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  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (April 30, 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014044243X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140442434
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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By Erika Borsos VINE VOICE on November 2, 2004
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Never having taken a world literature class, I discovered Guy De Maupassant many years ago on my own ... to my utter delight! I love his insights into human behavior, his writing technique of emphasizing some human conditon, dilemma, or foible, his ability to contrast the behavior of the wealthy respectable class against the more common people, his humor, and his creative writing style. The reader learns about the lives of people during the 19th century, their cares, concerns, their vices and passions ... and their secrets, the subjects are as varied as life itself!

This volume of 30 short stories is an extremely fine selection of his works. I was familiar with three of the stories, "The Jewels", "The Piece of String" and the most well known titled "Boule De Suif" (translated as "Ball of Fat"). In this famous story, the prostitute of the region of Rouen is traveling with upper class companions in a coach as each traveler assesses the other one, making judgements as human beings often do. Eventually the upper class passengers are hungry, as they eye Boule De Suif opening her basket filled with fried chicken and other delicious foods. Boule De Souif takes compassion on her fellow passengers by offering them some of her food, to their embarrassment and pleasure, assuaging their hunger pangs. We learn a little about the character and background of the passengers, as the author builds his plot ... The passengers became more chummy, a most unusual situation that would not occur in normal everyday life between such different classes. The coach stopped for a rest at an inn. Prussians occupied the town and were staying at the same inn. As circumstances developed, the Prussian officer wanted to speak with Boule De Suif (Madame Elisabeth Rousset) ...
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By A Customer on May 13, 2000
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First, I want to say how amazed I was with this book. De Maupassant was a brilliant author -- anyone interested in great literature should give his stories a chance.
Contents: Boule de Suif, In the Spring, The Graveyard Sisterhood, Madame Tellier's Establishment, A Ruse, An Old Man, Rust, Two Friends, The Jewels, The Conservatory, The Matter with Andre, My Uncle Jules, A Duel, The Convert, In the Bedroom, Regret, The Decoration, The Piece of String, The Model, The Hand, Idyll, Mother Savage, Guillemot Rock, Imprudence, The Signal, In the Woods, The Devil, The Horla, The Mask, Mouche.
Note - You won't find "The Necklace" here, as the translator (Roger Colet) points out in his notes.
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Guy de Maupassant is today considered by most literary historians to be the greatest short story writer who ever lived, in any century. When it comes to just telling a great story, he was the best, couldn't be topped. Both aspiring and established fiction writers should read Maupassant's finest stories to learn or brush up on the basics--plot, pacing, conciseness, character, mood, description, as well as to learn how simple naturalness and clarity of technique are important for writing engaging and readable fiction.
This is a very good selection of some of his most memorable tales. I would also recommend "A Day In The Country and Other Stories", which I believe is the best Maupassant collection available in English.
Maupassant was considered shocking a hundred years ago because he wrote about prostitutes and adultery in frank and unashamed terms. He was ahead of his time in that way. He never wrote a truly great novel, but 50 or 60 of his stories are real classics. Nobody who reads a great Maupassant story will soon forget it.
David Rehak
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"
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I first encountered Maupassant's work in my early teens, when I had to study a few of his stories for my English class. I remember my teacher saying, "there have been many great short story writers down the years, but only one real genius: Guy de Maupassant".
The great thing about his work is that it's timeless. Although most of them were written over 130 years ago, Maupassant talks of
catching "a cab" on the Champs-Elysee, pavement cafes in fashionable districts of Paris, and even cronyism in the corridors of power! As a fellow reviewer observed, all are full of wit and irony; there's something for everyone here.
And for those who think that Stephen King has the last word on horror writing: I defy anyone to name a story that is as scary as
The Horla.
This really is the world's finest display of the art of the short
story, and I would reccommend it to anyone.
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Years ago, I read A Woman's Life by Guy de Maupassant. I could appreciate it knowing the author had been influenced by Flaubert and Zola. But I didn't find the work quite original or worth the effort.

Recently I began to read his stories, with this collection in particular as my starting point. All I can say is Maupassant is the quintessential master of the shorter tale. His novels and novellas (aside from Bel-Ami) stand in the shadows compared to these wondrous prose pieces. For the longest time I read only novels, finding short stories either too short or unsatisfying. With Guy de Maupassant, every story is satisfying, each the longer ones like "The Horla" and "Boule de Suif".

Whatever the collection, whatever the translation, if you love French literature and literature in general, Guy de Maupassant is worth exploring. He is bawdy, fun, melancholic, as well as surprising. "The Horla" I have discovered finds its way into nineteenth century horror/ghost story collections. Don't pass up the good time.
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