A Woman's Life

Updated: Jun 12

by Guy de Maupassant

Rating: ****

** spoiler alert ** A beautifully written story very much of its time. The first half is alive with pastoral, descriptive imagery so wonderfully realised. It could be a bit much for some readers and I thought it was simply Du Maupassant's writing style but I think he deliberately exaggerates the beauty of nature and Jeanne's surroundings in the earlier stages to contrast and highlight the misery of her later days. The narrative is not necessarily a new one and does not throw up any surprises, there are times when you want to shake Jeanne to make her a little tougher and I feel the ending could have done with more resolution with her son in some way, it ended rather abruptly.


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