Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pierre Et Jean” as Want to Read:
Pierre Et Jean
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Read Book* *Different edition

Pierre Et Jean

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  4,395 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
Henry James's admiration for "this masterly little novel" has been echoed throughout the twentieth century by readers of Pierre et Jean. It marked a turning point in the development of French fiction, situated as it is between traditional social realism and the psychological novel. It is recognized as a classic study of filial jealousy, triggered by one of the two brothers ...more
Paperback, 133 pages
Published March 21st 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1887)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pierre Et Jean, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pierre Et Jean

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
One of those sad, sad stories about families and their inability to be good for and to each other!

Maupassant excels at neat studies of dysfunctional family situations. Beautiful French, just as in Une vie.

I found myself constantly wanting to tell Pierre's and Jean's parents that they cause all problems themselves by neglecting the less fortunate son in favour of the easy-going, happy-go-lucky younger son Jean.

For all his bad mood and disturbing thoughts, Pierre is the person I related to, most
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manny by: C.
[Fresh from his triumphs in Bel-Ami, ROBERT PATTINSON will shortly be appearing in Pierre et Jean, directed by A FAMOUS FRENCH DIRECTOR. The following outtake has turned up on YouTube]

FRENCH DIRECTOR: Vous vous souvenez peut-être, j'ai dit que tout le monde doit lire le roman. Monsieur Pattinson, nous comprenons bien que vous êtes la grande star américaine, mais avez-vous le lit, oui ou merde?

INTERPRETER: He asks if you have read the book.

PATTINSON: Well, I've had a lot of shit going on, you kno
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
What can easily ruin the relationships between mother and son, and siblings? Maupassant offers an answer in this novel and he presents it so simply, so matter-of-fact, and so straightforward that I found myself completely moved by the story of Pierre and Jean. The psychological impact of this book got me thinking about the characters long after I have finished reading. The dilemma and heartache of Pierre over his slow discovery of his mother's past and his subsequent "exile" to resolve the rift ...more
Mohsin Maqbool
Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I IMMENSELY enjoyed reading Maupassant's novel 'Pierre and Jean', a story of two brothers whose jealousy of each other shakes the family's foundations.
The French author wrote 13 books of short stories and six novels. This is his fourth novel and probably his best.
W. Somerset Maugham was influenced in a big way by Maupassant's writing.
Highly recommended.
I quite simply could not relate to the main characters - i.e. Jean, Pierre and their mother. Everything they said and thought, well I thought differently! We live in different eras, but I do believe it is not just a question of that. One doesn't have to do what is the norm. Then there is the father. He is drawn as a total idiot from start to finish. He understood nothing. There was no depth to his character.

Then there this question - who is a father? Is it he who raises a child or is it the bio
Travelling Sunny
Two grown brothers. A lifetime of competitiveness and jealousies. A woman. An inheritance. A secret.

Gosh, and that ending! When my oldest son went off to military boot camp, I felt that same sense of loss and emptiness.
Tanuj Solanki
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Office read on the Adelaide edu website.

As a review, I'll share a few of the notes I made while reading it.

(1) In his preface to the book, Maupassant writes, in an essay, that action should be present to conceal the psychology of a character, simply because psychology should not be flaunted. I never imagined anyone putting it so succinctly.

(2) There are nine chapters. Chapter 5 is notable – the character, Pierre, who is almost the conflicted center of the novel, feels here the germs of misogyny.
Elizabeth (Alaska)
Very little plot here, but good characterization, so just the type of book I like! This is a story of two brothers who are unalike in every way. One is dark, the other blonde, one is moody, the other steady, one couldn't settle on a course of study, the other picked one and stayed with it. How do such two different men react when one inherits a small fortune from a family friend?
“Then I was jealous of Jean,” thought he. “That is really vilely mean. And I am sure of it now, for the first idea whi
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-1001, favorites
Che scrittura Maupassant! Mi ha ricordato un po' "Thérèse Raquin" di Zola, non per la trama, ma per l'incredibile capacità di sondare l'animo umano, riuscendo poi a trasmettere i tormenti e i pensieri in modo reale, ma allo stesso tempo poetico, avvolgente e penetrante.
Maupassant mostra una profonda sensibilità e non si può fare a meno di venirne travolti.
La storia di Pierre e Jean è semplice, ma i personaggi sono delineati perfettamente, direi cesellati, come se Maupassant fosse uno scultore. E
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isn't it romantic ? Younger son Jean is left a fortune by "a friend of the family" and older brother Pierre perceives that mum may have sought other hugs years ago. Moral : Be careful what you sniff for.
MJ Nicholls
Unlike Robbe-Grillet’s predatory eyes and unspoken menace, Maupassant offers a tale of overt bitter jealousy, with a healthy dose of bastardism thrown into the mix. Jean is the sole inheritor of a family friend’s fortune, leaving his brother Pierre dazed as to his own bad luck. Quite rightly in that situation, you’d be gutted—nothing for me? who was this tosser? So Pierre arrives at a simple conclusion that tears his family apart, all very suddenly, after many pleasant pages of boating and court ...more
Loredana M.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Uitasem cât de faină e scriitura lui Maupassant! Ei bine, cartea asta mi-a adus aminte. Nu a făcut povestea, cât au făcut joculețele mentale dintre Pierre, Jean și mama lor. Mi-a plăcut la nebunie felul în care Maupassant a descusut conștiința și procesele de gândire ale fiecărui personaj în parte! O carte micuță, dar care închide între paginile ei o lume întreagă. Recomand!

Preface: The Novel
--Pierre and Jean
Stephen Durrant
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In one of his last novels (1888/89), Maupassant turns to the old and familiar theme of fraternal jealousy and also depicts the unhappiness and hypocrisy that so often lurks just below the surface of the “happy family.” The character of the two brothers provides much of the novel’s interest. Pierre is tempestuous, Jean is placid; Pierre is insightful, albeit not so much as the prostitute or the immigrant (just one more expression of the literary motif of the “insightful social or political outsid ...more
Monty Milne
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect gem of a tale. Right up until the last page, I was not sure how it was going to end. Although I know Le Havre only slightly, I spent a few days in St Malo not so long ago, and I was vividly reminded of the sunlight sparkling on the rock pools and drinking bock in beachfront cafés...this would have been the perfect book to read on that visit. (Although I won't spoil the end, I will say that it gave me the perfect sensation of mingled sadness and pleasure, and those were the sensations I ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, 19th-century
M. Roland is a retired jeweller who, loving the sea, has retired to Havre with his wife. Pierre and Jean, their two grown sons have now completed their eduction in Paris, one a doctor, the other a lawyer, and have joined their parents for a rest before setting up in their professions. The brothers have been competitive their entire lives and now they meet Mme. Rosemilly, a well-to-do widow of only twenty-three. But this is only the first incident in a series of happenings that threaten to tear t ...more
راستش علت خواندن یکی از نوشته های گی دو موپسان کتاب "هنر داستان نویسی" "ابراهیم یونسی " بود ،در ان کتاب نویسنده سبک موپسان رو به جهت توصیف های ریزش پیشنهاد می کند.
حقیقتش من را کمی بی حوصله کرد!
اما مهم تر از این ها موضوع رمان:
داستان خانوداه درباره زندگی خانواده چهار نفری ست،خانم و آقای رولان و پی یر پسر بزرگ و ژان پسر جوان تر. در پی فوت یکی از دوستان والدین ارثیه قابل توجه ی به پسر کوچک خانواده که وکالت هم خوانده می رسد و الباقی....
Nov 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Virginie, Chrissie
Just arrived from France.

Page 14: "L' artiste essaie, reussit ou echoue."
" Le critique ne doit apprecier le resultat que suivant la nature de l'effort: et il n'a pas le droit de se preoccuper des tendances."

Page 17: "Le vrai peut quelquefois n'etre pas vraisemblable."

Page 24: "Le talent est une longue patience."

Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un petit roman bien fait. Un problème tout a fait vraisemblable et humain. Qui est sur de l'identité de son père?
Janet Aileen
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gem of a novella...well drawn characters, sense of place, and period. The family tale of tragedy is written in deMaupassant's clean, beautiful prose to it's poignant end.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Pierre et Jean is a story about two brothers. If you have brothers and sisters, you may have wondered yourself sometime how similar they are two you or how, in some way, they are totally different. Is this all just a question of genes or of upbringing? Maupassant focused on the similarities and differences of the two main characters, which again are reflected in the secondary characters – his parents and their social environment. Maupassant has a good sense for lively and detailed character desc ...more
joy pun-joz
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pierre et Jean and Continuity in Maupassant's Stories

Illegitimacy and women's extra-marital infidelities are apparently among G. dM's "pet subjects" and well-explored issues. He, being a lawyer, thankfully has the ability to lay open a psychological struggle and its connections with willed unpleasant family outcomes. With the high sensitivity and considerations in presenting these controversies, it was remarkable accomplishment to churn out a string of works on these cases, alongside this Pierre
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books
304 books ago, I reviewed Bel Ami, my first Maupassant novel and, coincidentally, the one he wrote just before this one. Thankfully, although it still deals with the worst of our fallen nature, at least you have some sympathy and understanding for the characters involved. With Bel Ami, I just wanted to punch the protagonist in the face.

Pierre and Jean are brothers, young men on their verge of finding their ways in the world. The underlying frictions caused by their very different natures rupture
Pierre E. Loignon
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: litterature
Dans ce roman, comme dans tous les romans de Maupassant, les personnages sont complètement dénués de profondeur. Ce sont de petits êtres fragiles, sensibles aux moindres contrecoups de leurs destinées.
Cette absence d’humanité digne de ce nom est le secret d’auteur qui permet à Maupassant de fondre parfaitement ensemble sa trame narratrice, ses personnages, son récit et le contexte où l’ensemble se déploie dans son style parfait. Ceteris paribus sic stantibus, comme en sciences, l’on se sent, co
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2015, french
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Katie Grainger
One of my literary failings is that if a book is published before a certain date I generally find them hard going and unfulfilling. There are a few exceptions to this rule and with Pierre et Jean I am happy to be able to add one to the list.

Pierre et Jean is a story about two brothers, Pierre the older and Jean the younger. When an old friend of the family dies he leaves Jean all his money. At first the family are happy with the windfall, however as time passes Pierre is consumed by jealously a
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Κλίμα ανυπόφορο ακριβώς αυτό που ήθελε να πετύχει ο Μωπασάν. Οι οικογενειακές ισορροπίες, πονηριές, τακτικισμοί, μαέστρος όσο περίεργο κι αν μας φαίνεται γιατί δεν αντέχουμε τέτοιους συλλογισμούς, η ίδια η αγάπη. Ο Μωπασάν μεγάλος θαυμαστής του Σοπενάουερ αισθάνεται το βάρος αυτού του μεγάλου στοχαστή και επινοεί μια ιστορία που υπονομεύει την οικογενειακή ηθική των ωραιολόγων και τη φέρνει κοντύτερα στην αλήθεια της με κάθε λεπτή απόχρωση που την ίδια στιγμή που δε μπορείς να απορρίψεις τον άλλ ...more
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I love about the French is that they're perfectly happy to present you with a character, make them suffer intensely, and by the end of the book have no fear in leaving them that way. It's true to life and makes me realise how much of an illusion certain books are, most obviously evident with Dean Koontz. His novels always begin with some impossible-to-overcome difficulty for the central characters, and then somehow they manage to wriggle their way to a happy resolution. It's fine if you're ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Bouvard and Pecuchet
  • Born in Exile
  • Castle Richmond
  • La Bête humaine
  • Le Colonel Chabert
  • Ormond
  • Marius the Epicurean
  • Virgin Soil
  • The Monastery
  • Some Experiences of an Irish R.M.
  • La mare au diable
  • The Stechlin
  • Fantômas (Fantômas, #1)
  • The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle
  • Albigenses
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
More about Guy de Maupassant...

Share This Book

“The great artists are those who impose their personal vision upon humanity.” 8 likes
“Charming, charming,' the lawyer said at intervals.” 3 likes
More quotes…