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The Works of Guy de Maupassant - Volume 4

Guy de Maupassant

Book Overview: 

Volume 4 in the whole collection of works my Guy de Maupassant, a collection made up of short stories, poems, essays, and articles.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Oh! That is capital! Really capital!"

"And he can send his old father and mother the money as usual, and thus morality is satisfied."


To the Abbé Louis d'Ennemare, at Soissons.

"My Dear Abbé:

"My marriage with your cousin is broken off in the stupidest manner, on account of a stupid trick which I almost involuntarily played my intended, in my embarrassment, and I turn to you, my old schoolfellow, for you may be able to help me out of the difficulty. If you can, I shall be grateful to you until I die.

"You know Gilberte, or rather you think you know her, for do we ever understand women? All their opinions, their ideas, their creeds, are a surprise to us. They are all full of twists and turns, of the unforeseen, of unintelligible arguments, or defective logic and of obstinate ideas, which seem final, but which they alter because a little bird came and perched on the window ledge.

"I need not . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Hardcover, old edition. Spine is cracking, but binding is still intact. No dust jacket. Some discoloration on cover.

The facing page:

The Complete Works
Guy de Maupassant

And Short Stories

Translations and Critical and Interpretative
Essays by

Alfred de Sumichrast
Ph.D, Professor of French, Harvard Uni

I came across "The Jewelry" in my literature class. I guess it's not one of Maupassant's more famous short stories, but for me reading this piece of his writing with a well-crafted narrative is entertaining.

Interesting writing style... His writing was cynical of life, beauty, and aging. I need to read more of his short stories to get a better grasp of his approach. Overall, I found the writing interesting even when I disagreed with his worldview or approach to some other aforementioned subjects...more

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) in translation comes across as a competent short story writer and a keen observer of the French society of his time, with a wide variety of subject matter: horror stories, love stories and what could be termed social naturalism or stories on social mores.

I would recomme

What a dry sly unsparing fabulous voice. Like bumping into a stranger at a noisy party who's got the lowdown on everyone in the room, and gives it to you over a shared Chartreuse . . . He had an eye for the darkness, too, and an artist's taste for truth. Don't read them all at once, let them swirl a

Excellent collection of macabre short stories.

In my mind, the greatest short story writer ever....more

Dark, mysterious and often disturbing! GREAT stuff

One of a few early 18th century writers I really admire and try to emulate in my writing. Together with Poe introduced me to how to build suspense in a story as well as plot twists and memorable endings. I have the book however, which I annotated, not the Kindle version

Perfectly structured and crafted short stories. Wonderful build up of suspense in some stories. They arouse a multitude of emotions.

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