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The Best Short Stories

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This collection reflects Maupassant's remarkable diversity, with stories that vary in theme and tone, and range from tragedy and satire to comedy and farce. Boule de Suife, his most famous tale exposes the brutality and hypocrisy of war. His stories are linked by irony and the frailty of human nature.

17 stories:

Boule de Suif
Two Friends
Mme. Tellier's Establishment
Mlle. Fifi
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Paperback, 197 pages
Published 2011 by Wordsworth (first published 1884)
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Jennifer
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-language
I finally finished this dual-language collection of short stories from late 19th C France. It started off very slowly, reading a sentence, or even a word, in French, then checking the opposite page for the translation. But, by the last story or two, I could practically read entire pages without translation. If anyone wants to brush up on French, read this out loud too, so you can develop a kind of "aural reference" for various words.

The stories themselves are great - all largely variations on th
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loïc
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, favorites
I have to admit; it took some time and a couple of stories to draw me in, but once I was 'enthralled' my love for Maupassant's writing only grew.

They way he portraits his characters and observes life and human nature, so "simple" but full of life and spot on... brilliant! good for a lot of smiles and pondering moments.

Actually stumbled on this book by accident in a second hand book shop, and it turned out to be the seed for a strong desire to delve into the classics in literature =)


Bob
Jul 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
worth buying for "the necklass" alone
Pamela
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A diverse and brilliantly written selection of short stories. Maupassant has a mastery of tone that enables him to produce both tragedy and comedy, stories of crafty peasants and brutal soldiers, varied themes such as love, passion, avarice and cruelty. His sharp powers of observation combine with an amused and humane view of human vices and virtues, so that every tale contains a grain of truth, an element of surprise and something to make the reader stop and think, even to shock them on occasio ...more
Teguh Affandi
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Membaca ini memang terasa sangat sederhana (dari kisah-kisah di sekitar kita) tetapi dituturkan dengan apik oleh Guy de Maupassant.
Cinta Sejati cerita tentang seorang wanita miskin tukang tambal kursi yang mencintai seorang Chouquet sejak lelaki itu masih kecil. Bermula karena Chouquet kehilangan uang, dan si tukang tambal kursi memberinya uang. Dari sanalah cinta bermula. Hingga Chouquet menjadi dewasa dan menajdi dokter. Si tukang kursi meninggal. Saat diberi tahu bahwa ada seorang miskin yang
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Val
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-extra
Guy de Maupassant was very good at writing short stories. My O/A level French teacher loved them and so I read several in French. I loved them too.
This collection contains some of de Maupassant's best known short stories, in the original French and in translation. The translator's have tried to strike a balance between the flavour of the original and a direct translation of the actual words. They have generally succeeded and this is a good introduction to one of France's funniest, most observant
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Rachel
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stories so far...somewhat dark, but nice use of irony, and the dual-language aspect is great for people trying to increase their reading ability in French while still being able to see the way the text is translated into English.
Anna Sinova
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Guy de Maupassant's writing is so alive and descriptive that you can't help but feel and live inside the worlds he creates. He draws you completely into a wirl of french passions, emotions, desires and personalities.
Amaya
Jun 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seorang wanita tukang reparasi kursi telah jatuh cinta setengah mati, dengan sangat mendalam, kepada seorang ahli obat bernanma Monsieur Choquet. Wanita itu sudah mencintai sang Monsieur sejak mereka masih kecil dan terlalu muda untuk memahami cinta. Dia biasa memberikan uangnya kepada si Choquet kecil dan dia akan mendapatkan ciuman anak laki-laki itu. sejak saat itu, sang Wanita menghabiskan hidupnya dengan memikirkan cara agar dia selalu bisa bertemu dan berdekatan dengan Monsieur Choquet. Te ...more
Diana Sandberg
My command of French barely reaches the level of "fair". I had never read a dual-language book before, and I must say it was a great help. I was/am a little concerned that I would be learning an antique style of French, but, honestly, if my French ever got to the point that the worst someone could say was that my wording is old-fashioned, I'd be thrilled. I intend to re-read this frequently enough that the unfamiliar words and phrases that I have underlined will eventually join my usable vocabul ...more
Celeste Chia
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Necklace is a beloved classic retold countless times in many varieties. I enjoyed the story of Love through the use of hunted birds, Boule de Sif, and many others. The variety of perspectives and themes curated in this edition made for easy reading; at the same time, one is amazed at how deeply Maupassant understands human nature, penetrating through the melancholy and the effects of love with his incisive words. His sympathetic and explorative portrayal of women was also refreshing.
Citra Rizcha Maya
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saya tidak berencana memasukkan kumpulan cerpen ini ke dalam daftar bacaan saya. Tapi setelah menunaikan tantangan kategori buku berhalaman lebih dari 500 kata (The Known World) Buku yang difilmkan (The Notebook, demi mengulang kenangan karena niat awalnya saya malah ingin memasukan Paper Towns ke daftar ini, akan difilmkan dengan Cara Delevigne dan alis spektakulernya sebagai pemeran utama) Kategori buku yang diterbitkan tahun ini (karena awal tahun jadinya menggunakan tahun terbit 2014, tadiny ...more
Sarah Maguire
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maupassant is, quite simply, a master of his craft. A couple of stories don't hold up too well against twenty-first-century codes of conduct but, for the most part, they are well-honed gems which use simple strokes to reveal humanity and all its love, pain, despair, loyalty, betrayal, friendship, and stupidity.
Kristina
An amazing collection of stories from one of the greatest storytellers. Maupassant's writing reveals quite a few fundamental insights into human nature. I was pleasantly surprised by his knowledge of women and progressive views for the time. My only exclamation upon finishing the tales: Magnifique!
Ian Simpson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Took a long time to get through these. Did not enjoy overall and found the stories repetitive in setting, characters and theme.
Muhammad Ali Syaifudin
Menceritakan kisah cinta. Tapi berbeda dengan kisah cinta yang umumnya bertebaran di Indonesia. Bacalah!
Riski Haryusari
Buku yang dibeli karena diskon. Gak tau, lagi suka baca cerita yang setting-nya tahun 1800-an. Mungkin karena masih terbayang-bayang Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.

Surprisingly good. Sesuai judulnya tema yang diangkat dari kumpulan cerita pendek ini nggak jauh-jauh dari "cinta". Berbagai macam tipe cinta; mulai dari cinta pertama yang kekal hingga akhir hayat, cinta kekanakan yang berujung duka, cinta ibu kepada anak, cinta yang berawal dari ketidak sengajaan, cinta rakyat kepada negara dll, y
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Brian
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Somewhere between Twain and Dostoyevsky. Masterful stories that brim with humanity and teem with life.
Rahmadi Fajar Himawan
Membaca cerita-cerita pendek Guy de Maupassant tidak jauh berbeda dengan merenungi sifat-sifat manusia yang bahkan seringkali kita rasakan.

Sangat istimewa karena kesederhaan cerita-cerita pendek dalam buku ini bisa dikatakan tidak biasa : cinta seorang tukang reparasi kursi, janda dari seorang pemuda berusia 13 tahun, pernikahan hanya karena peristiwa salah memasuki kamar, kemunafikan seorang suami, pembalasan dendam seorang ibu, dan lain sebagainya.

Hanya itu saja ?

Beruntung bahwa Guy de Maupass
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Caroline Beatle
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, cuentos
4.5/5

Guy de Maupassant es de los mejores cuentistas de todos los tiempos, totalmente confirmado. Este libro contiene dieciséis cuentos, que van desde el más crudo naturalismo (Bola de Sebo) hasta el más puro terror (El Horla), pasando por relatos de la vida cotidiana o de sucesos fantásticos. Maupassant consigue aplicarle a cada uno de sus cuentos toda la genialidad que caracteriza a su obra.
Mis favoritos fueron Un día de campo, El miedo, Un drama verdadero, Una vendetta, Encuentro, La dicha y
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Lidya
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sempat lama terhenti baca kumpulan cerpen ini di cerpen terakhir sekaligus terpanjang, Boule de Suif. Beberapa cerpen sempat masuk di buku kumpulan cerpen GdM yang lain, Mademoiselle Fifi. Cerpen paling menarik dalam buku ini, yang membuat emosi saya meledak di halaman terakhir adalah Boule de Suif. Awalnya cukup membosankan, namun cerpen ini secara cantik menceritakan orang-orang terpandang, saleh, dan memiliki kehidupan baik memanfaatkan seorang pelacur untuk menyelamatkan mereka sendiri. Gila ...more
John Gillis
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I'll read all of these stories, but Ball-of-Fat and MM Fifi, and Useless Beauty, and The Diamond Necklace have made the experience worthwhile already. He (de Maupassant) is considered a father of the modern short story and I could go along with that. He was hugely prolific, but a tortured soul. A master of society at the time and a chronicler of the ills of the human condition, he lived in solitude and basically killed himself at age 43.
Daniel Vrataskiy
Cerita-cerita Maupassant adalah sebuah anti-tesis atas pernyataan "semuanya indah pada waktunya" dan "akhir yang bahagia". Namun, anti-tesis yang mendasari cerita-cerita Maupassant tak mengurangi keindahan tulisannya. Ceritanya sangat nyata atas hidup seorang manusia, dan bahkan relevan hingga lebih dari seratus tahun setelah cerita itu ditulis. Tak syak lagi Maupassant adalah salah satu Maestro kesusastraan yang pernah dimiliki Perancis dan dunia.
Ali
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first short story in the collection, 'Boule de suif', is one of my favourite short stories. Studying it in French at university made for an interesting study unit and also allowed me to really pull apart and understand all aspects of the story. I did not thoroughly enjoy every story in the book, but there were quite a few really good stories in the collection, and also a lot of thought and emotional response provoking stories.
Alex Kartelias
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
By far, one of the greatest short-story writers I've ever read. Having read the neckless in college, I knew I had to go out and search for the rest of his stories and I wasn't disappointed. Even though he's a realist, he mixes horror and romanticism together when romance and mystery and gives fascinating pictures of 19th century France. One day when my french gets better, I'll read the originals and I'll probably enjoy them even more. There's something in his stories for everyone to enjoy.
Lars K Jensen
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
'The master of the short story', they call him. I agree.

I've read few who like Maupassant can describe a person in a few sentences and then you have a clear image of how that person is. But that is just one impressive part of his writing.

I can't say enough good about this collection. Read it.
Lars
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
'The master of the short story', they call him. I agree.

I've read few who like Maupassant can describe a person in a few sentences and then you have a clear image of how that person is. But that is just one impressive part of his writing.

I can't say enough good about this collection. Read it.
Elijah Christopher
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
French prose...----------- I didn't see any order or purpose behind Maupassant's work. It seemed to be a random collection of common stories with no meaning. Perhaps I just didn't understand the meaning, or there were translation errors, etc. So it wasn't really a total waste of time, but not one I'll add to my collection.
DreamingSpiresBecca
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I initially struggled to get into the short story format, especially as I felt characters were not explored deeply enough. However, after the first few stories I absolutely loved them. The recurrent moral messages, amusing anecdotes and sharp imagery. Boule de suif, Clair de la lune, the necklace and useless beauty coming up as favourites.
Sandra
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, my-favorites
I read a lot of these short stories as a freshman in high school. They were short and rather interesting, so I reviewed several of them for assignments. I have read his work in English and French.

One of my favorite short story authors.
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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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