22 June 2010

Short stories 161-165

The Last Lesson” by Alphonse Daudet. A symbolic, emotional tale. A little too saccharine for my taste, but well told and was, at the time of writing, undoubtedly effective for stirring up national pride and keeping alive the anger over a certain historical event. (This seems to be the same translation as the one I read).

The Fairy Amoureuse” by Emile Zola. Originally from Tales for Nanon. A Romantic transformation tale that would, in a simpler form, be at home in the Metamorphoses. A nice read, well written but a bit too treacly for my taste. (This seems to be the same translation as the one I read).

The Substitute” by François Coppée. A tale of self-sacrifice, well written but clichéd to a modern palate.

“Our Lady’s Juggler” by Anatole France. Originally from L’Etui de nacre. A beautifully told miracle tale about the power of faith. (Same translation).

The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant. An excellent moral tale with a twist, beautifully written and does not try to stuff the moral down one's throat. Recommended. (Same translation - link is to a .pdf file).

Here ends the chapter of French stories.

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