‘The Other One’ by Colette

'The Other One' by Colette

'The Other One' by Colette

French authoress, Colette was a women more scandalous in her day than fellow one-named dames a la Cher and Madonna. She was married more then once, a divorcee, a lover of men and women, acted on the stage – at times with her top off, and she did her damnedest to speak the truth. But while Cher and Madonna sing the truth, Colette wrote it – in minute, delectable detail. She talks about everything. Everything. And while lesbianism, sex, and adultry may not shock many today – in the 1900s these things were not discussed, most especially in print.

I love immersing myself in a Colette novel – I admit I have read most of them. A few short stories, and no longer published books have escaped my voracious literary appetite – until now that is, now that I have a library card and the world is my book oyster.

 ‘Just as well. If I didn’t admit it, what would happen? Exactly the same thing.’

The latest find, ‘The Other One’, is a short tale by Colette and I have to say one of my new favorites. The story is simply put – a story about adultery in marriage. A man who cheats on his wife, flagrantly and with little apology.

‘A man? He’s not eternity. A man is – he’s no more than a man … Do you think any of us meet a man all alone, isolated, free and ready to devote his life to you?’

The story, well, it is a story some women know well – and some men for that matter. The beauty of the story lies in the writing. Colette has this way of writing feelings, so that the reader actually feels the stress, the sorrow, the confusion, the anger, and the embarrassment of wronged woman, Fanny.

The story is short, quick, easy and 100 percent worth the hour to read – as all Colette’s tales are. This story is neither happy nor sad, it does not have any huge climactic moment, the ending is not one of shock or dismay. The story simply is and allows the reader to, for a moment, leave herself and live in the life of another – and really what more can you ask for from any book but the journey?

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 3 {out of 5} stars  |  ★★★☆☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 2 {out of 5} stars  |  ★★☆☆☆
RATING: 3 {out of 5} stars  |  ★★★☆☆

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