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10 thoughts on “Une vie

  1. Lisa Lisa says:

    One of those absolutely beautiful books that leave me almost at a loss for wordsSo well written in beautifully flowing French and such a hard topic a woman's lack of choice in 19th century conventional society A Madame Bovary without the energetic yet fatalistic drive to change her condition Maupassant's Jeanne suffers as much but has a lot less adventure and passion to remember at the end of her life She is proof that you indeed regret what you didn't do Even the suffering 19th century girl breaking down over the symbolic The Yellow Wallpaper has choice than Jeanne who remains entirely passive in her dominant social environmentThe tragic feeling of loneliness never leaves the main character and alienation from the rest of the world is the theme of her lifeElle sentait entre elle et lui comme un voile un obstacle s’apercevant pour la première fois ue deux personnes ne se pénètrent jamais jusu’à l’âme jusu’au fond des pensées u’elles marchent côté à côté enlacées parfois mais non mêlées et ue l’être moral de chacun de nous reste éternellement seul pour la vieSad beautiful must read


  2. E. G. E. G. says:

    IntroductionNote on the TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Guy de Maupassant A Life Explanatory Notes


  3. Alice Poon Alice Poon says:

    Compared to Bel Ami this was a slower paced read but the writing is nonetheless beautiful I was captivated by Maupassant's sensitivities in his descriptive skills in general It is a carefully crafted story of an aristocratic lady with a sheltered bring up who has lived through shattered dreams about love unhappiness in marriage betrayals by husband best friend and friends disillusions with the s of her times and disappointment with life in general Maupassant writes with compassion where the protagonist is concerned and with clear sighted satire on the subject of religion and dogmasThe setting is mainly in a seaside suburb of Rouen with some diversion to the island of Corsica all beautifully portrayed The times are in the early 19th centuryI was totally transported by the writing whether it was the twists and turns of the story or the enthralling descriptions of thoughts and emotions or the refined painting of places and scenes My only complaint is that the ending seemed to be a bit abrupt


  4. Mary Durrant Mary Durrant says:

    Life doesn't always turn out as one would hopeWonderful prose beautifully translated and there was a happy ending after allMy first foray into Maupassant and won't be my lastLoved it


  5. El El says:

    Jeanne grew up in a sheltered life being the heiress to a fortune and having gone to school at a convent After finishing school she meets Viscount de Lamare who woos her weds her and takes her off to Corsica for a spectacular honeymoon Upon returning from France Jeanne finds her new husband is not uite the man she expected Her naivety is overwhelming at times but clearly that is point We follow Jeanne's life through all of her disillusionment across the years into her senior years She never uite shakes the rose tinted glasses off her eyes and the reader feels simultaneously sorry for and angry at her for itBeing the first novel written by Maupassant it's a rather decent book though as an early novel it's clear to see why he's better known for his short stories The attempt at character development falls short since Jeanne remains relatively the same throughout the story Maupassant's descriptions of landscapes are probably the best part of the book and surprisingly he delves into a blatant sexual territory complete with orgasms outdoorsAs a parody of contemporaries of Maupassant and the novels written before 1883 this is really a fun book The important thing is not to take it too seriously because you will want to smack the shit out of Jeanne


  6. TBV (on hiatus) TBV (on hiatus) says:

    Upon completion of her convent education at the age of seventeen Jeanne is taken home by her father to start her adult life Jeanne wearing metaphorical rose tinted spectacles is dreaming of a future of romance a happy marriage and two children a boy followed not long after by a girl Jeanne's wealthy parents are providing her with a property of her own So it seems that she is off to a good startBut is she? Things don't go entirely to plan and she soon learns about love and life It is not so very long before her fresh joyful attitude changes to cynicism Tout n’était donc ue misère chagrin malheur et mort Tout trompait tout mentait tout faisait souffrir et pleurerAnd every time you think that things can't get worse they doClouds are said to have silver linings and fortunately Jeanne has them in the form of supportive parents and the maid Rosalie It is ultimately Rosalie who tells Jeanne that La vie voyez vous ça n’est jamais si bon ni si mauvais u’on croitDe Maupassant is known as a master of short story writing but he certainly knew how to write longer works too I can't vouch for any translation but in the original French the writing is just beautiful Maupassant deftly uses nature and the elements to provide not only a marvellous atmosphere and beautiful descriptions but also for example to create a sense of foreboding in his description of autumn He creates a story of the ordinary life of an ordinary girl but oh what a dismal life


  7. Mark Mark says:

    I love Maupassant and always find he tackles the timeless difficult issues of life that resonate down through the ages with masterly and devastating acuity The ‘life’ we examine is that of Jeanne a naive young country girl born into a life of privilege and convent educated but destined to misfortune and tragedy Poor Jeanne who is slow to acuire any degree of self knowledge and never really understands the realities of the life with all its brutal contradictions and so is a ‘victim’ in devastating fashion Her early life is idyllic and she lives with adoring parents in beautiful seclusion in a chateau in Normandy on an estate by the sea “facing her was a broad lawn as yellow as butter under the night sky Two tall trees rose up like steeples in front of the house a plane to the north and a linden to the south Jeanne gazed at the broad surface of the sea which looked like watered silk sleeping peacefully under the stars In the uiet of the sunless sky all the scents of the earth rose up into the air A jessamine climbing round the downstairs windows gave a penetrating scent which mingled with the fainter smell of the young leaves Gentle gusts of wind were blowing laden with the sharp tang of the salt and the heavy sticky reek of seaweed At first the girl was happy just breathing the night air; the peace of the countryside had the calming effect of a cool bath”From daydreaming and being a free spirited youth where ‘her whole childhood at the convent had been taken up with the future and she had busied herself with fantasies’ but reality stalks her upon her wedding night and all her illusions are shattered when her Father suddenly draws off our spirited young innocent to invoke her submission “ remember this and only this you belong totally to your husband” and from that point onward poor Jeanne is wracked by the vicissitudes of a cruel world she doesn’t understand and knows only fleetingly love and happiness but experiences at great length loss betrayal and humiliation From this moment onward the life of the poor ingénue disintegrates and degradation follows and after a short lived romance surrounded by greed and avarice she is given over to despair “She believed herself to be so directly the target of unrelenting misfortune that she became as fatalistic as an Oriental; and the habitual experience of seeing all her hopes and dreams crumble and vanish meant that she shrank from all further endeavour”The author shows the slow disintegration that follows and the complete demoralisation of the young girl now become the embittered middle aged woman “Sometimes she would spend the whole afternoon sitting looking at the sea; sometimes she went down to Yport through the wood repeating the walks of old days which she could not forget What a long time it was since she had wondered through the countryside as a young girl intoxicated with dreams”Those closest to her will disappoint and betray her and she is shocked and repelled at the cravenness of human beings slaves to the foul procedures of carnal love that makes cowards of the heart as well as the body Mankind seemed to her unclean when she thought of all the dirty secrets of the senses the degrading caresses and the dimly discerned mysteries of inseparable couplings”Not just a coming of age novel but a slow crumbling of the edifices of love and marriage organised religion and human greed; Maupassant lays bare the ugly side of life with all its degradation and disappointment in chilling and controversial too explicit for its time fashion


  8. Tessa Tessa says:

    It had good lessons but it was not an enjoyable or good read at all My dad gave a nice copy of this book to me for Christmas Five months later I finally got around to reading it It was a terrible depressing book Even after I reported most of the horrendous plot my dad only said It's good for her I would not recommend this book to girls my age The main character Jeanne is surrounded by evil wanton people She seems to be the only good person in the whole book but of course she was naive and thoughtless and weak In the book a woman said something to her that I thought summed up the cause of most of her ruined life You've made a bad marriage that's the whole secret One has no business to marry without knowing anything about one's husband It was hard to watch a blooming young woman change into a ruined penniless abandoned old woman But it's by Maupassant What did I expect?


  9. Myriam Myriam says:

    One of the most wonderful books I've ever read in my life I read it when I was in high school 10 years ago and it still makes me emotional when I think about it A must read


  10. Markus Markus says:

    Une VieMaupassant 1850 – 1893If you were expecting to read the happy story of the life of a beautiful young lady from the age of sixteen to forty six you will be seriously disappointed Maupassant has worked out in detail everything that could go wrong and will go wrong A life of grief misfortune and destruction of everything a young person innocently hopes for when leaving the convent where she had her noble and religious education Jeanne cherished and the only daughter of Baron Le Perthuis des Vauds had every reason to hope for a bright and happy life And so it seemed at first Just four month after her return the family castle on a clifftop in Normandy she is presented and swiftly married to a new neighbor the young and good looking Viscount de Lamare Honeymoon on the isle of Corsica was her first and last encounter with love and happinessAs soon as the young couple had returned to the family property ‘The Poplars’ the life of Jeanne was behind her Her husband changed personality overnight rejected Jeanne preferred to have his own bedroom spent his time hunting and became physically neglected dirty bearded unkempt and rude in every wayThe baron and his wife had gone to live in another property in Rouen One day to Jeanne’s great surprise on the floor of her bedroom Rosalie her maid since childhood gives birth to a child a boy she cries without end and refuses to tell the name of its father Jeanne’s husband getting into a rage of fury wants the maid to be chased away with her bundle without further delayJeanne calls her parents for help who in turn call the parish priest for advice and Rosalie is further pressed and reveals the child’s father who is no other than Julien Jeanne’s husbandJeanne is devastated and her family now turns against Julien but the priest knows how to smooth those waves in hinting at some secret knowledge he has from sins of the older generation Rosalie is also forgiven and with the gift of a small farmstead a young husband is found willing to marry Rosalie with a child Jeanne at this time realizes that she too is expecting and soon gives birth to the legitimate child a boy to be named Paul She turns all her attention and love to the child When Jeanne’s old mother dies her sorrow is without limit until she discovers in her mother’s old papers some secret love letters establishing the truth her mother also had a secret lover in her youth Jeanne is heartbroken and destroys all these letters to avoid her father to get to know them alsoMeanwhile Julien the Viscount has discovered another lady to pursue wife of some noble neighbor Following the priest's advice Jeanne passes the information secretly to the deceived husband who in a rage of jealousy assassinates the adulterous couple Jeanne now has to live with the knowledge that even though through another meddling of the priest she was the key to that act of fury Fifteen years go by and young Paul is growing up After some years of college where he spends little attention he runs away with a young woman to London first and then to ParisHe spends money without counting asking his mother for help every time he is in needAt first by the thousands then by ten thousand and in the end several hundred thousand francs He now threatens to commit suicide if he cannot be helpedJeanne calls her old father for help In the end all their fortune is lost and spent even the castle had to be sold The old baron dies of grief and Jeanne falls ill and almost loses her mind Rosalie her maid turns up at the baron’s funeral and now takes care of JeanneAt this point the downward spiral of the story finally stops Rosalie now over forty same age as Jeanne has grown to a strong woman and her good common sense knows how to handle Paul and his money problems In the end the very good news is the arrival of a little girl Paul's daughter and Jeanne's granddaughter It was about time to read something good in this story


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Une vie ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ Une vie ⚣ Author Guy de Maupassant – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Jeanne ayant fini ses malles s'approcha de la fenêtre mais la pluie ne cessait pas L'averse toute la nuit avait sonné contre les carreaux et les toits Le ciel bas et chargé d'eau semblait crevé se Jeanne ayant fini ses malles s'approcha de la fenêtre mais la pluie ne cessait pas L'averse toute la nuit avait sonné contre les carreaux et les toits Le ciel bas et chargé d'eau semblait crevé se vidant sur la terre la délayant en bouillie la fondant comme du sucre Des rafales passaient pleines d'une chaleur lourde Le ronflement des ruisseaux débordés emplissait les rues désertes où les maisons comme des éponges buvaient l'humidité ui pénétrait au dedans et faisait suer les murs de la cave au grenier.

  • Paperback
  • 191 pages
  • Une vie
  • Guy de Maupassant
  • French
  • 09 April 2014

About the Author: Guy de Maupassant

Henri René 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 dénouement He also wrote six short novels A number of his stories often denote the futility of war and the innocent civilians who get crushed i.


10 thoughts on “Une vie

  1. Lisa Lisa says:

    One of those absolutely beautiful books that leave me almost at a loss for wordsSo well written in beautifully flowing French and such a hard topic a woman's lack of choice in 19th century conventional society A Madame Bovary without the energetic yet fatalistic drive to change her condition Maupassant's Jeanne suffers as much but has a lot less adventure and passion to remember at the end of her life She is proof that you indeed regret what you didn't do Even the suffering 19th century girl breaking down over the symbolic The Yellow Wallpaper has choice than Jeanne who remains entirely passive in her dominant social environmentThe tragic feeling of loneliness never leaves the main character and alienation from the rest of the world is the theme of her lifeElle sentait entre elle et lui comme un voile un obstacle s’apercevant pour la première fois ue deux personnes ne se pénètrent jamais jusu’à l’âme jusu’au fond des pensées u’elles marchent côté à côté enlacées parfois mais non mêlées et ue l’être moral de chacun de nous reste éternellement seul pour la vieSad beautiful must read

  2. E. G. E. G. says:

    IntroductionNote on the TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Guy de Maupassant A Life Explanatory Notes

  3. Alice Poon Alice Poon says:

    Compared to Bel Ami this was a slower paced read but the writing is nonetheless beautiful I was captivated by Maupassant's sensitivities in his descriptive skills in general It is a carefully crafted story of an aristocratic lady with a sheltered bring up who has lived through shattered dreams about love unhappiness in marriage betrayals by husband best friend and friends disillusions with the s of her times and disappointment with life in general Maupassant writes with compassion where the protagonist is concerned and with clear sighted satire on the subject of religion and dogmasThe setting is mainly in a seaside suburb of Rouen with some diversion to the island of Corsica all beautifully portrayed The times are in the early 19th centuryI was totally transported by the writing whether it was the twists and turns of the story or the enthralling descriptions of thoughts and emotions or the refined painting of places and scenes My only complaint is that the ending seemed to be a bit abrupt

  4. Mary Durrant Mary Durrant says:

    Life doesn't always turn out as one would hopeWonderful prose beautifully translated and there was a happy ending after allMy first foray into Maupassant and won't be my lastLoved it

  5. El El says:

    Jeanne grew up in a sheltered life being the heiress to a fortune and having gone to school at a convent After finishing school she meets Viscount de Lamare who woos her weds her and takes her off to Corsica for a spectacular honeymoon Upon returning from France Jeanne finds her new husband is not uite the man she expected Her naivety is overwhelming at times but clearly that is point We follow Jeanne's life through all of her disillusionment across the years into her senior years She never uite shakes the rose tinted glasses off her eyes and the reader feels simultaneously sorry for and angry at her for itBeing the first novel written by Maupassant it's a rather decent book though as an early novel it's clear to see why he's better known for his short stories The attempt at character development falls short since Jeanne remains relatively the same throughout the story Maupassant's descriptions of landscapes are probably the best part of the book and surprisingly he delves into a blatant sexual territory complete with orgasms outdoorsAs a parody of contemporaries of Maupassant and the novels written before 1883 this is really a fun book The important thing is not to take it too seriously because you will want to smack the shit out of Jeanne

  6. TBV (on hiatus) TBV (on hiatus) says:

    Upon completion of her convent education at the age of seventeen Jeanne is taken home by her father to start her adult life Jeanne wearing metaphorical rose tinted spectacles is dreaming of a future of romance a happy marriage and two children a boy followed not long after by a girl Jeanne's wealthy parents are providing her with a property of her own So it seems that she is off to a good startBut is she? Things don't go entirely to plan and she soon learns about love and life It is not so very long before her fresh joyful attitude changes to cynicism Tout n’était donc ue misère chagrin malheur et mort Tout trompait tout mentait tout faisait souffrir et pleurerAnd every time you think that things can't get worse they doClouds are said to have silver linings and fortunately Jeanne has them in the form of supportive parents and the maid Rosalie It is ultimately Rosalie who tells Jeanne that La vie voyez vous ça n’est jamais si bon ni si mauvais u’on croitDe Maupassant is known as a master of short story writing but he certainly knew how to write longer works too I can't vouch for any translation but in the original French the writing is just beautiful Maupassant deftly uses nature and the elements to provide not only a marvellous atmosphere and beautiful descriptions but also for example to create a sense of foreboding in his description of autumn He creates a story of the ordinary life of an ordinary girl but oh what a dismal life

  7. Mark Mark says:

    I love Maupassant and always find he tackles the timeless difficult issues of life that resonate down through the ages with masterly and devastating acuity The ‘life’ we examine is that of Jeanne a naive young country girl born into a life of privilege and convent educated but destined to misfortune and tragedy Poor Jeanne who is slow to acuire any degree of self knowledge and never really understands the realities of the life with all its brutal contradictions and so is a ‘victim’ in devastating fashion Her early life is idyllic and she lives with adoring parents in beautiful seclusion in a chateau in Normandy on an estate by the sea “facing her was a broad lawn as yellow as butter under the night sky Two tall trees rose up like steeples in front of the house a plane to the north and a linden to the south Jeanne gazed at the broad surface of the sea which looked like watered silk sleeping peacefully under the stars In the uiet of the sunless sky all the scents of the earth rose up into the air A jessamine climbing round the downstairs windows gave a penetrating scent which mingled with the fainter smell of the young leaves Gentle gusts of wind were blowing laden with the sharp tang of the salt and the heavy sticky reek of seaweed At first the girl was happy just breathing the night air; the peace of the countryside had the calming effect of a cool bath”From daydreaming and being a free spirited youth where ‘her whole childhood at the convent had been taken up with the future and she had busied herself with fantasies’ but reality stalks her upon her wedding night and all her illusions are shattered when her Father suddenly draws off our spirited young innocent to invoke her submission “ remember this and only this you belong totally to your husband” and from that point onward poor Jeanne is wracked by the vicissitudes of a cruel world she doesn’t understand and knows only fleetingly love and happiness but experiences at great length loss betrayal and humiliation From this moment onward the life of the poor ingénue disintegrates and degradation follows and after a short lived romance surrounded by greed and avarice she is given over to despair “She believed herself to be so directly the target of unrelenting misfortune that she became as fatalistic as an Oriental; and the habitual experience of seeing all her hopes and dreams crumble and vanish meant that she shrank from all further endeavour”The author shows the slow disintegration that follows and the complete demoralisation of the young girl now become the embittered middle aged woman “Sometimes she would spend the whole afternoon sitting looking at the sea; sometimes she went down to Yport through the wood repeating the walks of old days which she could not forget What a long time it was since she had wondered through the countryside as a young girl intoxicated with dreams”Those closest to her will disappoint and betray her and she is shocked and repelled at the cravenness of human beings slaves to the foul procedures of carnal love that makes cowards of the heart as well as the body Mankind seemed to her unclean when she thought of all the dirty secrets of the senses the degrading caresses and the dimly discerned mysteries of inseparable couplings”Not just a coming of age novel but a slow crumbling of the edifices of love and marriage organised religion and human greed; Maupassant lays bare the ugly side of life with all its degradation and disappointment in chilling and controversial too explicit for its time fashion

  8. Tessa Tessa says:

    It had good lessons but it was not an enjoyable or good read at all My dad gave a nice copy of this book to me for Christmas Five months later I finally got around to reading it It was a terrible depressing book Even after I reported most of the horrendous plot my dad only said It's good for her I would not recommend this book to girls my age The main character Jeanne is surrounded by evil wanton people She seems to be the only good person in the whole book but of course she was naive and thoughtless and weak In the book a woman said something to her that I thought summed up the cause of most of her ruined life You've made a bad marriage that's the whole secret One has no business to marry without knowing anything about one's husband It was hard to watch a blooming young woman change into a ruined penniless abandoned old woman But it's by Maupassant What did I expect?

  9. Myriam Myriam says:

    One of the most wonderful books I've ever read in my life I read it when I was in high school 10 years ago and it still makes me emotional when I think about it A must read

  10. Markus Markus says:

    Une VieMaupassant 1850 – 1893If you were expecting to read the happy story of the life of a beautiful young lady from the age of sixteen to forty six you will be seriously disappointed Maupassant has worked out in detail everything that could go wrong and will go wrong A life of grief misfortune and destruction of everything a young person innocently hopes for when leaving the convent where she had her noble and religious education Jeanne cherished and the only daughter of Baron Le Perthuis des Vauds had every reason to hope for a bright and happy life And so it seemed at first Just four month after her return the family castle on a clifftop in Normandy she is presented and swiftly married to a new neighbor the young and good looking Viscount de Lamare Honeymoon on the isle of Corsica was her first and last encounter with love and happinessAs soon as the young couple had returned to the family property ‘The Poplars’ the life of Jeanne was behind her Her husband changed personality overnight rejected Jeanne preferred to have his own bedroom spent his time hunting and became physically neglected dirty bearded unkempt and rude in every wayThe baron and his wife had gone to live in another property in Rouen One day to Jeanne’s great surprise on the floor of her bedroom Rosalie her maid since childhood gives birth to a child a boy she cries without end and refuses to tell the name of its father Jeanne’s husband getting into a rage of fury wants the maid to be chased away with her bundle without further delayJeanne calls her parents for help who in turn call the parish priest for advice and Rosalie is further pressed and reveals the child’s father who is no other than Julien Jeanne’s husbandJeanne is devastated and her family now turns against Julien but the priest knows how to smooth those waves in hinting at some secret knowledge he has from sins of the older generation Rosalie is also forgiven and with the gift of a small farmstead a young husband is found willing to marry Rosalie with a child Jeanne at this time realizes that she too is expecting and soon gives birth to the legitimate child a boy to be named Paul She turns all her attention and love to the child When Jeanne’s old mother dies her sorrow is without limit until she discovers in her mother’s old papers some secret love letters establishing the truth her mother also had a secret lover in her youth Jeanne is heartbroken and destroys all these letters to avoid her father to get to know them alsoMeanwhile Julien the Viscount has discovered another lady to pursue wife of some noble neighbor Following the priest's advice Jeanne passes the information secretly to the deceived husband who in a rage of jealousy assassinates the adulterous couple Jeanne now has to live with the knowledge that even though through another meddling of the priest she was the key to that act of fury Fifteen years go by and young Paul is growing up After some years of college where he spends little attention he runs away with a young woman to London first and then to ParisHe spends money without counting asking his mother for help every time he is in needAt first by the thousands then by ten thousand and in the end several hundred thousand francs He now threatens to commit suicide if he cannot be helpedJeanne calls her old father for help In the end all their fortune is lost and spent even the castle had to be sold The old baron dies of grief and Jeanne falls ill and almost loses her mind Rosalie her maid turns up at the baron’s funeral and now takes care of JeanneAt this point the downward spiral of the story finally stops Rosalie now over forty same age as Jeanne has grown to a strong woman and her good common sense knows how to handle Paul and his money problems In the end the very good news is the arrival of a little girl Paul's daughter and Jeanne's granddaughter It was about time to read something good in this story

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