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MY MOTHERS HOUSE SIDO P Paperback – December 31, 2003
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Born in 1873 in France, Colette was the author of many acclaimed novels noted for their intimate style. She died in 1954.
- ASIN : 0374528330
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2nd edition (December 31, 2003)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780374528331
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374528331
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.56 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #242,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That is the second paragraph from the first vignette in Colette's My Mother's House and Sido . I read it long ago and, when first I saw the back garden of the house I now occupy, I remembered it. I remembered Sido's house, and her garden, and the apricots (which I somehow remembered as pears), and when I moved in here, I thought of it as the Colette house. Even though it doesn't have walnut trees or apricots, even though it's not in France. It does have wisteria. It's good enough for me.
Down the coast, on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a writer's hotel , named for Sylvia Beach, an American émigré who founded the Parisian bookstore Shakespeare and Company and who was the original editor and publisher of James Joyce's Ulysses . Each room of the Sylvia Beach Hotel is named for a writer, and one of the best of them all is Chez Colette. Last week I stayed there, in that room, for five days, and rediscovered the Colette I had learned to love many years before. The Colette of "My Mother's House."
I have another copy coming in the mail, as well as Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette (Ballantine Reader's Circle) . Most of my favorite writers are English. I'm afraid I've ignored the French, mostly for the entirely ignominious reason that I can't pronounce the names. Colette is the exception. She loved gardens and cats. She loved beauty, smells, and sounds. She delighted in the world, and that delight infuses every word that she writes about the things, the places, and the people she has loved.
I only hope some of that delight crept into the writing I did in the room that was named for her. I'm delighted to have her back in my life once again.
I'm not confident that it is worthy of being published. It seems self indulgent. However saying that, it is a love letter to a mother.
I've probably bought this book 10 times over the past 20 years, and that's no doubt a record for me.
People associate Colette with Cheri and her other erotic and somewhat scandalous writing and life-style.
Sido (her mother) and My Mother's House are written in an altogether different tone: lyrical, idyllic, dreamy, funny (of course; she's a very funny writer), nostalgic.
Read these two companion books, usually sold in a single volume, to get a real taste of what it was like to spend your childhood in rural France before the turn of the last century, in an eccentric household run by an unusually permissive mother and a much older, loving but distant father.
To read these books is to be sucked into another era by a writer uniquely skilled at her craft - and most of all, it gives you a fresh appreciation for the child who became Colette.