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review 2017-03-17 08:00
Femme Fatale
Femme Fatale (Little Black Classics #15) - Guy de Maupassant

Femme Fatale combines the title story and three other short stories from French author Guy de Maupassant. I can only say that they felt rather explicit and openly contained lesbianism which quite surprised me since it was being written in Victorian times. Something else I notices was that it had a French-ness that I can't really explain any better.

The stories themselves were okay, but none of them left a real impression with me. Rather, they felt quite flat, but I'm not sure some of it was lost in translation. Since I don't read in French, it would have to be in translation again, so I don't think I will be reading more of this author.

Little Black Classic ~ 15

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review 2017-02-21 18:11
Feb 2017
Like Death - Guy de Maupassant,Richard Howard

Feb 2017 NYRB Book Club Selection

I enjoy Maupassant's short stories, and this was the first longer work of his that I read. At times, I felt it was almost too long, but it is an excellent look at love and value.

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review 2016-06-05 18:50
Maupassant's Une Vie
A Woman's Life - Guy de Maupassant,H.N.P. Sloman

This is the first thing that I have read by Maupassant and I found it very enjoyable.  It is very much a 19th century French novel, which I mean as a great complement.  It focuses on the life of a woman in the French gentry and starts at the moment she leaves the convent in which she has been schooled completely unprepared for the realities of life, its squalor, deception and evil.

 

The book records her various disappointments and betrayals and is full of all the things that a good 19th century French novel should have - murders, love affairs, debts, and sex scenes that push the limits of what could be written.  I am a huge Zola fan and it was Zola and Flaubert who were the primary influences on Maupassant which shows.  The prose is constantly fascinating, and very much in the French naturalist tradition.  Good fun with its melancholy bleakness.  I'm definitely going to read more Maupassant.

 

I do not believe that "A Woman's Life" is the best translation of the title "Une Vie".

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review 2016-03-12 22:01
Milk out nose time people
Femme Fatale (Little Black Classics #15) - Guy de Maupassant

Not to everyone's taste. The most interesting are the title story (which is at once anti and pro lesbian) and "Cockcrow" which was really great (though guys might not like it).

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review 2015-04-18 00:00
Femme Fatale (Little Black Classics #15)
Femme Fatale (Little Black Classics #15) - Guy de Maupassant Guy de Maupassant, 19th century French short story writer was considered the father of the modern short story with his macabre tales full of black comedy.

Unfortunately, they did not interest me in the slightest. They were quite amusing in places and I enjoyed the black comedy, but altogether they were patronising and unremarkable. It was interesting to see that people have not changed in over one hundred years, however. Still drunk, bawdy, relentless and pretty pathetic.
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