The Necklace and Other Short Stories Paperback
Part of the Dover Thrift Editions series
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Publication Date: 20/07/1992
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780486270647
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Review by joririchardson
A good book of a variety of different types of short stories. Maupassant writes with a very flowery, polished air that I liked.The short story topics range from prostitutes to fine ladies, sickness and madness, poor and wealthy, soldiers and commoners.My favorite was the last tale, "The Horla," which reminded me a bit of Edgar Allen Poe. It was by far the darkest of the nine stories."The Necklace" was also very good, using the theme of irony very well.A well written collection of French short stories.
Review by RobinDawson
What a great short story writer de Maupassant is – just delicious. His style is concise with every sentence working towards the story’s conclusion. Characters are so vividly described, the social scene and its tensions are exquisitely captured, and irony is everpresent. The topics range widely and together they present a detailed picture of life in northern France in the 1890’s. His close observation of contemporary social life and social class have much in common with Balzac and Flaubert.