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This is a great recording of a classic story of turn-of-the-(20th) Century life. It is fast-paced and full of wit and very human situations. Colette seems the natural extension of Guy du Maupassant and Balzac (not so much Zola) as French Literature reached into the last century.
True, this book is not as "erotic" as some people make it out to be. Indeed, the three sequels to this novel are far more nasty than this one. It is important to remember, however, that what was erotic in 1905 is a little different than what is erotic today. So if you're coming to Colette to find something raunchy, you're not going to succeed.
So pick this one up if you like human stories even if they aren't full of trash and tragedy. Hey, Audible, how about the rest of the series?
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If your definition of erotic includes how 15 year old French girls learn to sew, figure "sums" and trick their teachers, this is the listen for you. However if you are into more lusty and descriptive Victorian prose such as "The Pearl" series, this book will do little more than cure insomnia.
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