very luxurious On it s first publication in 1920 both Marcel Proust and Andr Gide deemed it as a masterpiece, I wouldn t go as far as to say that, but was pleasantly surprised how pleasurable a read it was I love how the female lead character L a de Lonval is described as a magnificent and aging c [...]

    3. Teresa Proença on said:

      Publicado, pela primeira vez, em 1926, Ch ri das obras mais famosas de Colette Conta a hist ria da rela o amorosa entre L a uma cortes , a rondar os cinquenta anos, e Ch ri, vinte cinco anos mais novo, o filho de uma colega.Normalmente, estas liga es d o para o torto , mas L a tem sempre um comportamento exemplar o mo o nem por issoGosto muito de Colette este o terceiro livro que leio e todos mereceram as cinco estrelas Mas n o sou a nica Ch ri faz parte da lista dos quinze livros favoritos de P [...]

    4. Bettie☯ on said:

      bbc programmes b009j9hsDescription L a 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 Ch ri a playboy half her age But neither lover under stands how deeply they are attached, or how much life they will give up by parting ways.1 5 After a six year affair, Cheri announces to Lea he is about to enter into an arranged marriage.2 5 Lea has to face the harsh reality of her [...]

    5. Laura on said:

      Free download available at Project Gutenberg.From BBC Radio 4 15 Minute Drama Colette s tale of a love affair between a courtesan and a man half her age, set in Paris before WWI.1 5 After a six year affair, Cheri announces to Lea he is about to enter into an arranged marriage.2 5 Lea has to face the harsh reality of her young lover Cheri s marriage to another woman.3 5 Cheri returns from honeymoon dissatisfied, yearning to know where Lea has fled.4 5 Lea has returned to Paris, lonely and yearnin [...]

    6. Nigeyb on said:

      I read this book in readiness for a group discussion There are lots of positive reviews around so clearly many readers have found much to enjoy I found nothing to enjoy, indeed I thought it was one of the worst books I have ever read and give it one star a rating I have never used before The basic plot is very straightforward and, as it was on cover of my edition, I don t think the story is meant to be the point 25 year old Ch ri real name Fred , the son of a wealthy courtesan, has been in a lon [...]

    7. Mina Soare on said:

      With stunning prose, engrossing descriptions and spectacular character depictions, Collette outdid herself The level of significance in every detail makes every scene even expressive for the relationship between setting, society and character marking this a realist balzacian novel Now, despite the numerous modern elements, the title drawing attention to the enigma of one character being the most conspicuous, I don t like neither the realism nor the ending so there goes one star.Nonetheless, unt [...]

    8. Margarida on said:

      Brilhante Uma bela cortes de quarenta e nove anos, Le nie Vallon, L a de Lonval, deixa se conquistar por Fred, Ch ri, um jovem de vinte e cinco anos, mimado, petulante e infantil, e ele entrega se sem tr guas a esta experiente mulher No entanto, ela continua uma mulher independente, de personalidade forte e segura, at que o casamento por interesse dele coloca um ponto final na rela o.Paix o, sedu o e vol pia pairam neste pequeno romance fascinante, numa excelente tradu o de Jos Saramago.Foi adap [...]

    9. Aprile on said:

      Parte sfrontato, arriva dolcissimo e profondoCome mi piaciuto E questo nonostante le prime trenta quaranta pagine che trovavo superficiali e che mi ricordavano Jezabel della N mirovsky naturalmente scritto dopo, ma da me letto prima Grande prosa, grande incalzar dell emozione E l analisi della crescita o meglio, dell evoluzione dei due protagonisti, lei quarantanovenne di splendide attrattive ma le righe del collo non si possono nascondere e lui, bellissimo ragazzo della met dei suoi anni Due es [...]

    10. Wayne on said:

      A wonderful look at the cultural trappings that every society brings to the most natural and urgent of natural instincts consequently and ironically well and truly fucking it up for just about everybody.I enjoyed Gigi and Cheri once I d got my head around the sexual culture of certain segments of French Society of the Fin de Siecle.The Loneliness and yet High Social Profile of the Courtesan is well and truly captured by Colette Its ironies, possibilities of great wealth,its pitfalls,its children [...]

    11. Leslie on said:

      I think this was the wrong book for me at this time However, it would never be a favorite as I found the pace too slow Colette gives beautifully written descriptions so I can understand why some would appreciate her writing than I did As for the plot, I could relate to L a as I am also a woman of a certain age but Ch ri struck me as a lout and so I couldn t really understand his appeal.

    12. Elizabeth on said:

      This is like a 2.5 stars but as always I round down I read this book to practice my French and if you are reading the book for the same reasons Colette is both a good and bad choice Good because she uses a lot of different words I now know a bunch of ways to describe how people lean on things lol , but bad because some of her words are so idiosyncratic I guess that some of them weren t in dictionaries I looked at Her French was also kind of difficult for me at times that I had to look up a tran [...]

    13. Antonomasia on said:

      2.5What a frustrating book It isn t badly written, but only if it were written quite differently would I really enjoy it.Ch ri and L a are difficult, unsympathetic characters but this is a type I often find interesting to read about Books can show such people s underlying thoughts and feelings, and the events that made them so disagreeable they can make them sympathetic and understandable if you are reasonably open minded But we hear nothing of Ch ri s inner life, and in writing alone there is n [...]

    14. Jenny on said:

      This book is so wonderfully written The dialogue is too realistic it s painful to read the conversations between Ch ri and L a and between Ch ri and Edm e Colette s treatment of relationships is excellent She builds the characters and their interactions with each other quickly This book is less than two hundred pages, yet I feel like I ve known Charlotte, L a, Ch ri, and Edm e I understand their world, why and how they are the way they are with each other The last ten pages are the best for me a [...]

    15. Edward on said:

      What to make of a love story between a woman of 50 and a young man half her age She is attracted to him because of his youth, his good looks, his easy going ways She appeals to him for her sophistication, both in her looks on which she expends enormous energy, and her exquisite taste in food and entertainment But he, the Cheri of the title, marries a woman his own age, it being an appropriate thing to do, and the older woman Lea goes off on an extended vacation to try to forget her loss Cheri be [...]

    16. Susanne on said:

      Ch ri habe ich zum erstenmal als Film gesehen Ich wusste damals nicht, dass er auf dem Roman von Colette basiert, mich hat in erster Linie die Fin de Si cle Atmosph re mit den wundersch nen Kost men auf dem DVD Cover angesprochen Der Film hat mir brigens sehr gut gefallen mit Michelle Pfeiffer als L a und als dann die B cher f r wenig Geld zu haben waren, habe ich zugegriffen L a ist eine Pariser Halbweltdame, inzwischen fast 50 Jahre alt und mit dem 25 j hrigen Ch ri, dem verw hnten, oberfl chl [...]

    17. Whitney (First Impressions Reviews) on said:

      Cheri by Colette, centers around Lea and Cheri and their six year love affair Respectfully 49 and 25 at the novels opening, both believe that their relationship to be casual until Cheri is to be married and realize that they were in fact in love After Cheri s marriage they are separated for six months due to Lea s inability to cope with the new revelations When she at last returns Cheri visits, they have one last romp in the sheets and the next morning while Lea plans their future together, Cher [...]

    18. Elisabeth on said:

      Publi en 1920.Th me l amour entre une femme g e et un jeune amant Th me tr s d actualit sociale alors que nos journaux d crivent les couguars Le roman est trangement pr monitoire dans la vie de l auteure En effet, Colette, alors qu elle venait de divorcer de son deuxi me mari, eut une affaire avec le fils de ce dernier Colette avait alors 50 ans et le gar on 19 ans Vengeance ou vraiment amour Peut tre un peu des deux Ch ri a toutefois t publi avant l affaire.L histoire est celle d une courtisane [...]

    19. Nose in a book (Kate) on said:

      Ch ri is one of Colette s better known works, so I already knew the rough storyline before finally reading this, but as always her language is as much the attraction as her stories Ch ri is an attractive wealthy young man who has been coached for six years in the art of love by middle aged courtesan L a Now it s time for Ch ri to marry a suitable young lady, and in parting ways, both he and L a must face their true feelings for one another, which have long been a source of irony and gentle rebuf [...]

    20. Ana Rînceanu on said:

      O poveste de dragoste plin de melancolie, fericire i suferin , care i se nfige n suflet n ciuda faptului c nu i poate oferi iluzia unui final de basm.

    21. Sophie Cayeux on said:

      This is about the end of a love story between a young man of twenty five, Cheri, and his twenty four years older mistress, Lea Their affair spanned about six years until his Cheri s marriage It is a sad story about the pain of ageing, the selfishness of youth, the grief of separation Cheri is a spoilt rich brat but he is gorgeous Lea adores him and indulges all his caprices Both are gutted when they are separated for six months following Cheri s marriage However their romance has a cruel ending [...]

    22. Barbara on said:

      As a story, there wasn t a lot to this an aging, but still lovely courtesan has a six year affair with a selfish young man The affair ends when he marries They both suffer.BUT there was a lot to it than that Colette s writing is beautiful in French anyway, I don t know how her language translates In all her work, the natural world trees, flowers, skies is lovingly described Reading her, I can practically smell the rain on the pavement or imagine the greenery in the Bois de Boulogne.Then there i [...]

    23. Bruce on said:

      This was the first novel by Colette that I ve read, and I chose it in order to practice my French In fact, I enjoyed it in and of itself, far than simply as a language practice exercise.Colette published this book in 1920 The title character is Fred Peloux, although everyone knows him as Ch ri When he was 19 the novel opens when he is 25 he began a long affair with Lea, a former courtesan, a friend of his mother also a former courtesan , and his former nurse She was 43 at the time Their affair [...]

    24. Crito on said:

      What makes Colette so endearing and what probably pulls her away from the spotlight of the French canon is just how fun and breezy she is Her prose is light and nimble, never stumbling for a second as she lets her energetic characters spar wits against each other in good fun This light atmosphere she herself takes joy in does its best to mask everything that s going on under the hood of this novel, from its psychologically intricate characters, to the depth of observation she has, and of course [...]

    25. Rainbowgirl on said:

      Voici un livre que j ai d vor avec un moi que je ressens trop rarement J ai t s duite par le style, l ger et beau, par le raffinement des bijoux, des meubles, des v tements, la gr ce des personnages, l humour discret mais non moins mordant, comme un rire sous cape, l tranget de la situation o l amour des amants ressemble celui d une m re et de son enfant, les jeux de la s duction, la subtilit des motions qu on n admet pas, et surtout le personnage de L a, un personnage tragique qui se refuse au [...]

    26. Maria Beltrami on said:

      Una storia del dem monde di inizio novevento, personaggi che non esistono pi come le grandi cortigiane in grado di attirare anche in tarda et amori e patrimoni, a volte lasciandoci il cuore, ma senza mai farne un dramma.Libro molto ben scritto, ma un po lontano dalla mia sensibilit.

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