It's been a long time since I've read any Anatole France. He's one of my favourite authors but I'd read pretty much everything I'd been able to find of his in translation. But then on holiday I found about 8 more books (of which I bought 4).
This was a lovely short slice of life novel. It was kind of like a better version of Nana. It focused on a girl who worked as an actress in a theatre and had several rather disastrous affairs. One of the things I liked best was that the girl was rather horrified by the fact that one of the other actresses liked women. When the wise elderly doctor heard this he told her about Plato's Origin of Love story and how it was perfectly natural and normal for women to feel that way. (How much I do love early 20th century French literature for their portrayals of lesbians!). It made me happy that the character who was obviously the author's spokesman felt this way.
The story was good, there were a lot of nice introspective and philosophical bits which were amusing and interesting. It reminded me just how much I love Anatole France and I'm looking forward to reading the rest....Continua