Monday, May 21

La Grosse Fifi

Title: La Grosse Fifi

Author: Jean Rhys

Pages: 85 
Summary: These four haunting stories from the author of Wide Sargasso Sea capture moments in the lives of European dilettantes, ingénues, businessmen, soldiers and artists at a time when the world was enjoying freedom after war. But with freedom comes the greater opportunity for self-destruction, and Rhys is at her redolent best when writing about the desires of people striving unsuccessfully after happiness.

La Grosse Fifi   
Tea With an Artist   
Mixing Cocktails

My Rating: 7.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I found this book nestled away in the book store, when I was trying to see if the store had any other books by the author, so I was surprised to see this short little collection of short stories and of course, I had to nab it up.

This small collection of short stories was well done. I enjoyed the writing style and for the most part the individual stories. Some of the themes take place around French culture and life, which the author does a good job at capturing. I enjoyed Tea with an Artist and Mixing Cocktails the most, although I'm not sure why, something about them just captured my attention more than the other two. But all were good reads.

Overall it was a good short collection of short stories.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it's a good short collection of short stories, which is as a well written as Wide Sargasso sea. I prefer the author's novel, but this collection was still enjoyable.

What to read next: Wide Sargasso Sea


  1. This does sound like a rather unusual little collection, and my interest is piqued. I need to see if I can find this one and check it out for myself. Very nice review today, Jules!

    1. Unusual is a good description for it. I hope you can find a copy somewhere, this one was just by chance, and a good chance at that!