Discussion Questions: Gigi & My Mother’s House

July 22, 2010 at 12:00 am 9 comments

Welcome back to another week of LT Classics Challenge discussion questions! This week we are taking a closer look at Colette and comparing two very different pieces of her work: Gigi and My Mother’s House. Discussion will be open for business next Thursday, but just to get us in the mood and thinking a bit, here are the starter questions for next week:

Reading Gigi and My Mother’s House, I couldn’t help being a tad incredulous that they were even written by the same person! There are many differences between the two, but let’s look at the one big similarity: strong women. Do you think Colette’s portrayals of Gigi’s grandmothers and Sido can be taken as a broader truth about what women were like in France at the time? Or do you think Colette’s strong women are anomalies with attention given to them by the author because of their uniqueness?

In Gigi, Gigi’s rebellion takes the form of a desire for the more traditional life of marriage and security as she denies her grandmothers’ freer lifestyles. What do you make of the fact that, in essense, Gigi rebels by conforming?

And, as always, please do say what your favorite and least favorite part is! Remember, any comment enters you in a drawing to win a beautiful Penguin clothbound classic. Gigi in particular is nice and short (I read it during one 40-minute bus ride!), so please do read along!

See you next week for discussion!



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  • 1. Iris  |  July 22, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Once more I’ll try to read along. My library doesn’t seem to have Colette except in French (I guess that happens when you visit a university library).

    • 2. Iris  |  July 23, 2010 at 4:14 am

      No luck finding either of those books anywhere in my city, the public library doesn’t have them either, nor do any of the bookstores. I tried to find an ebook copy, but no succes. I guess I’m going to have to watch instead of participate for yet another week. I do own the Mayor of Casterbridge though, so at least that should be no problem.

      • 3. Corey  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:12 pm

        Oh no! That’s so unfortunate. I didn’t realize these were so difficult to find, sorry, Iris!

  • 4. Eva  |  July 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I just finished My Mother’s House/Sido (not sure if they’re always bound together), so I’ll be there for the discussion! :)

    • 5. Corey  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm

      Yay! See you next week!

      • 6. Eva  |  July 24, 2010 at 10:11 am

        I think Gigi’s pretty common, but I had to ILL My Mother’s House. lol

        • 7. Corey  |  July 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm

          Whoa, intense! Go you (and your library system!).

  • 8. Kate  |  July 23, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Can’t wait! Now I just need to find these books and read them :P

    • 9. Corey  |  July 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

      Ha, yeah! Apparently people are having some difficulty finding these. Oops!


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