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La Grosse Fifi

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La Grosse Fifi By Jean Rhys, book review, Penguin mini modernsThis review is a part of book blog event in celebration of 50th anniversary of Penguin Modern Classics. To mark the anniversary Penguin is launching a brand new series: The Mini Moderns – a collection of outstanding short-stories and novellas in convenient, pocket-sized and pocket-money priced editions. Curious Book Fans are contributing with the reviews of Youth by Joseph Conrad and La Grosse Fifi by Jean Rhys. You can read more about the Penguin Mini Moderns and book blogging event here.

The sleek, stylish design chosen for Penguin Mini Modern Classics is perfect for Jean Rhys’s ‘La Grosse Fifi’ and other stories. Within a few lines I was transported to another place and time – in the case of the title story it’s the south of France just after the end of the First World War; the silver cover of the book seemed to me like an extravagant novelty to have sticking out of a glamorous evening bag carried on a night at the casino, or thrown casually on the seat of a gleaming Bugatti while driving down to Cannes. Quite simply, the packaging fits this little gem!

Although not the longest of the four stories featured here, ‘La Grosse Fifi’ is certainly the most memorable.


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