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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 emplissaJeanne, 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 qui pénétrait au-dedans et faisait suer les murs de la cave au grenier....

Title : une vie
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une vie Reviews

  • Edward
    2019-03-05 22:24

    IntroductionNote on the TranslationSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Guy de Maupassant--A LifeExplanatory Notes

  • Alice Poon
    2019-03-23 18:43

    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 mores 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 dogmas.The 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 century.I 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.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-23 21:45

    One of those absolutely beautiful books that leave me almost at a loss of words.So 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. The tragic feeling of loneliness never leaves the main character, and alienation from the rest of the world is the theme of her life:"Elle sentait entre elle et lui comme un voile un obstacle, s’apercevant pour la première fois que deux personnes ne se pénètrent jamais jusqu’à l’âme, jusqu’au fond des pensées, qu’elles marchent coté à cote, enlacées parfois, mais non mêlées, et que l’être moral de chacun de nous reste éternellement seul pour la vie."Sad, beautiful, must-read!

  • El
    2019-03-10 14:46

    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 quite 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 quite shakes the rose-tinted glasses off her eyes and the reader feels simultaneously sorry for and angry at her for it.Being 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 outdoors!).As 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.

  • Myriam
    2019-02-27 18:18

    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!

  • Maria Thomarey
    2019-03-10 19:43

    Ούτε που το θυμάμαι. Ειναι ενα βιβλιο που πραγματικα το ξεχνάς αμέσως

  • Janez Hočevar
    2019-03-16 16:30

    C'est la première fois depuis le lycée que je relis un Maupassant. Et je vois qu'il n'a rien perdu de séduisant, d'attachant. Le sous-titre du roman est »Humble vérité«. J'ajouterais qu'on pourrait aussi l'intituler »De l'art de se gâcher la vie«. Mais l'héroïne ne peut agir autrement, elle est Prisonnière du Temps, des conventions, de l'éducation qu'elle a reçue, mais aussi de sa naïveté, de sa bonté et de son manque d'action. Que pourrait faire Jeanne, face à un mari qui ne l'aime pas? Qui prétend être un gentilhomme, mais qui est le pire des hommes, un avare, un séducteur, un »pauvre con«? Avec Julien et autres familles aristocratiques du roman, Maupassant nous montre deux choses: la déchéance de l'aristocratie face à une bourgeoisie industrielle, bancaire et son rigidité qui ne permet pas de compromis. L'aristocratie et l'Eglise se lient, et qui n'est pour eux est contre eux. Cette liaison du trône et de l'autel peut paraître obsolête après les grands changements et secousses qui avaient eu lieu au XVIIIe siècle, culminant avec la Grande Révolution. Jeanne, l'enfant de l'Ancien Régime, doit quasi souffrir pendant toute sa vie. Chercher son bonheur ailleurs, comme l'avaient fait tant d'hommes et de femmes, c'est-à-dire hors de son mariage, n'est pas une alternative pour elle.C'est un roman mélancolique, et cette mélancolie devient de plus en plus grave quand on approche de la fin. Mais ce qui sauve ce roman du défaitisme total, ce sont les descriptions de la nature, de la mer, de la vie des paysans normands que Maupassant insère remarquablement tout au long d'Une vie. Maupassant n'analyse pas, il donne seulement la description qui est de telle nature que chaque personnage apparaît devant nous avec une netteté, avec une clarté très précises. Et la fin du roman donne aussi à penser que Jeanne, éprouvée toute sa vie durant, trouvera enfin (!) son sens, sa raison d'être. Mieux vaut le trouver tard que jamais.

  • Markus
    2019-02-28 14:45

    Une VieMaupassant (1850 – 1893)If 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 happiness.As 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 way.The 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 delay.Jeanne 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 husband.Jeanne 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 also.Meanwhile, 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 Paris.He spends money without counting, asking his mother for help every time he is in need.At 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 helped.Jeanne 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 Jeanne.At 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.

  • The Book Whisperer (aka Boof)
    2019-03-10 19:42

    Who would have thought that such a little book (just 202 pages) could incite so many different emotions (on the part of the reader as well as the characters). One minutes I was swooning over landscape and seascape and melting in Maupassants prose, and the next I was wanting to ring the protagonists neck!The book starts with a young Jeanne who is on her last ever day at the convent school in 1819 and who is desperate to taste freedom and start her life after being cooped up for so long, only being able to stare out of windows and dream what her life will be like when she is finally out in the world. Jeanne’s daydreams are filled with longing and a restless spirit that is aching to see far away lands and nature and finally breathe after all these years at school. Jeanne’s parents (a Baron and Baroness) pick her up on her last day and drive her to Poplars which is to become her home by the sea. Maupassants narrative is so beautiful in parts that I longed to be there too; to experience what Jeanne was experiencing. “First of all 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 hous, 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 quiet 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.” Jeanne’s first few months are spent getting to know her new surroundings and enjoying her freedom and soon she is introduced to a young man by the name of Julien who is a count and after a breif and all-consuming romance they marry. Jeanne starts to pick up clues that all is not what it seemed as early as the wedding night when he forces himself on his new bride but desperately wanting to believe that she has married the right man and stay happy she puts it to one side. I feel the need to note here (for amusements sake) that Julien calls his wifes breastsMr Sleeper-outandMr Kiss-me-quick and certain other part of her womanly anatomyThe road to Damascus. Fortunatley these aren’t mentioned more than once.The story is very much about the downward spiral of one woman’s life. We watch Jeanne’s hopes and desires and dreams turn into boredom and frustration and self-pity. “Suddenly she realised that she had nothing to do and never would have anything.”“But now the magic reality of those first days was about to become the every day reality, which closed the door on those hopes and delightful enigmas of the unknown.”“Habit spread over her life like a layer of resignation like the chalky deposit left on the ground by certain kinds of of water.”“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!” Maupassant has such a way with words that he drew me into Jeanne’s world and I felt the same longing she felt. It took me back to days when I had the world at my feet too and thought I could do anything, had no cares in the world – OK so my carefree days were a little different to Jeanne’s as in rather than floating round some big mansion by the sea, it was made up of nights out on the town, no mortgage to pay and a feeling of being able accountable to nobody except myself (ahh, to be so naive once more!). I do sometimes wonder how I would have coped in those days – one part of me thinks how lovely to do nothing all day other than read my books and take little walks round the garden with my parasol in hand, and the other part thinks but what would happen when you got bored of that? A woman didn’t have a choice then. In those particular circles they were there to look pretty and be seen but not so much heard. How dull!Despite my sympathy towards Jeanne, not just because of her longing for something else but also because of her brutish husband and selfish son, I still found myself wanting to grab her shoulders and give her a good shake! My God, this woman can make a fuss. Her level of self-pity knows no bounds – we have hysterics, weeping, falling on someones breast and weeping, collapsing on a chair and weeping, we have fainting, panic attacks and wailing. There were times when I wanted to yell “get a grip, love!” at the pages.“She continually repeated: ‘I have no luck in life.’ But Rosalie would retort: ‘What would you say if you had to earn your living and had to get up at six every morning and go out to work? There are plenty of women who have to do that, and when they are too old to work, they starve to death.’” Quite!This book, I believe, should have been translated as One Woman’s Life rather than A Woman’s Life as it is very much about Jeanne and her personal story. I read quite a few Maupassant books when I was at school (we studied Boule de Suife and some of his other shorter stories) but it’s far too long since I have read anything else of his. I’m glad I did – it reminded me why I liked him. Recommended.

  • Randy
    2019-03-09 16:21

    This is realism. Reality can be harsh, especially to the unprepared. Our "heroine" Jeanne has spent much of her young life in a convent school, which has shielded her from the coming realities of life as wife, mother, family survivor. Sometimes translators/editors would similarly shield us from the complete contents of a work.I originally had the misfortune of buying a "complete works" set of Maupassant to discover entire significant passages had been cut out, bowdlerized, to protect us from the information the author was trying to finally bring to light. I was alerted to this by a reviewer, and I began to compare different editions of works I'd obtained. Which is not to say that this edition is the only edition that is complete, but caveat emptor. Many readers have been bored, "put off," disillusioned by a poorly translated or heavily edited edition.A good case in point is made by one omission in a particular translation of A Woman's Life. A "good marriage" has been agreed upon by Jeanne, her parents, and a local scion. The marriage is "good" because it joins two land-owning families together--with the added benefit of the couple seemingly enchanted by one another. The night of the wedding, Jeanne's father takes her for a stroll:"Darling, I have a difficult part to play, which is really your mother's; but, as she refuses, it devolves on me. I do not know to what extent you are aware of the facts of life. There are mysteries which are kept carefully hidden from children, and especially from girls. For girls should preserve their purity of mind, their spotless purity, until the moment when we surrender them to the arms of the man to whom their happiness is committed. It is for him to raise the veil. But if no whisper of these things has reached them, they recoil sometimes from the somewhat crude reality behind their dreams. Hurt and wounded, they refuse their husbands the absolute rights that are his by human and natural law. I cannot tell you more, my love. But do not forget this: you belong to your husband, entirely."This moment was preceded by 48 pages of chaste romance, walks in the country, meetings with the local priest, chit chat, rustic rural evocations. The beginning of the end of Jeanne's innocence is foreshadowed by this paragraph--which has been removed from some early editions!This is not a salacious novel, but it does address relations between many titled couples of independent means in nineteenth century Europe. It is not melodramatic, it moves briskly, it is full of historical detail and well-rounded characters.Tolstoy thought Maupassant an excellent writer and storyteller, but he was upset with him because he didn't moralize. Realism probably shouldn't moralize, or exaggerate. This is a must read.

  • Tessa
    2019-02-25 15:27

    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?

  • Lada Fleur
    2019-03-11 15:19

    Un recit superbe , tendre et interieur d'une ame portee vers l'ideal qui s'est laissee seduire par les apparences. Une jeune Normande protegee par ses parents, vivant au chateau de son enfance, vivant dans son jardin qui la protegeait contre la durete de la vie s'est vu gacher la vie par un etranger venu pour ebranler la paix de son coin provincial.Un recut dur d'une desillusion ou il ne reste rien de songes de jeunesse et de naivete. Ecriture de Maupassant est sublime dans la description d'une vie futile et pourtant non exempte de poesie.Maitre conteur et ecrivain de nouvelles , Maupassant un reference obligatoire a un style juste et vigoureux qui offre le sublime ou le haut et le bas a ses recits. L'ecriture de Maupassant est eblouissante de clarte qui paradoxalement vient de bas et des tenebres et l'inconnu

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)
    2019-03-03 18:32

    Lower 4 stars/upper 3 stars - I'm feeling generous. I did enjoy reading this. Jeanne was so naive and thought married life is like a storybook. It isn't, and her learning so was painful.She felt vexed with Julien for not understanding her feelings, and wondering at his want of delicacy; it raised a sort of barrier between them, and, for the first time, she understood that two people can never be in perfect sympathy; they may pass through life side by side, seemingly in perfect union, but neither quite understands the other, and every soul must of necessity be for ever lonely.This Guy de Maupassant's first of six novels. We know him more for his short stories. There are two other novels on the 1001 list, but I also want to find a collection of stories. This character study was quite good, and a short story is such a good medium for others. This novel also contained a good dose of his anti-Catholic sentiments, for those of you who might be offended by such.

  • Laura
    2019-03-17 16:37

    From BBC Radio 4:Guy de Maupassant's novel charts the unfortunate life of naive aristocrat Jeanne de Lamare

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-16 22:46

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  • Alan
    2019-03-17 17:45

    Apart from one or two cliches, this was a closely observed, sad tale of a woman whose illusions of life are shattered by her cad of a husband. Interesting take on the role of religion in contemporary lives, with two different priests, one more 'live and let live', loved by the community, followed by an evangelical type who spies on illicit trysts and whose congregation dwindles. Maupassant, a brilliant short story writer, was a disciple of Flaubert, and this shows through in this tale of limited lives in provincial France.

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    2019-03-02 21:46


  • Electra
    2019-03-13 19:44

    Ravie d’avoir lu ce classique qui pose un regard bien sordide sur le condition de la femme et sur la société bourgeoise de l’époque.

  • Sana
    2019-03-14 17:46

    The only other work I have read of Maupassant is his short story The Necklace and I was instantly impressed by it. Thus, I bought A Woman's Life with high expectations and well, was left disappointed. What I would say about this novel is that A Woman's Life turned out to be a negative version of Jane Austen's portrayal of society in her novels. And not in a good way, really.The world of Jeane is compacted to her home after her life in the convent. She is not much social and dreams of being in true love one day. She eventually marries and have some of the best and the worst experiences. But despite those experiences, she doesn't grow as a person or as a character so much that I wanted to shake her from her oblivion. I have never read a book with a more frustrating character as Jeane was in terms of her personality. Endurance, much? I don't think so.(view spoiler)[After her marriage to Julien and all that came with it, she should have had the courage to leave him after finding out about the affair with her maid, Rosalie. The response of her father was downright shameful when it came to the observations of the priest about the whole situation. Yes, the reaction maybe fit for a 19th century extramarital affair and an illegitimate son but God, the whole thing was dealt with disgustingly. And to think that the Baron, as Jeane's father was the mellower of the characters. I was frustrated a great deal and even more so when there was another affair. Julien didn't have the audacity to stop having them and had the vulgarity of a man bent on having those affairs and treating Rosalie the way he did. He truly deserved the ending he received. Even Paul, for that matter. But that is yet another frustrating character to get into. As Jeane is just too naive to think otherwise of her detached husband and a manipulating son. (hide spoiler)]Yes, there were moments when she flashed fire and seemed strong enough to take on the world. But those were in a dwindling amount and so in the end, amounted to almost nothing. On some level, I can understand why she acted the way she did but I just think it was exaggerated. She craved affection a great deal; but at what price because there seems to be no limit placed on it. Or a limit that Jeane could be aware of.Suffice it to say that A Woman's Life didn't have the factor to make it beautiful to a reader. As apart from Jeane, the characters of the Baron and the Baroness, Julien and Paul turned out to be mere egg shells detached from the actual substance. Maybe short stories are better suited to Maupassant after all.

  • Doroti
    2019-03-20 19:42

    Бях забравила колко ми харесва Мопасан.Хубава книга. Тъжна. За разбити мечти и илюзии, които когато героинята осъзнава, че е изгубила, концентрира цялото си внимание и живот върху детето си. Което, разбира се, без това да е изненадващо, се превръща в пълен пройдоха (любима старовремска дума)... И все пак - остава надежда..."…животът не е никога нито тъй добър, нито тъй лош, както си мислим ние."Мисля, че щеше да ми хареса много повече, ако я бях прочела по-рано, но това не омаловажава факта, че Мопасан е страхотен разказвач.

  • Candice
    2019-03-22 20:43

    This book has changed me in a way. I read it when I was 9, and it is one of my favorite books, I can read it again and again, I'll never get tired of it. Sad story of a young woman who married the wrong man, a man who despises her.

  • Andrea Fiore
    2019-02-28 22:41

    Una vita è un romanzo profondamente malinconico, di vite solo subite o vissute attraverso altri; esistenze lugubri, accompagnate da un dolore tanto persistente da diventare un amico, in cui "ogni gesto" viene "compiuto automaticamente, come dalla macchina dell’abitudine". Smorza un po' questo grigio, per fortuna, lo stile di Maupassant (non a caso pupillo di Flaubert):"La primavera fu stranamente calda e precoce. Dal cominciare del dolce mattino fino alla calma e tepida sera, il sole faceva germogliare la superficie terrestre; ed era come un brusco e potente rigoglio di tutti i giorni nello stesso tempo, una di quelle irresistibili ondate di vita, uno di quegli ardori di rinascita che la natura sfoggia talvolta in certe annate privilegiate che farebbero credere al ringiovanire del mondo. Questo fermento di vita turbava vagamente Giovanna ch’era capace di provare un languore improvviso davanti a un fiorellino nato fra l’erba, o malinconie deliziose, ore di mollezza fantastica. Poi l’assalivano perfino i ricordi teneri teneri dei primi tempi d’amore, benché sapesse bene che non poteva venir dal suo cuore un nuovo moto d’affetto per lui (oh, tutto ciò era finito, finito), ma la sua carne, accarezzata dall’aria, penetrata dai profumi della primavera si turbava come incitata, istigata da una voce invisibile, morbida. Si compiaceva d’essere sola, s’abbandonava sotto il tepore del sole, si sentiva percorsa da sensazioni vaghe e serene che le lasciavano inerte il cervello. In uno di questi assopimenti, una volta, le tornò fulmineo il ricordo del vano soleggiato, che s’apriva nel denso fogliame del boschetto di Etreat, là dove per la prima volta aveva sentito fremere il suo corpo accanto all’uomo che amava (allora lo amava), là dove aveva balbettato per la prima volta il primo desiderio del cuore, dove aveva creduto di mutar le speranze in vita vera. Rivedere il piccolo bosco, farvi una specie di pellegrinaggio sentimentale e superstizioso, come se il ritorno a quel luogo potesse variare il corso del suo destino!""Oh, sì, erano gli stessi fremiti, era la stessa dolcezza, la stessa ebrezza perturbatrice degli altri giorni primaverili, quando attendeva l’avvenire, e ora che l’avvenire era chiuso ella riaveva tutto, tutto! Ne gioiva e pur ne soffriva, come se la gioia eterna del mondo risvegliato, penetrando nella sua pelle avvizzita, nel suo sangue agghiacciato, nella sua anima vinta, non vi potesse più infondere che un incanto debole e dolente.Le sembrava, anche, che qualcosa fosse mutata intorno a lei, da per tutto. Il sole doveva essere un po’ meno caldo che nei giorni della sua giovinezza, il cielo un po’ meno azzurro, l’erba un po’ meno verde, e quanto ai fiori, erano certo pi pallidi, meno odorosi e non inebriavan più come allora. E tuttavia, qualche volta, un tal benessere di vita la prendeva, che ricominciava a fantasticare, a sperare, ad attendere, perché… perché è mai possibile che, non ostante la crudeltà della sorte, non si possa sognare ancora quando fa bello? E andava, andava per ore e ore come sferzata dall’eccitazione della sua anima, e si fermava di colpo sedendosi sull’orlo della strada a ripensare sempre le stesse cose: perché non era stata come le altre? perché non aveva avuto anche le semplici gioie d’un’esistenza tranquilla? E per un momento dimenticava d’essere vecchia, di non aver più nulla davanti, fuorché qualche anno lugubre e solitario; dimenticava che la sua strada era già stata percorsa e faceva come un tempo, come a sedici anni, tanti progetti dolci al suo cuore, vagheggiando così l’avvenire. Poi era come se le piombasse sopra, crudelmente, la sensazione della realtà, si rialzava esaurita come se un peso le avesse spezzato le vene e diceva a set stessa: «Oh vecchia pazza! vecchia pazza!» riprendendo, più lentamente, la via di casa."

  • Abdelhak
    2019-02-22 19:37

    Un superbe vol dans le XI siècle avec Jeanne, le petit coeur naive et revant d'une vie heureuse et pleine d'amour. Brisée, trompée par tout le monde et déçue de ses plus proches, Guy de Maupassant nous écrit un roman plein de chagrin et de tristesse, inspiré de la vie réelle des familles aristocrats de son époque.

  • Nesrine
    2019-03-23 18:35

    Chapitre IJeanne, fille unique très choyée de hobereaux normands, le baron Simon-Jacques Le Perthuis des Vauds et la baronne Adélaïde, ayant achevé ses études, sort du couvent, à l’âge de 17 ans (en 1819) et convainc ses parents de s’installer dans leur château des Peuples, sur la falaise d’Yport en Normandie.Chapitre IISensible et romanesque, elle désire ardemment connaître le bonheur et a tout pour être heureuse : éducation, fortune et beauté. Elle goûte pendant quelque temps une félicité sans mesure, et, toujours assurée de l'indulgente affection de sa famille et portant à son père une tendresse particulière, elle jouit pleinement de leur présence.Chapitres III et IVBientôt, cependant, elle ébauche une idylle avec un des voisins, le vicomte Julien de Lamare. Orphelin depuis peu, il s'est retiré à la campagne et se propose de restaurer sa fortune qu'ont mise à mal les prodigalités de son père. Bien que sincèrement touché par la grâce de Jeanne, il n'en fait pas moins ses calculs. La jeune fille ne soupçonne rien, et voit arriver le jour de son mariage comme un beau songe. Moins de quatre mois plus tard, ils se marient, ce qui devait lui garantir le bonheur pour toute sa vie. Mais la nuit de noces n’est que déception pour elle.Chapitre VCependant, au cours de leur lune de miel en Corse, elle connaît, grâce à une excursion dans le val d’Ota, l'enchantement et fugitivement l’amour, éprouvant une première et dernière jouissance.Chapitre VIAprès le retour aux Peuples, la vie devient triste. Ils dorment séparément et Jeanne se rend compte que Julien est un homme rustre, intéressé et incapable de sentiments profonds.Chapitre VIIL’ennui est rompu par l’accouchement inattendu de Rosalie, qui fut sa sœur de lait, qui est maintenant sa femme de chambre et qu’elle trouve, une nuit, dans le lit de Julien : il a commencé des relations avec elle à l'époque même des fiançailles, et l’enfant est de lui. Jeanne s’enfuit, s’évanouit, puis, après une brève convalescence, apprend qu’elle est elle-même enceinte.Chapitre VIIIPendant que sa grossesse se déroule douloureusement, Julien fréquente des hobereaux du voisinage, les Fourville. Enfin, Jeanne accouche prématurément d’un fils.Chapitre IXAyant perdu toute illusion, elle découvre en mai que Julien a une liaison avec Gilberte de Fourville commencée dès le mois de décembre de l'année précédente. La mort de sa mère, pendant l'été, est une perte encore plus irréparable que toutes les autres et une cruelle désillusion car elle trouve des lettres de la défunte qui prouvent qu’elle-même fut adultère.Chapitre XMis au courant de l’infidélité de sa femme par le fanatique abbé Tolbiac, le comte de Fourville, au printemps de 1822, précipite furieusement, du haut d'une falaise, la roulotte qui abrite Julien et son amante, qui périssent brutalement. Le soir même, Jeanne accouche d’un enfant mort-né.Chapitre XIToujours vouée à une solitude plus grande, elle cherche quelque réconfort dans l'affection de son père et dans l'amour qu'elle porte à Paul qu’elle élève sans méthode, à qui elle passe tous ses caprices, qu’elle gâte à un point tel qu'elle perd toute autorité sur lui, qu’elle refuse de se séparer de lui pour l’envoyer à l’école. Cependant, lorsqu’il a 17 ans, elle accepte de le mettre en pension au Havre. Trois ans plus tard, en 1841, il s'enfuit en Angleterre avec une fille. Il y vit d’expédients et, endetté, soutire à sa mère des sommes qui la ruinent progressivement. On hypothèque bientôt les Peuples. Puis le baron meurt. Rosalie revient vivre avec Jeanne.Chapitre XIIDevenue une riche propriétaire, elle prend en main « le gouvernement des choses et des gens du château ». Sachant à merveille gérer le peu d’argent qui reste, elle fait vendre l'ancestrale propriété des Peuples, fait emménager Jeanne dans une petite maison à l’intérieur des terres, la soigne car elle est devenue folle, la sauve et se sacrifie pour elle.Chapitre XIIIJeanne perd sa tante Lison et ne pense plus jalousement qu’à son fils, partant même à sa recherche dans Paris. Errance vaine qui ne lui sert qu’à éponger les dettes qu’il a faites en cherchant à créer une compagnie de paquebots.Chapitre XIVAlors elle s’installe dans une névrose de souvenirs, mais elle retrouve sa joie par une lettre de son fils lui apprenant que sa maîtresse (que Jeanne, jusqu’alors affaissée et apathique, s’était acharnée à lui faire épouser légalement) est mourante après avoir donné naissance à une petite fille. Rosalie ramène l’enfant chez Jeanne, annonçant le retour de Paul pour le lendemain. « La vie, voyez-vous, conclut la fidèle Rosalie, ça n'est jamais si bon ni si mauvais qu'on croit. ».

  • Nanne Goût de lire
    2019-03-18 17:46

    Nous rencontrons Jeanne à la sortie du couvent. On est en 1819. Son père est Baron mais disciple de Rousseau, "aristocrate de naissance, il haïssait par instinct quatre-vingt-treize (ndlr: la Terreur); mais, philosophe par tempérament et libéral par éducation, il exécrait la tyrannie d’une haine inoffensive et déclamatoire."Jeanne a passé 5 ans au couvent pour parfaire son éducation et en est enfin sortie. Elle ne rêve que de découvrir la vie, en commençant par partir au manoir qui lui reviendra, dans sa chère campagne normande et au bord de la mer. Elle rêve du grand amour, à celui qui partagera sa vie.Elle n’est cependant pas du tout préparée à la vraie vie et elle va peu à peu en découvrir les revers.Le roman aborde l’infidélité, comme une chose normale, que traverserait chaque couple… on va dire au début du 19e siècle… :-)Il montre que l’honnêteté et la droiture ne suffisent pas à rendre quelqu’un heureux, voire l’isolent: "… Cette sensation de vide, de mépris pour les hommes, elle la sentait grandir, l’envelopper; et chaque jour les petites nouvelles du pays lui jetaient à l’âme un dégoût plus grand, une plus haute mésestime des êtres."L’auteur parle de mauvais choix de vie mais aussi du fait que, parfois, l’amour parental n’aide en rien les enfants à affronter les aléas de la vie. Bien qu’on souhaite le meilleur pour eux, les choses ne tournent pas forcément comme on les aurait voulues.J’ai fini le roman en ayant les larmes aux yeux. Je me suis sentie proche de Jeanne pour sa naïveté, pour la déception qui la traversait à chaque fois qu’elle ouvrait les yeux sur de nouvelles découvertes à propos de son entourage.

  • Sue Smith
    2019-03-07 16:22

    I was genuinely surprised by this book. Not so much by the content of it, but by the fact that it was written with some insight by a man of the time who perhaps wouldn't have had that insight. This book is not a happy book. Far from it. It's down right depressing. But it is an interesting peek into what a rural, priviledged woman's life would have been like in the late 1800's, where old ways and status are still influencing life. It also shows us how important it is to have far reaching dreams and to never stop making them. To reach your dream is to stop life. You really need a purpose to keep yourself young at heart and healthy in mind. It also shows how important it is to not shelter your children from realities - they just get their hearts broken later - and that letting them go is the important thing to do (not easy - but important!). Coddling a child only creates a tyrant that no one can stand and then they grow up to be mean spirited adults.I enjoyed reading this book, despite the desparation of the character. It was disconcerting to see how frail her mind was with time and it made me think of my own life. With life, changes happen all the time and they aren't always to your liking. It's how you choose to handle them that makes all the difference in the world and in your mind.

  • Safae
    2019-03-15 18:21

    "La vie , voyez-vous, ça n'est jamais si bon ni si mauvais qu'on croit."Je m'en doute .Un livre effrayant , qui ma terrifie de ma vie qui vient, je suis maintenant heureuse, satisfaite, aimé , et je ne sait pas qui est ce que serait de moi en , disant, 5 ans?serait je heureuse? ou bien malheureuse? je ne peux pas deviner.La vie de Jeanne , une jeune dame, belle, riche, ayant des parents qui l'adore, se mariant avec l'homme qu'elle aimait, alors rien ne peut être plus parfait que ça, n'est ce pas?Mais la vie de Jeanne n’était point ce qu'elle espérait.Un très bon livre, j'ai adoré.

  • Nina
    2019-03-10 16:18

    I read this book when in my teens and I still remember it today. Even though I was quite young I clearly remember all the phases and the key moments and different feelings the character goes through.It made me also realize that the choices you make impact your life and that there is a life to be lived and we should all enjoy every single moment.

  • Filiz
    2019-02-25 14:22

    Bir erkegin,masum hayalleriyle bir genc kizi yasarken topraga gommesinin hazin oykusu.Oyle cok duygu birarada ve dantel gibi islenmis ki bu kitapta.Kitabi sanki denize bakan kirlarda okuyor gibi oldum,pastoral bir hava hakim...Maupassant bos yere Maupassant degil,bunun kaniti nitelikte bir Roman...

  • Slim Tree
    2019-03-01 18:26

    That is so sad story.