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A Woman's Life (Classics) (original 1883; edition 1977)

by Guy de Maupassant, H.N.P. Sloman (Translator)

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Title:A Woman's Life (Classics)
Authors:Guy de Maupassant
Other authors:H.N.P. Sloman (Translator)
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (1977), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 208 pages
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A Woman's Life by Guy de Maupassant (1883)



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  E.P.G | May 30, 2016 |
169) Une Vie or A Womans Life Guy de Maupassant

This is a story about the life of Jeanne we follow her from the time she leaves her convent school to her impulsive marriage, becoming a mother, becoming a widow and eventually leave her in old age.

The story complete ignores the wider world focussing solely on Jeanne her experiences and feelings.

It is a depressing story as nothing good ever seems to happen and the few occasions it does happen it never lasts for long.

I didnt really like Jeanne as a character but some of the supporting characters gave colour and life to the story in particular her neighbours once she has married. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
Jeanne leads a very sheltered life, growing up with wealth and going to a convent school. She meets and marries Julien, a cruel and unscrupulous man who marries her for her money. After discovering Julien's unfaithfulness, as well as evidence of her parents' extra-marital affairs, Jeanne gradually falls into a deep depression.

I loved the writing of this story. The characters were rich and believable - although not likeable. I found it very interesting how Jeanne completely fell apart. Although I tried not to compare her to women in the present, she was helpless and overall not a good role model. I am curious if de Maupassant was making a commentary about women in general, or perhaps the upper classes. Very few strong characters and Jeanne and her family seemed kind, but very incompetent. Surprisingly easy to read. ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
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Despite the sadness of this book I liked it a lot. It is a tragic story of how a woman's life runs from childish hopes and dreams of eternal romantic love through disappointments in married life to being disappointed by her only child.
The main character, Jeanne, is very naive and inexperienced, coming from a convent where she received her education and where she spent her time thinking about what life would have in store for her. Romantic love, love, marriage, children, it all passed her thoughts and now she was 'set free', she felt more than ready to experience all she had until then only been thinking about.
When the years of her life pass by, she becomes more and more melancholic and depressed, finding only temporary joy in raising her son. That lasts as long as it comes as a shock to her that he's grown up and decides to go his own way.
The ending of the book gave me the idea of a closing circle, like all could start over again. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 31, 2013 |
riconoscerla e goderla
  Cristina_G | Feb 14, 2012 |
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Jeanne, ayant fini ses malles, s'approcha de la fenêtre, mais la pluie ne cessait pas.
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Her trunks packed, Jeanne walked over to the window, but it had not stopped raining.
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'every heart imagines itself the first to thrill to a myriad sensations which once stirred the hearts of the earliest creatures and which will again stir the hearts of the last men and women to walk the earth' What is a life? How shall a storyteller conceive a life? What if art means pattern and life has none? How, then, can any story be true to life? These are some of the questions which inform the first of Maupassant's six novels, A Life (Une Vie) (1883) in which he sought to parody and expose the folly of romantic illusion. An unflinching presentation of a woman's life of failure and disappointments, where fulfilment and happiness might have been expected, A Life recounts Jeanne de Lamare's gradual lapse into a state of disillusion. With its intricate network of parallels and oppositions, A Life reflects the influence of Flaubert in its attention to form and its coherent structure. It also expresses Maupassant's characteristic naturalistic vision in which the satire of bourgeois manners, the representation of the aristocracy in pathological decline, the undermining of human individuality and ideals, and the study of deterioration and disintegration, all play a role. But above all Maupassant brings to his first novel the short story writer's genius for a focused tension between stasis and change, and A Life is one of his most compelling portraits of dispossession and powerlessness.

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