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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  4,635 ratings  ·  146 reviews
Jeanne, ayant fini ses malles, s'approcha de la fenêtre, mais la pluie ne cessait pas.
L'averse, toute la nuit, avait sonné contre les carreaux et les toits. Le ciel bas et chargé d'eau semblait crevé, se vidant sur la terre, la délayant en bouillie, la fondant comme du sucre. Des rafales passaient pleines d'une chaleur lourde. Le ronflement des ruisseaux débordés emplissai
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Paperback, 299 pages
Published March 13th 2006 by Adamant Media Corporation (first published 1883)
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Alice Poon

Compared to Bel-Ami, this was a slower-paced read, but the writing is nonetheless beautiful. I was captivated by Maupassant's sensitivities in his descriptive skills in general.

It is a carefully crafted story of an aristocratic lady with a sheltered bring-up who has lived through shattered dreams about love, unhappiness in marriage, betrayals by husband, best friend and friends, disillusions with the mores of her times and disappointment with life in general. Maupassant writes with compassion w
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El
Jeanne grew up in a sheltered life, being the heiress to a fortune and having gone to school at a convent. After finishing school she meets Viscount de Lamare who woos her, weds her and takes her off to Corsica for a spectacular honeymoon. Upon returning from France Jeanne finds her new husband is not quite the man she expected. Her naivety is overwhelming at times, but clearly that is point. We follow Jeanne's life through all of her disillusionment across the years into her senior years. She n ...more
Boof
Who would have thought that such a little book (just 202 pages) could incite so many different emotions (on the part of the reader as well as the characters). One minutes I was swooning over landscape and seascape and melting in Maupassants prose, and the next I was wanting to ring the protagonists neck!

The book starts with a young Jeanne who is on her last ever day at the convent school in 1819 and who is desperate to taste freedom and start her life after being cooped up for so long, only bein
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Randy
This is realism. Reality can be harsh, especially to the unprepared. Our "heroine" Jeanne has spent much of her young life in a convent school, which has shielded her from the coming realities of life as wife, mother, family survivor. Sometimes translators/editors would similarly shield us from the complete contents of a work.

I originally had the misfortune of buying a "complete works" set of Maupassant to discover entire significant passages had been cut out, bowdlerized, to protect us from the
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Tessa
Nov 22, 2010 Tessa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only happily married people
Recommended to Tessa by: Jim Marriott
Shelves: novels, fiction
It had good lessons, but it was not an enjoyable or good read at all. My dad gave a nice copy of this book to me for Christmas. Five months later, I finally got around to reading it. It was a terrible, depressing book. Even after I reported most of the horrendous plot, my dad only said, "It's good for her." I would not recommend this book to girls my age. The main character, Jeanne, is surrounded by evil, wanton people. She seems to be the only good person in the whole book, but of course she wa ...more
Myriam
One of the most wonderful books I've ever read in my life. I read it when I was in high school 10 years ago, and it still makes me emotional when I think about it. A must-read!
Elizabeth (Alaska)
Lower 4 stars/upper 3 stars - I'm feeling generous. I did enjoy reading this. Jeanne was so naive and thought married life is like a storybook. It isn't, and her learning so was painful.

She felt vexed with Julien for not understanding her feelings, and wondering at his want of delicacy; it raised a sort of barrier between them, and, for the first time, she understood that two people can never be in perfect sympathy; they may pass through life side by side, seemingly in perfect union, but neither
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Doroti
Бях забравила колко ми харесва Мопасан.
Хубава книга. Тъжна. За разбити мечти и илюзии, които когато героинята осъзнава, че е изгубила, концентрира цялото си внимание и живот върху детето си. Което, разбира се, без това да е изненадващо, се превръща в пълен пройдоха (любима старовремска дума)... И все пак - остава надежда...

"…животът не е никога нито тъй добър, нито тъй лош, както си мислим ние."

Мисля, че щеше да ми хареса много повече, ако я бях прочела по-рано, но това не омаловажава факта, че
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4:
Guy de Maupassant's novel charts the unfortunate life of naive aristocrat Jeanne de Lamare


Sana
The only other work I have read of Maupassant is his short story The Necklace and I was instantly impressed by it. Thus, I bought A Woman's Life with high expectations and well, was left disappointed. What I would say about this novel is that A Woman's Life turned out to be a negative version of Jane Austen's portrayal of society in her novels. And not in a good way, really.

The world of Jeane is compacted to her home after her life in the convent. She is not much social and dreams of being in tr
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Sue Smith
I was genuinely surprised by this book. Not so much by the content of it, but by the fact that it was written with some insight by a man of the time who perhaps wouldn't have had that insight.

This book is not a happy book. Far from it. It's down right depressing. But it is an interesting peek into what a rural, priviledged woman's life would have been like in the late 1800's, where old ways and status are still influencing life. It also shows us how important it is to have far reaching dreams a
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Nesrine
Chapitre I
Jeanne, fille unique très choyée de hobereaux normands, le baron Simon-Jacques Le Perthuis des Vauds et la baronne Adélaïde, ayant achevé ses études, sort du couvent, à l’âge de 17 ans (en 1819) et convainc ses parents de s’installer dans leur château des Peuples, sur la falaise d’Yport en Normandie.

Chapitre II
Sensible et romanesque, elle désire ardemment connaître le bonheur et a tout pour être heureuse : éducation, fortune et beauté. Elle goûte pendant quelque temps une félicité sans
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Nanne Goût de lire
Nous rencontrons Jeanne à la sortie du couvent. On est en 1819. Son père est Baron mais disciple de Rousseau, "aristocrate de naissance, il haïssait par instinct quatre-vingt-treize (ndlr: la Terreur); mais, philosophe par tempérament et libéral par éducation, il exécrait la tyrannie d’une haine inoffensive et déclamatoire."

Jeanne a passé 5 ans au couvent pour parfaire son éducation et en est enfin sortie. Elle ne rêve que de découvrir la vie, en commençant par partir au manoir qui lui reviendra
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Safae
"La vie , voyez-vous, ça n'est jamais si bon ni si mauvais qu'on croit."
Je m'en doute .
Un livre effrayant , qui ma terrifie de ma vie qui vient, je suis maintenant heureuse, satisfaite, aimé , et je ne sait pas qui est ce que serait de moi en , disant, 5 ans?
serait je heureuse? ou bien malheureuse? je ne peux pas deviner.
La vie de Jeanne , une jeune dame, belle, riche, ayant des parents qui l'adore, se mariant avec l'homme qu'elle aimait, alors rien ne peut être plus parfait que ça, n'est ce pas
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Nina
I read this book when in my teens and I still remember it today. Even though I was quite young I clearly remember all the phases and the key moments and different feelings the character goes through.
It made me also realize that the choices you make impact your life and that there is a life to be lived and we should all enjoy every single moment.
Slim Tree
That is so sad story.
Alice

Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Une Vie?


"Une Vie est le troisième opus de la collection Christian Lacroix pour le livre de poche que je me risque à lire. Une couverture bleue magnifique, toujours sa tranche rose et le nom de l'auteur me donnent une furieuse envie de plonger dedans avec délice."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...


"Jeanne, jeune fille choyée de 17 ans, s'apprête à sortir du couvent et à découvrir enfin la vie avec une envie féroce d'en profi
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Salma
I've heard of Guy de Mauppasant for so long, but this was the first book I picked up by him. Lucky for me, since I rarely see the English version in bookstores.

The story is very simple. Taking place around the mid 1800s France, we meet Jeanne de Lamare at age 17, when she's fresh out of school. The title pretty much says it all- we watch Jean's downward spiral from a happy schoolgirl to a broken, sad grandmother thirty years later. The saddest part is- it is one simple decision made in haste th
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Corinne Stoppelli
(attention, ce qui suit dévoile l'oeuvre)

Jeanne est une jeune fille naïve et sans expérience de la vie. Lorsqu’elle rencontre Julien, c’est l’amour fou, ils ne tardent pas à se marier. Jeanne découvrira alors, au fur et à mesure, la vie et ses implications, mais surtout, ses désillusions. Le premier rapport sexuel, puis l’ennui qui se crée dans le couple, l’abandon progressif de tout ce qui peut ressembler à de l’amour et finalement l’adultère. Jeanne, brisée, décide de consacrer sa vie à son en
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Gillesnh
Jeanne, candide, ayant grandi dans un couvent a toujours rêvé de la vie qu'elle mènerait une fois à l'extérieur. Elle s'imaginait vivre le grand amour, avoir une vie similaire à celles dans ses livres...sauf qu'en réalité la vie n'est pas rose. Jeanne sera confrontée à la dure réalité et malgré les innombrables malheurs, surmontera ses obstacles. Pour résumer: dans la vie il y a des éléments positifs et négatifs.
Saadia
Il m'est toujours difficile d'avoir un avis claire sur un roman que je n'ai pas lu d'un seul trait. Je crois que si je l'avais lu de façon continue, je l'aurais apprécié beaucoup plus et il m'aurait marqué plus intensément. Une histoire triste et plein d'amertume certes, mais écrite avec un style envoûtant. On y trouve toute la cruauté de la vie qui s'est acharnée sur une jeune fille naïve et rêveuse. Le début était accrocheur mais peut à petit Jeanne devient irritante et sa passivité devant tan ...more
Nino Purtseladze
ჟანა არის ადამიანი, რომელიც არაფერს ცდილობს. შეიძლება, ეპოქის ბრალია, მაგრამ დღესაც ხშირია ხალხი, რომელიც წუწუნებს იმაზე, რომ უბედურია და არაფერს აკეთებს იმისთვის, რომ სიტუაცია შეცვალოს.
ადრეულ ასაკში დაოჯახება, შვილი, ღალატი, მკვდარი ბავშვი, საშინელი მომავალი.. ჟანას იმ ცოტა ახლობელშიც არ უმართლებს, რომელიც ჰყავს.
კარგად იყო დახატული მორწმუნეების ცხოვრება. ამდენი ხნის წინ დაწერილი წიგნი კარგად ასახავს დღევანდელ რეალობას. ის, რომ კაცების ღალატს არაფრად აგდებენ და პატიობენ, დღეს ჩვენთანაა პრობლემა,
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Carol
Jeanne never grew up. Bad things happened to her. She never took responsibility for her own happiness. The story of the times you say? You only have to look to the maid Rosalie to see that a woman can chose to be strong and determined even in that day and age. She was a peasant, different expectations. Thank God for Rosalie!
Trisha
a depressing little book where I didn't really like anyone in the book. It's always hard to say I love or even enjoyed a book when I dislike all the characters so much.
I'm sure, for the time it was written, this was an amazing book. I'm not sure it translates well to now.
Candice
This book has changed me in a way. I read it when I was 9, and it is one of my favorite books, I can read it again and again, I'll never get tired of it.

Sad story of a young woman who married the wrong man, a man who despises her.
Zied Hf
Génial ! ce roman parle de la vie de Rosalie, depuis son enfance jusqu'à l'époque à laquelle elle devient une grande mère.
Un roman plein de tristesse et de souffrance, chargé de mélancolie et de douleur ! avec une fin merveilleusement optimiste !

j'ai surtout aimé ces deux citations dont la deuxième à la fin de l'histoire :

- "On pleure parfois les illusions avec autant de tristesse que les morts."

- Alors une émotion infinie l'envahit. Elle découvrit brusquement la figure de l'enfant qu'elle n'av
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Cat Tobin
Relentlessly miserable book about a wholesome, naive girl who gets repeatedly shafted by life - only saving grace are the descriptions of the French countryside and romantic daydreams.
Hafssa
ce roman est un fameux classique de Maupassant , quant je le prend j'avais peur de ne pas l'aimer car j'avais des mauvaises expérience avec les classiques que je lis je les trouves lents et ennuyeuse , mais avec ''une vie ''je ai changée totalement d'avis. Le livre est pas très grand pourtant ,il est plein des événements on d’ennui jamais ( seulement dans les premiers pages de description) l'histoire est jolie Maupassant avec son styles réaliste a réussit de produire un livre plein de beauté qui ...more
Nagisa
The heroine, Jeanne, is a naive, dreamy, self-pitying girl of noble birth.

She feels lonely all her life, but her miserable life is completely due to her self-pity and indulgence.
I don't feel any pity for her. I feel a little bit of it when her husband cheated on her many times, but it's her fault to choose such a man anyway.
Her son is a prodigal, but that's what she pampered him to be.
Now how can I sympathize with her lamentations?

As her reliable maid admonishes her later in life, there are oth
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Noémie
Classique de la litteratre française. Triste et révoltant à la fois.
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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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“One sometimes weeps over one's illusions with as much bitterness as over a death.” 55 likes
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