This deserves, at the very least, a four star rating, as Colette is an incredibly gifted and insightful writer. I adore the sensual style and subtlety of her writing; unfortunately, I did not care for the way the editor attempted to beat me over the head with it. 600+ pages? Really? The editor really should have trimmed some of the fat here and done away with about a third of the stories included in this collection. The weaker, the repetitive, and the boring could have been scrapped without missing a thing about the beauty that is Colette, and I would have been a much happier reader giving at least another star to this rating.