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'Green Wheat' is a 1923 novel by the French writer Colette. The book was written during the vacation of the writer on her property Roz-Ven in Saint-Coulomb, between Saint-Malo and Cancale.


Phil and Vinca meet every year during the summer holidays. They have always been interested in each other, but Phil meets a woman who introduces him to carnal love. Vinca feels the betrayal of her friend.

The most recent English translation of the novel (2004) is 'Green Wheat,' translated by Zack Rogow, nominated for the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Award. An earlier translation (1955) by Roger Senhouse was entitled 'Ripening Seed'.

Screen Adaptations

*1954: 'Le Bl en herbe' (English title: 'The Game of Love'), film by Claude Autant-Lara, with: Edwige Feuillre, Pierre-Michel Beck, Nicole Berger, Robert Berri and Louis de Funs ;

*1973: 'The Ripening Seed' ('Away from It All', .1), BBC television series directed by Mischa Scorer, with John Moulder-Brown, Lynne Frederick, Gayle Hunnicutt ;

*1990: 'Le Bl en herbe', TV movie directed by Serge Meynard, with Isabelle Carr, Sophie Aubry, Matthieu Roz and Marianne Basler.

Category:1923 novels

Category:French-language novels

Category:French novels

Category:Novels by Colette

Category:French novels adapted into films

fr:Le Bl en herbe

it:Il grano in erba


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