Retreat From Love: Retreat From Love

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Mar 11, 1980 - Fiction - 240 pages
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"Retreat From Love is one of Colette's celebrated 'Claudine' novels. It was the first to be written under her own name, without the influence of her husband, the Svengali Willy, from whom she had recently separated. A tale of sexual and emotional trysts between three aristocratic youths, Retreat From Love shows the work of a newly mature Colette, a novelist who was now to be judged by the highest standards." In an isolated farmhouse in the Jura, Claudine awaits her husband Renaud's return from a Swiss sanatorium. She distracts herself by encouraging her young friend Annie to recount salacious episodes from her love life. When Renaud's homosexual son Marcel arrives Claudine sets about matchmaking, a fiasco she bitterly regrets.

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User Review  - Joanna - Goodreads

Continuing on my Colette binge, I picked this one because Harold Bloom includes it in his Western Canon. This was actually my least favorite of the the 5 Colette books that I've read in quick ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kathy Ahn - Goodreads

I personally found this book interesting, but not that great. However, the writing is stunning. Colette is gifted at descriptions that are straightforward and seemingly simple, but are incredibly rich ... Read full review


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About the author (1980)

Colette was one of the greatest French writers of the 20th century.

Italo Calvino (1923-1985) was born in Cuba and grew up in San Remo, Italy. He began as an essayist and a journalist but is best known for his fiction, including "Invisible Cities, If On a Winter's Night a Traveler, Marcovaldo, " and "Mr. Palomar.

Margaret Crosland is a leading translator from the French and Italian. Her prize-winning biographies include books on Colette, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Cocteau, Giorgio de Chirico, Madame de Pompadour, and Madame de Sade.

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