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Selected Writings of Guy De Maupassant - Volume 1

Guy de Maupassant

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. . .r living machinery, can turn the most light-hearted of men into a melancholy one, and make a coward of the bravest? Then, I go to bed, and I wait for sleep as a man might wait for the executioner. I wait for its coming with dread, and my heart beats and my legs tremble, while my whole body shivers beneath the warmth of the bedclothes, until the moment when I suddenly fall asleep, as a man throws himself into a pool of stagnant water in order to drown. I do not feel this perfidious sleep coming over me as I used to, but a sleep which is close to me and watching me, which is going to seize me by the head, to close my eyes and annihilate me.

I sleep—a long time—two or three hours perhaps—then a dream—no—a nightmare lays hold on me. I feel that I am in bed and asleep—I feel it and I know it—and I feel also that somebody is coming close to me, is looking at me, touching me, is getting on to my bed, is kneeling on my chest. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I picked it up for "The Horla", and i was a little disappointing in that story (it might deserve 3 stars, but it gets 2 because I was unhappy with it). Overall I really enjoyed his work.

My ratings of each story:
Mademoiselle Fifi - *****
An Affair of State - ****
The Artists - ****
The Horla - **

Ok, this isn't quite worth 4 stars but i rounded up because i'm grading on a curve, having read (and been disappointed by) a lot of short story collections lately.

Maupassant might be best known for the Horla but apart from that there isn't any other weird fiction or even much in the way of ghost...more

At last got a tase of - Maupassant, the master story teller of the shorter version. Most of them are written in the backdrop of Franco- Prussian war. They captivate the readers with its detailing and the lucid prose which captures the travails of the ordinary people enduring the miseries heaped m...more

very good compilation ....it includes maupassant,s stories on multiple topics....worth read book

I started this book a long time ago, put it aside, and then could not remember where I had stopped, so I reread it over several months. Most of the short stories take place during the Prussian war and occupation or in Paris. I like his writing and found the book entertaining.