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Guy de Maupassant achieved instant fame with Boule de Suif, his first published story, set during the Franco-Prussian war. Considered his greatest novella, Boule de Suif is about a group of travellers who are fleeing occupied Rouen by coach to Dieppe. Forced to accept the courtesan in their midst, their baser instincts are brought to the surface when they are faced with a ...more
Paperback, Penguin 60s Classics, 58 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Penguin (first published 1880)
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David
Dec 18, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: French peasants, Prussian officers, hypocritical merchants and nobles, patriotic prostitutes
Now that I've read my first collection of Maupassant stories, I can say that he is indeed a great writer, though being as prolific as he apparently was, I think you probably need to read a lot more to really be familiar with his work. He was a student of Flaubert, the French "realist" school, hence all these short stories being basically slice-of-life stories about (mostly) provincial French life. There are morals, sometimes, but rarely made explicit - in fact, often the stories just end, like o ...more
Frankie
May 23, 2012 Frankie rated it really liked it
Shelves: french
This brief but charming little story/novella owes some credit to Flaubert and Zola, both friends of Maupassant, for his borrowing of their style to some extent. Where he excels the Parisian writers, is in his devastation theme (Franco-Prussian War period) and his somewhat pastoral setting. His hero "Butterball" character type, however, is very original and her enigmatic circumstance is as well. This is a fable on the hypocrisy of the upper classes, as usual, but with the Balzacian, provocative u ...more
David
Mar 27, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
De Maupassant is one of the few French authors I feel competent to read in the original French. It helps that his chosen form is the short story - it makes him much less forbidding than someone like Balzac or Hugo. Although I've been in Paris for just a little over two weeks, I'm already doing pretty well with these stories. He is particularly good at exposing the hypocrisies of small-town 19th century French life, the title story of this collection being an excellent example. But his character ...more
Buck
Just to be a pretentious dick, I'm going to write my review in French.

(Je m'excuse d'avance pour mon style peu grammatical)

Julien Gracq a dit que Maupassant écrit ‘une sorte de basic-french littéraire, où manquent tous les éléments sutils’. Au contraire, j'y trouve une complication inattendue et une ironie tranchante. Les nouvelles sont plein d’images curiueses, comme les pigeons blancs, dans ‘Boule de Suif’, qui ‘cherchaient leur vie dans le crottin fumant’. Chaque histoire contient une petite
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Joni
Oct 12, 2016 Joni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atrapante relato que por escasa longitud y acción trepidante. Nomas diría que se trata de varios personajes, hay nobles, comerciantes hasta un pensador político demócrata y el clero y una prostituta, quien da nombre al cuento, Bola de sebo unidos en escape ante la inminente conquista prusiana. Genial enfrentamiento de contrastes entre los diez personajes. Leído como parte de un taller de escritura, es una más que grata sorpresa.
Ignacio
Apr 01, 2008 Ignacio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delicadísimo tanto en la construcción psicológica y sociológica de sus personajes; como en los relatos y costumbres. Los cuentos no sólo son intensos y ricos en descripciones, sino que además su estilo es pulcro y refinado, pero a la vez muy plagado de cuidados detalles que en conjunto se leen de modo ágil. Me produce sensaciones semejantes a un banquete de cocina francesa.
Cada vez que leo narrativa francesa del siglo XIX se me hace más difícil opinar sin pasión y usando criterios objetivos. Me
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Richard
Sep 21, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first story in a collected works of Guy De Maupassant I am reading and it is very very good.

Boule de Suif (Suet pudding in English) is the name given to a prostitute who is the central character of the story. Her body is used as a trading tool when a group of 'worthy' folk are detained as they journey through a France occupied by the Prussians after the 1870 war.

Boule de Suif is by far the most moral of the characters and exposes the hypocrisy and cowardice of her travelling companio
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Charlotte
Mar 29, 2012 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guy de Maupassant successfully told a story about how hypocrite society could be. It's amazing to see that what seemed to be a problem of nowadays society is, in fact, a story that never grows old. Boule de suif was an amazing woman, a brave fighter for those people who didn't deserve her. She was too good for her times and, why not?, for her country. In the end, those who accused her of being shameless were the ones who deserve to be punished.
Krishna
Apr 10, 2013 Krishna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, short-story
Maupassant's genius at short story writing is on display here. In about twenty five pages he portrays a complete world eclipsed by war and German occupation of France, which is creeping deeper into the country by the day. The characters are universal, for their political, professional and other belongings. While fleeing towards away from the occupying forces, the circumstances bring out the best and the worst in them. The fascinating description of the early cold morning they leave and the event ...more
Leopoldo
Nov 11, 2016 Leopoldo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: carrera, lo-breve
Excelente colección de cuentos de uno de los padres del cuento moderno. Los personajes siempre son memorables, simbólicos, universales. La estructura de cada cuento es simplemente perfecta. La Francia soñada de Maupassant duerme en estos breves textos, esperando a que alguien con un poco de compasión venga a revivirla.
Melda
May 20, 2015 Melda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and the story. However, I read it in Dutch (reading it in the original language would have been better) and the fact that I had to read it for school didn't make it any better.
PJ
Aug 15, 2016 PJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oscar Gonzalez
Jan 29, 2012 Oscar Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sepan-cuantos
Es difícil intentar una reseña sobre una "colección de colecciones" de cuentos. En total son alrededor de 60 relatos, aunque no todos lo son propiamente: algunos son sólo viñetas, al estilo de la Gente de Dublin de Joyce, otras se reducen simplemente a una carta, y los tres que dan título a cada colección, son brevísimas novelas. Los temas son muy variados, pero predominan en ellos la Guerra Franco-Prusiana, las aventuras amorosas -de hombres y mujeres- y las anécdotas a que dan pie; hay ademá ...more
Carol Fenlon
Jan 02, 2017 Carol Fenlon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the old ones are the best. I first read Guy de Maupassant at the age of 12 and thought his stories were amazing, long before I'd developed any powers of judging literary talent. Sometimes when you return to an author you thought amazing in your youth, you are sorely disappointed but this collection, headed by the famous 'Boule de Suif' had me gripped from start to finish. Who could but admire Maupassant's talent for dry description, for painting human nature, bourgeoisie and peasant al ...more
Annaelle Allez L'OL!!!
J'ai bien aimé les petites nouvelles mais je m'étais attendue à une longue histoire donc j'ai été un peu déçue. C'était un livre genre le horla. Sinon, on remarque le talent de l'écrivain, tout est si tellement bien écrit. Même la description, que d'habitude je n'aime pas du tout, nous aide à visualiser le contexte parfaitement.
Boule de Suif parle d'une prostituée qui se retrouve dans une «voiture» entourée de personnes de la haute société qui la méprisent. Cependant, ils se rendront compte qu'i
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Fia Eamónn Wåhlin
I have read about this book before and now when i've read it I really understand why it's a classic. Great story and great writing.

It's about a french party of high society people traveling to safer grounds during a war against the Prussia. And one of the passangers is a local prostitute with a very heavy figure, called Bouel de suif. (fettpärlan)

On the way they are being stoped by a Prussian regement and held in an inn without any obvious reason. The Officer are giving them a demand for their
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Fèe ♡
Aug 14, 2016 Fèe ♡ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
The Edition my sister has contains only three stories . However, I could't find it among GOODREADS' Edition choices .
I picked up this book one day and decided to read it for the only reason that it is written by one of my favourite authors .
I have read two : " COCO , COCO , COCO FRAIS !'' and UNE PAGE D'HISTOIRE INEDITE which is technically not a story but ''HISTORY'' as GUY DE MAUPASSANT said : '' On ne touche pas a l'histoire.''
I JUST LOVED THEM BOTH . There is something in GUY DE MAUPASSAN
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Roxana Bogacz
Feb 25, 2012 Roxana Bogacz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cada ser humano tiene mucho para dar , mas allá de su situación social, nunca olvidemos que ese otro algun dia puede ser quien nos salve la vida, todos dependemos de todos. Todo ser humano es muy valioso en si mismo
Lexi
Jan 02, 2016 Lexi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
MAIS JE WOW POURQUOI COMMENT
Jason Béliveau
Jul 03, 2015 Jason Béliveau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drôle et féroce, un recueil qui subjugue, principalement pour la nouvelle éponyme, Boule de suif, à mettre aux côtés de La métamorphose.
MischaS_
Mar 02, 2014 MischaS_ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maturita-ceska
Víte, co je na tom nejhorší? Že takový pokrytci jsou všude kolem nás. Jinak mě docela překvapil popis Kuličky, vždycky jsem si ji představovala jako hubeňoučkou slečinku. :D
Majky
Feb 10, 2015 Majky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Krátká, krásná kniha, která donutí člověka k zamyšlení.
Camille
Maupassant est vraiment le maître de la nouvelle!
Vold Kira
Jul 23, 2014 Vold Kira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"El Horla" me dejó frío, "El Asesino" me perturbó, "El Loco" me dio asco y "El Collar" me hizo reír e indignarme de la conclusión. No son mis cuentos preferidos, pero son bastante buenos.
L J Field
Mar 11, 2017 L J Field rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume, published by Hesperus Classics in their 100 Pages line, contains two stories that do not appear in Project Gutenberg's collection of The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant. The two would be The Confession and Bed 29. Bed 29 should appear in any collection of the Master's work. The story revolves around a dashing figure of a Captain in the Emperor's service and begins just a bit before the the Prussian-Franco War. The Captain preens himself publicly and has women falling at ...more
Mel Bossa
Jul 17, 2013 Mel Bossa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0008-fiction
Guy de Maupassant est le punk de la littérature française. Il est vraiment colérique mais le cache bien derrière un sens de l'humour vraiment noir et un peu "baveux".

j'ai adoré lire ces contes et je m'empresse de trouver son classique Bel-Ami.

Voici un petit résumé des nouvelles (attention les "punchs y sont):

Boule de suif: Une prostituée se sacrifie pour permettre à un groupe de bourgeois de quitter un hôtel occupée par des soldats Prussiens. Elle couche avec le soldat, mais aussitôt fait, les
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Norae Lebowski
No estoy hecha para la literatura de siglos pasados, el lenguaje pomposo sobreadjetivado y artificial me ponen nerviosa, pero todo ello sumado al retrato de una sociedad clasista, conservadora, hipócrita y profundamente misógina me pone del hígado. Este relato me ha enfadado como pocos, he sentido asco por sus personajes y he deseado profundamente un final ingenioso que no ha aparecido por ninguna parte.
Realini
Jul 09, 2014 Realini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La Rempailleuse by Guy de Maupassant
On Love

The moral of this short story seems to be that Love is the most noble of all feelings and even if you are a Rempailleuse, it will transform you like it did to Cinderella, from a mere commoner to a lady of emotions.
In the view of the expert Barbara Fredrickson, Positivity is obtained from gratitude, joy, awe, interest, amusement, inspiration, pride, hope, serenity and most of all love!
In other words, science has come to confirm what writers like Maupassa
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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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“L'angoisse de l'attente faisait désirer la venue de l'ennemi.” 9 likes
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