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

by Guy de Maupassant

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Title:The Necklace and Other Short Stories (Dover Thrift)
Authors:Guy de Maupassant
Info:Dover Publications Inc. (1992), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 128 pages
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The Necklace and Other Short Stories {Dover Thrift Editions} by Guy de Maupassant


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This book shocked me, not the endings I had expected, but that is one of the reasons I loved it ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |
Maupassant is an absolutely wonderful writer. Creative and innovative. I really enjoyed his work. ( )
  benuathanasia | Jan 4, 2015 |
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.

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  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 |
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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].
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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."

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"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)

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