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Twilight Moonbeam Alley by Stefan Zweig
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Twilight Moonbeam Alley (edition 2006)

by Stefan Zweig

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Title:Twilight Moonbeam Alley
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Twilight & Moonbeam Alley by Stefan Zweig

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I thought Twilight a very nice short story about Madame de Prie that superbly captures her range of upset emotions following her fall from power. Although lighter in touch than some of Zweig's other shorts this was still very good. Moonbeam Alley was a slightly less well crafted story. The atmosphere is nicely built up to begin with but the blurted life story near the climax seemed rather heavy handed, unusually for Zweig.

One pretty good story, one fairly average story. Three stars seems about right. There are better collections of Zweig's short work around. ( )
1 vote DRFP | Oct 30, 2012 |
This was another excellent short story collection by Zweig, consisting of the novella Twilight and the short story Moonbeam Alley

Twilight narrates the last days of Madame de Prie (1698-1727), a beautiful but vacuous and conniving noblewoman, who was the mistress of the prime minister of King Louis XV. She was the most powerful person in the kingdom for a time, until she was banished from Versailles by the King after a power struggle. Although she lived in luxury in Courbépine, de Prie became increasingly agitated and despondent in exile from French high society, and finally decides to stage a spectacular event that will make her the talk of Paris.

Moonbeam Alley is a short story about a visitor who spends the night in a French coastal town after missing an evening train, who encounters a man desperate to win back the woman he loves and has lost. ( )
  kidzdoc | Apr 18, 2010 |
"Twilight" by Stefan Zweig

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"Twilight" by Stefan Zweig is a wonderful short story about a woman who has for all practical intents and purposes ran the court of the King of France. It is based on the true life of Madame de Prie. It is not a pretty story but I am finding that Zweig writes nothing but good stories.
Madame de Prie is asked by the King to leave court and expels her to her country estate. I don't believe we ever truly find out the reason she falls out of favor unless it has to do with one of her lovers at court, the Duke of Bourbon, who is likewise dismissed from his duties as prime minister in charge the affairs of state.
At any rate, Madame de Prie finds living in the country and away from court to be unbearable and this is the story of her state of mind throughout her exile to her death.
It is not a pretty story, but it is a wonderfully written one and one I highly recommend. ( )
2 vote rainpebble | Feb 19, 2010 |
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Twilight is the story of a fashionable lady who is banished from Versailles by the king. She tries to make the best of living on her country estate, but although she entertains lovers and friends from Paris, she comes to find it intolerable. Life at court, for all its essential emptiness, was the only thing that gave her existence meaning, and she moves inexorably towards suicide. In Moonbeam Alley, a traveller delayed in a French port explores the sailors’ quarter. Enticed by a voice singing an aria, to a bar near the harbour, he learns the story of those who run it and frequent it: a tale of violence, unrequited passion, and a marriage that is no true marriage.

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