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Farewell by Guy de Maupassant

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on November 29, 2010
Posted in Short Story Read in 2010  | 4 Comments

Back in July, JoAnn of Lakeside Musing reviewed Farewell by Guy de Maupassant.  She said,A one sentence summary of “Farewell” by Guy de Maupassant might go something like this: As two old friends reflect on aging, one recounts how the process went unnoticed until a chance meeting with a former lover sparked the revelation of his own decline. Simple, yet there is much more…”

She summed it up perfectly.  The story opens as two friends are having dinner at a cafe and talking about aging.  Henri Simon, said “Ah! I am growing old.  It’s sad.  Formerly, on evenings like this, I felt full of life.  Now, I only feel regrets.  Life is short!”   

Pierre Canier, a bit older than Henri, felt differently.  He said, “Well, my boy, I have grown old without noticing it in the least. I have always been merry, healthy, vigorous and all the rest. As one sees oneself in the mirror every day, one does not realize the work of age, for it is slow, regular, and it modifies the countenance so gently that the changes are unnoticeable.

 “He went on however, to say that something happened to make him see himself differently.  He said, The revelation of my decline came to me in a simple and terrible manner, which overwhelmed me for almost six months–then I became resinged.

He goes onto say how this “revelation” came to him.

I think that what happened to him, happens to a lot of people, they don’t see how much they have really aged until.. (I wont spoil it for you.)  It’s a very short story of only about 6 pages but it does speak a truth.  It would make for a nice little discussion. Go see for yourself, here.

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), French author of the naturalistic school who is generally considered the greatest French short story writer.The gift of a photographic memory enabled him to gather a storehouse of information, which later helped him in his stories about the Norman people.


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Winners: Oogy by Larry Levin- Audiobook

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on November 29, 2010
Posted in My Past Giveaways  | 4 Comments

Thanks again to Anna Balasi of Hachette Books for making this giveaway possible.

The Winners are:
Bethie
Denny

Congratulations!  I emailed both of you.  Please respond with your shipping address within 2 days to claim your prize.
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The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on November 27, 2010
Posted in Uncategorized  | 3 Comments

This is my entry for the Historical Fiction Alphabet Challenge.

Wayne Johnston has become a favorite Canadian author for me, due to The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston.
In The Navigator of New York, is set in the landscapes of St. Johns, Newfoundland, New York, and the Arctic.  The book is about the rivalry of two explorers, Lieutenant Peary and Dr. Cook, to get to the North Pole in the beginning of the 20th century.
Devlin Stead looses both his parents and a young age and is brought up by his Aunt and Uncle.  He eventually makes his way to New York, like his father before him and works for Dr. Cook, helping him prepare for the expedition to the North Pole.
This is adventurous historical fiction that any historical fiction lover would enjoy.
4/5 

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