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A Day in the Country and Other Stories

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In addition to the poignant title story, this selection of 27 comic and cruel stories includes The Necklace, and Le Horla, an account of a disintegrating personality that chillingly parallels the author's own decline into madness.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 19th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1881)
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Lola  Reviewer

3,5 étoiles. Pour être honnête, je m'attendais à pire... mais les auteurs classiques français ont du talent. Mis à part le fait qu'il y eut beaucoup trop de morts dans ces nouvelles et que la majorité d'entre elles étaient bien dépressives, il reste qu'elles furent joliment écrites et déchirantes.
Minh Nhân Nguyễn
2 sao

Đoc sach dich thi co môt vân đê lơn la khi đoc môt cuôn sach dơ ta không biêt đươc do vôn di cuôn sach đo dơ hay do ban dich dơ. Nhưng may qua, đoc cuôn nay minh co thê khăng đinh la do ban dich qua dơ :p. Nhiêu đoan văn truc trăc, tư ngư vung vê đọc la nhân ra liên. Nhưng minh vân cô găng theo hêt quyên sach cung nhơ nôi dung cua nhiêu truyên kha hâp dân, nhưng cung tiêc la nhiêu truyên minh không hiêu đươc y đô tac gia.

Truyên ngăn cua Guy de Maupassant thương xoay quanh chu đê ngoai tinh
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Insidebooks
Feb 28, 2011 Insidebooks rated it really liked it

This collection of short stories might have plenty of variety but it is all written with great mastery of a form that eludes some writers.

Here the reader's attention is grabbed through a number of different ways including thriller, ghost story as well as insights into the social world of 19th century French life.

To pick out a selection from the first third of the book to give a flavour is not too difficult.

Simon's Dad is a heart warming tale of a boy seeking a father to end the bullying at schoo
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Dave
Sep 19, 2010 Dave rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
4 stars for the stories (the depressive cynical style may not be everyone's cup of tea) and an extra star for the supporting introduction, explanatory notes and critics comments as found in this edition (always appreciated with classics)...and now I'm off to shoot myself.
vi macdonald
4.5
Not all of these stories are perfect, but so many stand out as absolutely brilliant. Strongly recommend
Wayne
Apr 12, 2011 Wayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: one and all
I think I love Short Stories
because they can give you such intense Slices of Reality,
Turning Point Moments sometimes...you don't require the FULL account.
It leaves your mind free to ponder consequences.
Or implications.
Or Insights, Revelations.
Cause Discomforts, open up Dangerous Territory.
Or New Sympathies and alter Strong Confirmations.

These and those of Henry James
are such worlds apart
and yet both are revealing of Human Nature.

The appendix to this Oxford compilation
quotes 9 contemporary cri
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Lindsey Sparks
Feb 18, 2016 Lindsey Sparks rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-and-read
Guy de Maupassant just became my favorite short story writer. I loved nearly every story in this collection. Maupassant excels at building a scene and then giving the story a twist and even though you start expecting the twist he still manages to surprise you. The only story I didn't like was Coco. It's funny that this collection is called A Day in the Country and has a charming Impressionist pairing on the cover becuase many of these stories are rather dark, including a few of my favorites, The ...more
Booky Mary
Nov 02, 2015 Booky Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une merveille poétique et brillante par un auteur tout aussi sensationnel, Guy de Maupassant, dont la chronique est disponible sur le blog : http://bookymary.blogspot.fr/2015/11/...
Greg
Jan 06, 2016 Greg rated it really liked it
Finished in mid-to-late 2013.
Rosanna
Jun 30, 2012 Rosanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Je n'aime pas lire au sujet de la morte et de l'amour perdu. Toutes les histoires sont bien écrit. J'aime le dialogue des normands.
Iris Windmeijer
[i]I only read a Day in the Country[/i]

A Day in the Coutnry is a really nice short story, it is entertaining and the language is simple yet nice.
Hillcloptushome.com.au
Short concise stories often with an unexpected twist at the end. Very enjoyable and often somewhat bleak.
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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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