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La Parure

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,721 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Voici trois nouvelles exemplaires par le souci du détail vrai, la rigueur de la construction, la maîtrise du récit, l'art de la chute. « La Parure » dépeint avec alacrité le menu peuple des bureaux. « Sur l'eau » évoque la vie nocturne d'une rivière, ses bruissements mystérieux, sa faune secrète, ses maléfices, ses drames. « La Légende du Mont Saint-Michel » nous transport ...more
Paperback, 91 pages
Published January 2nd 1995 by Livre de Poche (first published January 1st 1884)
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What a pair of fools! This is like Aesop's Fables, only for adults.

Never have I wanted to bang two heads together so much. Mathilde and her husband are idiots, plain and simple. Why, oh why, didn't they go to Mathilde's friend in the first place and explain what happened?

Instead they keep it to themselves and waste ten years of their life.

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I first read 'The Necklace' in Grade 9 and almost instantly, it became my favourite short-story. However, little did I know, I'd read it again when I was almost on the verge of forgetting it, in my English class in college, three years later. 'The Neckless' is a poignant tale about ingratitude and resentment of a lady with a comfortable home and a loving husband. Her vanity and her attempts to show off eventually make her pay for her disagreeable behaviour when she finds out that the necklace th ...more
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“The Necklace” weaves a tale about Madame Mathilde Loisel who dreams of the finer things of life and is not content with her secure, middle class lifestyle. The price she pays for a single evening of elegance turns into years of drudgery and despair. This is a story that has stood the test of time and is as relevant today as when Maupassant wrote it in the late nineteenth century.
He masterfully uses irony to produce a surprise ending in this short story. In doing so, he attempts to teach his rea
I remember reading this at school in Grade 10, and absolutely loving it. Of all the short stories they ever made me read in all my years of high school, this was the best!
Un recueil de 5 nouvelles, les cinq perles sont variés et réalistes, je trouve entre ces lignes, la situation sociale de france à cette époque. ces nouvelles sont :

1 - La parure : L'histoire d'une femme d'un milieu social modeste, qui a toujours ressentis que sa place est parmi les aristocrates. Un jour, vint l'occasion d'assister à un bal avec la classe aristocrate de la ville, elle était très élégante, ravissante et charmante mais sous des bijoux d'une riche amie, la fête va être formidable m
Amber Wortz
Amber Wortz
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This version of The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant is his original short story accompanied by illustrations by Gary Kelley. The Necklace is about a woman who is living a comfortable life but has the dream of living a wealthy extravagant life. When invited to a party she borrows a diamond necklace and loses it by the end of the evening. She takes out numerous debts to buy a new necklace and over ten years lives a miserable life trying to pay the debts back. She finally finds
3 Stars out of 5 Stars

This short story tells the tale of a woman who has, what they say today, "champagne taste and a beer wallet". She's pretty unlikable, spending her time moping about her lack of wealth and her desire to be chased by desirable, rich men. Meanwhile, her husband does absolutely anything for her, even if that means ruining his quality of life. And, in this story, the woman is pretty ungrateful.

What is successfully written about this story is that, by the end, you can actually f
Hala al- Abed
This's the first original book I've read for Mauqassant and it was so shocking, heartbreaking, and funny too!! "Kind of the classic french black comedy that is always shocking and heartbreaking" but anyway you can't deny that it has a great plot twist. Now the big lesson you might end up with "Don't aim for something bigger" yeah, it might be true...
I mean, aim to "necklace", fame, glamour, aim for what might impress others. Isn't that funny! Isn't she a big hypocrite! Isn't that what most of u
Anisha Pai
I love the moral and the way 'The Necklace' is written- from Mathilda's point of view constantly emphasising her own perceived personal social injustice. However, I despise her and her constant need for 'more'. Even after she realises the worth of her old life, she is still looking for someone to blame; still not accepted the fact that she brought it on herself; yet to learn the lesson that she should be content with what she has. But she gets hers in the end.
Who I feel really sorry for, howeve
Melina Vazquez
this story was good and i think that the woman was dumb to buy a really expensive necklace and not tell her friend that she lost it and get her a fake one again. Anyways its really interesting , and i would tell a friend about it.
On "A Piece of String" : I was looking through the eyes of Maitre Hauchecorne and at him at the same time. I felt his self-consciousness as he stooped to pick up the string, could even sense the sandy dirt on the ground. Hauchecorne is a man too concerned with appearances. He deliberately misled his neighbor to make his actions appear less shameful, but ended up making a far worse impression than the truth would have. He doesn't care about the people in his community knowing the truth about him. ...more
Vaishali Joglekar
Well-written, though a bit predictable. Which woman has not yearned to be Matilde at the ball? Lovely imagery with fully fleshed-out characters.
in a funny & unexpected way, this great author teaches me to never give too many attention to appearances and not fight the reality, but accept & try to change it...because if we don't accept what we are first before we think about changing it, it will reverse on us & get worse, this pretty women here didn't like her life, she wanted to be rich, so rich, just because she was too pretty to be poor and work all day instead of thinking about a way to get richer,she tough about ...more
Amy Lee
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Bogdan Liviu
C'est la vie.
Jun 08, 2015 Rachid added it
La parure est probablement la meilleure nouvelle de Guy de Maupassant..Histoire d'une charmante femme lieé par un destin à un petit fonctionnaire,qui rêve d'une vie de richesses et d'élégance.Un soir, son mari, fonctionnaire, rentre à la maison avec une invitation pour un bal à l'hôtel du ministère.elle emprunte une rivière de diamants à son amie de couvent, Madame Forestier, qui fait partie du beau monde qu'elle rêve de fréquenter..Sur le chemin du retour après la réception, elle se rend compte ...more
La Parure by Guy de Maupassant

One has to feel gratitude for the life, family, friends and the possessions one has. It can always get worse.
And the Parure is proof of that, with an interesting twist which we generally call the irony of fate.

The heroine is very dissatisfied with what she has and is ungrateful.
And gratitude is a component of positivity and the number one activity in The How of Happiness by Psychologist and Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky. There are thousands of studies that prove the i
Feb 24, 2015 Hajar added it
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The character that made me laugh in this story is Mathilde because she never seemed to have understood what she needs to do to be a better person. I feel like sometimes I struggle with this, so it's relatable. This book reminds me of how a good portion of the society are, because it includes the emphasis on the riches. When I finished a shorter version of this story, the only thing I could think about was " she's stupid" because she lost 30000+ francs for something that was even less than half o ...more
Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
3 1/2 stars. An uncomfortable, maddening short story, but it says some important things about pride and human nature and it's stuck with me for 30 years. I have to give it props for that.
Mitchell Alsbro
I think that this story is a great example of why to be thankful for what you have. The main character is a girl that is in charge of a massive house and is a wealthy, yet she still is greety for more power and money. She a lot of nerve to loose a friends necklace and then tell her friend that she broke the necklace and getting repaired when she really lost it. She lost the necklace and procceds to go burro money and buy a simular necklace for 39k then she finds out that it was only worth .5k an ...more
Marissa Jaggi
While reading The Necklace by Guy by Maupassant, I thought of the stereotypical ideas of rich and snobby people. Mathidle was a very poor person on the inside and, financially, okay. She always thought about a wealthy life and the what ifs in life. She never worked and had things come to her even when it wasn't financially right for the people. Because she ends up losing her neighbors necklace, having to work off the 34,000 francs, which ended up being 500 francs. I never felt bad for Mathidle b ...more
Prashant Mudgal
What an irony !! It cannot get better than this, cannot be better at all !
Mildly entertaining stories and a few downright weird ones.
La vie est tellement moqueuse....
This is a VERY great short story. Enjoyed it very much. The twist is incredibly impressive. Felt very bad for Mathilde and Monsieur Loisel though. Oh! What a waste! :,( But sometimes I think Mathilde got what she deserved for her selfishness. :/ No offence. I was so very shocked and awestruck when I got to know the truth at last that I was gaping. And yes I actually kinda cried later on. :P It is truly a classic and I know and hope it stays on and many, many of our future generations get to enjo ...more
Геллее Авбакар
This nice story was included in the National Education Curricula in the Secondary Year of General Education, I own a Paperback copy. in addition to an Electronic PDF written in French too.

My Plot:
The Necklace is an amazing story about the poor beautiful Mathilde Loisel who was born Paris. Mathilde dreams of being in the top of "the Parisian Class". By an error of destiny she get married to a clerk who works inside the Ministry of Instructions. Mathilde leads a sad life during her marr
Oct 20, 2013 Gina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
"...for women have no caste or class, their beauty, grace, and charm serving them for birth or family, their natural delicacy, their instinctive elegance, their nimbleness of wit, are their only mark of rank, and put the slum girl on a level with the highest lady in the land." -de Maupassant.

I feel like this introduction explains the psychology and behaviour of Mathilde; a woman's physical appearance is seen to be an integral part of her 'value', however shallow that may be. Mathilde is a woman
"You might wear natural flowers. It's very stylish at this time of the year."
"No; there's nothing more humiliating than to look poor among other women who are rich."

I read "The Necklace", not "La Parure". I wish we could have read its French version because 'La Parure' reflects the lesson in the story better than 'The Necklace'. It also means 'good looking' in French and when you read the story, you understand what it really means.
I am not sure if I should be sorry for Mathilde(our protagon
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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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“She was simple, not being able to adorn herself, but she was unhappy, as one out of her class; for women belong to no caste, no race, their grace, their beauty and their charm serving them in place of birth and family. Their inborn finesse, their instinctive elegance, their suppleness of wit, are their only aristocracy, making some daughters of the people the equal of great ladies.” 7 likes
“She stayed there, in her ball dress, without strength to go to bed, overwhelmed, on a chair, without a fire, without a thought.” 4 likes
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