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Original Short Stories - Volume 13

Guy de Maupassant

Book Overview: 

Collection of Short Stories

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .he care of this compassionate oyster dealer the little black creature, who had been hidden on board his vessel, he knew not why or by whom.

The oyster woman having died, the young negress became a servant at the Colonial Tavern.

Antoine Boitelle added: "This will be all right if my parents don't oppose it. I will never go against them, you understand, never! I'm going to say a word or two to them the first time I go back to the country."

On the following week, in fact, having obtained twenty-four hours' leave, he went to see his family, who cultivated a little farm at Tourteville, near Yvetot.

He waited till the meal was finished, the hour when the coffee baptized with brandy makes people more open-hearted, before informing his parents that he had found a girl who satisfied his tastes, all his tastes, so completely. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read them when I stays at the high school. By preparing the competitive examination for begining secialist MD, I decided to read all books of Maupassant. I hesitated with Proust but I wanted short stories. In fact it was rather fast. I read all the books in a few days, neglecting even my exams.
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I read this book about ten years ago and I was reminded that I had it this morning when I was looking at another Goodreader's "shelves" as is my want.

Looking briefly through this selection of thirty short stories, the most famous of which was the "Boule de Suif", or "suet dumpling", I vividly recall

These short stories had such sympathetic and honest portrayals of the characters in them. I liked how human nature was depicted very realistically and naturally in this collection.

I really enjoyed the book.

I had a hard time getting into it at first because I don't speak french (or any other foreign

This anthology is a wonderfully entertaining volume of comical bawdy stories, offering a sharp and withering analysis of people and society. Boule de Suif is a wonderful story of time and place, and people caught up in the moment exhibiting the very worst traits of human behaviour. When confronted b

Man, this guy knew how to write a great story!

The best stories in this collection – Boule De Suif, Madame Tellier’s Establishment, and Mouche – are wonderful combinations of artful characterization, realistic descriptions of human pecadillos, sharp humor, liberal sexuality, and authorial cruelty. T

Towards the end of his life, de Maupassant suffered from paranoia due to a syphilis infection. Reading his stories, though, I can see how he might have become paranoid in any case. He saw people very clearly and for the most part, what he saw wasn't pretty. De Maupassant shows us small failings play

I was close to giving a 5 star rating to this superb collection, in the end choosing four stars only because there are a few stories here that are not up to the standard of the rest.

Being British myself, I can say that our nation tends to stereotype the French as being rather too preoccupied with ma

Insightful, humane, modern --these are some of the words
that strike after reading Maupassant's stories and novels.
Never mind the puritanical comments on this site.
Maupassant touches deep chords of feeling -- the chords
of a full symphony. His characters refuse to be defeated inside their hearts; his

Master storyteller Guy De Maupassant covered the full range in his short fiction, by turns as realist as Balzac, as romantic as Dumas, as naturalist as Zola, as decadent as Lorrain or as Gothic as Poe. What a powerful, versatile imagination. This collection of short stories includes three well-known

REALTALK YALL most of these stories fukcin lame as hell, his doofy surprise endings don't even build up to cool 'A ha' moments it's always 'Ahm, errr.... yea'. i don't have book in front of me but one i finished today was almost literally 'He asked her if he could have married her had he asked years

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