HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Necklace and Other Short Stories (Dover…
Loading...

The Necklace and Other Short Stories (Dover Thrift) (edition 1992)

by Guy de Maupassant

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
345431,733 (3.86)10
Member:djScrawl
Title:The Necklace and Other Short Stories (Dover Thrift)
Authors:Guy de Maupassant
Info:Dover Publications Inc. (1992), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 128 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:None

Work details

The Necklace and Other Short Stories {Dover Thrift Editions} by Guy de Maupassant

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 10 mentions

Showing 4 of 4
Loving this amazing beautiful book. Gotten through the first half of the book, but still reading... ( )
  upatree | Feb 22, 2011 |
The French author Guy de Maupassant is considered one of the founding fathers of the modern short story. This collection includes such classics as "The Necklace" as well as "Ball-of-Fat" ("Boule de Suif"). The settings of Maupassant's stories range from a hungry carriageful of passengers on the road during the Franco-Prussian War to a mysteriously religious woman enchanted by an artist's painting; from poor families in Normandy trying to make ends meet to a man discovering he is haunted by a supernatural being who lives only on water and milk. Some recurring themes spring up in several of the stories, such as the profession and morals of a prostitute, which seemed to fascinate Maupassant.

Maupassant's detailed descriptions of people and places as well as his complex sentences and prolonged settings of the scene may put off some readers who would prefer the more postmodern, simplified method of relating a story. However, this would no doubt kill off the mood of the stories that is created through the sophisticated, polished use of language as well as the inevitable tragic twists, often embellished with black humour.

Original review ( )
  GoST | Jul 23, 2010 |
What a great short story writer de Maupassant is – just delicious. His style is concise with every sentence working towards the story’s conclusion. Characters are so vividly described, the social scene and its tensions are exquisitely captured, and irony is everpresent. The topics range widely and together they present a detailed picture of life in northern France in the 1890’s. His close observation of contemporary social life and social class have much in common with Balzac and Flaubert. ( )
1 vote RobinDawson | Jun 7, 2010 |
This was my first sampling of Maupassant, and I loved it. He writes with a very flowery, polished air, and the topics of his short stories range from prostitutes to fine ladies, sickness and madness, poor and wealthy, soldiers and commoners. His characters are as varied as they are humanly realistic.
My favorite was the last tale, "The Horla," which I thought reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe. It was by far the darkest of the nine stories.
"The Necklace" was another favorite, with an ironic twist at the end. A well written collection of French short stories. ( )
1 vote joririchardson | Jan 19, 2010 |
Showing 4 of 4
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (12 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Guy de Maupassantprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gopnik, AdamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neugroschel, JoachimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to the English one.
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Over the years, many publishers have included a wide range of Guy de Maupassant's stories in various anthologies having the same or substantially similar titles. The contents of this particular Work (if known) are listed in the "Book Description" Common Knowledge field below. Please distinguish between this Work and any single story or other anthologies of Maupassant's writing, unless you have first confirmed that the same contents appear in each of the Works to be combined. Thank you.
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Ball-of-fat (Boule de Suif) [1880] -- The necklace [1885] -- A piece of string [1885] -- Mme. Tellier's Establishment [1881] -- Mademoiselle Fifi [1882] -- Miss Harriet [1884] -- A way to wealth [1885] -- My Uncle Jules [1884] -- The Horla [1887].
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486270645, Paperback)

Nine memorable classics, characterized by ironic twists of plot, include "Ball of Fat," regarded by many as technically one of the finest short stories ever written, "The Necklace," "A Piece of String," "Mme. Tellier's Establishment," "Mademoiselle Fifi," "Miss Harriet," "A Way to Wealth," "My Uncle Jules" and "The Horla."

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:30:56 -0400)

(see all 4 descriptions)

"From the Hardcover edition.Ranging from poignant scrutiny of social pretension, to wicked tales of lust and love, to harrowing stories of terror and madness, the genius of Guy de Maupassant, France's greatest short-story writer, is on full display in this enthralling new translation by Joachim Neugroschel. The stories Neugroschel has gathered vividly reveal Maupassant's remarkable range, his keen eye, his technical perfection, his sexual realism, his ability to create whole worlds and sum up intricate universes of feeling in a few pages. Adam Gopnik's Introduction incisively explores the essence of Maupassant's unique style and his tremendous, if unjustly unacknowledged, influence (on everything from the American short story to contemporary cinema), bearing eloquent testimony to Maupassant's continuing and vital appeal.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
22 avail.
8 wanted
4 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.86)
0.5
1 1
1.5
2 4
2.5 1
3 10
3.5 5
4 34
4.5
5 15

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 93,325,985 books! | Top bar: Always visible