My Mother's House & Sido

My Mother s House Sido In My Mother s House and Sido Colette plays fictional variations on the themes of childhood family and above all her mother Vividly alive fond of cities music theater and books Sido devoted

  • Title: My Mother's House & Sido
  • Author: Colette Enid McLeod Una Vicenzo Troubridge
  • ISBN: 9780374528331
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • In My Mother s House and Sido, Colette plays fictional variations on the themes of childhood, family, and, above all, her mother Vividly alive, fond of cities, music, theater, and books, Sido devoted herself to her village, Saint Saveur to her garden, with its inhabitants and its animals and, especially, to her children, particularly her youngest, whom she called Minet In My Mother s House and Sido, Colette plays fictional variations on the themes of childhood, family, and, above all, her mother Vividly alive, fond of cities, music, theater, and books, Sido devoted herself to her village, Saint Saveur to her garden, with its inhabitants and its animals and, especially, to her children, particularly her youngest, whom she called Minet Ch ri Unlike Gigi and Ch ri, which focus largely on sexual love and its repercussions, My Mother s House and Sido center on the compelling figure of a powerful, nurturing woman in late nineteenth century rural France, conveying the impact she had on her community and on her daughter who grew up to be a great writer.

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    1. Two novellas written seven years apart. Both composed of short chapters/vignettes where Colette--in her 60's or 70's--writes about her mother Sido, her father (her mother's second husband, the ex-soldier with one of his legs amputated), her mother's first husband and her three siblings, all of them dead already except one brother.Every family has its own story and I am sure that given the same talent for writing as that of Colette each of these stories can be as interesting as these novellas. Bu [...]

    2. This would have to be one of my very favourite Colette books.Sido was Colette's very earthed, very wise,very "french" Maman.Its some years since I read it which is why I have put it in my re-reads. But to savour their rustic village life again is like renewing an old acquaintance.

    3. “Any writer whose existence is long drawn out turns in the end towards his past, either to revile it or rejoice in it.” This is Colette’s comment in the preface to this beautiful book, which is her own thoughtful gaze into the past. Reading it felt somewhat like flipping through a verbal photo-album: a series of images, each describing a separate moment of her past. Ordinary moments of joy, surprise, humor, confusion, but which together make up the fabric of her childhood. The structure of [...]

    4. An excellent edition, and very nice to have the two memoirs in the same volume. The magic of Colette's evocation of motherhood--and of her mother--is that she builds it by also evoking what it is like to be someone's child, someone's sibling. As much as Sido is the undisputed chief of this family pantheon, no one and no EXPERIENCE (even a pet's) is granted anything less than reverence. It was in this book that I started "understanding" one of the mechanisms by which Colette is able to render a t [...]

    5. so this is her masterpiece apparently, and it was one of the last things i got around to reading by her. it makes sense it is--the best thing about colette is her vivid description of sensory experience and little daily luxuries, and such descriptions abound here and are very strong, even for her. also makes me understand why proust admired her--the best things he does with the sensual aspects of memory she does here. a truly pleasurable read.

    6. This is one of my all time favorite books. I rarely re-read a book, but I have read this book many times. This is writing that Colette did for herself, unlike Cheri and other books that she wrote at her husband's request. This is a personal memior as seen through her eyes as a child. Magical stuff!

    7. Even if you only read a vignette or two from this book, it's worthwhile. Colette's recollections of her childhood, and her parents in particular, is amazingly rich, both in style and emotional substance.

    8. I read this or Earthly Paradise every fall. Somehow it seems like the right time to fall into Colette's meditations on childhood and family and tramping through gardens and over fences into fields.

    9. Delightful writing about a mostly-endearing family, with very distinctive personalities, in a part of rural Burgundy. Elements of a young girl growing and discovering life. Interesting that, though her father was half-Afro-Caribbean, the influence of that on her childhood are barely mentioned. But the family was not fully in the mainstream of small-town life. I will read more Colette.

    10. It's hard to know whether to classify this as fiction or non-fiction. My Mother's House (originally Claudine's House, 1922) is a collection of very short anecdotes about the lives of the author and her family, with particular focus on her mother, as she grew up in rural France in the late 19th century. Each of the tales seems to have some basis in truth, and are thus in the nature of memoir or autobiography, but I suspect that most, if not all, have been a little embellished or romanticized for [...]

    11. Some books, like The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death and Pippi in the South Seas, appeal to my childlike love of mischief and weirdos. My Mother's House & Sido took me to a different place from my childhood, completely dreamy, sensual and romantic. I loved Colette's love for the provinces, with their basket-fulls of suckling kittens, hyacinths and foxgloves, and melted chocolate for breakfast. I loved her strange siblings who read books in trees and made up epitaphs for fun. And then [...]

    12. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir, especially Colette's lush and sensual descriptions of the rural village in 19th century France where she grew up under the care of her unconventional and fascinating mother (Sido) and her father, the Captain, who was passionately in love with Sido (his nickname for his wife Sidonie). When I picked this book up, I was already reading another novel, but I figured I could read both at one time since "My Mother's House" reads like a collection of vignettes that woul [...]

    13. Al empezarlo me llevé la sorpresa de que este libro no es una novela, cada capítulo es como un pequeño cuento, pero en realidad son recuerdos, sobre todo de infancia, de la autora. Al principio me costó ver una conexión entre cada capítulo (con los libros de cuentos siempre me pasa), cuando llevaba cuatro o cinco empecé a situarme en lo que estaba leyendo: Son anécdotas, a veces siguen más o menos un orden cronológico, pero otras veces no tienen nada que ver una con la siguiente. En co [...]

    14. I can't believe how wonderful this is. I can't believe I hadn't managed to read it years ago. I mean, I like all her books that I've gotten my hands on so far. But this one is so far and above my favorite I can't even explain! It reminds me of My Family and Other Animals, that's how wonderful it is. It has the elusive Coletteness, the unpindownable author's voice, of course. And it has her characteristic cryptic statements about memory and desire, love and aggression. And the lyrical but taut de [...]

    15. Several years ago I visited St Sauveur en Puisaye, Colette's childhood home, on the strength of reading this. From reading Judith Thurman's excellent biography, Colette seems have been a flawed person in many respects (like all of us) and, to a certain extent 'Colette' was a fiction that she created that may not have always been true to reality, but I always read her autobiographical work with the sense of resuming a conversation with a old, wise, friend.

    16. Somehow, perhaps because of her extravagant history, I didn't expect Colette to be such a very, very good writer. These little vignettes about her childhood in the country are delightful because her love for her mother, her animals, the nature surrounding her, is so strong and real and so scrupulously and passionately observed. This is the kind of writing that connects you to life rather than providing an escape from it.

    17. I loved this book! It's a collection of memories, musings, and descriptions of the author's childhood home in a small French village. The writing was lovely and made the far off time and place of someone else's life seem immediate and tangible in the way only the best writing does. I have never read anything by Colette before, but I will definitely be seeking out some more of her books. I only wish this one had been longer!

    18. Loved this beautiful memoir told thru child's eye, wonderful evocation of provincial French life, and the enviable love between her parents, told with an economy of words. Strange to realize that Colette's scandalous adult life including her distant relationship with her own daughter was so different from the life she knew in her mother's house.

    19. Each chapter is a story about the author's childhood. As a whole, the book reads as a tender tribute to her mother. It paints a detailed, and sparklingly entertaining picture of life in the French countryside while also highlighting the important strength of women in the countryside. A happy book to read. Tender, enjoyable, and loving.

    20. My first real encounter with Colette, and it was absolutely beautiful. This brought back memories of growing up in the countryside, of finding excitement and curiosity in the smallest details. Something to savour.

    21. Had never read Colette before. Some lovely, simple, timeless mother-daughter stories hidden in lots and lots of imagery and adjectives. Grew tired of trying to find them, and didn't finish the whole book. :)

    22. Reading this one in the bathroomwhen I'm not reading something for schoolhave been reading for the last few months, I think its going to take me a few more to finish. Each story in the book is like a little gem, so its nice to take it slow.

    23. This book is a reminder of the beauty of a life well-lived and nurtured by nature. This is a deceptively simple collection of Colette's musings about her mother and the rest of her family in their country estate.

    24. Oh, I loved reading about Colette's mother. The richness of her life and her love for her daughter. It's been decades since I read it, but it was wonderful. Was some of it fictional, pehaps. I can't recall. But what a delicious book.

    25. Finished this book because it was one off my own shelf and because I'd started it for a Reading Challenge. It was good enough to keep reading…… only just.

    26. Colette's remembrances of her mother and the rest of her family --especially the stories of her childhood were very touching and vivid.

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