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Gigi / [by] Colette ; [translated from the French by Roger Senhouse] and,… (vuoden 1979 painos)

– tekijä: Colette, Roger Senhouse, Antonia White, Colette

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In these two superb stories of the politics of love, Colette is at her witty, instinctive best. Gigi is being educated in the skills of the Courtesan: to choose cigars, to eat lobster, to enter a world where a woman's chief weapon is her body. However, when it comes to the question of Gaston Lachaille, very rich and very bored, Gigi does not want to obey the rules. In 'The Cat', a wonderful story of burgeoning sexuality and blossoming love, an exquisite strong-minded Russian Blue is struggling for mastery of Alain with his seductive fiancee, Camille.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Gigi / [by] Colette ; [translated from the French by Roger Senhouse] and, The cat / [by] Colette ; [translated from the French by Antonia White]
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Muut tekijät:Roger Senhouse, Antonia White, Colette
Info:Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1979.
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Adult fiction. This title was suggested to me by goodreads; I thought it might make for an interesting bookclub read but have no desire to revisit it. I read gigi and skimmed through "the Cat"--the back cover says that they are both love stories but it means tragic romance. 15 1/2-year old Gigi's mother, grandma and aunt are pushing her into the family tradition of courtesanship, though she clearly isn't ready to; in the end she relents. In the Cat, a woman's jealousy over her husband's beloved cat causes her to try to kill the animal (it miraculously survives the 9-story fall) and thus ends their imperfect marriage. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
In Gigi, a poor almost-sixteen-year-old girl accepts the proposal from a millionaire in spite the best efforts of her grandmother and great aunt to groom her for just such a good match to improve the family finances. This romantic comedy pits the fastidious decorum of the elder generation against the teen's impetuous impulses and youthful spirit of self-determination. Ironically, these are the very characteristics that appeal to her wealthy suitor.

La Chatte, originally published eleven years earlier, is a detailed and scathing portrait of a short marriage that would be better to have never taken place. A week before the nuptial the reader is introduced to the immature couple the energetic Camille and her intended Alain, who in the first few pages is assessing Camille’s characteristics as a “typical modern girl” who likes to drive roadsters. She drives well, but a bit too fast. She has no problem deceiving her parent to slip out for their romantic encounters. He thinks “dispassionately” she’s pretty “because not one of her features is ugly” and he likes her assertively amorous ways. “He was also perfectly aware that she could be as violent and capricious as a mountain stream.”

Alain himself, is a wealthy, spoiled, only child, who much prefers his boyhood home, a mansion with beautiful grounds, and his cat, a pure-bred Russian Blue. In fact, he prefers leisurely hanging around his childhood haunts and the company of his cat named Saha, the cat of the book’s title, to running about at a frantic pace with Camille. The incompatibility of the two in all matters except their sexual relations is a recipe for disaster which Colette describes in exquisite detail. The author meticulously pays attention to the touch, smell, color, sound, sight, light, taste, texture, of everything her characters encounter, reflect upon, and feel. Reading her work is like a close examination of a painting by a master. ( )
  MaowangVater | Feb 25, 2021 |
Well, this is nothing like the movie avec Leslie Caron et Louis Jordan....

Gigi, 15 going on a very immature 16, is raised by her grandmother and her Aunt, they are grooming her to be a a mistress to Society Men.

Tonton/Gaston Lachaille, a family friend, who has grown very bored of his high society existence & the antics of his current mistress often visits Gigi & her grandmother. They share card games, light meals & drinks.

Gaston falls in love with Gigi, who throws a fit when she finds out she is to go live with Gaston.....

Pffft! ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Sep 20, 2019 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3223605.html

The book by the great French feminist writer Colette is very short. It's recognisably the same story as the film, with some of the same jokes and lines, though there is no Honoré - completely invented for the film, and I guess to an extent for Chevalier. Gigi is explicitly not yet sixteen years old; obviously Hollywood could not go near there. Gigi's mother, completely invisible in the film, makes a few appearances in the book (the father has been long absent):

"As for her features, no one could yet predict their final mould. A large mouth, which showed beautiful strong white teeth when she laughed, no chin to speak of, and, between high cheekbones, a nose – ‘Heavens, where did she get that button?’ whispered her mother under her breath. ‘If you can’t answer that question, my girl, who can?’ retorted Madame Alvarez."

It's a succinct sketch of Paris in 1899 from the point of view of women trying to get by in a man's world.

I got it in combination with a slightly longer book by Colette, La Chatte/The Cat, about a young woman who discovers that her new husband loves his cat more than he loves her. None of the characters in this story is pleasant, including the cat, but it's well told, and reminiscent of a notorious recent Reddit thread. ( )
1 ääni nwhyte | Jul 14, 2019 |
My daughter will be appearing in Gigi this spring, if winter ever leaves us, so I thought I'd read it. Meh. Based on these two stories, I feel towards Colette what I feel towards Wharton: indifference and a little boredom. Sure, yes, turn-of-the-twentieth-century romantic pairings were hard due to the tremendous inequality of the sexes and the awkward courtship customs of the time. But even knowing the financial importance to an entire family, I just can't feel that teenage student Gigi seducing a wealthy man twice her age is a happy ending. Let alone pretending it is a bit of cleverness on her part. The idea makes my skin crawl. Certainly it doesn't feel like comedy to me.

That the newlyweds in The Cat are so miserable is no surprise. But if the publishers were looking for a cheap image to slap on the cover, couldn't they at least have found one of a Russian Blue, which is what the cat in the story is?

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  Kaethe | Oct 16, 2016 |
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In these two superb stories of the politics of love, Colette is at her witty, instinctive best. Gigi is being educated in the skills of the Courtesan: to choose cigars, to eat lobster, to enter a world where a woman's chief weapon is her body. However, when it comes to the question of Gaston Lachaille, very rich and very bored, Gigi does not want to obey the rules. In 'The Cat', a wonderful story of burgeoning sexuality and blossoming love, an exquisite strong-minded Russian Blue is struggling for mastery of Alain with his seductive fiancee, Camille.

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