Duo, by Colette

duo-colette-d_nq_np_371125-mla25373309685_022017-fA wedded couple recently arrived to what I understand to be some sort of country house, in Southern France. When everything that seemed to be worrisome were some works of house maintenance and some business affairs, give a quick turn when the husband found out his wife was unfaithful to him with one of his business associates. From that point on, predictably, things will never be back to what they once were.

The husband, deeply hurt and disappointed, shuts himself down, struggling with the news and trying to be in control of his actions, doubting if he wants to really know what actually happened or not. The wife, plotting and measuring every step, wondering how much she must or mustn’t say to avoid making things even worse, and trying to make peace for the remaining days ahead of them in their vacation. The stormy weather doesn’t help at all, as it confined them inside the house, with little to do.

Oppressive and mind wearying, the situation is unbearable for both of them.

Another short novel by Colette, but I didn’t enjoy this one as much, probably because the subject had little to be joyful about.

The Innocent Libertine, by Colette

18077533I’ve been wanting to read something from Colette for a while, and I was lucky to find this little book, hidden in a second-hand book stand.

This story is divided in two parts, in two different moments in Minne’s life. At first, we found her as a teenager, completely naïve in the eyes of her mother, but not at all in reality, although she might be a little too impressionable. She escaped one night from her home following the delusion that she’s eloping with a fugitive she read about on the newspaper. She went into dark alleys, getting herself lost in the faubourgs, looking for this man, until she realized it was everything on her head. On the second part, we found Minne now married, in her twenties, but utterly bored and unsatisfied. She was having several affairs, trying to find in others what she was missing at home, but still not having what she wanted. Eventually, she will realized her happiness was closer than she thought.

I enjoyed this story, and it was so short!! At the end, I was the one left wanting more!