I came across this collection by mistake, just recently. I was shocked that I had not read or even heard of it before. "The Complete Claudine" consists of four books. The first, "Claudine at School" was the first of Colette's novels and was an immediate success when released between 1900 and 1907. It is followed by "Claudine in Paris", "Claudine Married", and "Claudine and Annie". The books are semi-autobiographical and depict the life of a young girl (Claudine) through to adulthood. The first book shapes Claudine into a daring and sometimes naughty, sometimes mean, girl. A perfect start to a character that, as a reader, you grow to love for her sheer audacity. If you put the book/s in to the context of the period (early 20th Century ) they really are shocking. As Mme Claudine mixes with the Parisian socialites of the period, she so shamelessly shuns the dictates of social propriety that she manages to gain the attentions of both men and women, effortlessly - she is merely being herself. By the end of this book, if you haven't fallen in love with Claudine and her little Fanchette, or, laughed out loud at the scenes at Arriege (a health spa), I'd be surprised. I thought this collection was great and will definitely make an effort to read some of Colette's other works.