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Selected Short StoriesThe SignalIn the WoodsThe DevilThe HorlaThe MaskMouche A fair selection of the master's short story output Roger Colet has written the introduction for the Penguin Classic edition. This anthology is a wonderfully entertaining volume of comical bawdy stories offering a sharp and withering analysis of people and society Boule de Suif is a wonderful story of time and place and people caught up in the moment exhibiting the very worst traits of human behaviour When confronted by a crisis people will look to others to make sacrifices to help them overcome their own inconvenience rather than make sacrifices themselves He doesn't shirk the chance to ridicule pompous bureaucrats and petty officials or the materialism of middle class entrepreneurs and shows that people whatever they might say to the contrary about their sense of honour and duty or their patriotism or religious and moral scruples will revert to self interest when push comes to a shove The harlot Boule de Suif shames them all of course by being the only character in the story to adhere to her principles Maupassant was the best selling writer of his generation and he published over 300 stories some short some long and some very brief sketches which are merely anecdotal but all contain an accurate portrayal of human behaviour as he reports what people say and how they say it allowing the reader to see the motivation and draw conclusions rather than offering an internal dialogues They bring to mind the paintings of Manet Renoir Monet and the Impressionists as they describe the joys and sufferings of the decadent and suffocating lives of le beau monde in belle époue France boating on the Seine train journeys the random encounters of travellers and rural pursuits like hunting and fishing not to mention the lives and loves of a whole host of people including harlots and their admirers Like the artists Maupassant produces uick pithy sketches of life in Normandy but they deceptively simple if presenting banal fragments of life that are ruthlessly comic and at the same time devastatingly cruel to the characters involved making clear the hypocrisy underpinning everyone's life

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E ConservatoryThe Matter with AndréMy Uncle JulesA DuelThe ConvertIn the BedroomRegretThe decorationThe Piece of StringThe ModelThe HandIdyllMother SavageGuillemot RockImprudence. Man this guy knew how to write a great story The best stories in this collection – Boule De Suif Madame Tellier’s Establishment and Mouche – are wonderful combinations of artful characterization realistic descriptions of human pecadillos sharp humor liberal sexuality and authorial cruelty There is a good reason these are classics Many of the other stories are sometimes half baked confections where the balance of the above virtues is somewhat off Interestingly there are a few uasi sci fihorror stories in the style of Poe such as The Hand and best of all The Horla

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Selected Short Stories review ê 103 ë This volume contains 30 of Maupassant's classic stories Boule de SuifIn the SpringThe Graveyard SisterhoodMadame Tellier's EstablishmentA RuseAn Old ManRustTwo FriendsThe JewelsThe ConservatoryThe Matter with AndréMy Uncle JulesA DuelThe ConvertIn the BedroomRegretThe decorationThe Piece of StringThe ModelTThis volume contains 30 of Maupassant's classic stories Boule de SuifIn the SpringThe Graveyard SisterhoodMadame Tellier's EstablishmentA RuseAn Old ManRustTwo FriendsThe JewelsTh. Insightful humane modern these are some of the wordsthat strike after reading Maupassant's stories and novelsNever mind the puritanical comments on this siteMaupassant touches deep chords of feeling the chordsof a full symphony His characters refuse to be defeated inside their hearts; his irony pleads the case of human nature But always Maupassant sees human pretense Maupassant's people sometimes flawed limited foolish pass through enough experience as did he to bear the look at humanity itself The great director Max Ophuls filmed 3 stories under the title Le Plaisir A work of consummate beauty The Jewels is considered x many superior to his pop The Necklace In the former a gov clerk married toa simple beauty enjoys sending her off to the opera withfriends when she's wearing her paste jewels Ah she lovesthe fake glitteries so much she finds Struck downby pneumonia she dies Husby decides to sell her junk anddiscovers they're worth a fortuneIn The Matter With Andre a wife's lover pinches her infant black blue to make him stop crying when they're abed When husby returns and sees the scarred bebehe fires the nanny who found it impossible to find another situationA handsome buck doing the uadrille at a club inMontmartre collapses on the dance floor and it's discoveredthat he's wearing The Mask The real face is that of awrinkled relic See Ophuls filmIn his short career Maupassant left astonishing stories