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Original Short Stories - Volume 13

Guy de Maupassant

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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....more

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 rec...more

Les cigarettes et les ritals

Questa edizione contiene ventidue racconti, dopo i primi undici ho deciso di prendermi una pausa. Invidio coloro che comprano il pacchetto e poi si fumano un racconto ogni tanto, sono una tipologia umana diversa da coloro che non fumano affatto e da quelli come me che...more

I am at loss for words to describe the effortless eloquence of Maupassant or the Master of Short Stories as he is widely acknowledged.

La raffinatezza di Maupassant non ha eguali: ci pennella dei racconti di gente normale, che vive le gioie e i dolori di tutti i giorni, nonostante siamo nella fine dell'800 a Parigi e dintorni. Ci sono le vite dei ricchi e dei poveri, in entrambi i casi gli stessi problemi: gelosie, invidie, fugh...more

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...more

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 p...more

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; h...more

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-kn...more

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