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La Parure

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,098 Ratings  ·  361 Reviews
Alternate cover art for ISBN 9782253136569
Paperback, 92 pages
Published by Livre de Poche (first published January 1st 1884)
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Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
Diamonds may not be a girl's best friend.


My initial rating of this 1884 short story by the French author Guy du Maupassant was 3 1/2 stars, but after rereading it this morning, I'm bumping it up to 4 stars, maybe even 4 1/2.

I first read "The Necklace" in a college English short story course, more years ago than I want to say. The professor was rather odd and had (I thought) an undue hang-up with making us distill the meaning and theme of each story into a sentence that we would offer up to the r
What a pair of fools! This is like Aesop's Fables, only for adults.

Never have I wanted to bang two heads together so much. Mathilde and her husband are idiots, plain and simple. Why, oh why, didn't they go to Mathilde's friend in the first place and explain what happened?

Instead they keep it to themselves and waste ten years of their life.

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May 11, 2011 Shriya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I first read 'The Necklace' in Grade 9 and almost instantly, it became my favourite short-story. However, little did I know, I'd read it again when I was almost on the verge of forgetting it, in my English class in college, three years later. 'The Neckless' is a poignant tale about ingratitude and resentment of a lady with a comfortable home and a loving husband. Her vanity and her attempts to show off eventually make her pay for her disagreeable behaviour when she finds out that the necklace th ...more
Nov 26, 2015 Florencia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
This is the first time I read this writer and I'm a bit confused now. I really liked a couple of short stories but the rest just seemed okay for me. For example, "Boule de Suif", his most famous short story, is simply brilliant (nothing new about that). I loved it and hated it at the same time. I loved the writing, the irony, but I hated the story itself. It made me feel bad and... violent. And that is what makes it good: the ability of creating those mixed emotions in us. It is set in the Franc ...more
Jun 19, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For good reason is this entitled 'The Necklace and Other Stories' because The Necklace is one of the few stories really worth reading. Most people read The Necklace at some point in their education. Maupassant created a delightful fable with important lessons that can be gleaned from it.

Other stories that were interesting, though I don't think they have as much inherent value as The Necklace were Ball-of-Fat, Miss Harriet, and The Horla. Ball-of-Fat follows a group who are fleeing their war-torn
Feb 27, 2012 MissInfo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-long-time-ago
i remember when my parents and relatives would give me big heavy leather-bound books as presents. Now we get emails with redemption codes on them for ones and zeros. I'm not trying to be profound, or whiny, I love both. But I'm just in awe of some of the books I read years ago. And how my standards have degraded, lol. aunt Kunmimi gave me a copy of this in junior high. Maybe it was for a birthday or to congratulate on a piano recital. Either way, I need to find that book. It was bea
Diane S ⛄
In the necklace a young woman unknowingly changes her life beyond measure, for a fleeting chance of pretending to be something and someone she is not.
I remember reading this at school in Grade 10, and absolutely loving it. Of all the short stories they ever made me read in all my years of high school, this was the best!
Defying D
“The Necklace” weaves a tale about Madame Mathilde Loisel who dreams of the finer things of life and is not content with her secure, middle class lifestyle. The price she pays for a single evening of elegance turns into years of drudgery and despair. This is a story that has stood the test of time and is as relevant today as when Maupassant wrote it in the late nineteenth century.
He masterfully uses irony to produce a surprise ending in this short story. In doing so, he attempts to teach his rea
Aug 19, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shortstories
I can't help it, but I loved this short story because the protagonist got what was coming to her. That's what happens when you are ungrateful, prideful, and went more than you can afford. Just desserts as the say...

I never used to enjoy short stories, because well, they are short. Once you get into them they're over, but I'm finding great pleasure in reading them. I think it takes great skill to write short stories, because you have to work harder to catch the attention of the reader, because yo
Rao Umar
Nov 13, 2013 Rao Umar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
If you think that it is the fate is brutal to you then you are wrong because is the world who is always to delighted to talk about you your flaws.

It was one good story that elaborates the importance of being careful of your action but then be even more careful of your explanation because if you are honest than no one will trust you but if you make story only then you are admired.

It is bit of an unwise aspect that the story lacks contentedness but it all that comes through inspiration not aspirat
Autumn Jean
This has to be one of my favorite short stories of all time. I remember reading it while my English Teacher droned on and on about "Like Water For Chocolate" (that book sucked by the way). I was so bored in her class that I opened my English book and randomly read stories I found in it. "The Necklace" grasped my attention and my heart. It's been 11 years since I read that story but I still quote it often. I now own the book. This is a story every woman should read.
May 11, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Maupassant, but these stories interested me. They don't have quite as much of the lead up as some of Balzac's work, less rigid, but perhaps that is because Maupassant was later. Still, Maupassant seems to imbue the stories with more compassion. There is less of a sensation of the characters as spectacle. Maybe that's just me, but that's the way it seemed. He does seem a bit obsessed with prostitutes.
Maria Mefe
Aug 25, 2015 Maria Mefe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria Mefe by: french teacher
Shelves: edition-french
Des trois nouvelles, j'ai seulement lu la première, La Parure, en français pendant les leçons de literature française. J'ai aussi vu l'episode réalisé par Claude Chabrol de 30 minutes.
Avec cette nouvelle, Maupassant dépeint une société du paraître, où le jugement des autres est très important.

Mathilde Loisel, la protagoniste, est une femme très jolie, qui rêve du luxe et d'élégance; mais elle n'est pas heureuse: son mari est seulement un petit commis du ministère de l'Instruction publique. Un jo
Un recueil de 5 nouvelles, les cinq perles sont variés et réalistes, je trouve entre ces lignes, la situation sociale de france à cette époque. ces nouvelles sont :

1 - La parure : L'histoire d'une femme d'un milieu social modeste, qui a toujours ressentis que sa place est parmi les aristocrates. Un jour, vint l'occasion d'assister à un bal avec la classe aristocrate de la ville, elle était très élégante, ravissante et charmante mais sous des bijoux d'une riche amie, la fête va être formidable m
Sep 23, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I keep a first edition of this book (a collection of GDM's shorts, not sure if its the same) next to my bed.

My interestingness aside, I love this man. Back when I was a pretentious teenager, I carried around my fair share of old dusty books. I loved the smell of them...kind of sour...the smell of underrated importance. I would try my damnedest to read them, but I just kept them around for the smell. Then I started cutting holes in the middle and stashing my booze in them when the magic faded.

Oct 03, 2011 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The necklace and other short stories, Guy de Maupassant
عنوان: گردنبند و داستانهای دیگر؛ نویسنده: گی دو موپاسان؛
کتاب «بهترین قصه ها و داستانهای کوتاه» اثر: گی دو موپاسان، که اصغر فرمانفرمائی قاجار آنرا در سال 1346 در کتابخانه ابن سینا در 362 ص به نشر داده نیز شامل داستان گردنبند هست ولی برای این نسخه ترجمه نیافتم
نه داستان کوتاه
Ball of Fat, The Necklace, A Piece of String, Mme. Tellier's Establishment, Mademoiselle Fifi, Miss Harriet, A Way to Wealth, My Uncle Julesو and "The Horla."
Amber Wortz
May 05, 2012 Amber Wortz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amber Wortz
Picture Book

This version of The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant is his original short story accompanied by illustrations by Gary Kelley. The Necklace is about a woman who is living a comfortable life but has the dream of living a wealthy extravagant life. When invited to a party she borrows a diamond necklace and loses it by the end of the evening. She takes out numerous debts to buy a new necklace and over ten years lives a miserable life trying to pay the debts back. She finally finds
3 Stars out of 5 Stars

This short story tells the tale of a woman who has, what they say today, "champagne taste and a beer wallet". She's pretty unlikable, spending her time moping about her lack of wealth and her desire to be chased by desirable, rich men. Meanwhile, her husband does absolutely anything for her, even if that means ruining his quality of life. And, in this story, the woman is pretty ungrateful.

What is successfully written about this story is that, by the end, you can actually f
*review of The Necklace*

Using relatively unadorned prose, Maupassant manages to invoke frustration, elation, dismay, and resignation during the story, and, depending on how well you managed to connect to the protagonist, an indescribable ache following the final words. This is a simple, straightforward short story that teaches many important lessons- if you know someone whose materialistic desires impair their ability to appreciate what they have, you should recommend this to them. I wouldn't sa
Anisha Pai
Aug 05, 2013 Anisha Pai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the moral and the way 'The Necklace' is written- from Mathilda's point of view constantly emphasising her own perceived personal social injustice. However, I despise her and her constant need for 'more'. Even after she realises the worth of her old life, she is still looking for someone to blame; still not accepted the fact that she brought it on herself; yet to learn the lesson that she should be content with what she has. But she gets hers in the end.
Who I feel really sorry for, howeve
Apr 09, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On "A Piece of String" : I was looking through the eyes of Maitre Hauchecorne and at him at the same time. I felt his self-consciousness as he stooped to pick up the string, could even sense the sandy dirt on the ground. Hauchecorne is a man too concerned with appearances. He deliberately misled his neighbor to make his actions appear less shameful, but ended up making a far worse impression than the truth would have. He doesn't care about the people in his community knowing the truth about him. ...more
Feb 28, 2015 Haidyayman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the necklace and the most thing I liked about it is the lessons the story gives about loving yourself poor or rich .
in a funny & unexpected way, this great author teaches me to never give too many attention to appearances and not fight the reality, but accept & try to change it...because if we don't accept what we are first before we think about changing it, it will reverse on us & get worse, this pretty women here didn't like her life, she wanted to be rich, so rich, just because she was too pretty to be poor and work all day instead of thinking about a way to get richer,she tough about ...more
Brett Herman
Nov 10, 2015 Brett Herman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
This is a great story with a real surprise ending. I read this for school and loved every bit of it. Interesting story, amazing premise, twist ending, this book has it all.
Hala al- Abed
This's the first original book I've read for Mauqassant and it was so shocking, heartbreaking, and funny too!! "Kind of the classic french black comedy that is always shocking and heartbreaking" but anyway you can't deny that it has a great plot twist. Now the big lesson you might end up with "Don't aim for something bigger" yeah, it might be true...
I mean, aim to "necklace", fame, glamour, aim for what might impress others. Isn't that funny! Isn't she a big hypocrite! Isn't that what most of u
Gemma Wiseman
Sep 30, 2012 Gemma Wiseman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
(This review focuses on The Necklace, originally published in the French newspaper Le Gaulois in 1884.)
The beauty of Madame Loisel was born to poverty. Little did she know that for one night, for one cloud of happiness, she would sink deeper into the bowels of poverty. Diamonds betrayed her; ignorance tainted her dreams and mocked her. A short story that could easily recycle into 21st century social column news.

My poetic review is on my blog Songlines on the Winds
Guy de Maupassant's The Necklace is a book by Guy de Maupassant. This book talks about Mme.Loisel going to a party with her husband wearing a beautiful necklace from Mme.Forestier when suddenly at the end of the party it's gone. Will Mme.Loisel find the necklace or be guilty and face the punishment?

I picked up this book because I had to do it for a character pyramid for school.

I finished this book because I had to for my homework.

I think I would recommend this to nobody because I didn't really
Jori Richardson
This was my first sampling of Maupassant, and I loved it. He writes with a very flowery, polished air, and the topics of his short stories range from prostitutes to fine ladies, sickness and madness, poor and wealthy, soldiers and commoners. His characters are as varied as they are humanly realistic.
My favorite was the last tale, "The Horla," which I thought reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe. It was by far the darkest of the nine stories.
"The Necklace" was another favorite, with an ironic twist at
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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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“She was simple, not being able to adorn herself, but she was unhappy, as one out of her class; for women belong to no caste, no race, their grace, their beauty and their charm serving them in place of birth and family. Their inborn finesse, their instinctive elegance, their suppleness of wit, are their only aristocracy, making some daughters of the people the equal of great ladies.” 7 likes
“She stayed there, in her ball dress, without strength to go to bed, overwhelmed, on a chair, without a fire, without a thought.” 4 likes
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