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Pierre et Jean

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Pierre, médecin, ne comprend pas pourquoi un ami de sa famille a légué sa fortune à Jean, son frère cadet. Au terme d'une véritable enquête policière, il mettra au jour un terrible secret. Le quatrième roman de Maupassant (1850-1893), publié en 1888, est sans doute le meilleur. Le récit, qui tient à la fois de l'étude naturaliste et de l'analyse psychologique, s'appuie sur...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published 1968 by Livre De POche (first published January 1st 1888)
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[Fresh from his triumphs in Bel-Ami, ROBERT PATTINSON will shortly be appearing in Pierre et Jean, directed by A FAMOUS FRENCH DIRECTOR. The following outtake has turned up on YouTube]

FRENCH DIRECTOR: Vous vous souvenez peut-être, j'ai dit que tout le monde doit lire le roman. Monsieur Pattinson, nous comprenons bien que vous êtes la grande star américaine, mais avez-vous le lit, oui ou merde?

INTERPRETER: He asks if you have read the book.

PATTINSON: Well, I've had a lot of shit going on, you kno...more
I quite simply could not relate to the main characters - i.e. Jean, Pierre and their mother. Everything they said and thought, well I thought differently! We live in different eras, but I do believe it is not just a question of that. One doesn't have to do what is the norm. Then there is the father. He is drawn as a total idiot from start to finish. He understood nothing. There was no depth to his character.

Then there this question - who is a father? Is it he who raises a child or is it the bio...more
Tanuj Solanki
Office read on the Adelaide edu website.

As a review, I'll share a few of the notes I made while reading it.

(1) In his preface to the book, Maupassant writes, in an essay, that action should be present to conceal the psychology of a character, simply because psychology should not be flaunted. I never imagined anyone putting it so succinctly.

(2) There are nine chapters. Chapter 5 is notable – the character, Pierre, who is almost the conflicted center of the novel, feels here the germs of misogyny....more
What can easily ruin the relationships between mother and son, and siblings? Maupassant offers an answer in this novel and he presents it so simply, so matter-of-fact, and so straightforward that I found myself completely moved by the story of Pierre and Jean. The psychological impact of this book got me thinking about the characters long after I have finished reading. The dilemma and heartache of Pierre over his slow discovery of his mother's past and his subsequent "exile" to resolve the rift...more
MJ Nicholls
Unlike Robbe-Grillet’s predatory eyes and unspoken menace, Maupassant offers a tale of overt bitter jealousy, with a healthy dose of bastardism thrown into the mix. Jean is the sole inheritor of a family friend’s fortune, leaving his brother Pierre dazed as to his own bad luck. Quite rightly in that situation, you’d be gutted—nothing for me? who was this tosser? So Pierre arrives at a simple conclusion that tears his family apart, all very suddenly, after many pleasant pages of boating and court...more
Che scrittura Maupassant! Mi ha ricordato un po' "Thérèse Raquin" di Zola, non per la trama, ma per l'incredibile capacità di sondare l'animo umano, riuscendo poi a trasmettere i tormenti e i pensieri in modo reale, ma allo stesso tempo poetico, avvolgente e penetrante.
Maupassant mostra una profonda sensibilità e non si può fare a meno di venirne travolti.
La storia di Pierre e Jean è semplice, ma i personaggi sono delineati perfettamente, direi cesellati, come se Maupassant fosse uno scultore. E...more
Isn't it romantic ? Younger son Jean is left a fortune by "a friend of the family" and older brother Pierre perceives that mum may have sought other hugs years ago. Moral : Be careful what you sniff for.
Just arrived from France.

Page 14: "L' artiste essaie, reussit ou echoue."
" Le critique ne doit apprecier le resultat que suivant la nature de l'effort: et il n'a pas le droit de se preoccuper des tendances."

Page 17: "Le vrai peut quelquefois n'etre pas vraisemblable."

Page 24: "Le talent est une longue patience."

Katie Grainger
One of my literary failings is that if a book is published before a certain date I generally find them hard going and unfulfilling. There are a few exceptions to this rule and with Pierre et Jean I am happy to be able to add one to the list.

Pierre et Jean is a story about two brothers, Pierre the older and Jean the younger. When an old friend of the family dies he leaves Jean all his money. At first the family are happy with the windfall, however as time passes Pierre is consumed by jealously a...more
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Pierre E. Loignon
Dans ce roman, comme dans tous les romans de Maupassant, les personnages sont complètement dénués de profondeur. Ce sont de petits êtres fragiles, sensibles aux moindres contrecoups de leurs destinées.
Cette absence d’humanité digne de ce nom est le secret d’auteur qui permet à Maupassant de fondre parfaitement ensemble sa trame narratrice, ses personnages, son récit et le contexte où l’ensemble se déploie dans son style parfait. Ceteris paribus sic stantibus, comme en sciences, l’on se sent, co...more
joy pun-joz
Pierre et Jean and Continuity in Maupassant's Stories

Illegitimacy and women's extra-marital infidelities are apparently among G. dM's "pet subjects" and well-explored issues. He, being a lawyer, thankfully has the ability to lay open a psychological struggle and its connections with willed unpleasant family outcomes. With the high sensitivity and considerations in presenting these controversies, it was remarkable accomplishment to churn out a string of works on these cases, alongside this Pierre...more
Jason Carlin
What I love about the French is that they're perfectly happy to present you with a character, make them suffer intensely, and by the end of the book have no fear in leaving them that way. It's true to life and makes me realise how much of an illusion certain books are, most obviously evident with Dean Koontz. His novels always begin with some impossible-to-overcome difficulty for the central characters, and then somehow they manage to wriggle their way to a happy resolution. It's fine if you're...more
M. Roland is a retired jeweller who, loving the sea, has retired to Havre with his wife. Pierre and Jean, their two grown sons have now completed their eduction in Paris, one a doctor, the other a lawyer, and have joined their parents for a rest before setting up in their professions. The brothers have been competitive their entire lives and now they meet Mme. Rosemilly, a well-to-do widow of only twenty-three. But this is only the first incident in a series of happenings that threaten to tear t...more
Very good in terms of psychology, rather fatalist. But the story lacks the structure that could give some weight to it.
It's the story of life in its less good moments, basically. Not less good because tragic, no, for what paints Maupassant is life as we live it everyday: life without happiness, life whose mediocre mistakes even are left unsaid. Are they worth saying? No, seems to be Maupassant's conclusion. And we understand him; unfortunately, that's also what costs him the appeal of his book....more
"Zut !" s'écria tout à coup le père Roland...
Il libro parte come con un colpo di fucile; si sviluppa poi robustamente attorno al conflitto sotterraneo fra i fratelli Pierre e Jean, il giorno e la notte dal punto di vista fisico e caratteriale.
La trama è tutto sommato convenzionale e inquadrabile solo nel contesto della società (piccolo)borghese del XIX secolo, ma de Maupassant è uno di Schwarzenegger della letteratura, ti porta dove vuole lui e c'è poco da discutere.
Armand Chauvel
Bordeaux or Burgundy wine ? Flaubert or Guy de Maupassant ? I guess we born with that kind of predilection. Personnaly, I always prefered Maupassant to Flaubert, don't know why. Maybe because I was forced to read Salammbôt at school and never got other the trauma. One ot the most remarkable thing, in Pierre et Jean, is the preface. Maupassant writes about the novel's genre and dramaturgy in such a modern way that it reminded me of The Anatomy of Story, from John Truby, or even How To Write a Dam...more
Janet Aileen
A gem of a novella...well drawn characters, sense of place, and period. The family tale of tragedy is written in deMaupassant's clean, beautiful prose to it's poignant end.
Extraordinarily skilful. If a better example of realism/naturalism exists, I want to see it.
La bourgeoisie française de XIXè siècle et ses travers...
Un délice!
Neat study of a dysfunctional family situation. Beautiful French. I found myself constantly wanting to tell Pierre and Jean's parents that they cause all problems themselves by neglecting the less fortunate son in favor of the easy-going, happy-go-lucky younger son Jean. For all his bad mood and disturbing thoughts, Pierre is the person I related to, mostly because of the injustice of the situation. His younger brother inherits a large fortune and is about to marry a beautiful woman, while Pierr...more
Nov 18, 2007 Yann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Caitlin
Life is a piece of tarte tatin with whipped cream
Maupassant è un maestro nell'indagare l'animo umano, poche volte ho trovato su carta un ritratto così penetrante, coinvolgente e preciso dei caratteri dei vari personaggi, sembra di essere lì vicino a loro e toccare con mano la loro pena, il loro struggimento, la loro solitudine. Ora so, non per averlo provato ma solo per averlo letto (e qui sta la sua grandezza), cosa si possa provare nello scoprire che la propria madre ha avuto tuo fratello da un padre che non è il tuo, a tua e a sua insaputa....more
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This is actually pretty straightforward for de Maupassant. I kept expecting a twist, like you'd find in his short stories, but there wasn't one. The solution to the mystery is given early on and the rest of the book is spent waiting on confirmation. Of course, it could be that de Maupassant wants you to dismiss the clues he gives early on so that you do read it another way, thinking you're all clever for tossing out the red herring, only to find out that nope, the answer he gave you in the begin...more
Sasha Martinez
Why do stories of two brothers—or two sisters—[especially] insist on contrast and comparison? Because they’re knee-jerk, they’re instinctive, they’re human nature? In literature, authors tend to go on the route of fairy tales or parables—if not legitimately or in structure, then in tone, or feel.

De Maupssant’s short novel feels like that. It’s almost too easy to compare and contrast—the author gives us two brothers, standing side by side, from the get go. It’s almost like an invitation. One brot...more
4-Star rating for Pierre et Jean.

Much has been made by historians of literature, and in the preface of this very edition, of the importance Guy de Maupassant’s “Pierre et Jean” plays in the shift in French literature from the traditional realist novel to a newfound concern with the interiority of characters. However, it is equally important to note that such a distinction is not only of academic interest, but it is also what makes this short novel, from a writer more famed for his short stories,...more
Arij Draouil
great book!!!!!!!
i appreciated a lot the courage of Pierre.
not only he indured alone the pain of knowing the truth about his mother for days but also he gave up every thing he had to keep that a secret.he went away leaving the place he was born in, the stability and peace he had been living in, the mother he has always loved and the worm house he grew up in.all for the good of the family; for the good of an unfaithfull mother, a dense father and younger brother!!!
Guy de Maupassant starts this book with a comprehensive opening regarding writing novels and writing reviews of novels. This first surprised me, and later appreciated by me.

The book itself goes into varied directions and seems to describe crazy jealousy. However, that is not the only reality. Ultimately, Mr Maupassant describes human failings, love and family ties. Forgiveness? Perhaps not yet.
Apr 06, 2008 Joshua rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: um...me?
I'm a fan of french literature, which i find odd, but its true none-the-less. I like stories that set a nice scene of France or countries in which french is spoken. I credit this to my love of French Soccer, in which many years ago I would watch the French Soccer highlight show every week and familiarize myself with the towns/cities of France. That show was cancelled and i'm still pissed about that.

Pierre And Jean takes place in Normandie in Le Havre which is a seaside port town. The fog, the se...more
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Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular 19th-century French writer. He is one of the fathers of the modern short story. A protege of Flaubert, Maupassant's short stories are characterized by their economy of style and their efficient effortless dénouement. He also wrote six short novels. A number of his stories often denote the futility of war and the innocent civilians who get crushed i...more
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