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Collected Stories of Guy De Maupassant [Read] ➫ Collected Stories of Guy De Maupassant ➳ Guy de Maupassant – Polishdarling.co.uk Collected Stories of Guy de Maupassant is part of theseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and Collected Stories of Guy de of Guy ePUB ↠ Maupassant is part of theseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages Collected Stories ePUB Ù of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes Noble Classics New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary Stories of Guy eBook ↠ historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest Barnes Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring worksGuy de Maupassant is one of the few writers whose short stories witty, economical, elegant, yet straightforward in style are so forceful that his literary reputation can rest on them alone Beneath their deceptively simple surfaces lies a deep understanding of the complexities of the human psyche Maupassant explores the full panoply of late nineteenth century French society, from prostitutes in Parisian brothels and peasants in rural cottages, to adulterousaristocrats at expensive spas and patrician partiesThis collection begins with Ball of Fat, the first story Maupassant published under his own name Called a masterpiece by his friend and mentor Gustave Flaubert, it instantly raised the young author to celebrity status and created a clamor for of his work He responded with over three hundred stories and six novels written in a dozen years Among others included here are the favorites The Necklace, The Horla, The False Gems, and Useless Beauty Richard Fusco received his PhD from Duke University and is Associate Professor of English at Saint Joseph s University in Philadelphia A specialist in nineteenth century American literature and in short story narrative theory, his published criticism includes Maupassant and the American Short Story The Influence of Form at the Turn of the Century and Fin de mill naire Poe s Legacy for the Detective Story.


10 thoughts on “Collected Stories of Guy De Maupassant

  1. A. McMahon A. McMahon says:

    Guy de Maupassant is very likely the greatest short story writer who ever lived His gift for capturing whole worlds in just a few pages is without equal He had the most astonishing imagination allied to a perfect grasp of language His writing is superbly disciplined, his visual sense is such that he can make you see the scenes he is describing in your mind s eye, and his sense of character is such that the people in his stories are living, breathing, believable characters Nothing is perfect, Guy de Maupassant is very likely the greatest short story writer who ever lived His gift for capturing whole worlds in just a few pages is without equal He had the most astonishing imagination allied to a perfect grasp of language His writing is superbly disciplined, his visual sense is such that he can make you see the scenes he is describing in your mind s eye, and his sense of character is such that the people in his stories are living, breathing, believable characters Nothing is perfect, but Maupassant comes close


  2. Rohit Sharma Rohit Sharma says:

    So I finished the fattest book of the year 750 pages and picked up evenfattier 1035 pages Stephen King The Stand as stuck inside the house for last three weeks which is going to last I guess another two weeks for sure I got this book as gift from a very darling friend of mine who accompanied me on my first visit to my favorite bookstore Blossoms Bangalore Wifey had bought her first iPhone and we got a cash back of five grand which she let me splurge on anything that I wan So I finished the fattest book of the year 750 pages and picked up evenfattier 1035 pages Stephen King The Stand as stuck inside the house for last three weeks which is going to last I guess another two weeks for sure I got this book as gift from a very darling friend of mine who accompanied me on my first visit to my favorite bookstore Blossoms Bangalore Wifey had bought her first iPhone and we got a cash back of five grand which she let me splurge on anything that I wanted Since I was to visit our Bangalore office that same week, I dreamed of picking up a load of books from Blossoms I told the bookstore guy that I was on a strict budget and would not like to spend anything upwards of 150 on a book and I was there to pick up the maximum I could as I practically carried an empty bag on the flight to Bangalore I end up picking precisely 29 books in five grand, mostly classics, all used old books, may be a few brand new I don t know why but I find it charming to read used books which have seen better days and passed from so many hands, some of them have those side notes, some underlines, some highlights and so much , I love all that Looking at my diligence and the load that I picked up, my friend offered to buy me a brand new book of my choice and I was delighted to immediately grab the nearest fattest book with a name of an unknown author to me at that time During my return flight, my bag was scanned thrice and the cops at the airport were surprised to find only books in my bag and they actually questioned me why I came all the way to Bangalore to buy so many books guess none of them was a reader but they let me go with a smile It took me almost two year to reach this one on my book rack to read but I must say what an amazing 10 days I had with 153 stories from Guy De Maupassant Another six months and I will be qualify for a second visit to my favorite bookstore Paris, as far as I know is the Art, Fashion and Romance capital of the world, only romantics or arts eccentrics live or go there and if 153 stories from Guy De Maupassant to be believed from the late 19th century, a major of them qualify to be perverts of a different kind Unbelievable was the word which kept coming to my mind as I progressed from one story to another much to my own delight as they were actually not only hilarious, some were super romantic and so many of them were so heart touching that they choked me up big time But I must say that French sense of humor is totally out of this world, as I guess this was my first experience from that part of the world as far as literature is concerned It was quite a shocking experience to know that almost a majority of the couples were having extra marital affairs Not only almost all the husbands had a mistress or two at their disposal but also the wives had their own crushes in place and why not But it was a beautiful experience to explore not only Paris, but also Venice, Italy, London and so many other iconic cities from a French eye I seriously wished that I had taken French classes back in school college to have read these amazing stories in their original language but translation takes nothing away from them for sure as they totally intrigued me And I must say that the entire 750 pages of 153 stories were dedicated either to Love, Romance, Relationships of rich and poor alike or to the down trodden of the then society who tried their own ways to keep up with the evolving world A few of the stories where the protagonist fought for a crumb of bread or for a small roof to rest under or to go through a harrowing experience just for a days survival was totally heart touching and nerve wrecking experience Also, I must mention that Guy De Maupassant is not at all easy on his audience from any standards, the brutality, the reality of the situation or the abrupt shocking endings of a quarter of his stories frustrated me to no end at times He did leave so many of his stories to my own imagination and that is frustrating with such abrupt endings that I wished I was reading a complete novelthan reading a collection of short stories Although it is very tough to pick up one favorite from a collection of 150 but in this case undoubtedly the very first story will remain my personal favorite for a very long long time A story that I will never forget in my life ever for two reasons, first is that a man s best friend has a huge crush on his wife and second, that on top of that the man puts a prize on his wife for his own friend to sell her How they settle the deal by selling buying a women by Cubic Meters was totally hilarious The logic, formula and how the entire deal settles was one unbelievable experience Another thing that I loved and hated in equal measures for Guy De Maupassant s stories is their length Some stories are as short as one and a half pages and the longest ones are like nothan 10 odd pages at the most What hurt me was that the stories that I was falling in love with were really too short and lets not even talk about their endings and a few which were really not so good, kept on going to pages and pages with again no resolution by the time they ended But overall it was a fantastic first hand experience of reading French literature at its best, giving us an amazing picture of the times in late 19th century Have you read Guy De Maupassant s stories Do let me know how you liked them and if you have a favorite Maupassant novel, do tell me about it I am big time looking forward to read one of his fledged novel at the earliest


  3. Kari Trenten Kari Trenten says:

    A collection of vivid, lively stories, some of which contain colorful, rich characters, interacting with each other, revealing an aspect of life Others are graphic, incomplete snapshots of cruelty, hypocrisy or intolerance Perhaps the point of the latter is to shine light upon real life examples of this and expose it These particular tales left me frustrated, anguished, and unsatisfied, like somehow the story was missing the point of closure There were cruel stories which broke my heart, yet A collection of vivid, lively stories, some of which contain colorful, rich characters, interacting with each other, revealing an aspect of life Others are graphic, incomplete snapshots of cruelty, hypocrisy or intolerance Perhaps the point of the latter is to shine light upon real life examples of this and expose it These particular tales left me frustrated, anguished, and unsatisfied, like somehow the story was missing the point of closure There were cruel stories which broke my heart, yet they told a complete tale Perhaps told isn t the right word, much of the time for Guy de Maupassant s stories One weakness I cannot accuse him of is telling rather than showing His descriptions are fully fleshed out, dynamic, and a part of the action, offering up a wealth of personal detail These descriptions can be seductive and compelling or sickening Ordinary people often out monstered creatures of myth and legend in their casual cruelty, hypocrisy, and intolerance At times this felt deliberate on the part of the author At others, he seems unaware of the horror he s invoking over the gap of time Part of this may be due to just that, the gap of time between himself and me Many things were acceptable and part of life when Guy de Maupassant lived which I found unjust There are times when he falls prey to stereotyping when women and women s relations with me are concerned These moments are when his descriptive powers develop blinders, stumbling in their character development In spite of the flaws and how miserable his stories made me if cruelty to animals bothers you, beware , Guy de Maupassant s prose has power and passion I was disappointed to find the story I d hoped to find in this collection, The Horla, wasn t there This remains my favorite story by Maupassant Taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of this collection of tales as a whole, I give this book three stars


  4. Doug Doug says:

    There s no shortage of praise or analysis of Maupassant s writing out there, so I guess I ll only mention why his work bowls me over personally Basically, I m stunned by the sheer variety in his tales and how powerful they are, and if not powerful, then insightful, and, on the rare occasion he can t pull off one of those, they are always, at the very least, entertaining Of course, he wrote over 300 hundred short stories, the best of them as good as any Russian epic, and you would expect some v There s no shortage of praise or analysis of Maupassant s writing out there, so I guess I ll only mention why his work bowls me over personally Basically, I m stunned by the sheer variety in his tales and how powerful they are, and if not powerful, then insightful, and, on the rare occasion he can t pull off one of those, they are always, at the very least, entertaining Of course, he wrote over 300 hundred short stories, the best of them as good as any Russian epic, and you would expect some variety but this much He writes social commentary, satire, horror stories, love stories, revenge stories, war stories, tragedies, comedies You name it, he s written one But if the subject matter is all over the map, his style is always there often narrators telling a story they witnessed or heard, in simple prose, with as little backstory as they can get away with Maupassant tales are always quick and to the point yet still pack a punch.His stories are so different from each other that they all move me in different ways There are, of course, his twist endings Most of us know his best known story, The Necklace, as well we should it s a killer, about a poor woman who wants to go to a fancy party, and has been imitated again and again by some of the best writers out there Maugham, Henry James, etc But that s hardly the only shocking finale he wrote The Model is especially good, one of my favorites, about a twisted love affair between an artist and his model But A Wife s Confession, about a jealous husband hunting down his wife s lover, or A Sister s Confession about a terrible secret revealed at a deathbed, or Margot s Tapers about a passionate affair gone too far, are all just as good It s not just the twist that makes the stories so unforgettable, it s the insights that comes along with them, these damning peeks into human psychology or group behavior While most of his stories contain a shock in them somewhere, it s often the way the story lingers in my head long after I ve read it that gets me There is a resonance to stories like Love, a simple but heart breaking story about a man hunting ducks, or The Carter s Wench, about a man haunted by a manipulative waif he met in a tavern Another favorite of mine, At Sea, about a fishing captain whose evasive maneuver almost kills his brother, will sadden and disturb me till the end of time While a lot of these stories are grim, Maupassant can write sweetly as well He s considered a cynic, and perhaps for good reason, but his romantic side is often over looked Virtue in the Ballet is as good hearted a love story as there is Madmoiselle Pearl and The Viaticum, while both sad, are touching too Mouche, yet another favorite, I imagine was shockingly happy in its time, considering how unconventional this love story is but Maupassant is often interested in those living outside social convention In fact, his disdain for societal convention and social climbing is one of his biggest themes.And while I m at it because every story I mention reminds me of another how about his humor Maupassant wrote many comedies, so many I hardly know where to start Some are bawdy and I imagine Maupassant retelling dirty jokes he heard along the way to somewhere, stories like Idyll, about a wet nurse about to burst, or Violated, about a man who finds a strange bedfellow in an inn one night But, being Maupassant, most of his comedic material is actually very sophisticated and probing Jewelry or, The False Gems , about a wife who collects fake jewels, is a supremely satisfying comedy with a whole lot to say about us humans Bombard is a terrific story of a feckless husband trying to cheat on his wife, while Indiscretion is a masterful dialog as a husband tells his fascinated wife about his various love affairs Let s not forget The Read One and the Other, about some donors who are unimpressed with a politician s wife And to further show off Maupassant s range, some of these comedies are very dark, like The Devil, about a sick mother who can t seem to die fast enough And what about The Relic, the story of man who tells his religious fianc he stole a sacred relic just for her Would you call this a dark comedy, a social satire But Maupassant is really celebrated for the power of his stories They hit you hard, many of them, and here the list is long There s his lauded story Boule de Suif, about a lowly prostitute who is a better soul than all the high society she shares a coach with, or Mother Sauvage, a war story about an old French woman giving shelter to some Prussian soldiers There s The Thief about a reformed playboy trying to protect his new love, or In the Country about a family that sells their child, or Bertha about a mentally impaired woman married off to a gold digger.Which reminds me of well, you see how this goes There s an endless supply of Maupassant stories to draw from I ve only barely touched upon his war stories, and haven t even mentioned his horror yarns I could go on and on and I have yet to finish the entire collection, so there sin store for me as well and I can t wait If only I could tell you all my favorites like The Last Step, The Hand so true , The Confession, Crash how perverse , An Honest Ideal who says promiscuity is bad , A Mesalliance oh so grim , An Adventure in Paris, Marroca pretty damn sexy for late 1800s , The Accent, An Artiface wait for the last line , One Evening, The Terror a creepy one , Abandoned, and The Inn Whew I got in a fewafterall but even that list is incomplete and I have no doubt there sto come


  5. Chris Chris says:

    For the love of Guy de MaupassantLove is always love, come whence it may A heart that beats at your approach, an eye that weeps when you go away are things so rare, so sweet, so precious that they must never be despised Miss Harriet Widely regarded as the Father of Modern Short Story writing, Guy de Maupassant 1850 1893 was one of the greatest French writers in the 19th century His stories strikingly captured various aspects of day to day life in France during that time Many of his st For the love of Guy de MaupassantLove is always love, come whence it may A heart that beats at your approach, an eye that weeps when you go away are things so rare, so sweet, so precious that they must never be despised Miss Harriet Widely regarded as the Father of Modern Short Story writing, Guy de Maupassant 1850 1893 was one of the greatest French writers in the 19th century His stories strikingly captured various aspects of day to day life in France during that time Many of his stories were based on the Franco Prussian War and the lives of innocent people who were caught in it He has writtenthan 300 short stories, six novels, travel books and also a book of poetry Some of his well known works include, Boule de Suif , Bel Ami and Mademoiselle Fifi Soon after graduation, Maupassant served as a volunteer in the Franco Prussian War, after which he pursued a career as a civil servant working in the Navy Department and the Ministry of Public Instruction In his 20s Guy de Maupassant began to suffer from syphilis, which caused him much mental agony and trouble for the rest of his living years.Maupassant was a prot g of Flaubert and his stories are characterized by economy of style and efficient Many are set during the Franco Prussian War of the 1870s, describing the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught up in events beyond their control, are permanently changed by their experiences Mademoiselle Fifi In this short story Guy de Maupassant describes the Prussian soldiers who have seized the ch teau as crude, destructive, and rather stupid men who don t value the manor or its beautiful furniture and costly paintings and art objects Nearly all of them are violent, brutish womanizers, possibly the worst of these men is the short and slender Count Wilhelm von Eyrick, whom the other soldiers nickname Mademoiselle Fifi Fifi is angry that the priest of the local church won t ring the bell at the usual times It s the town s only form of non compliance toward the soldiers, and the locals are quite proud of it The soldiers, amuse themselves by getting extremely drunk and shooting or vandalizing various objects Eventually they get tired of that, too, and their captain proposes that they hire some local prostitutes to attend a dinner party at the wrecked manor When the prostitutes arrive, everyone gets drunk The soldiers crack dirty jokes in bad French then start making disparaging remarks about the French people in general and toasting their own victory over the country Most of the prostitutes are too drunk to protest much One Jewish girl named Rachel, however, is furious at Mademoiselle Fifi for having bitten her during a kiss She tells him You will have to pay for that Later, she gets in an insult of her own, declaring that these men can t have any real French women since prostitutes are all that Prussians want When she can t take it any, she stabs Fifi in the neck with a dessert knife and jumps out the window to escape Fifi dies within minutes The Prussians search the ch teau and grounds and later the entire town for Rachel but can t find her The priest is ordered to ring the church bells for Mademoiselle Fifi s funeral, and he complies Afterward, the bells mysteriously ring out every day When the war is over, it s revealed that the priest hid Rachel in his church, and she rang the bells as a celebration of her victory over Mademoiselle Fifi In this story Guy de Maupassant deals with themes as civility versus brutality and masculinity versus femininity.Guy de Maupassant s stories are only second to Shakespeare in their inspiration of movie adaptations with films Often his stories give plot to a movie like in John Ford s Stagecoach, Ford claimed that his inspiration in expanding Stagecoach beyond the bare bones plot given in The Stage to Lordsburg was his familiarity with another short story, Boule de Suif Lump of Fat by Guy de Maupassant The same story inspired the Japanese director Kawaguchi Matsutaro s for his movie Oyuki the Virgin It is discussion weather plots of Guy de Maupassant s short stories are used in famous movies such as Citizen Kane by Orson Welch and Masculine Feminine by Jean Luc Godard The beautiful short story The Love of Long Ago gives us perhaps the best answer to why MeToo in France is always looked at a little different then in the United States The story consist of a conversation between a grandmother and daughter on the subject of love and marriage The grandmother ceased to smile If she had kept in her soul some of Voltaire s irony, she had also a little of Jean Jacques s glowing philosophy No honour because we loved, and dared to say so, and even boasted of it But, my child, if one of us, among the greatest ladies in France, were to live without a lover, she would have the entire court laughing at her Those who wished to live differently had only to enter a convent And you imagine, perhaps, that your husbands will love you alone all their lives As if, indeed, this could be the case I tell you that marriage is a thing necessary in order that Society should exist, but it is not in the nature of our race, do you understand There is only one good thing in life, and that is love And how you misunderstand it how you spoil it You treat it as something solemn like a sacrament, or something to be bought, like a dress The young girl caught the old woman s trembling hands in her own Hold your tongue, I beg of you, grandmamma And, on her knees, with tears in her eyes, she prayed to Heaven to bestow on her a great passion, one eternal passion alone, in accordance with the dream of modern poets, while the grandmother, kissing her on the forehead, quite penetrated still by that charming, healthy logic by which the philosophers of gallantry sprinkled salt with the life of the eighteenth century, murmured Take care, my poor darling If you believe in such follies as this, you will be very unhappy Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story He delighted in clever plotting, and served as a model for Somerset Maugham and many others in this respect One of his famous short stories, The Necklace , was imitated with a twist by Maugham Mr Know All , A String of Beads


  6. Tanya Morrison Tanya Morrison says:

    Perfection of the short story His ability to note what was going on around him is supreme I realize that for an observant author every big or small event that occurs lends itself to the compactness of a story with a moral, a laugh, a comment, an unexpected outcome Learning to guess the game of where a story is going is great fun with a master like Guy de Maupassant Nothingrelaxing than a volume of best short stories.


  7. Anukriti Anukriti says:

    This book cannot be reviewed by mortals I have read hundreds of short story collections none quite as rich in variety and amazing in character portrayal as Maupassant s tales I think I need to come up with a superlative for LOVE to describe what infinite reverence and affection I feel for the writer and his work.


  8. Susan Kraus Susan Kraus says:

    Endles stories of seduction, and betrayal Women are unfathomable playthings I realize that he was writing about the culture and social set he was involved in, but it was all too much for me He died of syphilis I understand why.


  9. Anomander Rake Anomander Rake says:

    Time to write a reivew I don t feel like it, but the sheer brilliance of Maupassant has forced me to write one I ve read The Best of Maupassant a long time ago and I wasn t that impressed The problem with all those best of collections is that you sometimes miss out on some really amazing things just because the person responsible for putting together the book didn t think they were that great That is precisely the case here Most of my favourite stories weren t even included in that collec Time to write a reivew I don t feel like it, but the sheer brilliance of Maupassant has forced me to write one I ve read The Best of Maupassant a long time ago and I wasn t that impressed The problem with all those best of collections is that you sometimes miss out on some really amazing things just because the person responsible for putting together the book didn t think they were that great That is precisely the case here Most of my favourite stories weren t even included in that collection What s , best of would imply those writings are better than the rest of the author s opus which clearly isn t the case here Maupassant manages to keep all of his stories barring a few oddballs at a very high level That s extremely impressive Also, now that I m older, I tend to appreciate the bitterness or bittersweetness in some cases of his stories a lotMost are very relatable and not dated at all The mood he sets, which happens to be one of the things I value the most, is brilliant in most of his stories His influence on Lovecraft is undeniable In conclusion, Maupassant is one of the best if not the best short story writers I ve ever read.Now would also be a good time to elaborate my ratings Clearly, the ratings added in bulk after creating my Goodreads accounts are somewhat inaccurate Misclicks might ve happended, and it s harder to rate books properly if you don t stop for a few moments and think about them, which I clearly didn t do because I had so many books to add Also, some ratings change after I read the book for the second or third time nowadays I tend to appreciate some things a lotthan I used to Obivously, all of the ratings are subjective An enjoyable read and a lasting impact equal a higher rating Clearly, great writing leads to both of the aforementioned things.No rating Books I ve read a long long time ago or just didn t know how to rate.1 star Cr me de la cr me, the complete and utter shit that doesn t deserve to be called literature.2 stars Books I regret having read, a waste of my precious time.3 stars Books I m glad I ve read, but couldn t relate to or found them too lacking in most areas Some of the books here are actually really well written, but not my cup of tea Let s throw in a quote from the movie In Bruges kind of like the in betweeny one You weren t really shit, but you weren t all that great either Like Tottenham 4 stars All of the books here had one flaw too many to get a five star rating That s pretty much all I can say.5 stars These are the great works that have left a huge impression on me, that are really well written or manage to be so enjoyable that I can look past some flaws think Looking for Alaska.Some books deservethan 5 stars A prime example would be The Book of the New Sun series by Gene Wolfe, the best thing I ve ever read It deserves a thousand stars I don t think perfection exists, but that is as close as it gets


  10. Veysel Veysel says:

    Guy de Maupassant OtelBeyaz k p kten k m l k m l bir bulut, derin ve a rl ks z, zerlerine ses karmadan d k l yor, yava yava onlar k p kten, kal n ve dilsiz bir iltenin alt nda b rak yordu.G n bat yordu Karlar pembele iyor, onlar n billurla m y z nde kuru ve dondurucu bir yel zaman zaman canlan p esiyordu.


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10 thoughts on “Collected Stories of Guy De Maupassant

  1. A. McMahon A. McMahon says:

    Guy de Maupassant is very likely the greatest short story writer who ever lived His gift for capturing whole worlds in just a few pages is without equal He had the most astonishing imagination allied to a perfect grasp of language His writing is superbly disciplined, his visual sense is such that he can make you see the scenes he is describing in your mind s eye, and his sense of character is such that the people in his stories are living, breathing, believable characters Nothing is perfect, Guy de Maupassant is very likely the greatest short story writer who ever lived His gift for capturing whole worlds in just a few pages is without equal He had the most astonishing imagination allied to a perfect grasp of language His writing is superbly disciplined, his visual sense is such that he can make you see the scenes he is describing in your mind s eye, and his sense of character is such that the people in his stories are living, breathing, believable characters Nothing is perfect, but Maupassant comes close


  2. Rohit Sharma Rohit Sharma says:

    So I finished the fattest book of the year 750 pages and picked up evenfattier 1035 pages Stephen King The Stand as stuck inside the house for last three weeks which is going to last I guess another two weeks for sure I got this book as gift from a very darling friend of mine who accompanied me on my first visit to my favorite bookstore Blossoms Bangalore Wifey had bought her first iPhone and we got a cash back of five grand which she let me splurge on anything that I wan So I finished the fattest book of the year 750 pages and picked up evenfattier 1035 pages Stephen King The Stand as stuck inside the house for last three weeks which is going to last I guess another two weeks for sure I got this book as gift from a very darling friend of mine who accompanied me on my first visit to my favorite bookstore Blossoms Bangalore Wifey had bought her first iPhone and we got a cash back of five grand which she let me splurge on anything that I wanted Since I was to visit our Bangalore office that same week, I dreamed of picking up a load of books from Blossoms I told the bookstore guy that I was on a strict budget and would not like to spend anything upwards of 150 on a book and I was there to pick up the maximum I could as I practically carried an empty bag on the flight to Bangalore I end up picking precisely 29 books in five grand, mostly classics, all used old books, may be a few brand new I don t know why but I find it charming to read used books which have seen better days and passed from so many hands, some of them have those side notes, some underlines, some highlights and so much , I love all that Looking at my diligence and the load that I picked up, my friend offered to buy me a brand new book of my choice and I was delighted to immediately grab the nearest fattest book with a name of an unknown author to me at that time During my return flight, my bag was scanned thrice and the cops at the airport were surprised to find only books in my bag and they actually questioned me why I came all the way to Bangalore to buy so many books guess none of them was a reader but they let me go with a smile It took me almost two year to reach this one on my book rack to read but I must say what an amazing 10 days I had with 153 stories from Guy De Maupassant Another six months and I will be qualify for a second visit to my favorite bookstore Paris, as far as I know is the Art, Fashion and Romance capital of the world, only romantics or arts eccentrics live or go there and if 153 stories from Guy De Maupassant to be believed from the late 19th century, a major of them qualify to be perverts of a different kind Unbelievable was the word which kept coming to my mind as I progressed from one story to another much to my own delight as they were actually not only hilarious, some were super romantic and so many of them were so heart touching that they choked me up big time But I must say that French sense of humor is totally out of this world, as I guess this was my first experience from that part of the world as far as literature is concerned It was quite a shocking experience to know that almost a majority of the couples were having extra marital affairs Not only almost all the husbands had a mistress or two at their disposal but also the wives had their own crushes in place and why not But it was a beautiful experience to explore not only Paris, but also Venice, Italy, London and so many other iconic cities from a French eye I seriously wished that I had taken French classes back in school college to have read these amazing stories in their original language but translation takes nothing away from them for sure as they totally intrigued me And I must say that the entire 750 pages of 153 stories were dedicated either to Love, Romance, Relationships of rich and poor alike or to the down trodden of the then society who tried their own ways to keep up with the evolving world A few of the stories where the protagonist fought for a crumb of bread or for a small roof to rest under or to go through a harrowing experience just for a days survival was totally heart touching and nerve wrecking experience Also, I must mention that Guy De Maupassant is not at all easy on his audience from any standards, the brutality, the reality of the situation or the abrupt shocking endings of a quarter of his stories frustrated me to no end at times He did leave so many of his stories to my own imagination and that is frustrating with such abrupt endings that I wished I was reading a complete novelthan reading a collection of short stories Although it is very tough to pick up one favorite from a collection of 150 but in this case undoubtedly the very first story will remain my personal favorite for a very long long time A story that I will never forget in my life ever for two reasons, first is that a man s best friend has a huge crush on his wife and second, that on top of that the man puts a prize on his wife for his own friend to sell her How they settle the deal by selling buying a women by Cubic Meters was totally hilarious The logic, formula and how the entire deal settles was one unbelievable experience Another thing that I loved and hated in equal measures for Guy De Maupassant s stories is their length Some stories are as short as one and a half pages and the longest ones are like nothan 10 odd pages at the most What hurt me was that the stories that I was falling in love with were really too short and lets not even talk about their endings and a few which were really not so good, kept on going to pages and pages with again no resolution by the time they ended But overall it was a fantastic first hand experience of reading French literature at its best, giving us an amazing picture of the times in late 19th century Have you read Guy De Maupassant s stories Do let me know how you liked them and if you have a favorite Maupassant novel, do tell me about it I am big time looking forward to read one of his fledged novel at the earliest


  3. Kari Trenten Kari Trenten says:

    A collection of vivid, lively stories, some of which contain colorful, rich characters, interacting with each other, revealing an aspect of life Others are graphic, incomplete snapshots of cruelty, hypocrisy or intolerance Perhaps the point of the latter is to shine light upon real life examples of this and expose it These particular tales left me frustrated, anguished, and unsatisfied, like somehow the story was missing the point of closure There were cruel stories which broke my heart, yet A collection of vivid, lively stories, some of which contain colorful, rich characters, interacting with each other, revealing an aspect of life Others are graphic, incomplete snapshots of cruelty, hypocrisy or intolerance Perhaps the point of the latter is to shine light upon real life examples of this and expose it These particular tales left me frustrated, anguished, and unsatisfied, like somehow the story was missing the point of closure There were cruel stories which broke my heart, yet they told a complete tale Perhaps told isn t the right word, much of the time for Guy de Maupassant s stories One weakness I cannot accuse him of is telling rather than showing His descriptions are fully fleshed out, dynamic, and a part of the action, offering up a wealth of personal detail These descriptions can be seductive and compelling or sickening Ordinary people often out monstered creatures of myth and legend in their casual cruelty, hypocrisy, and intolerance At times this felt deliberate on the part of the author At others, he seems unaware of the horror he s invoking over the gap of time Part of this may be due to just that, the gap of time between himself and me Many things were acceptable and part of life when Guy de Maupassant lived which I found unjust There are times when he falls prey to stereotyping when women and women s relations with me are concerned These moments are when his descriptive powers develop blinders, stumbling in their character development In spite of the flaws and how miserable his stories made me if cruelty to animals bothers you, beware , Guy de Maupassant s prose has power and passion I was disappointed to find the story I d hoped to find in this collection, The Horla, wasn t there This remains my favorite story by Maupassant Taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of this collection of tales as a whole, I give this book three stars


  4. Doug Doug says:

    There s no shortage of praise or analysis of Maupassant s writing out there, so I guess I ll only mention why his work bowls me over personally Basically, I m stunned by the sheer variety in his tales and how powerful they are, and if not powerful, then insightful, and, on the rare occasion he can t pull off one of those, they are always, at the very least, entertaining Of course, he wrote over 300 hundred short stories, the best of them as good as any Russian epic, and you would expect some v There s no shortage of praise or analysis of Maupassant s writing out there, so I guess I ll only mention why his work bowls me over personally Basically, I m stunned by the sheer variety in his tales and how powerful they are, and if not powerful, then insightful, and, on the rare occasion he can t pull off one of those, they are always, at the very least, entertaining Of course, he wrote over 300 hundred short stories, the best of them as good as any Russian epic, and you would expect some variety but this much He writes social commentary, satire, horror stories, love stories, revenge stories, war stories, tragedies, comedies You name it, he s written one But if the subject matter is all over the map, his style is always there often narrators telling a story they witnessed or heard, in simple prose, with as little backstory as they can get away with Maupassant tales are always quick and to the point yet still pack a punch.His stories are so different from each other that they all move me in different ways There are, of course, his twist endings Most of us know his best known story, The Necklace, as well we should it s a killer, about a poor woman who wants to go to a fancy party, and has been imitated again and again by some of the best writers out there Maugham, Henry James, etc But that s hardly the only shocking finale he wrote The Model is especially good, one of my favorites, about a twisted love affair between an artist and his model But A Wife s Confession, about a jealous husband hunting down his wife s lover, or A Sister s Confession about a terrible secret revealed at a deathbed, or Margot s Tapers about a passionate affair gone too far, are all just as good It s not just the twist that makes the stories so unforgettable, it s the insights that comes along with them, these damning peeks into human psychology or group behavior While most of his stories contain a shock in them somewhere, it s often the way the story lingers in my head long after I ve read it that gets me There is a resonance to stories like Love, a simple but heart breaking story about a man hunting ducks, or The Carter s Wench, about a man haunted by a manipulative waif he met in a tavern Another favorite of mine, At Sea, about a fishing captain whose evasive maneuver almost kills his brother, will sadden and disturb me till the end of time While a lot of these stories are grim, Maupassant can write sweetly as well He s considered a cynic, and perhaps for good reason, but his romantic side is often over looked Virtue in the Ballet is as good hearted a love story as there is Madmoiselle Pearl and The Viaticum, while both sad, are touching too Mouche, yet another favorite, I imagine was shockingly happy in its time, considering how unconventional this love story is but Maupassant is often interested in those living outside social convention In fact, his disdain for societal convention and social climbing is one of his biggest themes.And while I m at it because every story I mention reminds me of another how about his humor Maupassant wrote many comedies, so many I hardly know where to start Some are bawdy and I imagine Maupassant retelling dirty jokes he heard along the way to somewhere, stories like Idyll, about a wet nurse about to burst, or Violated, about a man who finds a strange bedfellow in an inn one night But, being Maupassant, most of his comedic material is actually very sophisticated and probing Jewelry or, The False Gems , about a wife who collects fake jewels, is a supremely satisfying comedy with a whole lot to say about us humans Bombard is a terrific story of a feckless husband trying to cheat on his wife, while Indiscretion is a masterful dialog as a husband tells his fascinated wife about his various love affairs Let s not forget The Read One and the Other, about some donors who are unimpressed with a politician s wife And to further show off Maupassant s range, some of these comedies are very dark, like The Devil, about a sick mother who can t seem to die fast enough And what about The Relic, the story of man who tells his religious fianc he stole a sacred relic just for her Would you call this a dark comedy, a social satire But Maupassant is really celebrated for the power of his stories They hit you hard, many of them, and here the list is long There s his lauded story Boule de Suif, about a lowly prostitute who is a better soul than all the high society she shares a coach with, or Mother Sauvage, a war story about an old French woman giving shelter to some Prussian soldiers There s The Thief about a reformed playboy trying to protect his new love, or In the Country about a family that sells their child, or Bertha about a mentally impaired woman married off to a gold digger.Which reminds me of well, you see how this goes There s an endless supply of Maupassant stories to draw from I ve only barely touched upon his war stories, and haven t even mentioned his horror yarns I could go on and on and I have yet to finish the entire collection, so there sin store for me as well and I can t wait If only I could tell you all my favorites like The Last Step, The Hand so true , The Confession, Crash how perverse , An Honest Ideal who says promiscuity is bad , A Mesalliance oh so grim , An Adventure in Paris, Marroca pretty damn sexy for late 1800s , The Accent, An Artiface wait for the last line , One Evening, The Terror a creepy one , Abandoned, and The Inn Whew I got in a fewafterall but even that list is incomplete and I have no doubt there sto come


  5. Chris Chris says:

    For the love of Guy de MaupassantLove is always love, come whence it may A heart that beats at your approach, an eye that weeps when you go away are things so rare, so sweet, so precious that they must never be despised Miss Harriet Widely regarded as the Father of Modern Short Story writing, Guy de Maupassant 1850 1893 was one of the greatest French writers in the 19th century His stories strikingly captured various aspects of day to day life in France during that time Many of his st For the love of Guy de MaupassantLove is always love, come whence it may A heart that beats at your approach, an eye that weeps when you go away are things so rare, so sweet, so precious that they must never be despised Miss Harriet Widely regarded as the Father of Modern Short Story writing, Guy de Maupassant 1850 1893 was one of the greatest French writers in the 19th century His stories strikingly captured various aspects of day to day life in France during that time Many of his stories were based on the Franco Prussian War and the lives of innocent people who were caught in it He has writtenthan 300 short stories, six novels, travel books and also a book of poetry Some of his well known works include, Boule de Suif , Bel Ami and Mademoiselle Fifi Soon after graduation, Maupassant served as a volunteer in the Franco Prussian War, after which he pursued a career as a civil servant working in the Navy Department and the Ministry of Public Instruction In his 20s Guy de Maupassant began to suffer from syphilis, which caused him much mental agony and trouble for the rest of his living years.Maupassant was a prot g of Flaubert and his stories are characterized by economy of style and efficient Many are set during the Franco Prussian War of the 1870s, describing the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught up in events beyond their control, are permanently changed by their experiences Mademoiselle Fifi In this short story Guy de Maupassant describes the Prussian soldiers who have seized the ch teau as crude, destructive, and rather stupid men who don t value the manor or its beautiful furniture and costly paintings and art objects Nearly all of them are violent, brutish womanizers, possibly the worst of these men is the short and slender Count Wilhelm von Eyrick, whom the other soldiers nickname Mademoiselle Fifi Fifi is angry that the priest of the local church won t ring the bell at the usual times It s the town s only form of non compliance toward the soldiers, and the locals are quite proud of it The soldiers, amuse themselves by getting extremely drunk and shooting or vandalizing various objects Eventually they get tired of that, too, and their captain proposes that they hire some local prostitutes to attend a dinner party at the wrecked manor When the prostitutes arrive, everyone gets drunk The soldiers crack dirty jokes in bad French then start making disparaging remarks about the French people in general and toasting their own victory over the country Most of the prostitutes are too drunk to protest much One Jewish girl named Rachel, however, is furious at Mademoiselle Fifi for having bitten her during a kiss She tells him You will have to pay for that Later, she gets in an insult of her own, declaring that these men can t have any real French women since prostitutes are all that Prussians want When she can t take it any, she stabs Fifi in the neck with a dessert knife and jumps out the window to escape Fifi dies within minutes The Prussians search the ch teau and grounds and later the entire town for Rachel but can t find her The priest is ordered to ring the church bells for Mademoiselle Fifi s funeral, and he complies Afterward, the bells mysteriously ring out every day When the war is over, it s revealed that the priest hid Rachel in his church, and she rang the bells as a celebration of her victory over Mademoiselle Fifi In this story Guy de Maupassant deals with themes as civility versus brutality and masculinity versus femininity.Guy de Maupassant s stories are only second to Shakespeare in their inspiration of movie adaptations with films Often his stories give plot to a movie like in John Ford s Stagecoach, Ford claimed that his inspiration in expanding Stagecoach beyond the bare bones plot given in The Stage to Lordsburg was his familiarity with another short story, Boule de Suif Lump of Fat by Guy de Maupassant The same story inspired the Japanese director Kawaguchi Matsutaro s for his movie Oyuki the Virgin It is discussion weather plots of Guy de Maupassant s short stories are used in famous movies such as Citizen Kane by Orson Welch and Masculine Feminine by Jean Luc Godard The beautiful short story The Love of Long Ago gives us perhaps the best answer to why MeToo in France is always looked at a little different then in the United States The story consist of a conversation between a grandmother and daughter on the subject of love and marriage The grandmother ceased to smile If she had kept in her soul some of Voltaire s irony, she had also a little of Jean Jacques s glowing philosophy No honour because we loved, and dared to say so, and even boasted of it But, my child, if one of us, among the greatest ladies in France, were to live without a lover, she would have the entire court laughing at her Those who wished to live differently had only to enter a convent And you imagine, perhaps, that your husbands will love you alone all their lives As if, indeed, this could be the case I tell you that marriage is a thing necessary in order that Society should exist, but it is not in the nature of our race, do you understand There is only one good thing in life, and that is love And how you misunderstand it how you spoil it You treat it as something solemn like a sacrament, or something to be bought, like a dress The young girl caught the old woman s trembling hands in her own Hold your tongue, I beg of you, grandmamma And, on her knees, with tears in her eyes, she prayed to Heaven to bestow on her a great passion, one eternal passion alone, in accordance with the dream of modern poets, while the grandmother, kissing her on the forehead, quite penetrated still by that charming, healthy logic by which the philosophers of gallantry sprinkled salt with the life of the eighteenth century, murmured Take care, my poor darling If you believe in such follies as this, you will be very unhappy Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story He delighted in clever plotting, and served as a model for Somerset Maugham and many others in this respect One of his famous short stories, The Necklace , was imitated with a twist by Maugham Mr Know All , A String of Beads


  6. Tanya Morrison Tanya Morrison says:

    Perfection of the short story His ability to note what was going on around him is supreme I realize that for an observant author every big or small event that occurs lends itself to the compactness of a story with a moral, a laugh, a comment, an unexpected outcome Learning to guess the game of where a story is going is great fun with a master like Guy de Maupassant Nothingrelaxing than a volume of best short stories.


  7. Anukriti Anukriti says:

    This book cannot be reviewed by mortals I have read hundreds of short story collections none quite as rich in variety and amazing in character portrayal as Maupassant s tales I think I need to come up with a superlative for LOVE to describe what infinite reverence and affection I feel for the writer and his work.


  8. Susan Kraus Susan Kraus says:

    Endles stories of seduction, and betrayal Women are unfathomable playthings I realize that he was writing about the culture and social set he was involved in, but it was all too much for me He died of syphilis I understand why.


  9. Anomander Rake Anomander Rake says:

    Time to write a reivew I don t feel like it, but the sheer brilliance of Maupassant has forced me to write one I ve read The Best of Maupassant a long time ago and I wasn t that impressed The problem with all those best of collections is that you sometimes miss out on some really amazing things just because the person responsible for putting together the book didn t think they were that great That is precisely the case here Most of my favourite stories weren t even included in that collec Time to write a reivew I don t feel like it, but the sheer brilliance of Maupassant has forced me to write one I ve read The Best of Maupassant a long time ago and I wasn t that impressed The problem with all those best of collections is that you sometimes miss out on some really amazing things just because the person responsible for putting together the book didn t think they were that great That is precisely the case here Most of my favourite stories weren t even included in that collection What s , best of would imply those writings are better than the rest of the author s opus which clearly isn t the case here Maupassant manages to keep all of his stories barring a few oddballs at a very high level That s extremely impressive Also, now that I m older, I tend to appreciate the bitterness or bittersweetness in some cases of his stories a lotMost are very relatable and not dated at all The mood he sets, which happens to be one of the things I value the most, is brilliant in most of his stories His influence on Lovecraft is undeniable In conclusion, Maupassant is one of the best if not the best short story writers I ve ever read.Now would also be a good time to elaborate my ratings Clearly, the ratings added in bulk after creating my Goodreads accounts are somewhat inaccurate Misclicks might ve happended, and it s harder to rate books properly if you don t stop for a few moments and think about them, which I clearly didn t do because I had so many books to add Also, some ratings change after I read the book for the second or third time nowadays I tend to appreciate some things a lotthan I used to Obivously, all of the ratings are subjective An enjoyable read and a lasting impact equal a higher rating Clearly, great writing leads to both of the aforementioned things.No rating Books I ve read a long long time ago or just didn t know how to rate.1 star Cr me de la cr me, the complete and utter shit that doesn t deserve to be called literature.2 stars Books I regret having read, a waste of my precious time.3 stars Books I m glad I ve read, but couldn t relate to or found them too lacking in most areas Some of the books here are actually really well written, but not my cup of tea Let s throw in a quote from the movie In Bruges kind of like the in betweeny one You weren t really shit, but you weren t all that great either Like Tottenham 4 stars All of the books here had one flaw too many to get a five star rating That s pretty much all I can say.5 stars These are the great works that have left a huge impression on me, that are really well written or manage to be so enjoyable that I can look past some flaws think Looking for Alaska.Some books deservethan 5 stars A prime example would be The Book of the New Sun series by Gene Wolfe, the best thing I ve ever read It deserves a thousand stars I don t think perfection exists, but that is as close as it gets


  10. Veysel Veysel says:

    Guy de Maupassant OtelBeyaz k p kten k m l k m l bir bulut, derin ve a rl ks z, zerlerine ses karmadan d k l yor, yava yava onlar k p kten, kal n ve dilsiz bir iltenin alt nda b rak yordu.G n bat yordu Karlar pembele iyor, onlar n billurla m y z nde kuru ve dondurucu bir yel zaman zaman canlan p esiyordu.


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