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Cheri and The Last of Cheri

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Cheri and The Last of Cheri

First published in 1920 and now a major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Chéri is one of Colette’s most admired novels. By turns sensual and intensely emotional, the love affair captured in this sparkling work raises timeless questions about the nature of power and longing in relationships. Known as Chéri, Fred Peloux is a young playboy under the spell of Léa de Lonval, a courtesan twice his age. Once famous for her beauty and charisma, she must confront the reality of her fading good looks, along with Chéri’s intention to marry a wealthy girl. Yet Chéri is deeply attached to Léa, and the feeling is mutual --- a realization neither lover can fully comprehend until they have abandoned their affair. Set against the backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, with dazzling glimpses of French culture before and after World War I, this is a mesmerizing portrait of desire and its aftermath.

Cheri and The Last of Cheri
by Colette

  • Publication Date: June 23, 2009
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN-10: 0374532222
  • ISBN-13: 9780374532222