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A Year in Books/Day 16: Secrets of the Flesh

  • Title: Secrets of the Flesh A Life of Colette
  • Author: Judith Thurman
  • Year Published: 1999 (The Ballantine Publishing Company)
  • Year Purchased: 2005/2006
  • Source: Barnes & Noble clearance rack
  • About: This perceptive, well researched biography of the great French writer and sensualist is the one to top.
  • Motivation: Colette was intelligent, talented, witty, complex , contradictory, fluid and far ahead of her time. Perhaps best of all, she was never boring.
  • Times Read: 2
  • Random Excerpt/Page 215: “Colette herself thought it “worth remarking” that the intimate friends of her years as a vagabond, “the true and faithful ones,” were all “luckless and irremediably sad.” She considered that it might be “the solidarity of unhappiness that unites us” but decided that it wasn’t. She “attracted and retained the depressives, the solitaires,” she reasoned, because they were simply fellow misfits, unencumbered by families or convention, and “dedicated to a life of seclusion or wandering, as I am.”
  • Happiness Scale: 9 1/2
    Writer Colette

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