Colette's 1944 novella is just simply wonderful to read! It's so short (my copy is only fifty pages long) yet has five fully formed and complex characters. If it were any longer, then the character's strength wouldn't be diminished but there would be less for the reader to imagine about their thoughts. Gigi relies heavily on the imagination to picture the rooms in which Gigi and her family live and look, based on all too brief descriptions. For example, Aunt Alicia's bedroom is very plain and entirely in shades of grey (not that dreadful fluffy pink room in the movie) and shows how business-like Alicia was throughout her career. And pay close attention to the description of Gigi's hand me down dresses and Alicia's reaction to them as she is trying to teach Gigi while Gaston is in Monte Carlo.
The saddest character is Andr