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The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5

Guy de Maupassant

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. . .an>suckles, rosemary, lavender, and briars, forming a perfectly impassable thicket, which covered the hill like a cloak. The travelers began to get hungry, and the guide rejoined them and took them to one of those springs so often met with in a mountainous country, with the icy water flowing from a little hole in the rock where some passer-by has left the big chestnut leaf which conveyed the water to his mouth. Jeanne felt so happy that she could hardly help shouting aloud; and they again remounted and began to descend, winding round the Gulf of Sagone.

As evening was drawing on they went through Cargése, the Greek village founded so long ago by fugitives driven from their country. Round a fountain was a group of tall, handsome and particularly graceful girls, with well formed hips, long hands, and slender waists; Julien cried "Good-night" to them, and they answered him in the musical tongue of their ancestors. When they got to Piana they had to ask for. . . Read More

Community Reviews

169) Une Vie or A Womans Life Guy de Maupassant

This is a story about the life of Jeanne we follow her from the time she leaves her convent school to her impulsive marriage, becoming a mother, becoming a widow and eventually leave her in old age.

The story complete ignores the wider world foc

Intensely enjoyable tale of high expectations, deceit and disappointment by the ever acute Maupassant.
Feeling empathetic towards the main character, and living her story with her, is unavoidable.
A terrific read.

What can I say? I love Guy de Maupassant. I only read A Woman's Life (couldn't find it "stand alone"). A story about a young woman raised in a convent, who goes home at age 17 to her parents. Marries the first guy who asks her (never a good idea), has an wonderful honeymoon and comes home to live he

Another excellent collection of some wonderful stories....Guy de has the ability to write on any topic..worth read.

While the book is downbeat and depressing it is also amusing that de Maupassant takes it as far as he does. This is a dry critique of middle-class dreams and ambitions. THE gets laughably more desperate as it goes along. Jeanne wants contentment but when life gives you lemons sometimes that's all yo