From Publishers Weekly
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It jumped around and was rather dull a good bit of the time.
Colette is one of those authors whose life is as fascinating as her writing, and this book ably describes the former, also containing many wonderful photos.
So much loved was she, that thousands turned out for her funeral cortege, strewing flowers ankle deep in the streets of Paris.
This may be one of the best written biographies I have read, as far as the style in which it was written. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Shannon L. Youngs
Judith Thurman is a good writer and this is an extensive, if not exhaustive, bio of Colette. Colette was quite a complicated woman, and Thurman takes the extensive material... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mary O. Stimmel
A member of my book group suggested that the group read Secrets of the Flesh. WHY? I don't know. It is the worst book that I've tried to read in years, and I'm an avid reader. Read morePublished 24 months ago by PWren
What a boring, self-absorbed celebrity.
I enjoy her reputation, and all that I've learned about Colette over the years, but I can't stand her writing.
This large read seemed to be quite exhaustive on the topic of Colette. Though it was tedious at times it nevertheless moved along nicely enough, never getting too mired in minutia. Read morePublished on April 8, 2012 by Steve
Judith Thurman is an intelligent, thoughtful biographer with a superb prose style to boot. It's an extremely satisfactory biographical experience to experience Colette through... Read morePublished on December 17, 2007 by S. Cooke
Colette is one of those authors whose life is as fascinating as her writing, and this book ably describes the former, also containing many wonderful photos. Read morePublished on May 3, 2004 by E. Karasik
I say "wonderful," though I don't mean in the chaste, good person sort of way, but in a fiery, accomplished one. Read morePublished on February 1, 2003 by Caitlin
The farther into this book I got, the more I got the very strong feeling that at some point in her research and writing, the author came to intensely dislike Colette, particularly... Read morePublished on January 28, 2003