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Collected Stories Of Guy De Maupassant

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A. J. McMahon
Nov 13, 2015 A. J. McMahon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guy de Maupassant is very likely the greatest short story writer who ever lived. His gift for capturing whole worlds in just a few pages is without equal. He had the most astonishing imagination allied to a perfect grasp of language. His writing is superbly disciplined, his visual sense is such that he can make you see the scenes he is describing in your mind's eye, and his sense of character is such that the people in his stories are living, breathing, believable characters. Nothing is perfect, ...more
Susan Kraus
Endles stories of seduction, and betrayal. Women are unfathomable playthings. I realize that he was writing about the culture and social set he was involved in, but it was all too much for me. He died of syphilis - I understand why.
Leo
Nov 10, 2016 Leo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh.

I don't see the hype. Ball-of-Fat is told well but, it lacks suspense. I love the social commentary but, it just didn't make it for me. Maupassant also uses sex as a plot device often. Nowadays, in this secular culture, what was once edgy, is now rather tame. Nothing worth reading. But, props for beautiful imagery and poetic language.
Tanya Morrison
Mar 22, 2014 Tanya Morrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfection of the short story. His ability to note what was going on around him is supreme. I realize that for an observant author every big or small event that occurs lends itself to the compactness of a story with a moral, a laugh, a comment, an unexpected outcome. Learning to guess the game of where a story is going is great fun with a master like Guy de Maupassant. Nothing more relaxing than a volume of best short stories.
Anukriti
Aug 10, 2014 Anukriti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book cannot be reviewed by mortals. I have read hundreds of short story collections- none quite as rich in variety and amazing in character portrayal as Maupassant's tales. I think I need to come up with a superlative for LOVE to describe what infinite reverence and affection I feel for the writer and his work.
Sarah
Jul 25, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dora's book group selection January 2010.
Franz
Feb 13, 2011 Franz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love de Maupassant's stories: fun, insightful, a little naughty. One of my perennial favorites.
Courtney
Jan 18, 2015 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite short story author
Steven Pohl
Feb 13, 2015 Steven Pohl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guy de Maupassant is one of my most favorite short story authors. His writing is crisp, concise, imaginative and very poetic. I am very glad I stumbled upon him in college. Became an instant fan!
Ci
Jun 27, 2016 Ci marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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(Reading exercise in French. Only keeping track for learning process)

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6/27 L'âme étrangere.
Joann
Oct 27, 2014 Joann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
Because I enjoy immersing myself in a fictional universe and living there a while, I am not a huge fan of short stories. These stories are very well written, of course.
Mike Thomas
Jan 07, 2015 Mike Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the work here. Read many translations of this wonderful author.
Mally
Jul 01, 2011 Mally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved it. Paul's Mistress is probably among my favorite short stories, Maupassant is really an amazing writer. I wish I could read them in French!
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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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