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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8960 on: October 15, 2018, 08:39:01 AM »


I would agree with Ken B; focus on the short stories.

For what it's worth, I found "The Complete Short Stories" of Guy de Maupassant on Amazon.com in a Kindle edition by Centaur Classics for the princely sum of $0.99.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F873EH0/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o00_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I can't comment on the quality of the edition yet, have not really looked at it, but it does have a live table of contents. I don't know of it's availability on other amazon sites. (Amazon only lets you buy kindle content on the site that matches the locale of your account.)
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8961 on: October 15, 2018, 01:15:07 PM »
Looks like a fantastic deal, Baron. You can pick and choose from the various stories (norman, parisian, others) by Maupassant. Hope you enjoy them !

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« Reply #8962 on: October 15, 2018, 06:09:27 PM »
You don't need Amazon when you can get it from Project Gutenberg
https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=Maupassant

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8963 on: October 15, 2018, 06:47:33 PM »
As always folks, translations matter. Pick a modern translation.
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« Reply #8964 on: October 15, 2018, 06:52:50 PM »
As always folks, translations matter. Pick a modern translation.

In my experience these cheapie Kindle collections are the same translations as thise listed on PG . So why pay 99 cents for what you can get for free?

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« Reply #8965 on: October 15, 2018, 08:45:25 PM »
In my experience these cheapie Kindle collections are the same translations as thise listed on PG . So why pay 99 cents for what you can get for free?

For the princely sum of $0.99 the publisher makes the ebook available in my Kindle library for transparent download on on my Kindle and in the Kindle Apps in all of my iOS, MacOS and Windows devices. It is a price I am willing to pay to be freed of the chore of managing a file downloaded from PG.

Looks like a fantastic deal, Baron. You can pick and choose from the various stories (norman, parisian, others) by Maupassant. Hope you enjoy them !

One drawback of this edition is that the stories are not grouped in the categories you mention. Wikipedia is no help. Also, no mention or credit to translators. Oh well.

I know I read Bel Ami at some point, don't remember it. What's the first story I should read?
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8966 on: October 16, 2018, 06:44:44 AM »
I don’t know the english titles, but it must be easy to get it through a wiki article on Maupassant. Try these:

Boule de suif
La maison de Mme Tellier (the maison is of course a brothel)
La petite Roque
Miss Harriet
Le rosier de Mme Husson (Britten used it for his comic opera Albert Herring)
Toine
Le Horla (a fantastic/horror story)
Le Père Amable

Etc, etc.

Among the novels, try Une vie.

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8967 on: October 16, 2018, 07:19:11 AM »
I don’t know the english titles, but it must be easy to get it through a wiki article on Maupassant. Try these:

Boule de suif
La maison de Mme Tellier (the maison is of course a brothel)
La petite Roque
Miss Harriet
Le rosier de Mme Husson (Britten used it for his comic opera Albert Herring)
Toine
Le Horla (a fantastic/horror story)
Le Père Amable

Etc, etc.

Among the novels, try Une vie.

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8968 on: October 19, 2018, 05:59:15 AM »


Apparently Ron Howard is currently at work on a movie adaptation that will be released next year. 
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #8969 on: October 19, 2018, 09:37:09 AM »
For the princely sum of $0.99 the publisher makes the ebook available in my Kindle library for transparent download on on my Kindle and in the Kindle Apps in all of my iOS, MacOS and Windows devices. It is a price I am willing to pay to be freed of the chore of managing a file downloaded from PG.

One drawback of this edition is that the stories are not grouped in the categories you mention. Wikipedia is no help. Also, no mention or credit to translators. Oh well.

I know I read Bel Ami at some point, don't remember it. What's the first story I should read?
Boule de suif  was his first published story, and a good one. Aka Ball of Fat. I like the peasant stories the best but The Necklace is 5he most frequently anthologized and good.

But any best of anthology.
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