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On Horseback and Other Stories

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
At once uplifting and depressing, cynical and idealistic, humorous and thought-provoking, the one thing these stories havethose collected here are among his very best, proving again that his quality as a writer of short stories is beyond question.
Paperback, 123 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Capuchin Classics
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James McLaughlin
Characters are fascinating. The stories real come off the page. Very lively writing and extremely comical. Loved it!!
Mar 26, 2016 Richard rated it it was ok
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Meh. I read 3 stories, to give it a chance after the first one wasn't a story.... and neither were the others. Accounts of encounters, snatches of life. I suppose they are stories, but the sort you tell in the pub and forget.
Maybe the translator has no flair, no liveliness, but it was a bit dull. I have wanted to read Maupassant ever since the film of 'The Duel', but these leave me flat. I see no point in finishing the collection, even with the odd turn of phrase that was evocative of something
Pete daPixie
Dec 21, 2015 Pete daPixie rated it really liked it
Bon! What a Guy. Monsieur de Maupassant can be said to have been a master of the short story in the nineteenth century. When he died, aged just 43, in 1893, he left us with over 340 along with half a dozen novels.
There are nine short stories in this collection and something for varied tastes. If you haven't been conquered by this writer from Normandy, 'On Horseback and other stories' is a highly recommended introduction.
Robert J  Burdock
Jul 05, 2009 Robert J Burdock rated it really liked it
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This is a well considered collection of nine short stories, which offer a good snapshot of Guy de Maupassant's writing variance and ability. The cover price is worth it for The Horla alone but with the addition of greats such as Mademoiselle Fifi, The Necklace and The Piece of String, this is a collection that you shouldn't hesitate to snap up.
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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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