Guy de Maupassant’s story of bourgeois guilt and relationships stained with envy is enriched by the subtle humor and playful voice acting of performer Walter Zimmerman. Pierre and John concerns an unexpected windfall, inherited by John Roland following the sudden death of a family friend. John’s brother Pierre doesn’t receive a penny, which leads to familial tensions. The jealous Pierre begins to doubt the fidelity of his mother, and eventually unearths an extramarital affair long past. A veteran performer of 19th-century classics, Zimmerman lends sprightly pacing and fluid efficiency to Maupassant’s treatise on the irony of fortune brought by death.
"In his novels, he concentrated all his observations scattered in his short stories. His second novel Bel-Ami, which came out in 1885, had 37 printings in four months. His editor, Havard, commissioned him to write new masterpieces and, without the slightest effort, his pen produced works of style, description, conception, and penetration. At this time he wrote what many consider to be his greatest novel, Pierre and John. (Wikipedia Encyclopedia)