Wednesday 23 June 2021

Book Review: Gigi & The Cat by Colette (Modern Classics)

Title: Gigi & The Cat
Author: Colette
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2001 (1944)
Format: Paperback
Genre: Modern Classic
Source: Gift

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 story of burgeoning sexuality and blossoming love, an exquisite strong-minded Russian Blue is struggling for mastery of Alain with his seductive fiancée, Camille.


Already being familiar with the movie musical, I was interested to read Gigi; however, I found it a little sparse. It was fairly short, so there was not a lot of time to flesh out the characters or really come to understand them on a deeper level. It wasn't bad in any sense, but I had expected something more. On the other hand, The Cat was a delight. It was atmospheric and engaging and gave us chance to understand something of the psychology of Alain and Camille. With that one, I was completely caught up in the action, wanting to know how things would play out. Essentially, I would give Gigi 3 stars and The Cat 4.5, so I will make it a 4-star rating overall.

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