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The Entire Original Maupassant Short Stories (Librivox Short Stories)

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"I entered literary life as a meteor, and I shall leave it like a thunderbolt." These words of Maupassant to Jose Maria de Heredia on the occasion of a memorable meeting are, in spite of their morbid solemnity, not an inexact summing up of the brief career during which, for ten years, the writer, by turns undaunted and sorrowful, with the fertility of a master hand produce ...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published August 2nd 2007 by Nuvision Publications (first published 1885)
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All the readings were excellent, and in most cases the stories were 3 to 5 star worthy.

But the collection as a whole gets a low rating because of the dreadful 'The Woman Beater' by Israel Zangwill. I've no idea what he was trying to say about domestic violence, but the message I took from it was: "Some women are just so irritating you won't be able to stop yourself from hitting them." This particular story is 1 star - so offensive I can't recommend it to anybody except as a "Don't do this" guide
Jun 27, 2016 Aiswarya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable,even delightful reading,owing to the author's insight into people's lives.The stories are all varied and show his astute observations of human nature.Also,one finds clever phrases and usages of the language long forgotten.My favourites include Miss Harriet, The Baroness, Toine, Monsieur Parent, The Beggar, The Donkey, A Family Affair, Father Milon, Fear and In the Wood. Themes range from love,poverty,ghosts,psychology,patriotism,people,all diffused with love for France and nature, ...more
Bill Braun
Aug 31, 2012 Bill Braun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the edition published by the International Collectors Library that carries no publication date, but which was acquired in the early 1970s.
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OK. A little too formulatic, the twist that occurs every time is usually underwhelming. Overuse of some annoying devices. A few good ones in there though.
Aug 05, 2008 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too many of these stories were little experiments on character development or something along those lines, and don't satisfy.
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These stories are very cleverly written but are disturbingly unredemptive.
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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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