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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
Paperback, 299 pages
Published March 13th 2006 by Adamant Media Corporation (first published 1883)
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A Chronology of Guy de Maupassant

--A Life

Explanatory Notes
Alice Poon
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
One of those absolutely beautiful books that leave me almost at a loss of words.

So well-written, in beautifully flowing French, and such a hard topic: a woman's lack of choice in 19th century conventional society. A Madame Bovary without the energetic, yet fatalistic drive to change her condition, Maupassant's Jeanne suffers as much, but has a lot less adventure and passion to remember at the end of her life.

The tragic feeling of loneliness never leaves the main character, and alienation from t
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
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Janez Hočevar
C'est la première fois depuis le lycée que je relis un Maupassant. Et je vois qu'il n'a rien perdu de séduisant, d'attachant. Le sous-titre du roman est »Humble vérité«. J'ajouterais qu'on pourrait aussi l'intituler »De l'art de se gâcher la vie«. Mais l'héroïne ne peut agir autrement, elle est Prisonnière du Temps, des conventions, de l'éducation qu'elle a reçue, mais aussi de sa naïveté, de sa bonté et de son manque d'action. Que pourrait faire Jeanne, face à un mari qui ne l'aime pas? Qui pré ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une Vie
Maupassant (1850 – 1893)
If you were expecting to read the happy story of the life of a beautiful young lady from the age of sixteen to forty-six, you will be seriously disappointed.
Maupassant has worked out in detail everything that could go wrong and will go wrong.
A life of grief, misfortune, and destruction of everything a young person innocently hopes for when leaving the convent where she had her noble and religious education.
Jeanne, cherished and the only daughter of Baron Le Per
The Book Whisperer (aka 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
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only happily married people
Recommended to Tessa by: Jim Marriott
Shelves: fiction, novels
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
Lada Fleur
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Un recit superbe , tendre et interieur d'une ame portee vers l'ideal qui s'est laissee seduire par les apparences. Une jeune Normande protegee par ses parents, vivant au chateau de son enfance, vivant dans son jardin qui la protegeait contre la durete de la vie s'est vu gacher la vie par un etranger venu pour ebranler la paix de son coin provincial.

Un recut dur d'une desillusion ou il ne reste rien de songes de jeunesse et de naivete. Ecriture de Maupassant est sublime dans la description d'une
Elizabeth (Alaska)
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-books, france
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
From BBC Radio 4:
Guy de Maupassant's novel charts the unfortunate life of naive aristocrat Jeanne de Lamare

Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Andrea Fiore
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una vita è un romanzo profondamente malinconico, di vite solo subite o vissute attraverso altri; esistenze lugubri, accompagnate da un dolore tanto persistente da diventare un amico, in cui "ogni gesto" viene "compiuto automaticamente, come dalla macchina dell’abitudine". Smorza un po' questo grigio, per fortuna, lo stile di Maupassant (non a caso pupillo di Flaubert):

"La primavera fu stranamente calda e precoce. Dal cominciare del dolce mattino fino alla calma e tepida sera, il sole faceva germ
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nanne Goût de lire
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001, french
"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
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir erkegin,masum hayalleriyle bir genc kizi yasarken topraga gommesinin hazin oykusu.Oyle cok duygu birarada ve dantel gibi islenmis ki bu kitapta.Kitabi sanki denize bakan kirlarda okuyor gibi oldum,pastoral bir hava hakim...Maupassant bos yere Maupassant degil,bunun kaniti nitelikte bir Roman...
Slim Tree
Dec 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
That is so sad story.
Karina Vargas
Una vida : ¡4 estrellas!

Jeanne es una joven de diecisiete años de edad, que recién salida del reformatorio (un instituto para niñas, donde les enseñan modales, etc.) y ante las puertas abiertas del mundo, vuelca sus sueños aún de niña en esta nueva etapa. De regreso en la casa de sus padres, como hija única, es mimada y consentida por ambos. Sus formas aniñadas se combinan con las tareas de adulta que ahora debe cumplir junto a su familia. Pero, antes de que ella pueda comenzar a tener una idea
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წიგნი, რომელშიც ასახულია ტრაგედია ადამიანის(ადამიანების) რომელიც მთლიანად მიენდო იმ ილუზიებს, რომელიც ახალგაზრდულმა ასაკმა ჩამოუყალიბა, იმ წმინდა და ნატიფ გრძნობებს, რომელსაც არ შეხებია ცხოვრებისეული ორომტრიალი. ის ვერ იღებს ცხოვრების მოცემულობას, რთულია შეეგუოს იმას, რაზეც ფიქრობს, რომ ასე არ უნდა იყოს და არ შეიძლება, რომ ასე ხდებოდეს. პიროვნების გაუცხოება ადამიანური ცხოვრების მარტივ წესებთან, ისეთ წესებთან, რომელიც უეტესობისთვის საერთოა...
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
J'ai pour habitude d'être agacée par les personnages naïfs et prenant toujours les mauvaises décisions ... mais Jeanne m'a attendri, on a simplement envie de lui faire un gros câlin !

J'ai adoré le style de Maupassant dans cette nouvelle : magnifique sans être pompeux.
Ele Dalmonte
Splendida, la scrittura di Maupassant, per quanto talvolta "sensibile" fino all'eccesso: estenuata, ed estenuante. Ma splendida.

«C'erano tuttavia certi giorni in cui la penetrava un tal benessere vitale, che riprendeva a fantasticare, a sperare, a aspettare; [...] Andava, andava davanti a sé, per ore e ore, come fustigata dalla sovreccitazione della propria anima. E a volte si fermava all'improvviso, e sedeva sul ciglio della strada per pensare cose tristi. [...] E a volte ancora si dimenticava
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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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