The Necklace and Other Stories: Maupassant for Modern Times

A Parisian civil servant turned prot g of Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant is considered not only one of the greatest short story writers in all of French literature but also a pioneer of psychological realism and modernism who helped define the form Credited with influencing the likes of Chekhov, Maugham, Babel, and O Henry, Maupassant had, at the time of his death at the aA Parisian civil servant turned prot g of Flaubert, Guy de Maupassant is considered not only one of the greatest short story writers in all of French literature but also a pioneer of psychological realism and modernism who helped define the form Credited with influencing the likes of Chekhov, Maugham, Babel, and O Henry, Maupassant had, at the time of his death at the age of forty two, written six novels and some three hundred short stories Yet in English, Maupassant has, curiously, remained unappreciated by modern readers due to outdated translations that render his prose in an archaic, literal style.In this bold new translation, Sandra Smith the celebrated translator of Irene Nemirovsky s Suite Francaise brings us twenty eight of Maupassant s essential stories and two novellas in lyrical yet accessible language that brings Maupassant into vibrant English In addition to her sparkling translation, Smith also imposes a structure that captures the full range of Maupassant s work Dividing the collection into three sections that reflect his predominant themes nineteenth century French society, the Franco Prussian War of 1870 71, and the supernatural Smith creates an arrangement suggesting a culture of relation, of structure, of completion Richard Howard.In Tales of French Life, we see Maupassant explore the broad swath of French society, not just examining the lives of the affluent as was customary for writers in his day In the title story of the collection, The Necklace, Maupassant crafts a devastating portrait of misplaced ambition and ruin in the emerging middle class.The stories in Tales of War emerge from Maupassant s own experiences in the devastating Franco Prussian War and create a portrait of that disastrous conflict that few modern readers have ever encountered This section features Maupassant s most famous novella, Boule de Suif The last section, Tales of the Supernatural, delves into the occult and the bizarre While certain critics may attribute some of these stories and morbid fascination as the product of the author s fevered mind and possible hallucinations induced by late stage syphilis, they echo the gothic horror of Poe as well as anticipate the eerie fiction of H P Lovecraft.The result takes readers from marriage, family, and the quotidian details of life to the disasters of war and nationalism, then to the gothic and beyond, allowing us to appreciate Maupassant in an idiom that matches our own times The Necklace and Other Stories enables us to appreciate Maupassant as the progenitor of the modern short story and as a writer vastly ahead of his time.
The Necklace and Other Stories Maupassant for Modern Times A Parisian civil servant turned prot g of Flaubert Guy de Maupassant is considered not only one of the greatest short story writers in all of French literature but also a pioneer of psychological rea

  • Title: The Necklace and Other Stories: Maupassant for Modern Times
  • Author: Guy de Maupassant Sandra Smith
  • ISBN: 9781631491894
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Diamonds may not be a girl's best friend.My initial rating of this 1884 short story by the French author Guy du Maupassant was 3 1/2 stars, but after rereading it, I'm bumping it up to 4 stars, maybe even 4 1/2.I first read "The Necklace" in a college English short story course, more years ago than I want to say. The professor was rather odd and had (I thought) an undue hang-up with making the students try to distill the meaning and theme of each story into a sentence that we would offer up to t [...]

    2. This classic book never gets out of date. I read this short story when I was in high school and I really enjoyed it. Now looking back at it in my book shelf, it brings back the memory of mixed feelings I had when I read it last time. I opt to re-read this classic once again. Since this is a short story, I don’t want to go into detail. The Necklace is a poignant tale about Mathilde Loisel who is a beautiful young woman married to an unimportant clerk. She dreams of the finer things of life and [...]

    3. The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant would always be in my top short stories recommendation list.Reminding of O. Henry and yet having a perfectly different style, the author never ceases to create humor and astonishment. Read this one if you still haven't.

    4. Guy de Maupassant is another example of a splendid short-stories writer. If my memory can still be relied on, I learned to love short-stories reading Maupassant! The Necklace and Other Short Stories is a great example. Read it and enjoy!

    5. SHE WAS ONE OF THOSE PRETTY AND CHARMING GIRLS BORN, as though fate had blundered over her, into a family of artisansCHARACTERSMr LoiselA clerk in Ministry of Education. Mathilde LoiselShe is beautiful but poor by background. So she marries a poor clerk. But she isn't happy with this because she thinks she deserves to have wealth, good expensive clothes and jewellery. Madame Forestier She is a school friend of Mathilde and she is rich.OVERVIEWMr. Loisel gets an invitation of a big party from the [...]

    6. This is the first time I read this writer and I'm a bit confused now. I really liked a couple of short stories but the rest just seemed okay for me. For example, "Boule de Suif", his most famous short story, is simply brilliant (nothing new about that). I loved it and hated it at the same time. I loved the writing, the irony, but I hated the story itself. It made me feel bad and violent. And that is what makes it good: the ability of creating those mixed emotions in us. It is set in the Franco-P [...]

    7. The necklace and other short stories‬, Guy de Maupassantعنوان: گردنبند و داستانهای دیگر؛ نویسنده: گی دو موپاسان؛ کتاب «بهترین قصه ها و داستانهای کوتاه» اثر: گی دو موپاسان، که اصغر فرمانفرمائی قاجار آنرا در سال 1346 در کتابخانه ابن سینا در 362 ص به نشر داده نیز شامل داستان گردنبند هست ولی برای این نسخه تر [...]

    8. What a pair of fools! This is like Aesop's Fables, only for adults.Never have I wanted to bang two heads together so much. Mathilde and her husband are idiots, plain and simple. Why, oh why, didn't they go to Mathilde's friend in the first place and explain what happened?Instead they keep it to themselves and waste ten years of their life. (view spoiler)[ They should have told Mathilde's friend of the lost necklace, and then they wouldn't have bought her another, worth thousands more then her lo [...]

    9. An excellent selection of Maupassant's stories, of which "The Necklace" is the most familiar from numerous anthologies. Several of the stories including "The Necklace", are examples of Slice of Life Realism. Many are set in the author's native Normandy, some on the coastline by the Channel, others to the south by the Bay of Biscay. A few have an urban setting, usually in Paris, and one is set in the Alps. The story-lines run the gamut, from comedy (Theodole Sabot's Confession and The Wrong House [...]

    10. For good reason is this entitled 'The Necklace and Other Stories' because The Necklace is one of the few stories really worth reading. Most people read The Necklace at some point in their education. Maupassant created a delightful fable with important lessons that can be gleaned from it.Other stories that were interesting, though I don't think they have as much inherent value as The Necklace were Ball-of-Fat, Miss Harriet, and The Horla. Ball-of-Fat follows a group who are fleeing their war-torn [...]

    11. c'était une belle, tres féminin et tres touchante petite histoire courte. je l'ai lu en deux séances séparées par une longue période. Je vais essayer d'écrire un plus long , plus détaillé commentaire en français dans les prochains jours.

    12. “The Necklace” weaves a tale about Madame Mathilde Loisel who dreams of the finer things of life and is not content with her secure, middle class lifestyle. The price she pays for a single evening of elegance turns into years of drudgery and despair. This is a story that has stood the test of time and is as relevant today as when Maupassant wrote it in the late nineteenth century.He masterfully uses irony to produce a surprise ending in this short story. In doing so, he attempts to teach his [...]

    13. You've probably read "The Necklace" at some point: in grade school, perhaps in a college literature class, or in a collection containing short stories from various authors. It's very good, and its mirror image, "The Jewels" (which I hadn't read previously) is also very good. I appreciate that "Ball of Fat" (Boule de Suif) is translated here as "Butterball", a slightly nicer word for the prostitute who appears within the story. Two "horror" stories here entitled "The Hand" and "The Entity" feel l [...]

    14. i remember when my parents and relatives would give me big heavy leather-bound books as presents. Now we get emails with redemption codes on them for ones and zeros. I'm not trying to be profound, or whiny, I love both. But I'm just in awe of some of the books I read years ago. And how my standards have degraded, lol.Anyways aunt Kunmimi gave me a copy of this in junior high. Maybe it was for a birthday or to congratulate on a piano recital. Either way, I need to find that book. It was beautiful [...]

    15. I can't help it, but I loved this short story because the protagonist got what was coming to her. That's what happens when you are ungrateful, prideful, and went more than you can afford. Just desserts as the sayI never used to enjoy short stories, because well, they are short. Once you get into them they're over, but I'm finding great pleasure in reading them. I think it takes great skill to write short stories, because you have to work harder to catch the attention of the reader, because you d [...]

    16. I remember reading this at school in Grade 10, and absolutely loving it. Of all the short stories they ever made me read in all my years of high school, this was the best!

    17. In the necklace a young woman unknowingly changes her life beyond measure, for a fleeting chance of pretending to be something and someone she is not.

    18. Some of the stories here are breathtakingly beautiful, and others unbearably sad. All told in Maupassant's spare, barebones prose.

    19. I enjoyed this collection even with its slower pace. Each story seemed to hide a small and worthy message.I picked it up for 'The Necklace'. This was a very short story that admittedly somewhat dry for my tastes. But it was also an easy read and interesting allegory of a young woman’s struggle with her own social status.The main character is quite cantankerous and ungracious. However, as most tales with a moral will have it, she is dealt a hard lesson in the end with a somewhat predictable yet [...]

    20. In the title story, a simple peasant girl, the daughter of workers, has no means despite her prettiness and charm, and she marries someone of her own class but dreams incessantly of an elegant life, entirely dissatisfied with her own lot. The tone and structure seem almost like a fairy tale, like the discontent fisherman’s wife.Invited to a party at the fine home of an official, she bemoans the fact that she has no suitable dress, and her caring husband reluctantly gives her the money to buy o [...]

    21. Rating 5* In this short story, Maupassant paints a beautiful portrait of myriad human emotions through the unfolding of a singular event - the loss of a "diamond" necklace - in the life of Mathilde, a common housewife, which changes the future course of her life.Through this tale Maupassant fabulously portrays :- The desire to achieve something beyond one's means.- The path one adopts to attain the objective.- The sense of happiness and completeness felt on achieving it.- The sense of despair wh [...]

    22. I would use the short story "The Necklace" from this collection. This short story would introduce to students how one's economic status/wealth can define their identity. The main character of the story is very materialistic and misguided by riches, and she faces the consequences of trying to be something she is not. Before reading this short story, I would provide students with an Anticipation Guide focusing on how material items can control one's identity, and can cause one to try to be somethi [...]

    23. I haven't read Maupassant, but these stories interested me. They don't have quite as much of the lead up as some of Balzac's work, less rigid, but perhaps that is because Maupassant was later. Still, Maupassant seems to imbue the stories with more compassion. There is less of a sensation of the characters as spectacle. Maybe that's just me, but that's the way it seemed. He does seem a bit obsessed with prostitutes.

    24. This has to be one of my favorite short stories of all time. I remember reading it while my English Teacher droned on and on about "Like Water For Chocolate" (that book sucked by the way). I was so bored in her class that I opened my English book and randomly read stories I found in it. "The Necklace" grasped my attention and my heart. It's been 11 years since I read that story but I still quote it often. I now own the book. This is a story every woman should read.

    25. J'ai beaucoup aimé ces petites nouvelles de Maupassant qui nous décrit avec simplicité les pires défauts des hommes. Cela reste malheureusement d'actualité.

    26. Cette nouvelle, je l'ai lu, et relu, et relu et relu sans pour autant perdre cette attraction, ces sentiments forts et ces impressions qu'elle laisse à la fin !

    27. Cinq nouvelles incontournables de Maupassant, "La Parure" restant ma préférée. Ce que j'adore dans cet ouvrage sont les différents portraits de femmes réalisés par l'auteur, ains que l'importance des milieux sociaux de chaque personnage. Je recommande, aussi bien pour les ados que pour les adultes.

    28. Very interesting story. Read it here:bartleby/195/20mlThank you, Tadiana! Read her review here: /review/show

    29. Essentially picked this up for "The Inn", it's great. And I've long been a Maupaussant fan, so many of the stories are dear to me. But "The Inn" was a bit unknown, kind of has a precursor to "The Shining" vibe.

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