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Mademoiselle Fifi and Other Stories
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Like many of his short stories, such as Boule de Suif and Deux Amis, the story is set during the Franco-Prussian War and explores themes of class barriers, contrasts between the French and German participants, and the pointlessness of the war. Although his prose remains as limpid as ever, there is a blustery, man-of-the-world quality to the writing here that I found slightly dispiriting when compared with Maupassant at his light, ironic best — a sense that he is taking his own settled opinions on especially the opposite sex more seriously than one might like.
Indeed the collection might well have been titled Women: Their Appeal and Utility. You see, madam, despite the love that binds them together, man and woman are always strangers in their souls and their intelligence; they remain two belligerents; they are of different races; there must always be a tamer and a tamed, a master and a slave; sometimes one, sometimes the other; they are never equals. The stories play this dynamic out in a variety of ways. Women's desire for sex is laughed at clubbishly; their desire for love, though, is derided outright.
What I fail to understand is the way that certain women, who have such a good understanding of the seductive irresistibility of fine embroidered silk stockings, the exquisite charm of nuance, the bewitchment of precious lace hidden in the depths of one's intimate clothing, the disturbing appeal of concealed luxuriousness, of expensive underwear, all the subtle delicacies of feminine elegance — never understand the irresistible disgust inspired in us by inappropriate, lovey-dovey talk.
All I want from you as a woman is your body; leave the sentimentality to the old folks. That's not the mood he was in in View all 6 comments. Like many "classic" books, this one would be a lot less painful to read if I could temporarily forget that I'm female. But there are sentences like "Suddenly I saw my armchair absconding at a waddle" so Feb 15, K.
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Apr 25, Catherine rated it liked it. I read this book when I was about twelve years old, and there are images from it that still linger in my memory. I plan to re-read it when I'm old and gray. Apr 01, Ben Leggett rated it it was amazing. Maupassant is a master of the short story, and no mistake. My very first impression about this story, was not at all positive. In fact, I felt that it is named as complicatedly as the writer, in a desperate bid to attract readers and I was really bored with the slow pace and difficult to pronounce names of Protagonists.
In the very beginning, the feminist in me reared her head and decided that the writer is a man given to worldly pleasures, has no respect for women and the story is going to be a steady tale of vulgarity served under the guise of romance My very first impression about this story, was not at all positive. In the very beginning, the feminist in me reared her head and decided that the writer is a man given to worldly pleasures, has no respect for women and the story is going to be a steady tale of vulgarity served under the guise of romance.
But, Thank God, I persisted and was able to feel the actual import of the story, hidden beneath layers and layers of satire and cynicism. Guy is a fantastic satirist and enjoying his stories requires an open minded approach For whom the bell tolls. They are rude, crude and lewd. One night they gather up several local strumpets for an evening of cultural delights.
The wine and champagne and assorted liqueurs were copiously imbibed. Things were said, actions taken — empty pursuit followed, the Prussians went home but the bell continued to toll. Really well written. One officer was stabbed by one of the ladies. The officer was an arrogant type who insulted them. I really enjoyed reading this one as I have been reading many of his works. Guy De Maupassant is has written more than short stories. He died very young.
Apr 10, Dianais rated it really liked it Shelves: No particularly memorable stories in this volume, save perhaps the opening story "The Legacy.