A Parisian Affair

A Parisian Affair Nowhere could she discover the dens of iniquity about which she had dreamed Sparkling darkly humorous tales of high society playboys courtesans peasants sex and savagery in nineteenth century Fra

  • Title: A Parisian Affair
  • Author: Guy de Maupassant Siân Miles
  • ISBN: 9780241260845
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nowhere could she discover the dens of iniquity about which she had dreamed Sparkling, darkly humorous tales of high society, playboys, courtesans, peasants, sex and savagery in nineteenth century France, from the father of the short story.A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket sized format, with coloured Nowhere could she discover the dens of iniquity about which she had dreamed Sparkling, darkly humorous tales of high society, playboys, courtesans, peasants, sex and savagery in nineteenth century France, from the father of the short story.A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin s original covers.

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    1. A most pleasurable French classic reading experience is a cert when cracking open a Maupassant. This selection of 35 shorts from Flaubert’s protégé titillates, amuses, and shocks (in a mild manner), leading with the fabulous ‘Boule De Suif’, a brilliant skewering of the hypocritical aristocracy of the period, followed by the titular tale, where a wife learns of the underratedness of tawdry adultery, followed by a spectacular range of stories exploring madness, cuckoldry, the value of wea [...]

    2. A magnificent collection indeed. Guy de Maupassant is the best storyteller of the 19th century France This particular edition has the most entertaining short stories, each capable of delivering as strong a message on moral and profoundly non-societal ethics, as remarkably to-the-point images of an average French bourgeois or an average French peasant. The heroes are complex, decorated with their subjective and objectified environments: they fall in and out of love, abandon and adopt childrenunpu [...]

    3. AcknowledgementsChronologyIntroductionFurther ReadingTranslator's Note--Boule de Suif--A Parisian Affair--A Woman's Confession--Cockcrow--Moonlight--At Sea--A Million--Femme Fatale--Monsieur Jocaste--Two Friends--Awakening--The Jewels--Train Story--Regret--Minor Tragedy--The Christening--Coward--Rose--Idyll--Mother Sauvage--Madame Husson's Rose King--Encounter--Happiness--A Bit of the Other--Love--Hautot & Son--New Year's Gift--The Horla--Duchoux--The Lull-a-bye--Mother of Invention--Who Kno [...]

    4. After a rather long interlude, I decided to go back to the classic short story at the start of this new year. As a teenager, I remember thinking nobody does it better than Maupassant, and so I picked up this collection of thirty-four of his finest. What struck me most as I re-read these stories, was how much has changed since I read them first. Changed in me, that is. I didn’t finish the stories now feeling entertained. Instead, to my detriment, I kept thinking how some of our modern storytell [...]

    5. Maupassant deserves the title as the master of short stories. While I didn't love every single story, there was something enjoyable within them all. His writing is full of flair and he is brilliant at pulling out twists. There is an element of almost erotic touches in most of his stories, which brings them to life. His characters are full of flaws and quirks that make them relatable and lovable. This is one of those books I will heartily recommend and will reread again and again.As a writer myse [...]

    6. The single greatest collection of short stories that I have ever had the privilege of reading. Wonderfully entertaining, illuminating and perceptive. I urge you to try this book

    7. Guy De Maupassant is the father of the short story. Honestly every story is a work of art and perfected. I only give this three stars because the subject matter was pretty repetitive and I'm so bored of reading nineteenth century stories where women are just objects. Not giving any spoilers, but I recommend reading The Necklace. I thought that story was brilliant.

    8. It is no wonder that Monsieur de Maupassant is regarded as a master of the short story. Each one of the tales in this collection is a marvel of economy, pacing, sensitivity, lyricism, wit, and drama both intimate and astounding. The farther along one reads, the more it becomes impossible to single out one story as more likable than another. The characters, from the perspective of a contemporary American reader, are just a touch larger than life; the situations tender, funny, tragic, often bitter [...]

    9. Cute, but I wish I'd read Bel-Ami. "Idyll" was my favourite here: wet nurse and young man in the train carriage. "Now I know how necessary the police are, but personally I can't stand them. Seems like an undignified profession to me.""'Gabrielle!' he murmured.'What do you want?' she asked, without turning her head.'I think you're adorable.'"

    10. Some great little stories centres around nasty Prussians, tarts and creeping lunacy. If this had been written in Victorian England the Establishment would have had kittens.

    11. I first came across Guy de Maupassant in high school, when we read his delightful, G-rated (for a de Maupassant story) The Necklace. Interesting to note how some of the stories in this collection share the same backgrounder: low to mid-level clerk marries ambitious beauty, marriage is usually childless, expect surprises at the end. The rest of the stories are very French, so I'm left with the impression that these stories encapsulate what to me embodies, but not necessarily defines, the French s [...]

    12. Guy de Maupassant's stories are masterful. Almost every story in the collection is pure entertainment and written in beautiful, concise prose that balances structure, sumptuous descriptions and snappy dialogues to provide the model of what a short story should be, running the gambit between Poe and Alice Munroe and, perhaps, creating better stories than either of those two great writers did. It's notable as well that de Maupassant's turn of the century stories show a Paris (and a France) more op [...]

    13. Likely to be one of the greatest collections of short stories I'll read. "Regret" held such painfully familiar descriptions, while told beautifully. Almost every story connected to some deeper sadness or memory of happiness in me. Brilliant.

    14. I've only read Boule de Suif thus far, but planning on reading others later. Excellent description, good characters, and biting. I look forward to the other stories.

    15. I picked this volume up as something to get me in the Parisian mood on my vacation to France. I was immediately struck by the contemporary tone of the stories. They feel utterly modern. They are laced with the most curious kind of irony, which considers the deeply empathetic condition of humanity even as it displays its full hypocrisy. There are some overwrought moments in some of the stories, a mark of the sentimentality which runs through much 19th Century literature. But it is balanced out th [...]

    16. Maupassant is a brilliant story teller. More brilliant than the epic novel writers in my opinion because Maupassant must tell an interesting story in a few pages before moving to a new story. The best part is the stories are so insightful into human nature that it covers everything from vanity, love, jealousy, love between birds, voluntary death, solitude, hatred, loneliness and hypocrisy. His stories have them all and most have a moral lesson behind them. My favourite 4 stories that will stay i [...]

    17. I have never really been a fan of short stories, I've always been more interested in novels that take me more than a couple of days to finish. I decided then to give short stories a respectable chance and went to the highly acclaimed Guy de Maupassant. Maupassant is incredible in short stories. He doesn't stick to one single type of storyline but yet explores many others in such a great way. One thing is for sure, each story left me astonished at the end and I was incapable of choosing which sto [...]

    18. Ranging from the salons and homes of Parisian society to the Riviera of late nineteenth century France, de Maupassant's stories delicately yet precisely highlight the complexity of relationships and the delicacy of understanding, or lack of it, between the sexes. He has a knack and honesty for laying bare humanity so succinctly his stories are a joy, even when what he's writing about is often less than pleasing, he still has a lightness in style

    19. Enjoyed several of the short stories; others, not so much. He was certainly gifted with style and prose, sometimes to the point that I needed to re-read a sentence or paragraph to regain my bearings. While I admired his skill with language, sometimes it became a bit exhausting. However, The Necklace will always be a favorite short story.

    20. Maupassant is kind of a let-down after reading stories by Turgenev and Chekhov. The stories in this collection are well-written--I especially liked "The Horla" and of course "The Necklace" still makes me cringe, but I grew impatient with the overall immoral content. I guess both the title and the cover of the book should have been my first clue . . .

    21. A collection of 34 short stories by one of the masters of the genre. Ranging from the dark and mysterious to the light hearted these tales recount the goings on in nineteenth century France with gusto and affection. Wonderful.

    22. No tricks, word play or poetic prose, Guy de Maupassant enchanted me with his everyday narrative. My first actual read in this form of writing classified as "Realism" and the movement in literature started in France around mid 19th century.

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