The Best Short Stories, Paperback book

The Best Short Stories[Paperback]

by Guy de Maupassant

5.00 out of 5 (2 ratings)

Wordsworth Editions Ltd 
Publication Date:
04 March 1996 
Short Stories 


With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex. Guy de Maupassant was a master of the short story. This collection displays his lively diversity, with tales that vary in theme and tone, ranging from tragedy and satire to comedy and farce. In a lucidly direct style, he provides unflinching realism and sceptical irony. He depicts the deceptions, hypocrisies and vanities at different levels of society. Prostitution is frankly described, while the harshness of war is deftly exposed. His tales have been televised and have influenced films, operas and rock music. Unillusioned but humane, Maupassant remains our contemporary.

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  • An excellent book that reminded me of Canterbury Tales by Chaucer and The Dubliners by Joyce. Lots of symbolism that is easy to follow regarding the war with France and Prussia. If you haven’t read a well written book lately, read a few of these short stories and you will get back on the right track.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Just wonderful to have in one's home library!

    5.00 out of 5


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