A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

A Parisian Affair and Other Stories

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"Sian Miles's translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing Maupassant's stories as a reflection of the rapidly changing values and beliefs of his society. This new selection also contains a chronology, notes and suggestions for further reading."--BOOK JACKET.
"Set in the nouveau riche Paris of society women, prostitutes and playboys, in the Normandy countryside and on the French Riviera where Maupassant lived, the thirty-three contes in this new selection are among the most darkly humorous and brilliant short stories in French literature. They focus on the complexity of close relationships between lovers, as in the poignant fantasy 'A Parisian Affair' or the touchingly ironical 'The Jewels'; between siblings, as in 'At Sea'; and between former partners, as in 'Encounter'. They reveal two sides of human nature: its grace and generosity and also, as in 'Boule de Suif', its greed and hypocrisy. Piquant and varied, Maupassant's stories lay humanity bare with deft wit and devastating honesty.".
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2004
ISBN: 9780140448122
0140448128
Branch Call Number: MAUPASSA G
Characteristics: 322 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Miles, Siân

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philipriley1234
Jan 04, 2017

This is a really nice, diverse collection of stories. I enjoy how the author brings the reader into the heads of women in the situation. It's refreshing to read from the woman's point of view. Many of the stories have a cynical, dark humor to them. A few have mystical elements, which is a nice touch. After reading these, i had a strong sense of Maupassant's Paris, separated by classes, the differences between impoverished peasants and languid inheritors of wealth, all affected by their loves and lives.

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