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Boule de Suif [Reading] ➺ Boule de Suif By Guy de Maupassant – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Guy de Maupassant achieved instant fame with Boule de Suif, his first published story, set during the Franco Prussian war Considered his greatest novella, Boule de Suif is about a group of travellers Guy de Maupassant achieved instant fame with Boule de Suif, his first published story, set during the Franco Prussian war Considered his greatest novella, Boule de Suif is about a group of travellers who are fleeing occupied Rouen by coach to Dieppe Forced to accept the courtesan in their midst, their baser instincts are brought to the surface when they are faced with a terrifying dilemma.

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  • Paperback
  • 58 pages
  • Boule de Suif
  • Guy de Maupassant
  • English
  • 19 August 2019
  • 0146001435

About the Author: Guy de Maupassant

Henri Ren Albert Guy de Maupassant was a popular th century French writer He is one of the fathers of the modern short story A protege of Flaubert, Maupassant s short stories are characterized by their economy of style and their efficient effortless d nouement He also wrote six short novels A number of his stories often denote the futility of war and the innocent civilians who get crushed in it many are set during the Franco Prussian War of the s.



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  1. Whispering Stories Whispering Stories says:

    Book Reviewed by Clive on www.whisperingstories.comThis volume is part of Alma Classics 101 pages collection There are six short stories of which Boule de Suif fills half of the book at 51 pages They have been translated by Andrew Brown and first published as a collection in 2003 The 2018 package includes an introduction by Brown which is useful reading for the background that it provides.The stories are set in France around the time of the Franco Prussian war of 1870 71 which resulted in a Book Reviewed by Clive on www.whisperingstories.comThis volume is part of Alma Classics 101 pages collection There are six short stories of which Boule de Suif fills half of the book at 51 pages They have been translated by Andrew Brown and first published as a collection in 2003 The 2018 package includes an introduction by Brown which is useful reading for the background that it provides.The stories are set in France around the time of the Franco Prussian war of 1870 71 which resulted in a heavy defeat for France Paris surrendered after a siege followed by street warfare between French forces and revolutionary militia.Boule de Suif is a great little study of French society and moral attitudes at that time Indeed, given the group s situation, I could well imagine that such a chain of events could still happen today Guy de Maupassant observes how people who would not mix socially can unite in times of trouble Most of the coach party consider themselves vastly superior to the prostitute but they are delighted to take advantage of her generosity and her professional skills to relieve their situation Are they grateful to her You will need to read the book to find the answer.Incidentally I am pleased that Andrew Brown kept the French title Boule de Suif is vastly preferable to any English translation.The other five stories in this volume all have their titles translated and all have merit They also follow de Maupassant s predilection for relationships between the classes Bed 29 has a serious theme but is very funny with much of the humour aimed at the French Army Officer I also loved the atmosphere and the messages in The Confession and Rose.Boule de Suif is an entertaining little volume which will inform and amuse Of course, with only 114 pages including the Introduction and Notes pages your entertainment will be relatively brief I have awarded four stars

  2. David David says:

    Now that I ve read my first collection of Maupassant stories, I can say that he is indeed a great writer, though being as prolific as he apparently was, I think you probably need to read a lotto really be familiar with his work He was a student of Flaubert, the French realist school, hence all these short stories being basically slice of life stories about mostly provincial French life There are morals, sometimes, but rarely made explicit in fact, often the stories just end, like o Now that I ve read my first collection of Maupassant stories, I can say that he is indeed a great writer, though being as prolific as he apparently was, I think you probably need to read a lotto really be familiar with his work He was a student of Flaubert, the French realist school, hence all these short stories being basically slice of life stories about mostly provincial French life There are morals, sometimes, but rarely made explicit in fact, often the stories just end, like one of those writing exercises in which the reader is asked to decide what happens next Themoralistic tales among this collection include The Necklace, about a French housewife who borrows a friend s expensive diamond necklace for a ball and then loses it The ending has the sort of twist that O Henry later became famous imitating Then there is Boule De Suif, about a group of wealthy French townspeople fleeing Prussian occupied Rouen, when a Prussian officer takes a fancy to the courtesan in their midst When she refuses his advances, her countrymen initially praise her patriotism, but when the officer refuses to let anyone travel onwards until he gets his way, they end up cajoling her into sacrificing herself, and then hypocritically turn on her.All the other stories were likewise 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 someMaupassant.The MoribundThe moist, lumpy earthen floor looked greasy, and, at the back of the room, the bed made an indistinct white spot A harsh, regular noise, a difficult, hoarse, wheezing breathing, like the gurgling of water from a broken pump, came from the darkened couch where an old man, the father of the peasant woman, was dying The GamekeeperAn old friend, known to all of us, M Boniface, a great sportsman and a connoisseur of wine, a man of wonderful physique, witty and gay, and endowed with an ironical and resigned philosophy, which manifested itself in caustic humor, and never in melancholy, suddenly exclaimed I know a story, or rather a tragedy, which is somewhat peculiar It is not at all like those which one hears of usually, and I have never told it, thinking that it would interest no one.The Story of a Farm Girl What do you want he then asked her And with clenched teeth, and trembling with anger, she replied I want I want you to marry me, as you promised But he only laughed and replied Oh if a man were to marry all the girls with whom he has made a slip, he would havethan enough to do The WreckAs he was looking for a place to climb up I showed him the easiest way, and gave him a hand He climbed up Then we helped up the three girls, who had now quite recovered their composure They were charming, especially the oldest, a blonde of eighteen, fresh as a flower, and very dainty and pretty Ah, yes the pretty Englishwomen have indeed the look of tender sea fruit One would have said of this one that she had just risen out of the sands and that her hair had kept their tint They all, with their exquisite freshness, make you think of the delicate colors of pink sea shells and of shining pearls hidden in the unknown depths of the ocean.Theodule Sabot s ConfessionSabot Theodule , a master carpenter, represented liberal thought in Martinville He was a tall, thin, man, with gray, cunning eyes, and thin lips, and wore his hair plastered down on his temples When he said Our holy father, the pope in a certain manner, everyone laughed He made a point of working on Sunday during the hour of mass He killed his pig each year on Monday in Holy Week in order to have enough black pudding to last till Easter, and when the priest passed by, he always said by way of a joke There goes one who has just swallowed his God off a salver The NecklaceShe was one of those pretty and charming girls, born by a blunder of destiny in a family of employees She had no dowry, no expectations, no means of being known, understood, loved, married by a man rich and distinguished and she let them make a match for her with a little clerk in the Department of Education.She was simple since she could not be adorned but she was unhappy as though kept out of her own class for women have no caste and no descent, their beauty, their grace, and their charm serving them instead of birth and fortune Their native keenness, their instinctive elegance, their flexibility of mind, are their only hierarchy and these make the daughters of the people the equals of the most lofty dames.The Wrong HouseQuartermaster Varajou had obtained a week s leave to go and visit his sister, Madame Padoie Varajou, who was in garrison at Rennes and was leading a pretty gay life, finding himself high and dry, wrote to his sister saying that he would devote a week to her It was not that he cared particularly for Mme Padoie, a little moralist, a devotee, and always cross but he needed money, needed it very badly, and he remembered that, of all his relations, the Padoies were the only ones whom he had never approached on the subject The Marquis De Fumerol We were at dinner when a letter was brought in and my father opened it You know my father, who thinks that he is king of France ad interim I call him Don Quixote, because for twelve years he has been running a tilt against the windmill of the Republic, without quite knowing whether it was in the name of the Bourbons or of the Orleans At present he is holding the lance in the name of the Orleans alone, because there is nobody else but them left In any case, he thinks himself the first gentleman in France, the best known, the most influential, the head of the party and as he is an irremovable senator, he thinks that the neighboring kings thrones are very insecure.The Trip of Le HorlaNothing isamusing,delicate,interesting than the manoeuvring of a balloon It is an enormous toy, free and docile, which obeys with surprising sensitiveness, but it is also, and before all, the slave of the wind, which we cannot control A pinch of sand, half a sheet of paper, one or two drops of water, the bones of a chicken which we had just eaten, thrown overboard, makes it go up quickly Farewell Very few stand the test of the bath It is there that they can be judged, from the ankle to the throat Especially on leaving the water are the defects revealed, although water is a powerful aid to flabby skin The first time that I saw this young woman in the water, I was delighted, entranced She stood the test well There are faces whose charms appeal to you at first glance and delight you instantly You seem to have found the woman whom you were born to love I had that feeling and that shock.The WolfAnd soon a rumor began to circulate People talked of a colossal wolf with gray fur, almost white, who had eaten two children, gnawed off a woman s arm, strangled all the watch dogs in the district, and even come without fear into the farmyards The people in the houses affirmed that they had felt his breath, and that it made the flame of the lights flicker And soon a panic ran through all the province No one dared go out anyafter nightfall The darkness seemed haunted by the image of the beast.The InnHe slept for a long time, for a very long time, the unconquerable sleep of exhaustion But suddenly a voice, a cry, a name Ulrich, aroused him from his profound slumber, and made him sit up in bed Had he been dreaming Was it one of those strange appeals which cross the dreams of disquieted minds No, he heard it still, that reverberating cry, which had entered at his ears and remained in his brain, thrilling him to the tips of his sinewy fingers Certainly, somebody had cried out, and called Ulrich There was somebody there, near the house, there could be no doubt of that, and he opened the door and shouted Is it you, Gaspard with all the strength of his lungs But there was no reply, no murmur, no groan, nothing It was quite dark, and the snow looked wan.Boule de SuifFor several days in succession fragments of a defeated army had passed through the town They were mere disorganized bands, not disciplined forces The men wore long, dirty beards and tattered uniforms they advanced in listless fashion, without a flag, without a leader All seemed exhausted, worn out, incapable of thought or resolve, marching onward merely by force of habit, and dropping to the ground with fatigue the moment they halted One saw, in particular, many enlisted men, peaceful citizens, men who lived quietly on their income, bending beneath the weight of their rifles and little active volunteers, easily frightened but full of enthusiasm, as eager to attack as they were ready to take to flight and amid these, a sprinkling of red breeched soldiers, the pitiful remnant of a division cut down in a great battle somber artillerymen, side by side with nondescript foot soldiers and, here and there, the gleaming helmet of a heavy footed dragoon who had difficulty in keeping up with the quicker pace of the soldiers of the line Legions of irregulars with high sounding names Avengers of Defeat, Citizens of the Tomb, Brethren in Death passed in their turn, looking like banditti Their leaders, former drapers or grain merchants, or tallow or soap chandlers warriors by force of circumstances, officers by reason of their mustachios or their money covered with weapons, flannel and gold lace, spoke in an impressive manner, discussed plans of campaign, and behaved as though they alone bore the fortunes of dying France on their braggart shoulders though, in truth, they frequently were afraid of their own men scoundrels often brave beyond measure, but pillagers and debauchees

  3. Oleksandr Zholud Oleksandr Zholud says:

    This is a short novella, set in Germany occupied France in 1870 71 I ve read a Ukrainian translation.A group of French middle and upper class married couples travel by a coach to the sea port in order to possibly move to Britain if Prussians remain in France In this company there is a big woman, who is known for her dalliances with men Initially she warms up the group s attitude toward her by sharing a meal, but later they are stopped by a Prussian officer, who insists that she should sleep w This is a short novella, set in Germany occupied France in 1870 71 I ve read a Ukrainian translation.A group of French middle and upper class married couples travel by a coach to the sea port in order to possibly move to Britain if Prussians remain in France In this company there is a big woman, who is known for her dalliances with men Initially she warms up the group s attitude toward her by sharing a meal, but later they are stopped by a Prussian officer, who insists that she should sleep with him to allow the coach to continue its journey She refuses due to her patriotic feelings, but the rest start peer pressure her.A classic socially conscious literature of the second half of 19th century It criticizes duplicity of bourgeois morale and gives ironic depictions of Frenchmen, from merchant selling bad wines to revolutionary in love with own voice Of course, there are a lot of passages, which sound not politically correct now, like feminine men as an insult

  4. Frankie Frankie says:

    This brief but charming little story novella owes some credit to Flaubert and Zola, both friends of Maupassant, for his borrowing of their style to some extent Where he excels the Parisian writers, is in his devastation theme Franco Prussian War period and his somewhat pastoral setting His hero Butterball character type, however, is very original and her enigmatic circumstance is as well This is a fable on the hypocrisy of the upper classes, as usual, but with the Balzacian, provocative u This brief but charming little story novella owes some credit to Flaubert and Zola, both friends of Maupassant, for his borrowing of their style to some extent Where he excels the Parisian writers, is in his devastation theme Franco Prussian War period and his somewhat pastoral setting His hero Butterball character type, however, is very original and her enigmatic circumstance is as well This is a fable on the hypocrisy of the upper classes, as usual, but with the Balzacian, provocative use of sex to propel the plot.My favorite line shows up early, p 14 It was their duty, they felt, to confront this shameless whore with their united marital dignity, for legalized love always looks down on its free colleague I m pleasantly surprised by Maupassant s ability to develop such a cast of characters so quickly and bring them to an end so well, all with a purity of purpose I ll definitely move on with Maupassant, try to find a collection with a good translator

  5. K K says:

    Maupassant s genius at short story writing is on display here In about twenty five pages he portrays a complete world eclipsed by war and German occupation of France, which is creeping deeper into the country by the day The characters are universal, for their political, professional and other belongings While fleeing towards away from the occupying forces, the circumstances bring out the best and the worst in them The fascinating description of the early cold morning they leave and the event Maupassant s genius at short story writing is on display here In about twenty five pages he portrays a complete world eclipsed by war and German occupation of France, which is creeping deeper into the country by the day The characters are universal, for their political, professional and other belongings While fleeing towards away from the occupying forces, the circumstances bring out the best and the worst in them The fascinating description of the early cold morning they leave and the events in the countryside, which the natives are deserting likewise, is all there in very few words Ones heart goes to Boule De suif, who, though a prostitute, hashonor than her companions The spirit of resistance is lacking in all the rest the businessmen, politicians and the rest, who have either shifted their business interests and money to England or in the deeper country side For honor only a prostitute is fleeing.It is one of the greatest short stories of all times The translator really has done well Maupassant once again does so much in so few pages that you wonder the over descriptiveness of the prose written during his time was outdated, even in other languages.A great writer values the time of his readers He was way ahead of his contemporaries at story telling unpretentiously In a short life he had achievedthan most of them, no wonder For his writing also entertains to even a new reader So it is universal

  6. Jess at JessicaWrites.co.uk Jess at JessicaWrites.co.uk says:

    Follow me on the interwebs Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram The mud of the river bed swallowed up these obscure acts of vengeance savage, yet legitimate these unrecorded deeds of bravery these silent attacks fraught with greater danger than battles fought in broad day, and surrounded, over, with no halo of romance For hatred of the foreigner ever arms a few intrepid souls, ready to die for an idea Maupassant is a true genius when it comes to the short story form His wr Follow me on the interwebs Blog Twitter Facebook Instagram The mud of the river bed swallowed up these obscure acts of vengeance savage, yet legitimate these unrecorded deeds of bravery these silent attacks fraught with greater danger than battles fought in broad day, and surrounded, over, with no halo of romance For hatred of the foreigner ever arms a few intrepid souls, ready to die for an idea Maupassant is a true genius when it comes to the short story form His writing beautiful as always, his characters well developed and rounded, his control over timing and pacing is second to none Boule de Suif was not a disappointment in the slightest If you ever endeavour to read the short stories of Maupassant, I would recommend it

  7. Richard Richard says:

    This is the first story in a collected works of Guy De Maupassant I am reading and it is very very good.Boule de Suif Suet pudding in English is the name given to a prostitute who is the central character of the story Her body is used as a trading tool when a group of worthy folk are detained as they journey through a France occupied by the Prussians after the 1870 war.Boule de Suif is by far the most moral of the characters and exposes the hypocrisy and cowardice of her travelling companio This is the first story in a collected works of Guy De Maupassant I am reading and it is very very good.Boule de Suif Suet pudding in English is the name given to a prostitute who is the central character of the story Her body is used as a trading tool when a group of worthy folk are detained as they journey through a France occupied by the Prussians after the 1870 war.Boule de Suif is by far the most moral of the characters and exposes the hypocrisy and cowardice of her travelling companions.De Maupassant is a master of short stories This is one of the longer ones at about 50 pages I have also read The Idyll an astonishing story of a wet nurse breastfeeding a starving labourer that is very strange and moving

  8. Fadoua ϟ Fadoua ϟ says:

    The Edition my sister has contains only three stories However, I could t find it among GOODREADS Edition choices I picked up this book one day and decided to read it for the only reason that it is written by one of my favourite authors I have read two COCO , COCO , COCO FRAIS and UNE PAGE D HISTOIRE INEDITE which is technically not a story but HISTORY as GUY DE MAUPASSANT said On ne touche pas a l histoire I JUST LOVED THEM BOTH There is something in GUY DE MAUPASSAN The Edition my sister has contains only three stories However, I could t find it among GOODREADS Edition choices I picked up this book one day and decided to read it for the only reason that it is written by one of my favourite authors I have read two COCO , COCO , COCO FRAIS and UNE PAGE D HISTOIRE INEDITE which is technically not a story but HISTORY as GUY DE MAUPASSANT said On ne touche pas a l histoire I JUST LOVED THEM BOTH There is something in GUY DE MAUPASSANT s writing that fascinates me in a way that blows my mind and makes me smile I love him I haven t read as many of his works as i should, but STILL , he is one of my favourite authors

  9. Charlotte Charlotte says:

    Guy de Maupassant successfully told a story about how hypocrite society could be It s amazing to see that what seemed to be a problem of nowadays society is, in fact, a story that never grows old Boule de suif was an amazing woman, a brave fighter for those people who didn t deserve her She was too good for her times and, why not , for her country In the end, those who accused her of being shameless were the ones who deserve to be punished.

  10. Rose Rose says:

    This is the first work by Guy de Maupassant that I ve read, but it certainly won t be the last In just this short amount of space he s made me feel so much rage and indignation on the behalf of a prostitute, Boule de Suif She is the only character with honor, even though in society s eyes she is the least virtuous of everyone Virtuous people of status and privilege use Boule de Suif for their own selfish purposes, then throw her to the wolves for doing the very thing they wanted her to do This is the first work by Guy de Maupassant that I ve read, but it certainly won t be the last In just this short amount of space he s made me feel so much rage and indignation on the behalf of a prostitute, Boule de Suif She is the only character with honor, even though in society s eyes she is the least virtuous of everyone Virtuous people of status and privilege use Boule de Suif for their own selfish purposes, then throw her to the wolves for doing the very thing they wanted her to do I feel Maupassant was saying three things especially 1 A woman s virtue is something to be traded at the convenience of society This same transaction is also the means by which society can shun a woman 2 Patriotism and resistance are spoken of with great enthusiasm, but when things become inconvenient people are quick to make moral compromises.3 Virtue is not a condition of class, it is a condition of the heart.These are all things which were probablygroundbreaking in 19th century France than they are today Nonetheless, I appreciate what this story reveals about human nature and do wonder if we ve changed very much at all despite knowing better

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