The Original Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant Volume 6
Guy de Maupassant was a chronicler for his time, but a writer for all time — his stories touch on truths about the human condition. For many, he is the finest short story writer the world has ever known! I have loved The Necklace ever since, have lectured on it, thought about its greatness and how much can be achieved within such a short work. I hope you enjoy reading and thinking about it too, and encourage you to go on to read more by this master of the short story. If you are unsure of how to add these files to your ereader, look here. I remember it vividly. I read other short stories by Guy de Maupassant and was fascinated.
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So glad to know that someone else shared my early reading experience of this fabulous short story. I watched the Fadiman film, because I so enjoy what his wife writes!
Could that be a gender comment? How instructive to see how transportation of an idea from one medium to another changes so much. My reaction when I first read it, older than you perhaps 15 and that may account for it, was oh good, the Loisls can be reimbursed the difference, but I also realised that it was probably too to live happily ever after?? So glad you enjoyed my Guide, Ruth.
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In a superficially comic scene from the story "Madame Tellier's Establishment", a group of "local worthies", distraught at finding the brothel closed, walk down to the shore:. Unable to lose themselves in carnality and frolics, the men must confront reality, which Maupassant presents as a yawning void filled with monotonous echoes.
Through the shuttered streets of the town at their backs, meanwhile, roams a hostile pack of drunken sailors. It is regrettable that Maupassant should be known less for indelible moments like this, and more for the twist or "trick" ending of "The Necklace" , the final line of which arrives with the boom-tish of a club comedian's punchline. That story's great fame has had a distorting effect on the rest his work, abetted by every ignorant commentator — and there are plenty — who has identified it as typical.
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Regardless of the inaccuracies that surround his reputation, Maupassant's influence is in reality so diffuse that there are few short-story writers of the past century who aren't in some way indebted to him. Often that influence is explicit.
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When the narrator of "Love", a short piece about a duck hunt, remarks that "[t]here is nothing that makes one more wary, more uneasy, nothing more frightening sometimes, than a swamp", the story develops an unexpectedly psychological dimension, immediately bringing to mind the swamp Nick Adams so sedulously avoids in Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River" "In the swamp fishing was a tragic adventure.
Nick did not want it". It's certainly difficult to find much meaning in Maupassant's final years, which were as lurid as any plot he ever concocted. By he was suffering memory lapses and eye problems, and would sometimes see his double sitting at his desk. These were early symptoms of the syphilis he most probably contracted during his hedonistic twenties a period he recreates in an unusually touching story of , "Mouche". By late he was convinced his brain was pouring from his nose and mouth, and thought his urine was made of diamonds. He slit his throat in Cannes on New Year's Day, , and spent the last 18 months of his life in a Parisian asylum.
Mrs Harrie Maupassant's ability to conjure a plethora of diverse characters is just astounding. Oct 19, Veysel rated it liked it. Oct 04, Catarina Santos rated it really liked it. Sep 30, T.
This is the book that would not end, pages of short stories, and I am compulsive enough that once started, I wanted to read it all, and I did! Most of the stories were pretty good, some were excellent and some were not so good. Many were about the Prussian occupation of France, or about small town French life.
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Glad I read it, glad its finished! Apr 05, Trish rated it liked it. The longest book of short stories I've ever read - a struggle to read at times, don't think I'd read it again in a hurry! Took me 2 months to read which is a lifetime for me, I usually get through books in a couple of days! Emilia Osorio rated it it was amazing Nov 30, John rated it liked it Jul 01, Michel Emile rated it it was amazing Jan 09, Mateo rated it it was amazing Jan 01, Magdalene Joel rated it really liked it Nov 19, Catherine Ragazzi, R.
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About Guy de Maupassant. Guy de Maupassant. He is one of the fathers of the modern short story. He also wrote six short novels.
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A number of his stories often denote the futility of war and the innocent civilians who get crushed in it - many are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the s.