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What a thoroughly juicy post, Danielle! I'm embarrassed to admit that even though I've had Le Horla on my TBR for quite a while now, I've never gotten around to it even though I've long wanted to and I've enjoyed other works by Maupassant as well. In any event, thanks for reminding me of my need to read this sometime soon--sounds like great fun!


You are inspiring me to try new authors and types of reading by posting about your novellas and short stories. You make them all sound so fascinating! Hope you enjoy the rest of your reading weekend.


I've read this some time ago and it's excellent, although I like other stories by him far better.
I've started the Machado de Assis a while back but didn't get into it, as I started reading in the evenings and was too tired.


I've heard so many people say how good this story is but have never read it! I am going to put it on the top of my RIP reads list this year. Did you do some comparing and contrasting between the first draft and the finished story? How interesting it must be to see how it changed.


I love Le Horla too, and miss being able to teach it - you'd have gone to the top of my class, Danielle! The other stories I've read by Maupassant have been wonderful too, and you remind me I must pick him up again.


Go pull it off your shelf and read it soon! It's actually fairly short and you can easily read it in one sitting. I've not read much by Maupassant--just one story collection (didn't he write that great story, "The Necklace"?), but I do like him--such an interesting writer considering his own illnesses. Maybe that's even part of the fascination with him on my part.


These novellas are really great and I must get to the next one before falling behind! This was very good investment (well, if you can call a subscription that!). I had a good reading weekend by the way--am already thinking about my next long weekend--so I can extend it a bit...


Do you have any favorites by de Maupassant? I recall a post on him (was it Bel-Ami?). It was a nice reminder that I want to read more of his work. He wrote masses of short stories, didn't he? I read one very slender collection several years ago. I've yet to start the Machado de Assis--hopefully it will be a good reading experience, too.


I am pretty sure I have seen it online (or heard about it being available for free. Maybe on Project Gutenberg? It would make a perfect RIP read. The first draft is much slighter--told in the form of a letter. So he really fleshed things out for the finished story--which is my favorite version by the way.


This would be fun to teach and fun to hear you lecture on--a very good discussion piece. I think I might have read it initially at your suggestion actually. He is wonderful--I think I need to read one of his longer works now (well, not sure how many longer works he has, but I think there must be at least one novel?).

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