Break of Day

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Break of Day
Author Colette
Original title La Naissance du jour
Translator Enid McLeod
Country France
Language French
Publisher Flammarion
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 245

Break of Day (French: La Naissance du jour) is a 1928 novel by the French writer Colette. It was adapted into a 1980 film directed by Jacques Demy.[1]


Elaine Marks reviewed the book for The New York Times in 1961: "It may well be that, for some, Colette's Break of Day will appear to be a slightly precious treatise on the themes of nature and love. For others, it may well be a source of strength, a poetic, that is to say a rhythmical, response to the difficulties of growing old and dying, written by a woman who grew old and who died with comparable dignity and grace."[2]


  • Title: Break of Day
  • Author Colette
  • Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1961
  • Pages Nº: 143 p.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Naissance du jour". AlloCiné (in French). Tiger Global. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  2. ^ Marks, Elaine (1961-11-26). "A Pink Cactus Is About to Bloom". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-02-15.