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Considered one of the world's best short story writers, de Maupassant crafted flawless tales, often known for their surprise endings, that have influenced generations of American and European writers. This unique collection contains 19 of his most famous stories and his brilliant novel Pierre and Jean.
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1887)
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Aug 30, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Virginie, Chrissie
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."

Nov 24, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 14, 2014 Sketchbook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Preface: The Novel
--Pierre and Jean
Philip Jackson
Oct 18, 2014 Philip Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine little novella from a great French novelist. Familial harmony is shattered when one of two brothers receives an unexpected inheritance from a family friend. The older brother cannot understand why his younger brother should receive all the inheritance, until realisation dawns that the family friend may have been closer than any of them thought. Sibling rivalry erupts, and the story ends with a beautifully understated, but very reasonable conclusion.
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
Janet Aileen
Nov 15, 2011 Janet Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 13, 2012 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Travelling Sunny
Two grown brothers. A lifetime of competitiveness and jealousies. A woman. An inheritance. A secret.

Gosh, and that ending! When my oldest son went off to military boot camp, I felt that same sense of loss and emptiness.
Jun 26, 2012 Plucino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Jul 20, 2012 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, 19th-century
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
Pierre E. Loignon
Jul 25, 2012 Pierre E. Loignon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: litterature
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
Aug 20, 2012 Shari rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic
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
إلهام مزيود
Je m'étais donnée à lui tout entière, corps et âme, pour toujours, avec bonheur, et pendant plus de dix ans j'ai été sa femme comme il a été mon mari devant Dieu qui nous avait faits l'un pour l'autre. Et puis, j'ai compris qu'il m'aimait moins. Il était toujours bon et prévenant, mais je n'étais plus pour lui ce que j'avais été. C'était fini ! Oh ! que j'ai pleuré !... Comme c'est misérable et trompeur, la vie !... Il n'y a rien qui dure...
Jan 27, 2013 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manny by: C.
[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
Tanuj Solanki
Apr 08, 2013 Tanuj Solanki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
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.
Masterful and succinct. I almost enjoyed the preface more than this great little slice of wonderful French writing.
joy pun-joz
Oct 27, 2013 joy pun-joz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 05, 2016 Caraliotiscrivo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-1001, favorites
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
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
Dec 06, 2014 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Pierre et Jean is a story about two brothers. If you have brothers and sisters, you may have wondered yourself sometime how similar they are two you or how, in some way, they are totally different. Is this all just a question of genes or of upbringing? Maupassant focused on the similarities and differences of the two main characters, which again are reflected in the secondary characters – his parents and their social environment. Maupassant has a good sense for lively and detailed character desc ...more
Stephen Durrant
Jan 12, 2015 Stephen Durrant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In one of his last novels (1888/89), Maupassant turns to the old and familiar theme of fraternal jealousy and also depicts the unhappiness and hypocrisy that so often lurks just below the surface of the “happy family.” The character of the two brothers provides much of the novel’s interest. Pierre is tempestuous, Jean is placid; Pierre is insightful, albeit not so much as the prostitute or the immigrant (just one more expression of the literary motif of the “insightful social or political outsid ...more
Wayland Smith
This book is like a recipe for family disaster. Take two brothers with a strong thread of jealousy. Add an unexpected inheritance. Let simmer.

Maupassant created a family drama with a lot ugly twists. The dark side of family life comes through here starkly and well.

Definitely not a book to share with your siblings.
Jan 04, 2016 Bookworm4ever rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2015, french
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Loredana Adriana
Jan 14, 2016 Loredana Adriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Uitasem cât de faină e scriitura lui Maupassant! Ei bine, cartea asta mi-a adus aminte. Nu a făcut povestea, cât au făcut joculețele mentale dintre Pierre, Jean și mama lor. Mi-a plăcut la nebunie felul în care Maupassant a descusut conștiința și procesele de gândire ale fiecărui personaj în parte! O carte micuță, dar care închide între paginile ei o lume întreagă. Recomand!
راستش علت خواندن یکی از نوشته های گی دو موپسان کتاب "هنر داستان نویسی" "ابراهیم یونسی " بود ،در ان کتاب نویسنده سبک موپسان رو به جهت توصیف های ریزش پیشنهاد می کند.
حقیقتش من را کمی بی حوصله کرد!
اما مهم تر از این ها موضوع رمان:
داستان خانوداه درباره زندگی خانواده چهار نفری ست،خانم و آقای رولان و پی یر پسر بزرگ و ژان پسر جوان تر. در پی فوت یکی از دوستان والدین ارثیه قابل توجه ی به پسر کوچک خانواده که وکالت هم خوانده می رسد و الباقی....
Benjamin Kahn
This book didn't do much for me. Pierre's anger at his discovery and its effects on him psychologically reminded me of some of Trollope at his most frustrating, but thankfully a lot shorter. I found all the characters to be somewhat melodramatic, and didn't really sympathize with how Pierre and his mother dealt with the situation. Not worth reading.
Oct 18, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un petit roman bien fait. Un problème tout a fait vraisemblable et humain. Qui est sur de l'identité de son père?
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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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