Books: What Paris Reads

CHÉRI—Colette—.A. & C. Boni— ($2.50).

"Lea could remember Chéri as a baby ... by turns adored or forgotten, matured among blotchy maids and tall sardonic valets. . . ." At 14 Chéri fled from boarding school restraint, at 18 he was a miniature old man with black circles under his eyes, "a fussy little property owner with his nose in everything"—needlessly, for his mother was a well-paid harlot.

Léa, his mother's friend, was a cool blonde 24 years older than Chéri. When Léa invited the youth to...

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