Chéri ; And, The Last of Chéŕi

Chéri ; And, The Last of Chéŕi

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"Cheri" is one of the most honest, sensual, and poignant breakup stories ever written. First published in 1920, it was instantly greeted by Marcel Proust and Andre Gide as a masterpiece and today remains Colette's most admired work.

Lea 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 Cheri--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. A classic portrait of French manners before World War I, "Cheri "also captures a lasting truth about the connections between sex, love, and feelings of mortality. This new edition includes "The Last of Cheri," an epilogue in which Colette depicts Paris reeling in the aftermath of war, at the start of the Roaring Twenties.

Publisher: New York, NY : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
ISBN: 9780374532222
Branch Call Number: FIC COL
Alternative Title: Last of Chéri.


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debwalker Nov 23, 2010

Another book I love
By Colette

"I could never write the way Colette did. I've never found anything to match her descriptive passages, ever. She was a very sensual writer, and way beyond her time. Ch�ri is a love story between a very spoiled young man and his mistress who has "been there, done that." He's self-centered and vicious, and she ultimately turns out to be very noble. The final scene is incredibly moving; it makes me cry. I absolutely bow to Colette, but I think if she could hear me, she would probably tell me where to get lost, because she was that kind of woman."
J.K. Rowling's Bookshelf
O, The Oprah Magazine | January 15, 2001

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