Guy De Maupassant is considered one of the fathers of the modern short story and one of the form's finest exponents. The story "Boule de Suif", written in 1880, is his masterpiece. A protege of Flaubert, Maupassant's stories are characterized by their economy of style and efficient, effortless dénouements. Many of the stories are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s and several describe the futility of war and the innocent civilians who, caught in the conflict, emerge changed. He authored some 300 short stories.
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If you are considering a collection of Maupassant short stories on Audible, you should grab this one as Audible is practically giving it away, and it contains several of Maupassant's popular stories which are selling individually for several times the price of this collection!
Since the description does not tell you which stories are included, I will list them below. There are thirteen:
"The Story of a Farm Girl"
"Theodule Sabot's Confession"
"The Wrong House"
"The Marquis De Fumerol"
"The Trip of Le Horla"
"Boule de Suif"
The stories are all enjoyable and interesting, ranging from fireside tales about hunting and farming and jilted lovers and poor peasants and debauched soldiers, to a few, like The Inn, that take the form of a ghost story even if no actual supernatural apparitions appear.
Definitely worth reading these, and I wouldn't hesitate to try some more Maupassant. John Pether's narration is clear and cultured and a perfect English tone for this translation of Maupassant's French.
I only read history in novels. The characters are so very compelling. I believe I learn about the thoughts and feelings of people living a long time ago. The minusha ( sp?) of daily life may tell us more than the dates of great battles.
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