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Mademoiselle Fifi   By: (1850-1893)

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Guy de Maupassant's Mademoiselle Fifi is a collection of six short stories that delve into the dark and complex nature of human behavior. Set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s, this book offers a unique insight into the effects of war on individuals and society as a whole.

The highlight of this collection is undoubtedly the eponymous story, "Mademoiselle Fifi." It tells the tale of a group of Prussian officers stationed in a small French village, whose cruel and sadistic actions become the centerpiece of the narrative. Maupassant skillfully builds tension and creates a palpable sense of unease as the story progresses. The contrasting characters, such as the brave countess and the submissive protagonist, add depth to the narrative, creating a captivating reading experience.

Another notable story in this collection is "Boule de Suif," which explores themes of morality, hypocrisy, and class dynamics with meticulous precision. Through the character of Boule de Suif, a prostitute turned hero, Maupassant comments on the paradoxical nature of human society and the flaws inherent in its hierarchy. The story is a testament to the author's ability to weave together compelling narratives with thought-provoking social commentary.

The remaining stories in Mademoiselle Fifi vary in tone and subject matter, ranging from romantic intrigues to tales of betrayal and revenge. However, they all share a common thread: a deep exploration of human nature in all its complexity. Maupassant's prose is elegant and evocative throughout, transporting readers to the war-torn landscapes of France and allowing them to intimately experience the emotional turmoil of the characters.

While Mademoiselle Fifi is certainly not a light-hearted read, it is an immensely rewarding one. It showcases Maupassant's masterful storytelling skills, his keen observation of human behavior, and his ability to capture the essence of a historical period. This collection is a must-read for those who appreciate literary works that dive deep into the dark recesses of the human psyche.

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Mademoiselle Fifi

By Guy de Maupassant

Contents

Page Preface . . . . . . . 7 Mademoiselle Fifi . . . . 11 Boule de Suif . . . . . 33

Preface

Guy de Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant was born at the Chateau de Miromesnil, near Dieppe, on August 5th, 1850. The Maupassants were an old Lorraine family who had settled in Normandy in the middle of the Eighteenth Century. His father had married in 1846 a young lady of the rich bourgeoisie, Laure Le Poittevin. With her brother Alfred, she had been the playmate of Gustave Flaubert, the son of a Rouen surgeon, who was destined to have a directing influence on her son's life. She was a woman of no common literary accomplishments, very fond of the Classics, especially Shakespeare. Separated from her husband, she kept her two sons, Guy and his younger brother Hervé.

Until he was thirteen years old Guy lived with his mother at Etretat, in the Villa des Verguies, where between the sea and the luxuriant country, he grew very fond of nature and out door sports; he went fishing with the fishermen of the coast and spoke patois with the peasants. He was deeply devoted to his mother. He first entered the Seminary of Yvetot, but managed to have himself expelled on account of a peccadillo of precocious poetry... Continue reading book >>




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