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International Short Stories: French

Book Overview: 

The third book of a three volume anthology of international short stories, we now turn to French stories. Authors include Honoré de Balzac, Voltaire, Guy de Maupassant, Victor Hugo and more. Compiled and translated by Francis J. Reynolds.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Why, no, I was not present——' 'That will do. I am well informed, come.' 'Where to?' 'To my newspaper office.' 'What for?' 'To tell me about the murder.' 'But I've already told all I know, there, in that house.' 'Come, you will still remember a few more little incidents—and I will give you twenty francs.' 'Twenty francs!' 'Come, come.' Another hall, another table, more young men writing, and again Joseph was interrogated. He recommenced the history of the old Colonel. 'Is that what you told them down there?' inquired the tall, dark man of Joseph. 'Yes, Monsieur.' 'That needs some revision, then.' And the tall, dark man made up a long story. How this old Colonel had been paralyzed for fourteen years, but on hearing the victim's heartrending screams, received such a shock that all at once, as if by a miracle, had recovered the use of his legs; and it was he who had started out in pursuit of the murderer and had him arrested.

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Community Reviews

This was a delightful introduction to classic French short stories. Although I've read a lot of French authors over the years, I was pleasantly surprised to discover some "new" voices. New meaning from way back in the olden days. I will definitely get my hands on some of those novels.

I took several weeks to read this book because each short story in it deserves a bit of time to properly digest. It didn't seem right to read more than one a day and I don't think I would have appreciated it nearly as much had I taken in the entire thing at once. Many of the stories in this collecti

There are some historically important stories here, but as a collection it is awful. The editor has chosen to represent French literary short stories with a sample of the most nasty-minded, petty or misogynistic stories that were available to him at the time. There are multiple stories about old men

I really enjoyed the experience of reading this sewn, cloth binding, printing press book published in 1910. More than that, I enjoyed the stories, which all had a beginning, middle and end, made sense, told a story, were thought-provoking or at least smile-provoking, rather than so many more modern

3.5 stars (liked it)

A nice variety of short stories of both well known and lesser known French authors.

I'm sure 9 out of 10 readers will pick this book up purely because it's a collection of old French stories. If so, good for you. You probably got exactly what you wanted, even if the stories are in English. (I mean, if you only speak French, not English, then probably not good.) But for me...just ge

Late 18th through 19th century French short stories. Interesting to see the development of the genre through that period. The stories generally have a fable like quality even when written in the literary genre of realism. The influence of Poe is evident in at least one story. Another story is refere

(Just the short story / fairy tale)

"For if someone thinks you are beautiful, and loses no chance to tell you so, he is almost as good as a mirror. "

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?........not the wicked ole queen who rules her kingdom with lies and cruelty.....that's for sure!

Super short and repulsively good! Thank you GR friend Glenn for sharing the link!

A really wide-ranging collection of French short stories in translation from the mid- to late-nineteenth century showing the shift from mid-century naturalism and realism to fin-de-siecle experiments with narrative form, aesthetics, and the movement toward modernism. Most editions I've seen listed l

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