My Mother's House and The Vagabond Author:Colette Colette's unique talent for translating passion directly into literary terms is perhaps nowhere else so well realized as in The Vagabond, her favourite novel. Like Colette herself, upon the collapse of her first marriage, Renee, the heroine of The Vagabond, becomes a music hall performer to take refuge from her former life. One night, at the t... more »heater, a handsome young man falls in love with her. He tries bravely to seduce her, but Renee, beyond seduction, leaves him no choice but to beg her to marry him. She refuses but in the process falls in love with him too. With the memory of her own marriage still alive, however, she meets her passion as if it were an adversary - external to herself and dangerous - and in her struggle discovers that her real desire transcends love and marriage and urges on her a wholly new conception of herself in relation to the men who love her.
My Mother's House, an earlier work, is an actual recollection of Colette's childhood. One of the most touching and sensitive of her works, it is particularly poignant set before The Vagabond, whose herione is the girl in My Mother's House grown older.« less